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Re: Friedman's Laws for 'Debunkers'

From: The Duke of Mendoza <101653.2205@compuserve.com> [Peter Brookesmith]
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 1998 22:09:34 -0400
Fwd Date: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 10:39:49 -0400
Subject: Re: Friedman's Laws for 'Debunkers'


With the compliments of the Duke of Mendoza:

>To: "UFO UpDates - Toronto" <updates@globalserve.net>
>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark@frontiernet.net>
>Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Friedman's Laws for
'Debunkers'
>Date: Thu, 25 Jun 98 21:02:46 PDT

>> Hendry does seem genuinely perplexed by the activities
>> of debunkers).

>In your dreams, buddy. (etc)

By exercising some economy, Jerome misquotes me, but I see
how the syntax of the original -

"Friedman makes no mention
of Allan Hendry's demolition of the statistics (although
Hendry does appear in the bibliography, and he does seem
genuinely perplexed by the activities of debunkers)"

- led him to think I was referring to Hendry. I meant,
actually, that *Stan* seems perplexed by the activities (and
motives) of debunkers, even granting in TS/M that they seem
to be sincere. Clearly I should have parsed my own post
before prodding the "send" button. Apologies for the
resulting lack of clarity. I might add I happen to think
Hendry's book one of the best ever written on the subject.

>The name was Wilbert, not Wilbur,

I stand corrected. Sometimes, it seems, the keyboard
reproduces the English gottal stop of its own accord.

Perhaps Jerome would care to enlighten us further if he
considers Chris Allan to have misunderstood Wilbert Smith. I
don't suppose Mr Allan thought he was having the last word
on the subject, but his opinion *was* informed by a fairly
damning testimonial from Smith's boss. Cover-up job, I
suppose.

This post also gives me the opportunity to say
"Congratulations!" on winning the Benjamin Franklin Prize,
Jerry.

best wishes
Persona D. Maskingtape
Iron Mask


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