Mysterylights Group Message 0374

Subject: Getting Back
From: "sean_b_palmer" <sean@...>
Date: 04 Apr 2006 12:38

Hi everyone,

It's been over five years now since I first set up this mailing list,
and thumbing through the members list I see a lot of old names that I
haven't spoken to for many years now. The whole anomalous light thing
is a kind of tertiary hobby for me, so I don't get as much time to
spend on it as I'd sometimes like, but I have been hacking on the new
site [1] recently and am doing a fair amount of research.

It's been interesting to see just how few advances have really been
made in the field in the previous few years, though that's nothing
new--it's a field that progresses at somewhat of a crawl. It's a shame
because I think that the personalities involved--Adams, Strand,
Devereux, Persinger, Derr, Akers, Clarke, et al.--are very strong and
if they made a push to proselytise the efforts in a cleaner way than
has been heretofore acheived, they'd garner a lot more interest.

In other words, it's a sad reflection that there are only seven
scientists working on the problem when there should be several
hundred. And several hundred is hardly past being a clique itself, but
at least it's something. As Akers has said (pers. comm.), the push has
to be towards getting papers produced; but on the other hand, what is
there to theorise about when much of the subject still centers around
anecdote collection rather than fieldwork?

Of course, fieldwork is time consuming and expensive and requires a
grand operation. I certainly can't afford to do it, and I wouldn't be
able to interest my institution in it; so that leaves independent
funding from philanthropists, which I'm not going to get. Which is why
I'm continuing to invest the time that I have to spend on the subject
in filtering out as much of the evidence as already exists and
presenting it for the public, whilst adding my own interpretations on
the way if I have any. I try to keep that to a minimum, but every so
often I start to see some interesting trends.

Anyway, that can come on the site. I mainly post here just to see if
anyone else around these parts is still interested in pursuing these
lights, and also to make sure that Yahoo! Groups doesn't delete the
group for inactivity :-)


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Sean B. Palmer, UK, 2006

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