Googling in support of and credibility of experts is a Discovery Channel program exercise.
When people feel the need to express themselves, the internet is the best medium to use. Individuals who do bad things and those who do good things are mocked and praised on the media, respectively. However, not all outlets can be trusted with respect to the information they provide, as some of them are biased when posting to their websites. They will post false information in order to make their enemies feel marginalized and unconstitutional. In the event that they operate in the same area, this is also an effort to minimize rivalry. Some of these sources however can be described as the best and dependable because the information they post is based on some facts and can be reliable in case of any reference. Google is a good example of the most reliable sources worldwide whose information is always true, genuine and to the point. These same sources have been in the frontline in praising researchers and scientists who have dominated the airwaves over current and past generations.
Analysis of Dr. Robert Folk
Therefore, this essay begins with analyzing the history and work of one of the most renowned geologist by the name Dr. Robert Folk.
First source: www.utexas.edu
Many sources have therefore given different information regarding the professor as shown. They are showing the credibility, the challenges and the criticism these individuals faced while in the field doing their work and this begins with a source from the United States called utexas.edu. This source shows that Folk were born in Cleveland, in the United States in the year 1925 where he started collecting and identifying rocks at the age of 5. His passion on such subject matter at this tender age revealed his promising and bright future, which showed where he might land and what he might do. Furthermore, important information that the source gives about this geologist is that he is a professor of geological sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Due to his well understanding on rocks, in one of his work while in the field, Folk goes ahead and tries to search for life in mass (Miall 24). He did this by studying a meteorite that had fallen into the Antarctica using one of the most powerful microscopes that his institution provided. He did this in 1996 where his workmate, Kirkland described him as one of the world’s leading sedimentologists. However, the source claims that he received the Penrose Medal in Geological Society of America’s yearly meeting due to his outstanding work and his efforts to develop the younger community in the University of Texas. Folk has also had outstanding and original contributions to the science of geology in general and therefore he continues to be a renowned person of the UT Austin Department of Geological Sciences.
Second source: www.what-when-how.com
This source begins with describing Folk as an earth scientist. It further gives him the title ‘American Sedimentologist, Archeological geologist’. It claims that he began categorizing sedimentary rocks as a boy complimenting his rock assemblage due to the exotic names of the igneous rocks. He is known for identifying the classification system of the carbonates, which exists in books in all schools worldwide to this date. Moreover, his interest in studying rocks was so high that he became attracted to the grain roundness, coloring, and Aeolian deposits of the sand (Fossen 48). More importantly, he is known for his interest in studying minor things that his colleagues saw or rather felt are not important and therefore all his discoveries originated from the minute things. Also, the source gives brief information that Folk went to Shaker Heights High School and Pennsylvania State University in College Park in 1943. After obtaining his professorship, he held several positions and received many awards in the department of geology. Between 1977 and 1982, he held the Gregory Professorship in sedimentary geology and between 1982 and 1988 he held the Carlton Professorship of geology. He is therefore appreciated much because he led a fruitful career where he was the author of more than 108 articles that were published and documented internationally (Miall 77). In addition to that, in his teaching career he was given a Geology Foundation Outstanding Teacher award.
Third source: www.scienceforthepeople.com
Other than his life history and some educational background, this source tries to give some extra information regarding the career of Dr. Robert Folk. It first claims that in 1970’s while on field work in Italy, Folk identified bacteria which seemed to be precipitating. He later discovered that it was a rare type of limestone known as travertine, which has dominated the building and construction industry to date (Fossen 70). It is well known for its compatibility to withstand heavy weights and stiffness and that makes it useful in the construction of towers and bigger buildings. Folk claimed that the significant function of nanobacteria was discovered out of curiosity especially in the mineralogical sphere. In the year 1992, he received some critics when he claimed that several kinds of rocks were formed by tiny-like bacteria. He was criticized both in his field and out of his depth. The source rather concludes that, after the NASA group identified a meteorite that had landed in the Antarctica, Folk saw a tiny 50-namometer bacterium using one of the most powerful microscopes provided by the University.
