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Re: Mis-Identification

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2007 14:40:27 -0600
Archived: Sat, 17 Nov 2007 09:13:27 -0500
Subject: Re: Mis-Identification

>From: John Rimmer <j.rimmer.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2007 10:02:53 +0000
>Subject: Re: Larry King Live: Friday, November 9th, 2007

>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 08:44:57 -0600
>>Subject: Re: Larry King Live: Friday, November 9th, 2007

>>I was writing, as I thought you were, about human perception in
>>ordinary circumstances. Not, in other words, about traumatic
>>crimes, not deliberate, sophisticated misdirection, not
>>ignorance of complicated public-policy issues. I was simply
>>arguing something that I should think is undeniable: that if you
>>tell me a rabbit suddenly ran across your path in reasonable
>>viewing conditions, chances are strong that it was a rabbit and
>>not a large dog or a newspaper page pushed by the wind.

>Jerry, you've put your finger on it here. People sometimes
>report that a puma or some other big-cat has run across their
>path. When this happens in somewhere like south-east England,
>researchers often have to decide whether or not what the witness
>say was actually a large dog or a paper bag or some other
>mundane object.

Since John brings up the subject of phantom felines, I may as
well relate my daily struggle with the problem of

My wife and I share our dwelling with a sweet-natured but
mischievous cat, about a year and a half-old, named Hodge, who
has abundant, silky dark-black fur. We live in a cluttered old
house - the clutter the consequence of occupancy by two writers,
each of whom brought a huge personal library into the marriage -
with some areas, such as hallways, poorly illuminated even at
the brightest part of daylight.

Probably once a day, sometimes more, one of us does a
double-take, unable immediately to determine whether what we're
seeing under less-than-ideal viewing conditions is Hodge, a
shadow, a flowerpot, a box, a flower pot, a stack of books, or
whatever. Walking through a dark passageway, we literally have
to watch our feet to be sure we don't step on him.

Fortunately, neither of us has ever mistaken him for something
anomalous or paranormal. And - confirming my earlier observation
- there is no mistaking the little guy when we observe him under
decent viewing conditions.

Jerry Clark

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