archiv~1: Re: SETI More about the HOAX

Re: SETI More about the HOAX

Daniel Boyd Fox ( foxd@indiana.edu )
Thu, 12 Nov 1998 10:38:08 -0500 (EST)

On Thu, 12 Nov 1998, Noel Welstead wrote:

> Dear SETInet recipients,
>
> I have watched with dismay as the quality of our much respected SETInet has
> has degraded to such a dismal level that I think that I will pull the plug
> on this list as Dr Shuch did a few weeks ago.
> We are not part of the UFO fringe. We are supposed to be doing real SCIENCE,
>

<RANT>
I agree. I have been on this list for since it started and am very upset
that weeks were spent dealing with the influx of the UFO crowd over data
that was obviously faked. I doubt there will be an alien space probe
landing in Pheonix on Dec 7, though there will probably be a book by
Hoagland crapping up in bookstores around that date, if he had anything to
do with it.

There doesn't need to be a Secret World Conspiracy(TM) to hide the truth
about extra-terrestrials, we have the UFO fringe working to sabotage any
serious searching. The truth is out there, but it is getting horribly
mutilated by these people. It may be difficult for the UFO fringe to
comprehend, but you are your own worst enemies when it comes to getting at
the truth. It is a hoax but the same objections keep showing up:

1. There's all this evidence. <There's all this FAKED evidence.>

2. Everybody's talking about it so it must be true. <It does not follow.>

3. If it's a hoax then why is it being debated? <The only real debate
was with the UFO fringe who seem to be imperious to facts.>

4. It's being covered up by the government. <No it's being covered up by
the UFO fringe to hide the fact they're being stupid.>

5. Since the most complicated explanation is most likely the correct one,
it must be true. <Yes, somebody did post this one on a news group.
Occam is spinning in his grave.>

In watching the UFO fringe I am reminded of a scene in HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE
TO THE GALAXY. The one with Deep Thought and the philosophers. Replace
Deep Thought with SETI, the philosophers with the UFO fringe and the
answer to the ultimate question with the answer to the question of
intelligent extra-terrestrial life. The relationships between them
are very similar.

</RANT>

Just wanted to get it off my chest.

73,
Daniel Fox
KF9ET