I am getting lots of emails from rush to judgement types. Inevitably, they haven’t listened to the show and chose to believe instead the first thing they read about Jaime’s presentation, which was the business about the deblurred placard. They are blind to the subtleties and ambiguities that are inevitable with something like this. These nincompoops always assume that I’m unaware of things like the Deblur Program and the contents of the placard. It never occurs to them that somebody with 30 years at the cutting edge of research in this field might be well informed, and, in fact, far better informed than they are.
The worst are the passive UFO researchers, of whom there are far too many, who sit on their duffs and read what others say but do no original work of their own. Such people abound in the community, and are one of the reasons it is so weak, just in general. For example, they’re confidently asserting that the body in Jaime’s slides is or was at the museum in Mesa Verde. Linda actually WENT to the museum and looked at the mummies there. No resemblance, as she points out in the show to which they also did not listen.
There is also a psychological effect, which is related to the ghastly shaming frenzies that erupt all the time in social media: people are much more eager to rip others to shreds than to accept the value of their effort.
Jaime Maussan is like all of us in this field: he lives out on a limb. Of course he gets into trouble from time to time. We all do. But this time I think he has something, and what Linda has found makes it even more provocative.
Maybe we’ll all end up with egg on our faces, but if people don’t take chances in the field, there cannot be progress.