October 16, 2014
By: John E. Fiorentino
There is no lack of “areas of interest,” “best guesses” or “most probable” places to look for the remains of missing flight MH370, its passengers and crew. These multitudinous
locations come complete with exacting coordinates formulated by mind numbing statistical treatments, all designed to impress if not to be definite.
Part of this perplexing discomfiture is to be expected. After all, there are a good many governmental agencies, independent researchers and ordinary citizens turned arm chair detectives investigating the disappearance of flight MH370. Not to be left out of the fray, I have formulated my own ideas (utilizing a completely different approach than those who will be mentioned here) about what happened to and where we might find the missing aircraft. The decision of just how to release the information, such as in a press release, standard news article, or seek publication in a peer-reviewed journal has not yet been made.
Among the groups and individuals who have already released their findings and best guesses as to where we may locate the plane, include but are not limited to the following: the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), a loose group of “independent experts” calling themselves the Independent Group, or IG, British satellite company Inmarsat and Dr. Bobby Ulich of Bandera, Texas. As we indicate, there are more engaged in MH370 related activities, but in the interest of brevity, and because we can make our case without the others, we'll stick with the ones mentioned.
Simply put, with the four players herein mentioned, come four separate locations where each one believes the search should be centered. You wouldn't have had to have gone very far in school to figure out that at average distances of hundreds and hundreds of miles from each other, they can't all be right. The only thing they really all have in common is their location along an invisible area known as “the 7th arc.” This “arc” is where it is surmised MH370 ran out of fuel and began its descent into the Southern Indian Ocean.
It should be stated that all of those involved have worked hard on the problem of finding the plane's location. With some differences in processing, all have relied on information provided by Inmarsat in their calculations, yet all find themselves rather far apart in spite of this commonality of input.
Some, such as the IG have wandered far afield of the hard data, applying poor logic and deductive reasoning to buttress their conclusions. Some in that group have even stooped to using censorship in an effort to stifle public dissent or avoid answering questions which may prove to be uncomfortable for them. Still others in the IG twist and turn the interpretation of the data to fit their pet theories and preconceived notions.
All of these shenanigans have no place in science and are in fact not science. They are but mere politics, and poor politics at that. Quashing debate by removing your opponents head from the rest of his or her body with a guillotine is an ancient remedy. A remedy not befitting a place in the 21st century, nor a place in science at any time.
“At first, they'll only dislike what you say, but the more correct you start sounding the more they'll dislike you.”
Let's all hope everyone involved in the investigation can move past their petty differences. The goal after all is trying to locate MH370, not trying to show everyone how smart we are.
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