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Re: Occam's Razor and UFOs

From: Greg Sandow <gsandow@prodigy.net>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 1998 09:31:07 -0400
Fwd Date: Mon, 08 Jun 1998 23:11:21 -0400
Subject: Re: Occam's Razor and UFOs

> Date: Sun, 7 Jun 1998 18:46:27 -0500 (CDT)
> To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
> From: Dennis Stacy <dstacy@texas.net>
> Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Occam's Razor and UFOs

> Yes, the British blokes are being both obnoxious and vexing,
> aren't they? At the same time, their original question remains
> unanswered. So, Jerry and Greg, take but a minute to tell us
> which ten cases you would consider most indicative and evidential
> of extraterrestrial visitation. That's all; just the ten specific
> *cases* that you personally would want to defend in the court of
> public (or scientific) opinion. You know, the ones that support
> your case. Just ten.

OK, Dennis....number one....the Linda Cortile case!

Just kidding. And this is not the discussion I'm trying to have.
I'm talking about how we discuss these things. Jerry and John
Rimmer have been discussing the substance here, and I'll let them
do it. I'm NOT discussing what UFOs are, just how we discuss
them.

In other post, I'd given some quick criteria for making the ETH
plausible (proving it would be quite a different story, for
reasons I menitoned). But now I'd be curious to know from Dennis,
and even more from John Rimmer, the following:

What might falsify the ETH? What would be criteria for proving
the psychosocial hypothesis?

The ETH is easy, really. Hard to prove, maybe, but easy to
understand what would be proof. Proponents of other hypotheses
have been getting an easy ride. They seem to think it's enough to
throw rocks at the ETH. ("No, this case -- whichever one you just
mentioned -- does NOT tend to establish it.") Now it's their turn
to say what evidence would establish their own theories, and to
provide that evidence.

Greg Sandow



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