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Re: Kraus vs. Friedman

From: David Rudiak <DRudiak@aol.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Apr 1999 18:41:42 EDT
Fwd Date: Mon, 05 Apr 1999 09:21:38 -0400
Subject: Re: Kraus vs. Friedman

>From: Joe Murgia <Ufojoe1@aol.com>
>Date: Sun, 28 Mar 1999 23:53:15 EST
>To: updates@globalserve.net
>Subject: Friedman vs. Krauss Debate


>This last point gets to the heart of the matter. The general
>issue of alien visitation is so a prior ludicrous, on the basis
>of any sound physical reasoning, that any claim that it has
>actually happened would have to meet the strongest skepticism
>and scrutiny.

Translation: "Sound physical reasoning" means his assumptions
and understanding. He personally can't understand how it can be
done, ergo, it must be impossible. Since it is impossible, no
need to look at any evidence to the contrary.

>There are many strange things in the world, but
>as the physicist Richard Feynman used to point out, scien- tists
>only have a finite amount of time to work on projects. So they
>choose exciting projects, but more important they work on things
>which are likely to have some possibility of being right. The
>reason that most people, such as myself, don't spend time
>investigating each detailed claim is that the a priori
>probability that it is true is almost zero.... Thus, I cannot
>prove that the claims are false, I can just say that I expect
>that they are... and each time I see something like the
>purported hard evidence, I find it isn't.

It is quite evident that from his debate with Stanton Friedman,
Kraus has made no real effort to look at _any_ of the evidence.
The extent of Kraus' research into UFOs seems to be watching a
popularized TV special during sweeps week that purported to
offer hard evidence, but did a very poor job of presenting it.
That's like dismissing genetic engineering and paleontology
because of the way they were portrayed in Jurassic Park.

A good example of Kraus' arrogance and ignorance

The point is that any explanation, no matter how implausible, of
the claims, is more plausible than ascribing them to alien

That's a real classic line which is the exact antithesis of what
science is really about.

Thus, as long as there is any other explanation which remains
equally, or more plausible, why should I, or anyone jump to the
conclusion that aliens are involved.

So let's example the "logic" here. Kraus "knows" that alien
visitation is "impossible."  By defining "any explanaton, no
matter how implausible

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