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 ><snip> >>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 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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