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Re: The van Gogh Fallacy

From: James Horak <jchorak7441.nul>
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2007 08:48:01 -0700 (PDT)
Archived: Wed, 22 Aug 2007 12:28:07 -0400
Subject: Re: The van Gogh Fallacy

>From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 19:23:39 +0100
>Subject: Re: The van Gogh Fallacy

>>From: Cathy Reason <CathyM.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 23:14:58 +0100
>>Subject: Re: The van Gogh Fallacy

You say, Mr. O'Connel, that (and I paraphrase) science should
move from evidence to inference. Well, were that done
non-selectively, I would agree. But it isn't. You have anomaly,
like UFOs, and astral phenomena that appear inequivocally to be
operating intelligently on an extra-ordinary scale
(Schumacher/Levi for one) and nothing about this behavior is
even discussed, much less resolved... filed away under the
label, anomaly, and forgotten.

Were science doing its job we wouldn't be having this
discussion. Put that into your equation and just perhaps the
lesson you might learn would filter down into greater
appreciation for salience (word precision) as well.

After all, it is the disparity of a vacuum science creates
favoring selectivity that has bred ufologists. Just as poor
selections of words has bred grammarians.

Another thing, please stop obfuscating Cathy's points. I, for
one, appreciate clear thinking and such tactics are an affront
to those that base their arguments more soundly. You are
beginning to appear as if male domination is cropping up in your

I'm certain that's not the case, but others might mistake it,
the women for instance. (I do so love their participation.)


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