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Re: Why The Cover-Up?

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2007 13:03:09 -0500
Archived: Sun, 05 Aug 2007 09:57:28 -0400
Subject: Re: Why The Cover-Up?

>From: Paul Scott Anderson <paulscottanderson.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2007 10:17:17 -0700
>Subject: Re: Why The Cover-Up?

>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2007 11:05:07 -0500
>>Subject: Re: Why The Cover-Up?

>I am not a Gehrmanism 'defender' per se, but I support his and
>others' being able to put forward theories without being
>labelled as 'cranks' etc.

So you defend Gehrman's right to express himself as he wishes,
while attacking critics for expressing themselves as they wish.

I think, though, that a more productive line of discourse would
be to provide reasoned arguments which document why Gehrmanism -
 - and here it doesn't matter whether you're a "Gehrmanism
'defender' per se" - does not fit the profile, familiar to
anybody who knows something about the rich, varied, and long
history of cranks (about whom I once actually considered writing
a book), defining crank discourse.

I have yet to see anybody actually try to refute my or others'
specific reasons for dismissal of claims deeply unlikely, to
every available appearance, to be true, or to engage in an
effort to explain why we should regard Ed Gehrman as among the
profoundest thinkers in all of human history, as he would have
to be if his beliefs are something other than rank fantasy. All
I see instead are efforts to inform us critics that we have no
right to speak what would be immediately self-evident to - sad
to say - any educated observer outside ufology: that the tune is

Until I see rationality and logic, as opposed to rhetoric and
polemic, applied to refute the point that Gehrmanism is a strain
of crackpot doctrine, I bow out of further discussion. Further,
I apologize to patient Listfolk, who I'm sure long ago figured
this out, for taking up time better spent on more productive
intellectual reflection.

Jerry Clark

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