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Military Training?

Well, here we go again.  What is it about retired military people whom just can’t control themselves when it comes to UFO’s? The reasons are many, but for this week (this does seem to be an almost weekly occurrence to me) we have Retired Army Col. John Alexander. Alexander has written a book titled ‘UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities’  that he is promoting at this year’s International UFO Conference. The conclusions he reportedly reaches (I have not read the book so I’m just paraphrasing form the AOLnews.com article) contain both good news and bad news.

The good: he’s confirmed that there is not, nor has there ever been, a government UFO (in the sense of extraterrestrials) cover-up. Well, this really isn’t new news per se, but maybe it is newsworthy that he’s helping bust the conspiracy theorists.

The bad: he’s concluded that UFO’s can not be ruled out to account for all the variable data and eye-witness reports.

No doubt Col. Alexander was an exceptional military man and deemed very highly qualified by his peers. But when it comes to investigating UFO’s, he is failing. No only failing, but falling into the UFO crowd’s sticky honeycomb that ensnares just about every authority figure that delves into their realm. The UFO crowd just loves it when anyone with a uniform opens their mouths about UFO’s, for they see it (and use it) as continued legitimization of their “cracked” community.

Col. Alexander appears to have gotten some of the arguments correct, those directly involved in the military incidents. That makes sense, because he has the direct access to that information. He then, like so many others before him, stretches beyond his expertise and falls into every trap that many good men before him have fallen in to when it comes to UFO beliefs, such as relying on testimonials, misunderstanding statistical anomalies, and miscalculating plausibility (to name just a few.)

I am a great admirer of the men and women that serve in our armed services and space programs.  These people put their very lives at risk and they should be commended. But the question that I and many other skeptics have is why do so many of these fine people entirely fail when it comes to analyzing pseudoscience and the paranormal?  Where are the Lt. Col. Hal Bidlacks out there?  There are WAY too few Bidlacks and just too many Alexanders.

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