reply to post by yeti101
I suppose you're right in that regard, he does not dismiss the possibility, not directly.
What I find he DOES do (as cited above) is to ridicule the possibility.
This is a more passive means of dismissing the possibility, however it is another way of achieving the same thing.
Let me also be clear, I have no problem with SETI searching for Radio Signals from Space, nor do I have a problem with UFO research being conducted
outside of SETI.
What I have a problem with is Shostak's continuing attacks on the UFO research community. Classifying them as pseudo-scientists. Frankly what I've
laid out for you in this thread is an assertion, a theory. That is not unscientific. I've tested the theory against the available evidence. That
is not unscientific. I've drawn no definitive conclusions, outside the fact that my theory fits with the observable evidence. That is not
Shostak groups the UFO research community together, treating amateurs and professionals alike. He ignores the fact that real science is being
conducted in this field, and asserts that ONLY through Radio SETI will we ever have a definitive answer. He then goes on to ridicule scientists who
theorize that the Wow signal was ET in origin.
His categorization (on national radio and television I might add) of UFO researchers being 'unscientific' is frankly not based in truth.
Hynek, Freedman, Warren, Maccabee, and myself would strongly disagree with his generalized assertions in this regard, just to name a few.
Apparently Arby also takes this stance (Arby is sitting on your side of the aisle here, if I'm not mistaken...)
There is a thread here at ATS about it, that we're both participating in...
Methinks I'm not the only one who notices this pattern of behavior from Shostak.
The 'unscientific' name slinging needs to come to an end, for the UFO research community to be taken seriously in the mainstream media.