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Re: The Ten Cases

From: John Rimmer <johnr@magonia.demon.co.uk>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 22:36:10 +0100
Fwd Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 18:56:51 -0400
Subject: Re: The Ten Cases

>Subject: UFO UpDate: Re: The Ten Cases
>From: Mark Cashman <mcashman@ix.netcom.com>
>Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 00:46:02 -0400
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

>> From: RobIrving@aol.com
>> Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 18:30:53 EDT
>> To: updates@globalserve.net
>> Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: The Ten Cases

>The scientific
>method requires first, something to explain - for instance, this
>case. It next requires a hypothesis to explain it - for
>instance, that it is a hoax, or the product of mental
>derangement, or that it is some sort of wild perceptual fault.
>It then requires a discriminator to determine whether or not the
>hypothesis is supported by the evidence - for instance, did the
>witness show a propensity for hoaxes, did advantage accrue to
>the witness as a result of the story,

Why is the cry "he had nothing to gain from a hoax" almost
invariably proposed as evidence that a particular incident could
not have been a hoax. Apart from a certain smug satisfaction that
one of the great unwashed has got one over on smug would-be
scientific-type investigators who can't belive that anybody who
does not have their  level of academic achievement could *ever*
fool their massive intellect, (what Peter Rogerson has dubbed the
'Herr Professor' Syndrome) what does *anyone* gain from a UFO
hoax? There must only be a tiny minority of hoaxes where the
perpetrators *have* 'gained anything' from them, and quite a few
where they have ended worse off as a result. So let's drop this
silly argument.

Most hoaxes are done for the hell of it.

John Rimmer
Magonia Online, a Dot Weighbridge Production

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