From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul> Date: Fri, 29 Jun 2012 07:45:17 -0500 Archived: Fri, 29 Jun 2012 11:36:08 -0400 Subject: Re: Could Aliens Have Created Life On Earth? >From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2012 20:19:49 +0100 >Subject: Re: Could Aliens Have Created Life On Earth? >Hello List >Many of us have seen this behaviour in UFO circles and even more >often in politics: when someone can't face the facts of a case >or an argument they simply rewrite it to be easier to criticise >and then pretend that was the original case or argument. >That's euphemistically known as a 'Straw Man' tactic. Plain- >speaking folk, like me, call it lying. >Here's three facts gleaned from an interview conducted by Stuart >Miller (first two reported in the Press at the time iirc) >i) Professor Wickramasinghe and his family received death >threats, to make him "keep quiet" >ii) Police claimed those threats were untraceable >iii) at least one Gov't or quasi-Gov't 'agency' - which could >create "further problems" - pressurized Professor Wickramasinghe >to "keep quiet" >That last fact is in this snipppet from the interview at: >www.perceptions.couk.com/panspermia.html) >[Quotation Begins] >SM: - Nothing from a government source? No shadowy figure has >stepped forth and said, "Could you stop this?" >CW: - It's hard to answer that question. I think there were >some. >SM: - You do? >CW: - Yes. Maybe I shouldn't answer this question because it >could lead to further problems. >SM: - Professor, I am most grateful for your time. >[Quotation Ends] >I would heartily recommend to anyone who doesn't want to >(inadvertently?) tell lies, that they thoroughly read material >before commenting on it. Those who don't care will carry on >doing what they do best - lying. I must say I am underwhelmed. CW's words are so vague as to be meaningless. Happily, the "threats," whatever they were about, clearly weren't serious enough to intimidate him into silence when it comes to discussing his theories. As an aside, I can imagine that he didn't make his colleagues very happy when he agreed to testify on the side of creationists at a trial in Arkansas. Interestingly, the subject of intimidation comes up in the context of that discussion. In any event, unless CW opens up, discussion of particulars is impossible, leaving those so inclined to continue to speculate to their paranoid hearts' delight. For myself, I am disinclined to believe that the British government delivers threats to its native scientists via anonymous phone messages. Sociopaths do, however. Jerry Clark Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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