Saturday, March 14, 2009

Forbidden Science- Jacques Vallee

I just happened to luck out this week in the neighborhood second hand bookstore chancing upon an autographed copy of Jacques Vallee's Forbidden Science. The good doctor by the way is the astrophysicist who was the model for the character played by Francois Truffaut in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Anyway, here's a real hardcore scientist daring to do what a real scientist should- be unafraid and ask questions no matter where they lead... Prevalent belief systems be damned!

What should a a small group of researchers do when they find themselves confronted with a phenomenon that does not follow the recognized laws of nature? How far should they go in alerting their colleagues and the public in the absence of definite proof? Can they really hope to influence an academic community that is notoriously enamored of the status quo and intimidated by political intrigue? Is it even possible to to preserve the intellectual traditions of scholarly research in an environment marred by the secrecy of government budgets, the drudgery of government bureaucracy and the public's fear of the unknown? -Dr. Jacques Vallee

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