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Re: Why The Cover-Up? - Gehrman

From: Ed Gehrman <egehrman.nul>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2007 11:03:26 -0700
Archived: Sat, 21 Jul 2007 09:00:59 -0400
Subject: Re: Why The Cover-Up? - Gehrman

>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2007 08:51:28 -0500
>Subject: Re: Why The Cover-Up?

>>From: Greg Boone <Evolbaby.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2007 12:02:20 EDT
>>Subject: Re: Why The Cover-Up?

>>>From: Bob Shell <bob.nul>
>>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>>Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2007 09:36:03 -0400
>>>Subject: Re: Why The Cover-Up?

>>>You know, I find it very disturbing that some of you are acting
>>>just like the skeptics and pelicanists we so often disparage.

>>>Ed is quite serious about his theory. He may be right or he may
>>>be wrong, but he has worked damned hard on this and deserves

>>Good for you, Bob Shell!

>>It's high time someone said that.

>I agree. We may as well be honest about what a black hole of
>unreason so much of what passes for ufology so often is.

Jerry, Bob, Greg,

Yes, many of the accepted truths of ufology are unresonable and
unscientific. FTL travel and the belief that technology will
eventually allow us to travel from star to star being the main
mind benders.

>Thanks to the above, we now have an explicit statement of what
>ufology's (as opposed to intellectually disciplined) standards
>are. If you work "damned hard" and are "quite serious," you are
>entitled to express any opinion,

You don't have to do any work at all to express an opinion in
ufology, but if you have made some effort to collect evidence
and connect the dots, then folks might at least want to know
what you have to say.

>however ill-considered, improbable,

I don't consider the theory that the unusual craft we see (UFO)
and the creatures who pilot them (EBE) are products of an
advanced, ancient civilization as being ill-considered or
improbable. I know you have an attitude about this theory, not
just with me but others. Is this just a gut feeling (faith) or
do you have some evidence to support your beliefs?

>question-begging, pseudoscientific,

Convergent evolution is a scientific fact and is the basis for my theory.

>or crazy, and
>the rest of us are obligated to act as if your views merit
>respect and (using the adjective relatively) serious
>consideration. After all, according to this dictum, one idea is
>as good as another, and we have no right to discriminate lest we
>be pelicanists.

You can discriminate as you wish, but it helps to have some
facts to back your argument. 'On the face of it' seems a little
weak to me.

>Maybe, in other words, ufology is indeed the province of the
>soft of head and the cracked of pot.

And one-eyed man.


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