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Re: Klass' Infamous Theory About Valentich Incident

From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul>
Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2013 12:47:31 -0400 (EDT)
Archived: Tue, 02 Jul 2013 14:39:53 -0400
Subject: Re: Klass' Infamous Theory About Valentich Incident


>From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2013 17:07:27 -0300
>Subject: Re: Klass' Infamous Theory About Valentich Incident

>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>To: post.nul
>>Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2013 08:06:26 -0500
>>Subject: Re: Klass' Infamous Theory About Valentich Incident

>Hi Stan and Jerry,

>I was often staggered by the simplistic - simple minded really -
>explanations of various UFO encounters made by Klass during his
>time at the "skeptic" helm. Given the man's intelligence, his
>was another of those weird personalities like Donald Menzel who
>would ignore 90 percent of a report while fixating on the other
>ten percent that could possibly explain the case away as
>something prosaic while ignoring their own training,
>particularly Menzel whose background was in physics and
>astronomy.

>Klass's background was technical but in each case these two were
>prepared to throw out their training in order to come up with
>ridiculous explanations.

>I don't believe that either of these two were doing this out of
>fervent disbelief but were acting on another agenda. They are
>gone now but others seemed to have stepped into the spaces they
>left behind.

My exasperation over explanations offered by skeptics caused me
to become 'Skeptical of the Skeptics'. This skepticism on my
part is embedded in the paper "Prosaic Explanations: the Failure
of UFO Skepticism

http://www.brumac.8k.com/prosaic1.html

In that paper I recite how Klass was willing to disregard
evidence from basic photographic physics, evidence which I
patiently explained to him, in order to "explain" one of the
events filmed during the famous December 1978 New Zealand
sightings.

True believer? I'd say so.




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