A Message From Chris Originally posted to Gotlib's BAE: As an astronomer, I share the majo
A Message From Chris
Originally posted to Gotlib's BAE:
As an astronomer, I share the majority view that intelligent life
exists elsewhere in our galaxy (but not necessarily here on Earth!). I
belive it possible that an advanced, technological civilization may
have found ways of traversing interstellar distances without violating
physical laws. However, after 20 years of research and investigation, I
do not see any incontrovertible evidence of this.
My opinion is that if UFOs are not physical phenomena, they definitely
are sociological or psychological phenomena. In either case, they are
worth scientific study, because they have permeated the minds and
imagination of the populace.
I first met modern-day contactees in the 1970's. In the late 1980's,
abductees began seeking my help in understanding their experiences. I
and my colleagues in UFOROM (Ufology Research of Manitoba) have been
actively investigating a broad spectrum of reported experiences since
1975. Although many cases are intriquing and a small percentage are
unexplained, they do not offer conclusive proof of extraterrestrial
I am interested in bridging the chasm between "believers" and
"debunkers" in an attempt to catalyse rational discourse on these
topics. I know that, deliberately or otherwise, incorrect information
has been propagated by individuals who have made "names" for themselves
in these fields of study. Because of some training in deconstructionist
educational theory, I am critical of published research and popular
interpretations of the phenomena.
My philosophy: "Don't always believe the believers, but also be
skeptical of skeptics."
My favourite quote as it relates to abduction experiences:
"If you remember your experience, it is probably just a false memory;
if you don't remember it, the memory was erased."
Chris A. Rutkowski
Canada R3C 3R2
E-Mail Fredric L. Rice / The Skeptic Tank