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Re: Occam's Razor and UFOs

From: Nick Balaskas <nikolaos@YorkU.CA>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 15:25:13 -0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)
Fwd Date: Thu, 11 Jun 1998 18:26:23 -0400
Subject: Re: Occam's Razor and UFOs

Greetings,

To all those who participated in this on going discussion on
Occam's Razor and UFOs (and those who did not but might like
to), can anyone tell me who correctly applied Occam's Razor to
the two very similiar E.T. related cases below?

The first case deals with the recently reported results that
unEarthly silicon isotope ratios have been found in a unusual
shaped specimen (July 1997, Dr. Russell VernonClark) which there
is reason to suspect originated from outside our solar system.
Since this specimen could have been produced here on Earth,
applying Occam's Razor, we conclude that this was nothing more
than a wonderful hoax. All unEarthly isotope ratios found in
different specimens by others could also be considered to be
hoaxes. There is little scientific basis for thinking otherwise.


The second case deals with the recently reported results that
unEarthly silicon isotope ratios have been found in an unusual
shaped specimen (December 1997, Physics Today) which there is
reason to suspect originated from outside our solar system.
Since this specimen can also have been produced here on Earth,
applying Occam's Razor, we conclude that this was a wonderful
scientific discovery. All other unEarthly isotope ratios found
by others then verifies that our belief that we are all made up
of elements which were produced by a supernova or two in our
distant past is a sound scientific one.

Can we really conclude that one specimen is of E.T. origin while
another is not if the assumptions made and the tests performed
are identical? This Physics Today article may turn out to be a
very important one for ufology. If not, at least it does show
that interstellar visits are possible (after all, unintelligent
rock particles can do it).

Nick Balaskas



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