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Re: Penniston NP Conference & King

From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
Date: Tue, 25 Dec 2007 10:42:12 +0000
Archived: Wed, 26 Dec 2007 09:28:46 -0500
Subject: Re: Penniston NP Conference & King

>From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 16:55:11 +0000
>Subject: Re: Penniston NP Conference & King

>>From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 00:30:58 +0000
>>Subject: Re: Penniston NP Conference & King

>Hello Gerald, thanks for the response, most of which I agree with


>>6. Of the central protagonists, Dick is the only one who has put
>>forward an unambiguous view as to why Penniston's story should
>>have changed, and has actually offered some evidence (albeit of
>>a 'character witness' status) for his view.

>I thought that Dick's response was untypically subjective, and

I'm not sure whether you are saying that my highly abbreviated
summary of his position is inaccurate. I was trying to delineate
the overall form that the discussion had taken. In doing so I
was attempting to remove, as far as possible, all the noise
introduced by the process of advocacy - subjectivities and red
herrings attributable to all parties included. With that in
mind, if you go back over the thread, I think you'll find that
I've captured the core of Dick's argument quite accurately.

>Dick ought to be more aware than most of the concept of 'myth',
>and how myths develop. The case in point is an excellent
>example, and I would like to go into more detail, but can't
>spare the time.

What a pity Joe! It would have been most interesting to hear
your thoughts on this. However, It's not at all clear how an
awareness of Myth, or lack of it, on Dick's part (or that of the
other parties) has any bearing at all on the facts of the
situation and their interpretation: scholarly use of the term is
wholly neutral as to the truth or falsity of a narrative;
popular/pejorative use of the term amounts to no more than

>Suffice to say that changed or 'refined'
>testimony over time is a significant factor, as any historian or
>psychologist ought to realise.

Significant indeed. But that significance is elusive: sometimes
refinement of a narrative increases its accuracy, sometimes it
has the opposite effect. And sometimes the question of veracity
is obscured altogether when a narrative is viewed in terms of
that most enduring of modern myths, the Urban Legend.

Gerald O'Connell

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