Jack Brewer has posted the thoughts of those who have contributed to his request for opinion on whether MUFON should ban the parties associated with the Roswell Slides fiasco:
The UFO Trail: UFO Community Members Weigh in on Dubious MUFON Speakers
It’s worth your time if you’re interested in ufology — past, present, and especially future.
Jack Brewer recently summarized the state of affairs regarding the Roswell Slides fiasco that has played out over the last month: “The UFO Trail: Roswell Slides: It’s All Over but the Accountability.” I recommend it to all of you who are interested in this latest parody of Roswell research. For those who want to read about what will go down as a textbook example of what’s wrong with UFO research, I recommend the Roswell Slides website.
Calls for accountability have actually begun. The assistant state director of Wisconsin’s MUFON chapter (Mark O’Connell) has written MUFON’s International Director requesting that those involved in the Roswell Slides debacle be banned from speaking at all MUFON events. Mr. O’Connell posted that letter on his blog under the title “Eradicating the UFO Pestilence.” Ouch.
Yesterday Jack Brewer contacted several individuals (myself included) who have an interest in what can be done to change the sideshow climate of UFO research to share thoughts about the call for a MUFON ban. I’ve sent my thoughts to him. I’ll naturally be interested to see what others think on the matter. When Jack posts those responses, I’ll let you all know. Personally, I think a ban is worth consideration, though I don’t think all the parties in Mr. O’Connell’s letter are equally deserving of something that harsh. It’s difficult for me to believe Rich Dolan would knowingly endorse something this careless and inept. But the sentiment about ufology cleaning up its act is on target — as is the need for accountability. I’d recommend a vetting process for conference presenters in the future. As noted above, when Jack Brewer presents responses to the MUFON challenge, I’ll direct readers to it.
||By Jack Brewer
MUFON Wisconsin Assistant State Director and Chief Investigator Mark O’Connell published a blog post Tuesday in which he requested the organization remove Roswell Slides promoter Jaime Maussan from its list of speakers for its upcoming annual symposium. O’Connell, who is currently composing a book on the life of the late ufology icon J. Allen Hynek, additionally requested that MUFON ban Maussan and his beWITNESS colleagues Tom Carey, Don Schmitt, Richard Dolan and Anthony Bragalia from its future events.
“There is no place for these people at any gathering that is meant to further the cause of serious UFO study,” O’Connell wrote in a message to MUFON International Director Jan Harzan published in the Tuesday blog post.
MUFON has long been under fire from a wide range of sources for what many interpret to be a blatant disregard of its mission statement, “The scientific study of UFOs for the benefit of humanity.” More discerning members of the UFO community have frequently voiced strong objections to the organization’s choices of speakers given the claimed mission, and the latest decision to offer Maussan a platform is bound to draw more criticism. The theme of the 2015 MUFON Symposium is billed as, “Expanding Ufology: Opening NEW Doors in Academia, Industry and Media.”
“Maybe we need to shut a few doors while we’re at it,” O’Connell wrote in response to the theme.
This writer appreciates O’Connell’s initiative. Let MUFON and O’Connell know what you think about his request and the related issues by posting your comments at his recent post, ‘Eradicating the UFO Pestilence’.
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