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IU-Purdue Offering UFO Class

  1. Oct 2, 2006 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    IU-Purdue Offering "UFO" Class

    http://www.14wfie.com/Global/story.asp?S=5484305&nav=3w6o

    This is interesting
    http://www.clevelandufo.com/UFOeducators/home.html
     
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2006
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  3. Oct 5, 2006 #2
    Why do people continually link crop circles to UFOs? Sure it goes along with the history and folklore of UFOs, but the class would be respectable IMO if crop circles were left out. Not that the class is respectable in the first place.
     
  4. Oct 9, 2006 #3

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    I wonder what sort of enrollment the class will get. When I first saw just the little snippet about it quoted here, I was thinking it was likely some really bored history professor trying to spice up the curriculum, much like English departments will offer classes from time to time on things like romance or sci fi novels, just to try to attract some students who wouldn't normally take an extra English course. Then I read the full article and saw this is being taught by someone who actually believes this stuff. :rolleyes: I wonder what the motivation was to approve adding this course to the curriculum? Is it the string attached to some large donation to the department?
     
  5. Oct 9, 2006 #4

    Ivan Seeking

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    I know a now retired meteorology professor who got interested in UFOs near the end of this career. Before long he was completely caught up in the subject.

    Believe it or not, there are plenty of respectable people in science who have a genuine interest.
     
  6. Oct 9, 2006 #5

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    Oh yes: Believes what, exactly?

    Are you saying that any researcher is automatically a true believer?

    Edit: thread split
    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=135566
     
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  7. Oct 9, 2006 #6

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    This is probably the best quote and spokesman for this problem:

    Recently, Dr. Sturrock reported that the journal SCIENCE has agreed to publish "well penned" papers on UFOs.
     
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  8. Oct 9, 2006 #7

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    On a related note, I should include the person who first took the lead on this in the academic community. [All found in the UFO Napster sticky thread above]. Next, a recent paper is linked.

    Also, here is a link to a recent paper on the possibility of visiting ETs that was published in a lesser journal.
    http://www.ufoskeptic.org/JBIS.pdf

    ET Visitors: Scientists See High Likelihood
    http://www.space.com/searchforlife/et_betterodds_050114.html
     
  9. Oct 9, 2006 #8

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    Ivan, are you just using this hook to unload your UFO fan archives? I mean Hynek? Close Encounters of the Third Kind Hynek?
     
  10. Oct 10, 2006 #9

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    I'm not sure what you mean. I was responding to MB's comments by showing that there is already a history between academics and UFO studies. And beyond that, taking things to the next level, a few serious assertions have already been made that it makes sense to look for ETs.

    As for Hynek, at the request of the US government, he pioneered the subject among academics. And yes, Spielberg did consult with Hynek in making CE.

    No doubt, I consider Hynek and Sturrock to be two of the most notable in the lineage of UFO researchers.
     
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