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Re: The van Gogh Fallacy

From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99.nul>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 16:16:36 +0000
Archived: Fri, 17 Aug 2007 16:34:12 -0400
Subject: Re: The van Gogh Fallacy


>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 10:39:15 -0500
>Subject: Re: The van Gogh Fallacy

>>From: Cathy Reason <CathyM.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 06:59:06 +0100
>>Subject: Re: The van Gogh Fallacy

>>>From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
>>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>>Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 16:56:52 +0100
>>>Subject: Re: The van Gogh Fallacy

>>>Although rationalism and empiricism are often (more through
>>>tradition than anything else) seen as contrasting schools of
>>>epistemology, there is in fact nothing at all contradictory
>>>about the term I have used.

>>It has nothing to do with tradition. Rationalism and empiricism
>>just happen to mean quite different and contradictory things.

>Onlookers may profitably go here:

>http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/rationalism-empiricism/

>Jerry Clark

I profited. That's a very good summary, and reminds me that
where the two terms are in conflict is on the level of
epistemology (how knowledge is acquired). In practice (and in
science particularly) both play a role. Rational thought is
required in order to make sense of empirical data. Rational
thought by itself, not grounded in empirical data (as we have
seen often on this list), can go spectacularly astray.  - Dick







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