From: Larry Hatch <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Sat, 16 Oct 1999 14:18:20 -0700 Fwd Date: Sun, 17 Oct 1999 18:17:43 -0400 Subject: Re: Theories of Intent and Ineptitude >Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 22:36:30 -0400 >From: Bruce Maccabee <email@example.com> >Subject: Re: Theories of Intent and Ineptitude >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <firstname.lastname@example.org> >>Subject: Theories of Intent and Ineptitude >>From: Mark Cashman <email@example.com> >>Date: Thu, 14 Oct 1999 02:43:48 -0400 >>To: firstname.lastname@example.org >>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? <snip> >>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! The first time I heard the word "epistemology" was during teacher training in the late 1960s. This and other 5-6 syllable words were used, at that time, to up the ratio of white folks with long verbal attention spans. A bit later in this "Ed-370" course, I learned - after an hour's lecture, complete and replete with graphs, charts etc. - that smart children do better than dumb kids in school. I asked - not axed - the Ph.D. driving this hootenanny, whether he thought it were useful to tell a bunch of post-grads [ many as dumb as I was ] something as simple and obvious as this. His answer was something like "Herpistomatically speaking, not to mention, ahem, rhinoscropy of course, which is irrelevant, your question could be placed upon the fergoniomic plane ....." In other words, he was just flat f***ing full of shit. I tried to be a secondary school teacher. I lasted exactly 18 months, during which time I could have earned more money making honest pizzas, or playing string bass for some Italian weddings or whatever. I cannot, and will not stand junk any more. I apologize publicly to the Lesley Cluff from Canada who could not specify time, place or whatever. I ask her indulgence as I explain how terrible, and goofy, and somehow hilarious this all is. Best wishes - Larry Hatch.
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