From: Alfred Lehmberg <Lehmberg@snowhill.com> Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 13:42:37 -0600 Fwd Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 14:58:52 -0500 Subject: Re: William Cooper Killed In SWAT Raid - Lehmberg >From: Richard Hall <firstname.lastname@example.org> >To: email@example.com >Subject: Re: William Cooper Killed In SWAT Raid >Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 16:18:30 +0000 >>From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <firstname.lastname@example.org> >>To: "- UFO UpDates Subscribers -":; >>Subject: UFO UpDate: Re: William Cooper Killed In SWAT Raid - Lehmberg >>Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 10:23:29 -0500 >>From: Alfred Lehmberg <Lehmberg@snowhill.com> >>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <email@example.com> >>Subject: Re: William Cooper Killed In SWAT Raid >>Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2001 07:29:23 -0600 >>>From: GT McCoy <firstname.lastname@example.org> >>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <email@example.com> >>>Subject: Re: William Cooper Killed In SWAT Raid >>>Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2001 18:26:25 -0800 >>>>From: GT McCoy <firstname.lastname@example.org> >>>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <email@example.com> >>>>Subject: Re: William Cooper Killed In SWAT Raid >>>>Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2001 16:28:59 -0800 <snip> >>Still though... another takes his place... we're never _without_ >>the likes of 'him'. What is it that provides for him, what >>produces or suggests his validity -- what makes him a viable >>alternative? That's the real question isn't it? If we truly >>trusted our mainstream (felt like we were getting righteous >>information from it), why would any of us be attracted to an >>ever present fringe? >Alfred, >You raise a good question. I agree completely with G.T. and >others, but why do 'we' follow Cooper types? Why do people >follow Hitler types? >Having spent a number of years working for the American >Psychological Association, I can suggest a few reasonable >answers. Particularly when it comes to UFOs, 'we' are gullible >and tend to believe what we want to believe. 'We' in the U.S. >have become very paranoid about our Government (not without some >legitimate reasons, but way overboard). Well see, you're talking about lower common denominator 'we' easily bamboozled by common fallacy and 'big' lies but believing finally what they're programmed to believe, and given legitimate reasons you admit, how far does one have to go to go 'overboard' with their paranoia regarding that admittedly suspect government. I think we've been restrained in our paranoia. Our institutions don't seem to make that any better. >When a paranoid, megalomaniac like Cooper taps into 'our' >paranoia, he becomes a sort of prophet to 'us'. Also as has been >amply demonstrated, 'we' don't understand science very well and >so fail to sift and sort through 'information' carefully. You know, for my money, science has been remiss in making itself available to just the people you're talking about. It makes itself dry as dust, fit only for the rarified palate that can appreciate it, and has been quick to ridicule but slow to investigate. A 'Cooper' sure knows how to exploit that... >In >addition, the world is full of people looking for quick answers >who reason simplistically (if at all) and are born 'followers' >looking for a charismatic leader, hence cults arise (e.g., >CSETI) often masked in noble-sounding causes or rhetoric. This is forgetting the cult of science in general? Velikovski is still ridiculed and wasn't another one of his more astonishing contentions recently been given more validity? http://www.rense.com/general16/mete.htm People are looking for answers, period -- quick, slow, and in between. They go with what seems to be working with them. I'm one of those people. >Antidote? That's just one word Mr. Hall, with all respect. >Clear thinking, careful data analysis, exposure of fraud and >antisocial/paranoid behavior in individuals. I'd say _creative_ thinking (so did Maxwell), _comprehensive_ data analysis, and "judge not lest ye be judged." I'd also add 'Full Disclosure'. The truth though the heavens fall... I'm betting it won't fall too far for most of us. Lehmberg@snowhill.com ~~=D6~~ EXPLORE "Alfred Lehmberg's Alien View" at his HostPros URL. http://www.alienview.net JOHN FORD RESTORATION FUND -- John will be released eventually. He'll need a tax free cash stake to get on his feet. Let's put one together for him; the bigger it is -- the more attention he gets. It could have been you. E-mail for detail. $350.00 pledged -- $200.00 collected! "I cleave the heavens, and soar to the infinite. What others see from afar, I leave far behind me." - Giordano Bruno, scourged by scurrilous skepti-bunkies.
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