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Re: Occam's Razor and UFOs

From: Dennis Stacy <dstacy@texas.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 14:00:26 -0500 (CDT)
Fwd Date: Mon, 15 Jun 1998 16:42:46 -0400
Subject: Re: Occam's Razor and UFOs

>From: Greg Sandow <gsandow@prodigy.net>
>To: "'UFO UpDates - Toronto'" <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: RE: UFO UpDate: Re: Occam's Razor and UFOs
>Date: Sun, 14 Jun 1998 10:07:03 -0400


>Good point, Jerry. And when Dennis (in another post mentioning
>this piece) calls this a typical New York Review article, I
>can't agree.




I suppose it depends on what you mean by typical, doesn't it?

For example, my advice, if you wanted to write a typical article
for the New York Review of Books, would include the following:

1) Pretend you're the world's foremost authority on the subject
under review, even if all you nominally know about it is what
you read in the three or four books you knocked off in a single
sitting the day before;

2) Always review the subject itself. (See No. 1 above.) Only
occasionally refer to anything actually having to do with the
idividual books ostensibly under review.

Of course these are the same guidelines generally in use at the
NY Times Book Review, too, except that they only deal with one
book at a time.

So what you're really saying is, Crews's article is simply more
typical than most.

Do I detect a New England Establishment, an intellectual elite,
at work here?

Actually, to be pefectly honest (and non-paranoid), anytime
humans are involved in a situation, complexity is apt to rear
its ugly head. So to put the record straight -- if memory serves
-- didn't Mack's book get a fairly decent hearing (a more decent
one than I would have given it at any rate) in the Times Book
Review, and wasn't Carl Sagan's recent The Demon-Haunted World
taken out behind the woodshed in the NY Review of Books?

Hey, reviews happen!


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