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Re: Occam's Razor and UFOs

From: RobIrving@aol.com
Date: Tue, 9 Jun 1998 00:37:39 EDT
Fwd Date: Tue, 09 Jun 1998 01:07:31 -0400
Subject: Re: Occam's Razor and UFOs

> To: "UFO UpDates - Toronto" <updates@globalserve.net>
> From: "Jerome Clark" <jkclark@frontiernet.net>
> Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Occam's Razor and UFOs
> Date: Mon, 08 Jun 98 08:16:23 PDT

Jerome,

>  See, for example, the forthcoming statement by a panel of
>  American scientists who have examined UFO data.

Available where?

>  > Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see it. Perhaps you can point me
>  > in the right direction?

> For a start, I urge you to subscribe to IUR and the Journal of
> UFO Studies, neither of which you read, as far as I know.
> (Inquire at J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies, 2457 West
> Peterson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60659.) My UFO Encyclopedia
> chronicles many of the debates within ufology about theories,
> cases, and so on and, moreover, provides an extensive
> bibliography.

Thanks. The trouble is, those envelopes over there are way out of
reach of this armchair, and, moreover, the stamps are buried
under all my copies of UFO Reality. Only joking. No, I'm serious.
It's difficult to tell.

>  I am at a loss to understand the reference to "twisting Occam's
>  razor in favor of the ET Hypothesis."  Maybe you have me confused
>  with somebody else.

Maybe I was talking more generally, or indeed about someone else.
I may have written it just after reading Bruce's message. Don't
jump to conclusions - as in, seemingly, your swan-dive response
to Greg:

>>  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.

You really read my initial message that way? Or maybe you were
talking generally too?

>  And I appreciate your concern about my knee.  Actually,
>  I have always been more worried about the condition of yours. I
>  guess that makes us a couple of considerate guys.

Or perhaps a little wary of progressive cartilage problems.

Rob




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