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Re: Why The Cover-Up?

From: Paul Scott Anderson <paulscottanderson.nul>
Date: Sun, 29 Jul 2007 19:59:42 -0700
Archived: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 12:05:08 -0400
Subject: Re: Why The Cover-Up?

>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 10:05:39 -0500
>Subject: Re: Why The Cover-Up?

>Yes, to anyone possessed of any scientific sophistication (or
>common sense for that matter) Gehrmanism is indeed silly. It's
>also silly to draw meteorites into the discussion. The evidence
>for meteorites was substantial, and eventually scientists of
>another era, when much less was known about the subject (or
>about any subject), were forced to acknowledge their reality.
>Something of the same will happen with the UFO phenomenon,
>though rejection of UFOs-as-anomalies by scientists even now is
>hardly universal.

You missed my point, again. The idea of 'stones falling from the
sky' was ridiculed. Not that they existed so much as the theory
that they came from space:



"Many early cultures recognized certain stones as having fallen
from the sky whether as a result of an oral history of the fall
or as an attempt to reconcile the unusual nature of a rock of
pure metal. But to the scientists of the Renaissance and later
periods, stones falling from the heavens were considered
superstition at best, heresy at worst."

"The 1790s and early 1800s experienced and unusual number of
witnessed meteorite falls. In 1794 Ernst Friedrich Chladni
(klad' nee), considered the father of meteoritics, published a
book in which he concluded that stone and iron masses did fall
out of the sky and were associated with high speed fireballs.
Because of the hundreds of eyewitness reports that were coming
in, many scientists were beginning to accept these conclusions.
In his book, however, Chladni took the next great leap and
concluded these objects could only come from space. For this he
was immediately ridiculed, then ignored."

"Two very skeptical professors came out to look into the matter,
fully prepared to dispel the story of stones falling from the
sky. The two professors conducted a lengthy investigation. They
knew these stones were different from any they had ever seen and
they witnessed local townspeople extracting them from holes in
yards and nearby fields. Finally, the two wise professors from
Yale concluded the stones must have fallen from the sky."

"Eventually the story found its way to the White House in
Washington, D.C. President Thomas Jefferson was a scientist as
well as statesman. When he heard this peculiar story he declared
it could not be true, but his advisors insisted that the stones
were observed falling from the sky and that two Yale professors
investigating the incident vouched for its truth."

The point is that certain ideas that science initially laughed
at turned out to be true _when the evidence became available_.
But instead of admitting that evidence for some other "silly"
ideas may still be forthcoming in the future, you just dismiss
them because you don't have that evidence yet. Of course, many
theories turn out to wrong, but some don't. Sometimes they can
even change the course of science forever.

>Science does not "ignore things like this." Even scientists who
>do not embrace paranormal explanations deem the phenomena
>involved worthy of scrutiny. I take it that you've never heard
>of the discipline of anomalistic psychology.

_Some_ scientists consider it worthy of study, more than they used to,
but many still do not. The same for the NDEs, etc.

Paul Scott Anderson

Canadian Crop Circle Research Network

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