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Re: Occam's Razor and UFOs

From: Sean Jones <Tedric@tedric.demon.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 18:18:50 +0100
Fwd Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 14:28:10 -0400
Subject: Re: Occam's Razor and UFOs

>Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 09:06:59 -0400
>From: The Duke of Mendoza <101653.2205@compuserve.com> [Peter Brookesmith]
>Subject: Occam's Razor and UFOs
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

>With the compliments of the Duke of Mendoza:

Huge amounts snipped because I want to deal with just one bit of
what Peter said.

>Because ufology is essentially the study of reports - or stories,
>as Rob Irving rightly reminds us - and not hard data, we're left
>having to measure what data there is by principles and "givens" &
>QEDs in the scientific and technological and psychological and
>social (and historical and cultural) theorems of which we wot.
>That's why Occam is important in ufology, and it's also why, for
>want of something better, I will tend to err - which could be a
>pun - on the side of psychosocial interpretations (which are not,
>and as far as I know have never pretended to be, scientific in
>any practical sense) of UFOs & ufology. And if it turns out I was
>wrong all along, well - that's just tough tittie on me, what?

With all the best wishes Peter I must point out a few things
here, if I may interject.

You are correct in saying Ufology is the study of reports,
stories and yes (should Paul be reading this) folklore BUT there
have been many cases where there has been photographic evidence,
many cases where there have been video evidence. Ok so this
does'nt in itself "prove" anything but it certainly goes an awful
long way to "prove" that the object in that question is not an
unidentified IFO.

It has also been mentioned before that, for some no matter what
evidence you give them nothing will prove beyond any doubt that
life outside our planet exists. The hard data that you and others
crave (myself included actually :-)  ) will turn up its just a
matter of when, IMHO

btw would you like me to send round one of my serving wenches
when you wounded breast needs ointment rubbed in?

>best wishes
>Pyromaniac D. Matchboxer
>Lightweight Contender

Why have youi been on a diet my good fellow? :-)

>PS: "Specious" means "superficially attractive", not "spurious".

I am well aware of how good Peter's diction is, well above
average. BUT could Peter be using his vast wordly knowledge to
put others off base or merely to make them reach for the
dictionary from their armchair?

      People can have it any colour, as long as its black!
                       Sean Jones
         Research page--http://www.tedric.demon.co.uk/

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