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Re: Great Debate About Frequency Of ET Life - Clark

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 10:46:36 -0600
Fwd Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 12:08:55 -0500
Subject: Re: Great Debate About Frequency Of ET Life - Clark

>From: Bob Shell <bob.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 10:46:17 -0500
>Subject: Re: Great Debate About Frequency Of ET Life

>>From: Gildas Bourdais <bourdais.gildas.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2007 15:49:10 +0100
>>Subject: Re: Great Debate About Frequency Of ET Life

>It disturbs me that so many UFO researchers are discounting this
>theory in the same way that mainstream scientists discount the
>whole UFO subject. I had expected more open minds here, and this
>disturbs and distresses me. You guys are acting just like the
>skeptibunkers and pelicanists.

I think Bob has just validated my original observation, which
was that open-mindedness has been redefined to denote a hole in
the head through which brains fall out. In fact, real open-
mindedness is not the lazy and indefensible principle that all
ideas, however unlikely on their face, are worth considering.
Open-mindedness is, in fact, a willingness to consider claims
(including extraordinary ones) for which a reasonable case -
whether that case is ultimately validated or discredited - can
be put forward.

Instead, all Bob has done is to affirm how much the idea appeals
to him - an esthetic, not a scientific or intellectual, position
- and trashed critics who point out the obvious: that the
'theory' is devoid of meaningful evidence, is unreasonably
speculative, has countless, overwhelming problems (it is as
probable as Shaver's claim that deros live in caves), and is
just one more fantastic guess among many advanced to 'explain'
UFOs over the past five decades-plus. All that is accomplished,
as always, is a waste of time and effort. The effect is to keep
ufology in a state of chronic infantilism.

That Bob has to attack the critics - as opposed, say, to go to
the trouble (admittedly considerable) to advance an actual case
for the far-fetched (and, I might add, reductionist and
ahistorical) proposition of cryptoterrestrials - says all we
need to know.

I suppose I could add that, in even acknowledging his post, I
am complicit in perpetuating the time-wasting that this thread
generated in the first place.

Jerry Clark

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