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Re: 'She Blinded Me with Science'

From: RobIrving@aol.com
Date: Mon, 6 Jul 1998 20:48:07 EDT
Fwd Date: Mon, 06 Jul 1998 22:25:34 -0400
Subject: Re: 'She Blinded Me with Science'


> To: "UFO UpDates - Toronto" <updates@globalserve.net>
>  From: Jerome Clark <jkclark@frontiernet.net>
>  Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: 'She Blinded Me with Science'
>  Date: Mon, 06 Jul 98 09:21:57 PDT

Jerry,

Preceding points noted without argument.

>  > I'd like to see these papers. From the way you talk of one might
>  > assume that all his ideas have been refuted. I'm not convinced
>  > of that. It seems a rather convenient way of avoiding revealing
>  > insights. I can cite a number of instances within ufology which
>  > mirror Festinger's ideas.
>
>  How would you know whether Festinger has been refuted or not,
>  when you admit you haven't read the papers in question?

I don't know, which is precisely why I said I'd like to see the papers.
You were telling me the theory had been refuted. Again I draw your
attention to my earlier question:

You wrote that Festinger's Theory of Cognitive Dissonance has been
"pretty well challenged" by sociologists of religion, etc...   Considering
how little of it is directly related to religion that's a broad statment. Are
you talking about its derivative, re. disconfirmation & proselytism?

It's an important distinction, which I'd like to hear you explain before I
obsequiously accept such a sweeping dismissal.

Rob