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Re: There Are Always Anomalies

From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99.nul>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 14:34:50 +0000
Archived: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 21:02:41 -0400
Subject: Re: There Are Always Anomalies


>From: Eleanor White <eleanor.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 09:09:57 -0400
>Subject: There Are Always Anomalies

>In recent posts, while discussing theories and the 'as-practiced-
>today' scientific method, the comment has been made that "there
>are _always_ anomalies_."

>That phrase hinted, at least as I read the posts, that because
>there are always anomalies, they kind of don't need to be taken
>seriously in "science" or attempts to create a theories.
>(Apologies if I've been taking that phrase the wrong way.)

Eleanor,

The person who said that most recently on this List was Jerry
Clark, who takes anomalies very seriously and has written
extensively about them and their possible significance.

>I'd like to comment that as I see it, anomalies, meaning those
>that have been solidly witnessed, _must_ be taken into account
>in creating theories or testing theories. I can't see any
>possible honest, logical reason for _ever_ ignoring relevant,
>solidly witnessed anomalies.

>And this is why I declare, from time to time, that the
>"scientific method" as practiced today, is _seriously
>flawed.

It's the people who mis-apply the method that are badly flawed,
not the method itself. Maybe that's what you mean by "as
practiced today." Yes, it often gets misused...but it is by far
the best method of seeking out the truth. There is really no
meaningful substitute for it unless you start buying into
mysticism or some form of revelation.


 - Dick



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