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Re: Guilt By Association

From: "Jerome Clark" <jkclark@frontiernet.net>
Date: Sat, 06 Jun 98 22:08:17 PDT
Fwd Date: Sun, 07 Jun 1998 01:52:54 -0400
Subject: Re: Guilt By Association

> From: "Greg Sandow" <gsandow@prodigy.net>
> To: "'UFO UpDates - Toronto'" <updates@globalserve.net>
> Subject: Guilt By Association
> Date: Sat, 6 Jun 1998 16:41:58 -0400

> >From: RobIrving@aol.com
> >Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 13:09:03 EDT
> >To: updates@globalserve.net

> >You seem to be saying that once these conventional explanations
> >have been eliminated Occam's Razor would require that we look to
> >unconventional explanations: Take, say, Michael Hesemann's claim
> >that the increased radiation he says he detected in crop circles,
> >as he has eliminated in his mind all conventional explanations,
> >must be proof that aliens made the crop circle.

> I've been pondering this comment from Rob Irving. Frankly, I'm
> baffled.

> As I noted in an earlier post, I didn't say anything about
> Michael Hesemann -- or Roswell, or abductions, or crop circles,
> or alien autopsies, or the Dulce base, or any ufological belief
> -- in the post Rob was answering...

> Now, suddenly, it's as if I'm asked to be responsible for
> Hesemann, and, for all I know, any or all of everything else on
> my list..

An excellent point, Greg, and a rhetorical strategy on the part
of the ETHphobes that's getting not only boring but irritatingly
transparent.  Simply deny that any good evidence exists, point to
the most absurd beliefs as if even the most conservative
proponents were answerable for them, and declare the subject
closed.  Never mind the well- investigated, puzzling cases which
exist in abundance and which are known to anyone who bothers to
study the relevant literature; just wave the arms, declare the
best cases not good enough for some concocted reason or another.
Ignore the patterns demonstrated over 50 years of UFO history and
toss them out the window. Invent a cartoon version of the ETH and
debunk it.

After you've done this, after you've jettisoned just about any
evidence that bears on the issue, you have arrived at the sort of
antiempirical medieval mindset that more and more dominates
ufological discourse.

Personally, I'd take one richly documented field report from a
McDonald, a Webb, a Weitzel, or a Sparks over all of the airy
psychosocial speculation I've seen to date. It's high time these
guys began casting a critical -- dare I say skeptical? -- look at


Jerry Clark

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