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Re: Excalibur Briefing - Hall

From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99.nul>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 22:35:19 +0000
Fwd Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2004 02:53:10 -0500
Subject: Re: Excalibur Briefing - Hall

>From: Ed Gehrman <egehrman.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 10:57:49 -0800
>Subject: Re: Excalibur Briefing

>>From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2004 14:06:02 +0000
>>Subject: Re: Excalibur Briefing

>>As a former MUFON editor I was the recipient of some of
>>Bearden's impenetrable, "scientific" writings. They were, as far
>>as I could tell, all "trappings" and no substance. In short,
>>classic pseudoscience. Pretentious and chockalok with vast
>>arrays of mathematical symbols. Science at least attempts to
>>explain, or to hypothesize and theorize, not obscure and


>By "Pretentious and chockalok (chockablock) with vast arrays of
>mathematical symbols" do you mean you couldn't understand it, so
>you considered it crap and then dismissed it?

>Maybe you couldn't understand it because it was you who couldn't
>understand the science.


>Reducing Our Dependence on Fossil Fuels
>T. E. Bearden



I was a scientific philosophy major and a mathematics minor at
Tulane University, so I understand the difference between clear,
logical exposition and doubletalk. Yes, I do see "weird science"
in this example of his writing. I see lots of what we used to
call "buzz words" and "buzz phrases" which sound impressive but
really say nothing meaningful at all. For example:

Broken symmetry
Dipolar ensemble
Virtual photon energy

I also see someone who obviously believes that a long tradition
of science is wrong and he is right when it comes to generating
something out of nothing, and a lot of wishful thinking cloaked
in pseudoscience.

I remain very underwhelmed.

 - Dick

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