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Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

From: Bob Shell <bob@bobshell.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 1997 07:39:51 -0500
Fwd Date: Wed, 26 Nov 1997 12:12:17 -0500
Subject: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

>From: clark@mn.frontiercomm.net [Jerome Clark]
>Date: Mon, 24 Nov 1997 16:59:46 PST
>To: updates@globalserve.net
>Subject: RE: UFO UpDate: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

>If you're not endorsing John Keel's half-baked ideas,
>you ought not to be using his vocabulary.  Keel explicitly
>endorses occult and demonological notions which no
>post-Enlightenment thinker would find of any utility
>whatever in trying to make sense of what the UFO
>phenomenon is about.  As I said, nobody endorses
>the use of theory-driven words (whether ET or ultra-
>terrestrial) in anything other than hypothesis-driven
>discourse.  In any case, I would not equate scientific
>speculation about the possible nature of ET life with
>medieval speculation about demons, unless one
>believes late 20th century science is in no significant
>manner different from 12th century theology.

>Jerry Clark

Are you sure Keel coined this term???  He certainly is not who I
first heard it from, and the context in which I first heard it
was as part of the suggestions that so called ETs were, in fact,
a development of earthly evolutionary processes.

I believe that 12th century theology/demonology was very
different from late 20th century science.  But I'm nut sure that
our science is all that much closer to really understanding the


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