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Re: Theories of Intent and Ineptitude

From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac@compuserve.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 22:36:30 -0400
Fwd Date: Sat, 16 Oct 1999 07:15:46 -0400
Subject: Re: Theories of Intent and Ineptitude


 >Subject: Theories of Intent and Ineptitude
 >From: Mark Cashman <mcashman@ix.netcom.com>
 >Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 02:43:48 -0400
 >To: updates@globalserve.net


 >Given that only a tiny amount of research has been done
 >classifying and analysing even _raw reported_ UFO and occupant
 >behavior, and that the resulting database contains an unknown
 >amount of noise, very likely increasing almost asymptotically in
t>he cases whose strangeness exceed CE2 and CE3, attempts to
 >class reported behavior as inept or expert are doomed to
 >founder.

<snip>

 >It's just not that easy. Blanket pronouncements about the
 >irrationality of some specific behavior evidenced by reports of
 >UFOs beg all of the following questions:

 >1) Are the accounts in question true or false?

 >2) If false, are they exclusive exemplars of the behavior in
 >question (in which case that behavior can be discounted)?

 >3) How would non-humans behave in a specific context? How can we
 >identify the context?

 >4) Can non-human goals be extracted from out-of-context slices
 >of behavior and, if so, how is that to be done reliably?
 >If we are going to be scientific, we have a long way to go in
 >answering the above questions before we start claiming higher
 >level knowledge about the phenomenon.

 >If nothing else, UFOs raise fascinating questions of
 >epistemology.

Yes, yes, yes.

Question Everything!
Believe Nothing!
Get Nowhere!




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