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Re: Let's Crank It Up A Notch - Cox

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2012 18:30:22 -0600
Archived: Sat, 03 Mar 2012 08:03:41 -0500
Subject: Re: Let's Crank It Up A Notch - Cox


>From: John Harney <magonia.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2012 20:11:59 -0000
>Subject: Re: Let's Crank It Up A Notch - Cox

>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>To: post.nul
>>Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2012 08:46:31 -0600
>>Subject: Re: Let's Crank It Up A Notch - Cox

>>>From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul>
>>>To: <post.nul>
>>>Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2012 18:51:12 +0000
>>>Subject: Re: Let's Crank It Up A Notch - Cox

>>>Leslie Kean? Add to the discussion? I doubt it. She would simply
>>>be repeating the old UFO orthodoxy without any real insider's
>>>knowledge.

>>Leslie Kean would make a much-needed addition to the discussion.
>>She's one of the smartest, most informed people around, with an
>>impressive track record as investigator, author, and
>>spokesperson for our subject.

>If she's so smart, why did she include so many solved UFO cases
>in her book, and present them with hardly any critical comment?
>She seems to be unduly impressed by military uniforms with rows
>of medals, and with academic gowns, when assessing UFO reports,
>and she includes some contributions from persons notorious in
>ufology for their lack of objectivity.

>To take but two examples to start with, from the book UFOs:
>1947-1997 (edited by Hilary Evans and Dennis Stacy, John Brown
>Publishing, London, 1997):

>In an article, The Belgian 1989-1990 UFO Wave, Belgian
>researcher Wim Van Utrecht expresses his doubts about the
>authenticity of the Petit-Rechain "flying triangle" photo, and
>his suspicions have recently proved to have been justified. He
>also provides plausible explanations for most (not all) other
>sightings in this UFO wave.

>The article Trans-en-Provence: When Science And Belief Go Hand
>In Hand, by Eric Maillot and Jacques Scornaux, is an excellent,
>detailed demolition job on this notorious UFO "landing" and the
>bungled investigations of it.

>For those who have the time to spare there is plenty of critical
>investigation and comment on the better-known sightings in
>Kean's book which should convince all but the most hopelessly
>credulous that it is little more than just another UFO gee-whiz
>book.


Happily, I'm not so hopelessly credulous that I have started
taking debunkers' word on what a "solved" case is.

Of course, to a professional debunker, there cannot be unsolved
cases by definition. No matter what contortions are necessary to
get there, and God knows we've seen more than a few in the long,
sorry history of UFO denial. I guess, though, that we're still
required to believe that if a skeptic declares a case solved,
that's the end of the discussion.

There's a pretty serious distinction between "skeptical" and "a
skeptic." All sensible persons are skeptical when need be. It
takes another kind of person - a lock-step ideologue,
specifically - to be "a skeptic," through which sensibility
everything must be processed like so much sausage.

Not very appetizing or nutritious, I'm afraid.


Jerry Clark




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