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A Weakness Of 'Skeptics'/'Debunkers'

From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2007 23:34:35 +0100
Archived: Fri, 21 Sep 2007 10:26:37 -0400
Subject: A Weakness Of 'Skeptics'/'Debunkers'


Hello List

Wouldn't normally bother you with extracts from other groups or
discussions; however this seems to have a bearing on current
List debates.


[Quote Begins]

Subject: Re: Our Malleable Memory

 ----- Original Message -----
 From: "Steve B***"
 >On 9/15/07, puca*** wrote:

>>We must all accept that  our memories are not as accurate as we
>>would like to think and, as  a result, our testimony about
>>events is not as accurate as we would like  to  think.

>Something which those interviewing witnesses of UFOs and other
>odd phenomena would do well to bear in mind.

You're not exactly wrong, just over-selective to the point of
giving the wrong impression. Why?

The evidence is that folk who are more accepting of 'odd
phenomena' are more likely to be 'right' when seeing something
out of the ordinary.

Whereas those who are more 'conformist' or 'conservative' by
nature are more likely to be 'wrong'.

See

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/09/070911111852.htm

"Liberals More Likely Than Conservatives To Break From Habitual
Responses, Study Finds" - for latest research

And maybe Google << They were mocked by skeptics in the audience
who said "Nothing happened - we would have seen it" >> for
earlier examples.

www.perceptions.couk.com/magic2.html#2

Therefore, knee-jerk dismissals, ridicule and actual 'wrong'
evidence/testimony are more likely to come from hard-line
'skeptics' - those people incapable of recognizing new
perceptions.

Which is maybe fairly obvious.

Ray D

[Quote Ends]


Two points:

i) as you see above, dogmatic and 'skeptic' types seem more
willing to impose their agenda on others - and are therefore
maybe more likely to be self-appointed 'experts' in all fields;

ii) real science - above - says those dogmatic 'skeptic' types
are also more likely to be wrong, about their own perceptions
and those of others, which may not surprise List members.


Cheers

Ray D




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