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Re: 'She Blinded Me with Science'

From: RobIrving@aol.com
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 17:26:12 EDT
Fwd Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 18:30:22 -0400
Subject: Re: 'She Blinded Me with Science'

>  Subject: UFO UpDate: Re: 'She Blinded Me with Science'
>  From: Mark Cashman <mcashman@ix.netcom.com>
>  Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 00:29:58 -0400
>  To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

Mark,

>  Please note that neither of these classification systems even
>  require OEH - they are simply classifications based on reports.

Okay. The obviousness of that is duly noted.

>  > While Mark Cashman may argue that multiple witness reports
>  > amount to some kind of repeatability, in scientific terms it
>  > doesn't.

>  Since I have never argued this, I suspect it is your logic which
>  is at fault.

I don't think so...

Your exact words: 'For instance, one could cite any reliable
multiple witness observation as, in essence, a repetition of the
observation.'

Please explain the difference between my "...repeatability" and
your "repetition of the observation". My guess is it hinges on
the meaning of observation. Are you using it in its scientific
context, or as merely 'sighting'.

Are you trying to tell us that a multiple witness sighting is
essentially a repetition of a witness sighting? I would credit
you as not being so redundant. If you are using the term
'observation' in its scientific form then, as I stated, what you
are saying is pseudoscientific bunk.

What is most revealing to me is that you don't appear to realise
why.

>  > If, as Mark suggests, the traditional process of scientific
>  > discovery is "inappropriate" to phenomena such as UFOs...

>  I would suggest you read the papers on this subject at my
>  website...

I have. Your exact words: 'These complaints are based on a
specific view of science and its data which is not necessarily
appropriate to phenomena like UFOs.'

Perhaps we should incorporate a science of semantics into the
ETH?

Rob


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