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  1. #1 Behaviour of a scientific research organization? 
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    Would a legitimate scientific research organization: 1)Allow anyone willing to pay a high entrance fee, to participate in an expedition without providing anything but the priveledge of attending the expedition and 2)Allow anyone attending the expedition to take home any evidence they find?


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    Quote Originally Posted by WVBIG
    Would a legitimate scientific research organization: 1)Allow anyone willing to pay a high entrance fee, to participate in an expedition without providing anything but the priveledge of attending the expedition
    Scientific organisations are as varied as human enterprises go. A quick look at the functioning of scientific journals will make it all-too-obvious that not the scientific principles but market forces are a primary drive.

    I think organisations should be judged on their own merits and their pretences. If an organisation talks about openness and sharing its resources with the world - a hight entrance fee is strange. On the other hand, considering the costs of organising an event, that's not really that strange. Especially because most events are university/company-subsidised making prices into the hundreds more reasonable.

    and 2)Allow anyone attending the expedition to take home any evidence they find?
    Why would you want to take any evidence home? Surely you would want it in a lab?


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    I'm talking about an organization that is in no way affiliated with a college or university & requires all attending to bring their own food, camping equipment, & research equipment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WVBIG
    I'm talking about an organization that is in no way affiliated with a college or university & requires all attending to bring their own food, camping equipment, & research equipment.
    Perhaps they use the money for the license? I can only recommend contacting them and asking what the entrance fee buys.. why the price is so steep. If you are not satisfied with their answer - don't go.

    Unless you think that appealing to their scientific credentials will motivate them to lower the price.
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    Thanks. I'll try contacting them. The part that bothers me the most is that they let people keep whatever evidence that they find & I imagine most people can't afford, or have the resources, to have the proper testing done on the evidence. Such as DNA, Morphoogy, etc...
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    They say the fee covers things like the travel & lodging expenses of the expedition organizer. The lowest amount I know of this bunch charging is $200/vehicle. Where is the leader staying & how is he traveling??? :? They rarely, if ever, go to Canada. And I know they don't leave the continent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WVBIG
    They say the fee covers things like the travel & lodging expenses of the expedition organizer. The lowest amount I know of this bunch charging is $200/vehicle. Where is the leader staying & how is he traveling??? :? They rarely, if ever, go to Canada. And I know they don't leave the continent.
    Well, there are two possibilities the way I see it. Either you find it acceptable, or you don't. In the first case, go with them, in the second case, don't.

    If you want to vent your moral outrage, I suggest putting that energy to use in some way to convince potential customers to spend their money at more reputable venues. Just convincing one customer would piss them off plenty (considering their fee) methinks
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    It just feels like a scam to me & I think it makes this particular field of research look very bad to the skeptical members of the mainstream scientific community & I feel it is a very worthy field of research.
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    Would you be willing to share with us any particulars of the company you're talking about, or at least what field you're referring to?
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    Perchance this posse is patrolling for a primate of preposterous podalic proportions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by paralith
    Would you be willing to share with us any particulars of the company you're talking about, or at least what field you're referring to?
    I'm referring to Bigfoot research. I don't want to mention the specific organization by name for fear of being accused of slander or liable.
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    Wait..? Bigfoot research? You mean as in, 'looking for Bigfoot'?
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    Yes.
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    Though I may be giving into stereotypes here, this makes me think that the "scientific organization" that you're talking about isn't actually a scientific organization at all but a company taking advantage of a sensationalized phenomenon to make money. Especially if they're willing to let anyone with enough money take away whatever evidence they might find.
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    I agree paralith. "Scientific organization" is their term. Although I've never been on an archaeological dig, I've hear that pocketing artifacts is not permitted. So I can't imagine pocketing evidence being permitted on any kind of legitimate scientific expedition. So if they are advertising themselves as a "Scientific research organization" & taking money from people solely for the priveledge of attending a "Scientific expedition", are they guilty of fraud?
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    Can I get a "what what" for hitting the nail on the head? In alliterative form, no less...
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    Quote Originally Posted by serpicojr
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    Quote Originally Posted by HomoUniversalis
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