Crop circles are appearing during the 2001 season with as much frequency as before, despite the predictions of skeptics that this season would be a sparse one. The fact that a crop circle hoaxer was arrested for trespassing and mischief after last year's season, and the restrictions on movement in rural areas due to the Foot-and-Mouth epidemic, caused many researchers to predict that there would be few formations during this year's season.
However, this has proved not to be the case. In May and June of 2000, there were approximately 33 formations reported. This year during the same period, 29 have been reported, according to the database at Cropcircleresearch.com.
An extremely wet spring slowed the growth of crops in the UK this year, but other factors do not seem to have deterred the circlemakers.
The scientific evidence that shows that unusual changes take place in some crops affected by the phenomenon continues to be ignored by researchers making the claim that the majority of circles, or all of them, are manmade. Until a methodical approach is taken to the scientific testing of crop inside the formations, the debate will remain meaningless.
Much of this evidence has been gathered by the BLT Research Team and published either privately or in scientific journals. The team consists of biophysicist Dr. William C. Levengood, John Burke and Nancy Talbott.
Opinion: A lack of funding for objective research is really the only thing preventing a solution to the crop circle mystery. However, there are strong social and possibly political forces that distort the whole process, causing a clash between irrational skepticsm and irrational belief that leads to no net gain of knowledge at all.
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