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Re: Expert Opinions

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2007 12:15:26 -0500
Archived: Sat, 04 Aug 2007 13:35:11 -0400
Subject: Re: Expert Opinions

>From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2007 14:08:46 +0100
>Subject: Re: Expert Opinions

>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2007 10:26:52 -0500
>>Subject: Re: Expert Opinions

>>The moral of the story: Human beings, even the most well-
>>intentioned of them, are wrong far more often than they're
>>right. Of all efforts humans have devised to try to reduce error
>>in our understanding of life, the universe, and everything,
>>empirical science - while not perfect; perfection does not exist
>>in this world - is demonstrably and consistently the most
>>successful. Overthrowing science is infinitely more difficult
>>than overthrowing, say, a literary theory fashionable in English
>>departments or a historians' consensus about the causes of the
>>Spanish-American War.

>That first sentence is correct, maybe more correct than you
>might want to think.

Nah, I doubt it. Reading Gehrmanism's defenders provides about
as much validation for that depressing view as anyone can

>That's because you, and some other folk clinging to
>'establishment views', don't seem to realize that most of what
>you're claiming is 'science' has already been overthrown.

As a life-long anomalist and much-published champion of
heterodox phenomena, I must say that till now I have never been
accused of "clinging to 'establishment views'", but there is a
first time for everything, and I guess my turn had to come up
sooner or later.

I do, however, appreciate being given the deepest belly laugh I
can expect to experience today, and maybe in the week to come. I
guess one who "clings to 'establishment views'" - I love those
scare quotes, by the way - is one who fails to acknowledge Ed
Gehrman's role among the most profound thinkers in all of human
history. And if you also mean that I am pro-, not anti-, science
and impatient with crank beliefs, I merrily plead guilty.

Yours in anti-disestablishmentarianism,

Jerry Clark

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