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UFOs by Thornton Page
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Apr 26, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: sciences
Recommended to Erik by: Michael Miley
Recommended for: anyone interested in UFOs
Read in April, 2008 — I own a copy , read count: 1

Having heard about the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences' (AAAS) 1969 symposium on UFO's for years, I was pleased to find a used, hardcover copy of it at a bookstore near the Belmont Station of Chicago's Red Line. I wasn't expecting much, having also heard that it was weighted heavily in the negative.

Actually, it wasn't that prejudiced. Hynek and McDonald were the only strong proponents of the extraterrestrial hypothesis. But Menzel was really the sole presenter to strongly object to it. The rest were neutral or dabbled in psychological explanations. Many, such as the presenters on photographic and radar evidence, did not even really address the hypothesis. They simply discussed the epistemic limitations of their media.

Although offensive, Menzel was good--an intelligent, well-educated skeptic. One would like to see a tape of him and McDonald go at it! The only really bad presentation was the ridiculous contribution of Lester Grinspoon and Alan Persky entitled "Psychiatry and UFO Reports." It is such stupid psychoanalytic drivel that it is funny until one reflects that these men are serious and that the AAAS actually invited them. If there were any crazies at the symposium, Grinspoon and Persky were them.
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