Generally, to conclude on this, there are many other sources that describe the career and background of Dr. Folk but a good summary can be drawn from the three above. There are those that I immediately trust as reliable. A source like ‘Science for people’ gives both the achievements and the weaknesses of the professor; it does not only focus on the brighter side but also highlights his challenges (Miall 98). I may easily assume that a source like ‘utexas.edu’ would provide a biased perspective. This source would not want to expose the weaknesses of Dr. Folk because he is one of their member and they fear that revealing such information to people would change the way people view their institution and more importantly their learned professor. In this case however, there are no sources that I find strange because from all of them, I can understand what they are portraying clearly and can easily distinguish those that are unreliable from the reliable ones.
Dr. David M. Jacobs
This is another learned professor, a great historian who has dominated the field of history for many years. There are also several sources that describe his work together with the educational background.
First source: www.wikipediacom
This source begins by describing Jacobs as a great American historian who retired in this field as associate professor in high institution of learning, Temple University. He was a renowned specialist in American history in the field of ufology in the early 20th century while at the university. Being a historical figure, Jacobs’s education was at its peak when he achieved his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in the year 1973. The climax of his education was in the field of intellectual history. He has therefore earned more respect due to his conversancy with the field of history and also has a high profile of Ufology. Besides being a professor, Jacobs is also a writer of books and articles in his area of specialization. He has personally written 5 books on a number of topics that cut alleged alien abductions and UFOs (Eghigian 613). Therefore, he affirms that much of his study subjects are geared towards integrating alien-human hybrids into human society. Without his knowledge and support on this, it would be more difficult for aliens to flaxen and be like humans because their body outlook and general features are different from those of real human beings.
Jacobs has however faced a myriad criticisms from his colleagues who have a different thinking mind from his own. First, his hypothesis has been criticized as unsupportable quest by those who value the positive side of the alien abduction practice, for instance, John E. Mark (Kulevonic 382). Jacobs has however responded to the critic by explaining how he terms all elements that do not correspond to his perspective as confabulations. Also, other historians (Carl Sagan and Susan Clancy) laid their criticisms on the methods used by Jacob other abduction researchers. Sagan claimed that these stands and experiences have high probability of causing cases of fault memory and mistaken identity. In the contrary, Clancy has tinted problems associated with abduction research.
Second source: www.coasttocoastam.com
This specific source has provided generally less information regarding the historian. It asserts that, Jacobs in the mid-1960s studied controversy over unidentified flying objects in America (Eghigian 615). In his work, a number of articles, addresses, and papers about UFO abduction have been published.
Third source: www.ufoabduction.com
The source states that, David Jacobs is the CEO of the International Center for Abduction Research. In his personal note, Jacobs’s states that he tries to stay as close to the evidence as he can. In this regard, the revised dissertation of Jacob’s work was published by Indiana University Press as ‘The UFO controversy in America (1975)’. Therefore, having conducted nearly 900 hypnotic regressions, Dr. Jacobs’s peculiar efforts in primary research paved way for him to be considered as the key UFO abduction researchers globally. Through this, he was the pioneers of the first scientific typology of the abduction practice worldwide (Kulenovic 386). In 1992, a book, ‘Secret Life: Firsthand Accounts of UFO abductions’, that contained comprehensive ideologies on the abduction phenomenon was published. Also, Jacob lectured and presented his papers in several forums in colleges and universities. For instance, in 1989 he visited Cornell University and presented his first paper to a science-oriented organization on abduction phenomenon at. He has however written many books in his field of study. Finally this source asserts that, Dr. Jacobs is a strong activist of firm ethical and scientific research methodology.
Basing on this, all the three sources provide information on Dr. Jacobs. However, I would trust the Wikipedia with immediate effect because it is reliable since it highlights both the strengths and the weaknesses of the professor (Eghigian 619). The ufoabduction.com would give the best information concerning their director but it would not be fully reliable as sources inside the organization would not want to reveal the fault of their boss.
Eghigian, Greg. “Making UFOs make sense: Ufology, science, and the history of their mutual mistrust.” Public Understanding of Science 26.5 (2017): 612-626.
Fossen, Haakon. Structural geology. Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Kulenović, Nina. “Ufology: The Origins of a “Science” in Popular Culture.” Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology 7.2 (2016): 381-399.
Miall, Andrew. The geology of fluvial deposits: sedimentary facies, basin analysis, and petroleum geology. Springer, 2013.