Sunday, November 22, 2015

Episode 8 - Improving the UFO Database

Released: 22 November 2015
Duration: 53 minutes, 38 seconds

Download the .mp3 audio file

This is the 8th episode of API Case Files - the podcast by and for UAP Investigators. In this episode, Marsha Barnhart reports on a small-airplane-sized, orb-like sphere case in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Paul Carr talks with Podcast UFO host Martin Willis. (This is an excerpt from his full interview with Martin Willis, showcased in API's newest podcast offering API Conversations.) Antonio Paris, Paul Carr and Marsha Barnhart discuss the need to collate well-investigated UFO cases to narrow down information into a solid, useable database. And they talk about the propensity of videos on YouTube that are hoaxed or poorly vetted by people just interested in making money off the UFO side-show.

  • Intro
  • Marsha Barnhart's report on Case 15-041: Winston-Salem, North Carolina 2-Witness sighting.
  • Excerpt from Paul Carr's API Conversations interview with Podcast UFO host Martin Wills.
  • Antonio Paris, Paul Carr and Marsha Barnhart discuss the need for a well-documented UFO database, and lament the hoaxers making money on YouTube.
  • Outro/Closing (DJ Spooky, Check Your Math) 



Host and Producer: Marsha Barnhart
Music: Broke for Free, DJ Spooky, Totality Music

Friday, November 13, 2015

The entire conversation from Episodes 3 and 4

The entire conversation between myself and "Eric the Red" that was split between epsiodes 3 and 4 is available in a single .mp3 file. Your comments are welcome, as always.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The science of false memories

As I discussed in Unidentified Science #3, we have to be very careful when we are using human memories as evidence for anything. Some corroborating evidence is always needed. This isn't just because we forget details or get the sequence of events wrong. One of the worst things that can happen is that we can remember things that simply never happened. This is made worse still by so-called "therapists," who not only might inadvertently induce false memories in their clients, but actively encourage their development. In the past, this has led to to horrific and demonstrably spurious accusations of abuse that have destroyed families, all based upon false memories. This is well summarized in Aronson and Tavris' book, Mistakes Were Made, but not by Me.

This article in The Conversation caught my eye (h/t to @otherworldNE), since it lays out the typical process by which false memories are induced by unethical therapists and paranormal investigators. Hypnosis is a common technique, as is guided imagery or dream interpretation. The clients accepts the authority of the therapist, and is guided down a path to "recover" memories that may well be completely confabulated. Sound familiar? This is why at API ( as we discussed in Episode 2 of API Case Files), we will never recommend hypnotic regression to a witness, no matter how desperate they are to understand their experiences,. We think that looking hard for corroborating evidence, coupled with embracing uncertainty and an acceptance that we may never know everything about what happened will best help the client make peace with their memories. We don't offer easy answers, but we can help people ask better questions.

Are we wrong about that? What do you think?