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Re: Why The Cover-Up?

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 09:51:51 -0500
Archived: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 08:21:44 -0400
Subject: Re: Why The Cover-Up?


>From: Ed Gehrman <egehrman.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 16:27:41 -0700
>Subject: Re: Why The Cover-Up?

>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 09:36:51 -0500
>>Subject: Re: Why The Cover-Up?

<snip>

>As I've stated, there is nothing unscientific about the Ancient
>hominid civilization hypothesis. I'm also sure I know "something
>about the requirements of science - not to mention the history
>of ufology". And I think I even know much more about evolution
>than you, otherwise you'd realize, just as Bob has insisted, that
>an ancient civilization is entirely possible.

<snip>

I'm snipping the rest of Gehrman's tirade. Those who feel they
need to know the details are invited to go back to his original
post.

What we have is a transparent effort to avoid meeting my
challenge to provide citations in the refereed scientific
literature that back his fantastical - dare we say crank? -
speculations. Apparently, if he insists they're "scientific,"
it's insulting for others to ask him to provide actual evidence
from the scientific literature - in other words, refereed papers
by actual scientists working in the appropriate disciplines and
thinking along Gehrman lines. In reality, Gehrman's quarrel is
with scientists, not ufologists, and he should take it where it
belongs, where we may safely predict it will get much shorter
shrift than it's received on Updates.

Until he provides those citations - and while he's at it, by the
way, let's have some citations of his hero Graham Hancock from
the mainstream scientific literature, to prove that Hancock is
indeed a respected and reputable figure in those circles
(Gehrman implies that only I, a non-scientist, think otherwise)
- further comment serves no purpose.

As Don Ledger astutely remarks, we're dealing with something
that feels like science fiction for second-graders.


Jerry Clark



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