I’d like to introduce everyone to a young astronomer named Stuart Robbins. Stuart has a blog called Exposing PseudoAstronomy wherein he tries to do just that. Considering that many of his targets are rather easy ones, i.e. Creationists, self-proclaimed psychics, etc., he succeeds for the most part in showing how unscientific they are.
Stuart appears to be attempting to emulate one Phil Plait, a self-proclaimed skeptical astronomer himself, and someone who clearly has aspirations of establishing himself as some kind of pop media icon. What both Stuart and Phil have in common, of course, is that they are already quite sure that the entire UFO subject is a hoax, nonsense, etc. – not that I wouldn’t agree with them for the most part. I don’t agree with them in regards to the Billy Meier case, which predictably (no pun intended) they both have summarily dismissed, by ignoring the staggering amount of verifiably accurate scientific information, published by Meier long before “official discovery”.
In his own UFO blog Phil demonstrates invisibility by mysteriously, if not magically, disappearing when confronted with far more than he expected to be. Of course, clever fellows like Phil offer glib, dismissive and very unscientific remarks when challenged to really look into Meier‘s information. Suffice it to say that the Meier case is an inconvenience for anyone wanting to parlay their “expertise” into a major career, which is easily overshadowed by Meier’s firsthand knowledge of the cosmos that exceeds even Phil’s proverbial wildest dreams.
But since Stuart appears to more of a novice who’s aspiring to such, er, stellar heights as Phil presumes himself to have attained, I have sent him a fair number of leads and links to scientific information by Meier that really should pique his interest, if he’s truly a scientist and not just looking for his 15 minutes of fame. So I’d invite any scientifically knowledgeable people who’ve been researching the Meier material to contact Stuart and politely invite him to practice the kind of objective, logical, scientific thinking and investigation that distinguishes a real scientist from a simply prejudiced, opinionated – and therefore basically religious – skeptic.
I wouldn’t waste any time with Phil, who’s already convinced himself that he knows everything and is merely waiting for any as yet undiscovered astronomical objects to be named after him. Stuart may be a bit different, since he’s a bit younger than Phil and while he may have a youthful feeling of invincible intellectual superiority it hasn’t yet either overwhelmed him, nor been convincingly demonstrated.
So do engage Stuart, if you wish. He seems like an earnest, decent and possibly even slightly curious young fellow, which could help him succeed as a scientist. Perhaps we can help him to attain that goal.