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Re: Guilt By Association

From: Greg Sandow <gsandow@prodigy.net>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 09:39:36 -0400
Fwd Date: Mon, 08 Jun 1998 23:15:22 -0400
Subject: Re: Guilt By Association

> From: RobIrving@aol.com
> Date: Sun, 7 Jun 1998 22:16:29 EDT
> To: updates@globalserve.net
> Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Guilt By Association

> Hi Greg,

> You appear to have had a problem with me saying this...

> >>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.

> A simple misunderstanding, I'm sure.

> Robert McKee will probably be turning in his jacuzzi, but I'll
> try to make it clearer...

> >>You seem to be saying that once these conventional explanations
> >>have been eliminated Occam's Razor would require that we look to
> >>unconventional explanations:

> The point I was making here is that sometimes, especially if
> influenced by a particular belief, we are a little too eager to
> eliminate conventional explanations. We might simply not like
> them, not believe them or maybe we are just not aware of them.

Ahhh.....yep, I've seen that happen, more than once. Very
unfortunate, and more than a little silly. (Footnote: Allen
Hendry's book on UFO investigation. Invaluable, to show how often
conventional interpretations really do apply.)

I'm still not sure what that had to do with my post. I guess we
have the classic half full/half empty glass here. I saw it as
half full, Rob as half empty.

> My apologies if it ruined your weekend.

Had a lovely weekend, thanks. See the Beach Boys' greatest hits
for what I did on Sunday, and Elvis's "One Night" (the unreleased
version) for what I did on Saturday.  <VERY big grin>

Greg Sandow



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