Thursday, February 14, 2008

UFO HUNTERS - Hist. - Abductions

History Channel - Original Air Date: 2/13/08

The show looks at another 40+ year old case, once again ignores all evidence contrary to the views they come into the case with (also ignoring the advice of their team scientist), and ends up with no evidence worth a damn. If you think I'm sensing a pattern to this show, you're right. In this episode, they talk to the niece of Betty Hill, from the famous Barney and Betty Hill Interrupted Journey case (the first of the UFO abductees). So, again, only hearsay evidence. It's worth noting that at the time of the original case, the psychiatrist treating the couple didn't believe their story was something that had really happened, but rather a manifestation of the strains in their marriage and the difficulties in being a bi-racial couple in the early 1960s. Of course, the experts from UFO Magazine are having none of that. They're sure the case is real, just as they're sure that the foreign object in the thin man's leg (different case) is an alien implant. Heck, they even have their own "expert" surgeon with his own specialized "tests" to prove it. Of course, that expert isn't expert enough to actually remove the implant -- that they leave to a real surgeon. And, of all the amazing results, when the "implant" is examined by a real scientist it stops "broadcasting" (something the earlier expert had pronounced it to be doing) and it turns out to be just a tiny piece of ordinary iron. It doesn't even have an interesting or unusual shape - never mind microchip etchings or moving parts. (For what it's worth, the scientific expert tried to warn the others about this.) Yet, the lead investigator remains convinced that all this is proof of UFOs. In the future, the show might want to consider coming up with theories to fit the evidence, not the other way around. That's the way science works. But from what I've seen so far, there's no way this show will ever stoop to being truly scientific.

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