Hi Carl Grove:
I previously posted: “No plan
for investigation so far: goals, constraints, technology, personnel, roles and responsibilities, timelines and due dates, etc. If this is not addressed, then I consider this to be a fatal flaw.”
The way the investigators and ranch staff conduct themselves, there is and can be no resolution to anything. First, in the “observation science of walking around,” they note extremely high and unusual levels of VOCs – volatile organic compounds. They then do nothing with this information – including contacting the US EPA to report it! They do not have blood samples drawn immediately after this exposure so they can have some documented evidence (triangulation) which would strengthen their case. Then they move on to the next weird thing. And then the next. They never follow through with anything.
A project plan
would be deciding and documenting the following categories, and then following the plan:
- Who has final decision-making authority.
- The goals: very specific. This would follow reviewing the prior evidence. Which they do not do.
- Description of the goals and the types of evidence they would document. For example, videos of some type of weirdness, triangulated with other types of evidence: radiation readings, failure of equipment, personnel reporting on their health at the time, comparing all this to the previous documented evidence, etc.
- Roles and responsibilities of all the people involved in this. So the head of security does not get to decide what does and does not get done. Or the digger.
- Due dates: what is to be accomplished by when.
This project management is not rocket science; it is basic work processes for science. Yet they do not do any of this. If Dr. Taylor actually has the work experience he claims, then he knows this stuff. I conclude that he does not follow it because either the ranch owner or the Netflix producers have made this decision, and he is paid enough to go along with it. Nothing else makes sense to me. I have now watched ½ of the series, and no project plan is in evidence. This is a fatal flaw.
In every project I have designed and implemented, designing the project (in all the above categories of decisions and more) took as long or longer than actually conducting the research. I hope some other researchers will offer comments.
The ranch owner apparently has not fully briefed Dr. Taylor on previous evidence, and when Taylor finds this out, he still continues on with the project. If Taylor was eventually fully briefed, no mention of this is made in the series (I am up to episode 3 so far.). This is unbelievably shoddy. I find it unbelievable.
Carl Grove, I think something weird is happening at the ranch: poltergeist outbreaks and some aspects of mass hysteria at the least.
However, the series is hurting the chances of any good scientists taking a look because it comes across as woo entertainment.
PS – I find the way the security men carry their presumably loaded weapons unprofessional.