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Re: Physiological & Psychological Effects Of

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2013 13:22:09 -0500
Archived: Sun, 28 Jul 2013 18:46:50 -0400
Subject: Re: Physiological & Psychological Effects Of

>From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2013 17:14:47 +0100
>Subject: Re: Physiological & Psychological Effects Of Adrenaline

>>From: Gerald O'Connell <goc.nul>
>>To: <post.nul>
>>Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2013 15:35:49 +0100
>>Subject: Re: Physiological & Psychological Effects Of Adrenaline

>>>From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul>
>>>To: post.nul
>>>Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2013 06:55:26 +0100
>>>Subject: Physiological & Psychological Effects Of Adrenaline


>>The problem with this hypothesis is that of unravelling cause
>>and effect.

>There are some examples of completely mundane events engendering
>Oz-like features. A few times in relation to reports of what
>turned out to be Chinese lanterns I have seen comments alonfg the
>lines of:

>"I felt an overwhelming sense of peace and goodwill"

>"I thought that the lights were trying to communicate with me"

>Indeed, some of these types of comment were used as
>justifications to deny that what that particular witness saw was
>just lanterns.

>I think this kind of phenomena is best studied by university
>psychology departments, where the skills and resources to reach
>valid conclusions are already in place. Then again, I can't see
>the likes of Jerry accepting what professor Chris French, Dr.
>Susan Blackmore, or Dr. Michael Persinger uncovers, should any
>of them choose to take on such a project. Unless of course they
>concluded that all witnesses are perfect in every way.

Again, Joe McG's inability to grasp the concepts of nuance and
complexity is on embarrassing display. I would challenge him to
cite anything I've written - and I have published extensively -
that expresses the view attributed to me in that last line,
except that I am well aware he wouldn't take me up on it because
even he senses he wouldn't be able to support his statement. You
really need to reign in that wishful thinking, Joe.

For an actual discussion of my view on the matter of witness
testimony, see, e.g., pp. 321-24 of my book Unexplained! 3rd
ed., 2012. For a skeptical treatment of Michael Persinger's
claims (and, in passing, Susan Blackmore's), see Chris
Rutkowski's illuminating - sorry for the pun; I couldn't help
myself - essay Earthlights And Tectonic Strain Theory, in my UFO
Encyclopedia, 2nd ed., 1998, pp.350-57.

Jerry Clark

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