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Re: When Crazy Is OK - Ledger

From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 13:27:29 -0400
Fwd Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 13:07:22 -0500
Subject: Re: When Crazy Is OK - Ledger

UFO UpDates - Toronto posted:

>Source: InfoWorld.Com - San Francisco, California, USA


>February 19, 2007

>When Crazy Is OK

>Science lesson: Just because a technology idea is bizarre
>doesn't mean it's wrong

>By Steve Fox

>I know a little something about crackpot technology. See, back
>in the '80s, I worked at Omni, the now-defunct science/science
>fiction magazine that delighted in all manifestations of
>crackpottery. We wrote about cryptozoologists armed with blurry
>Bigfoot photos, "face on Mars" believers, alien abductees, cold
>fusion proselytes, and more.

>We also interviewed world-class scientists and Nobel prize-
>winners who had achieved startling breakthroughs in the course
>of their distinguished careers. And - surprise! - their ideas
>often sounded crazier than anything coming from the tinfoil-hat-
>wearing conspiracy-theory crowd. The point being, you can't
>always judge an idea based simply on plausibility.

>It is in that spirit that we present this week's "12 crackpot
>ideas... that just might work",


There are always those who set themselves up as judges as in
this case as to what qualifies to be crackpot and what does not.

The word 'crackpot', to begin with, suggests that the writer
sets himself off from the rest of an un-enlightened world and is
above it all... put's himself in a position of control.

Waste of bandwidth.

Don Ledger

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