archiv~1: SETI Re: ATNF clams up on 1.451 ghz hit.

SETI Re: ATNF clams up on 1.451 ghz hit.

Jim Ostrowski ( )
Sat, 21 Nov 1998 07:22:52 -0800

Dr. H. Paul Shuch wrote:
> At 08:23 PM 11/20/98 -0800, Jim Ostrowski wrote:
> > Norris' dismissal of this signal as "interference" from a "terrestrial
> >satellite" was not based on any acceptable scientific procedure
> >whatsoever.
> Untrue, sir. Several of our member stations have indeed detected signals
> in the same part of the spectrum which, upon exhaustive analysis, proved to
> be interference from low-earth-orbit satellites. These experiences are
> thoroughly documented in our "What We've Heard So Far" page on the Web.
> Project Phoenix has had similar experiences, which are detailed on the SETI
> Institute website. SERENDIP at Arecibo has had similar hits, which are
> documented on the SERENDIP website. Project BETA has had exactly the same
> experience, which is documented on the Planetary Society website. Dr.
> Norris' recent detection fits exactly the profile of these proven satellite
> RFI events. His conclusions were not arbitrary, but reasoned. It is
> entirely acceptable scientific procedure to conclude, based upon the
> evidence at hand, that the source of the signals is the same.
> May I ask what credentials you possess, which lead you to question whether
> some of the world's most highly trained and respected scientists have
> followed "acceptable scientific procedure?"

Dear Dr. Shuch,

Yes, you may. I need a "time out" to check some references and attend to
other unrelated
matters and I will get back to you with the answer to that question.

I've been thinking about it and I don't think that _my_ question was a
fair one, for reasons I'm sure you have probably thought of by now.

How about this:

1. His (Dr.Norris') conclusions were arbitrary, NOT reasoned.

This is the inverse of your position (stated, above).

I changed my mind about unsubscribing. This is interesting.

Jim Ostrowski