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Thursday, February 20, 2014

My Aversion to the Roswell Slide Team’s Efforts

If you found a treasure or the cross that Jesus was crucified on, wouldn’t you show it to your family first, before going to the media and/or the public?

Of course, if you’re a normal person.

That the Roswell Investigation Team is holding its slide information from the UFO community, its “family,” irks, and not just me.

Shouldn’t the Roswellians provide, at least, an overview of what they have found in their slides discovery?

(Personally, I don’t give a fig about the slides; they might clarify the Roswell incident but won’t resolve the UFO mystery, a phenomenon above and beyond Roswell.)

And then let me ask, did the Roswell Team run a background check on the “businessman” who possesses the slides or his sister, who allegedly found them?

That should be an important part of their investigation.

The lack of transparency in this whole slides episode is troubling.

And saying that the Team will provide their findings when “they are good and ready” adds smug insult to injury.

Why do these fellows get to call the shots, because the stumbled upon the slides?

I don’t think so.

Roswell belongs to the UFO community, not just a few frat boys, some of whom have questionable cachet as UFO cognoscenti sees it.

RR

7 Comments:

  • Be patient. You cannot just 'present' startling discoveries to the public, or even a small subset thereof, without doing thorough research first. You must possess ALL the facts, backed up by incontrovertible scientific evidence.

    Cast your mind back to that remarkable day in December 1912 when Charles Dawson and Arthur Smith Woodward presented their earth-shattering findings to a public meeting in London about the discovery of 'Piltdown Man'. This caused a sensation, as will the discovery of 'Roswell ET' also.

    Some things take time, but it will be worth it in the end. It will shake science as never before, at least not since that day in 1912.

    You think there might be a denouement afterwards? Not a chance, as the Dream Team have learnt the lessons of that public presentation of long ago. They will not fall into the same trap as did Dawson & Woodward.

    As I said, just be patient and see. Scientists the world over are waiting.....

    Why can't you?

    By Blogger cda, at Thursday, February 20, 2014  

  • Christopher:

    Do you think readers here will discern your little satire?

    You're casting pearls before swine.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, February 20, 2014  

  • RR -

    ...any satire-awareness aside, I submit that the Carey-Bragalia cabal's effort to promote these slides are not an intentional hoax/con like Piltdown, but rather a sincere but misguided concept that is a direct descendent of the Becher-Stahl 'phlogiston theory'...

    By Blogger Kurt Peters, at Friday, February 21, 2014  

  • The Roswell slide findings should be held back until the investigation is complete. Then I would expect the team to allow outside investigators to access the data for the purpose of verification. Discreet consultation before publication would be even better, but I doubt we'll see the Dream Team exercise that much discretion.

    We have often seen scientists make fools of themselves by touting a finding before it is nailed-down certain. This is called, "science by press release" or "science by press conference." Pons and Fleischmann announcing cold fusion is the obvious example but we've also seen this done on the fringe with the Melba Ketchum fiasco.

    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Saturday, February 22, 2014  

  • Terry:

    There's a new research paradigm, one brought to my attention by my son Josh (neurology at U of M) and about which I posted a piece a while back:
    transparency.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, February 22, 2014  

  • At some point in the process, yes, there should be transparency, as I indicated in my comment. I was
    thinking of, specifically, the posting of data. Science journals will retract papers if the data sets are not made available to others. This isn't done at the beginning of the process, for reasons of priority.

    Self-anointed "scientific ufologist" Kathleen Marden does not understand transparancy. She will state, very politely, of course, that critics are wrong about the Hill case because they don't have access to the unpublished portions of the hypnosis tapes -- but she does. However, she will not allow anyone else to have access to the tapes, citing privacy concerns, even though the tapes are 50 years old (!) and the subjects are deceased.

    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Saturday, February 22, 2014  

  • Terry:

    See my posting on research as it is practiced in scientific/academic circles today.

    The Team is playing hide-and-seek with their procedures, for various reasons, some legit, some not.

    But it's their game, for now, so one has to hold their tongue and hope that it will end well.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, February 22, 2014  

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