It recently came too my attention through the Daily Grail and UFO Chronicles, that Skeptics have been attacking Ufology, especially Stan Freidman and Chris Rutkowski.
For the relevant articles please see below:
Skepticblog.org ( posted november 26th,2008 ) ” Abducted by logic ” Phil Plait.
DailyGrail.com (posted november 27th, 2008 ) ” Astronomers and UFOs “
Skepticblog.org (posted december 4th, 2008 ) ” Stanton Freidman doesn’t like me ” by Brian Dunning.
Uforum.blogspot.com ( posted december 10th, 2008 ) ” UFO debunker strikes again ” by Chris Rutkowski.
Skepticblog.org ( posted december 10th, 2008 ) ” UFonies ” by Phil Plait.
DailyGrail.com (posted december 12th, 2008) ” Skeptologists attack Ufologists “
DailyGrail.com ( posted december 15th, 2008 ) ” Friedman on the Skeptologists“
Skepticblog.org (posted december 18th, 2008 ) ” The top UFO debunker? Really? ” by Brian Dunning.
The whole affair seems regretable, and absolutely pointless, and i’m afraid instigated by the Skeptologists.
I must point out from the start, that everyone should have an open mind, and question everything, and enquire. Also they should not blindly say that every UFO sighting is extraterrestrial, or that they are all fakes….. (yes the majority can be explained, but there are those that cannot, so why not attempt to solve them? ).
The skeptologists decide to put the boot (or rather the DM) in, and attack UFOlogy: especially targeting Stanton Friedman and Chris Rutkowski.
The DailyGrail.com article (posted december 12th, 2008) ” Skeptologists attack Ufologists ” covers all that was said well, so i will not repeat it again.
What i object too, is the way they go about doing this: it really is quite sad to see them in operation…. what exactly are they trying to prove? and what is their aim? to piss everyone off probably; of course, it all degenerates into insults, and what the hell does this achieve. I do not blaim Stan and Chris on going on the defensive.
However, i just wish for once, they (skepticblog or should that be skepticfog) could actually have some substantial research of their own to draw on…but i guess that would ask too much.
All this, is a good argument for saying, why the hell can we not pull all resources together, and try to build up case studies, even if we cannot nessecarily agree on the outcome. To just keep slagging each other off constantly, is not very productive, is it. Anyone can do it.
For instance, the recent Stephenville UFO sightings and the Channel Island sightings (an excellent report was done for the Channel Islands sighting, for instance- it was a very detailed report, and involved a colaboration of quite a few people).
Do not get me wrong either, i have nothing against skeptics, because to some extent, in Ufology, we all have to be skeptics also…….
The only way that the Skepicblog has succeeded, is by drawing attention to itself, in which case it has worked, however, i must also point out, that most will see, that they have not actually grown up?