he following article was provided by Peter McCue who has a long standing and active interest in psychical research and the UFO phenomena. He worked for many years as a clinical psychologist and his qualifications include a Ph.D from the University of Glasgow – awarded for research on hypnosis.
Scepticism is a matter of degree. At one end of the spectrum, there’s credulity, an unhealthy lack of scepticism; at the other end, there’s hyper-scepticism.1 Neither is a good qualification for the objective investigation of anomalous phenomena. In this article (which is based on a lecture given at the UFO DATA Magazine Conference in October 2008), I’ll discuss two cases of interest in connection with credulity and hyper-scepticism: one from West Sussex in southern England , andone fromUtahin the
USA. Both feature UFO sightings and other phenomena. Evidentially, the British case isn’t very strong, but it’s been treated with a degree of credulity by some commentators (for example, on the
internet). The Utah case, though better substantiated, has attracted hyper-sceptical comments via book reviews. The reviews are interesting for what they indicate about the hyper-sceptical mindset. Peter has written numerous articles on anomalous phenomena and he remains open-minded about their nature.