To the editor:
Regarding UFO abduction reports. The problem with studying insanity and self-delusion is that there are few or no biological examples outside of homo sapiens. Therefore, the hypothesis that these observable behaviors in humans amount to nothing but imagination begins with a low plausibility. Conversely, there are plenty of biological examples of higher, insensible beings abducting lower ones. Most of us have watched robins capturing earthworms, which in some cases get away and return to their earthworm life. Earthworms, of course, only rarely sense the presence of robins, and have little evidence to believe that robins even exist. Probably, most of this evidence comes from "failed abductions." Robins do exist, however, and it pays earthworms to take "the robin hypothesis" seriously.
That's why Professor Twarog's quote in Thursday's article is a sterling example of pseudo-science. True scientists never believe the idea that studying a plausible hypothesis is dangerous. True scientists never attempt to censor the search for truth in order to protect a gullible public. The statement, "There is nothing there worth studying," is classical political suppression of science.