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Re: Debunkers' Guidebook - Sandow

From: Greg Sandow <greg@gregsandow.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2001 11:07:17 -0400
Fwd Date: Fri, 06 Apr 2001 02:59:45 -0400
Subject: Re: Debunkers' Guidebook - Sandow

 >From: Bob Young <YoungBob2@aol.com>
 >Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2001 13:23:12 EDT
 >Subject: Re: Debunkers' Guidebook
 >To: updates@sympatico.ca

 >>incidentally, the best _real_ debunking has always been done by
 >>ufologists. When a ufologist debunks a case, it stays debunked.
 >>When a debunker debunks a case, on the other hand, all that
 >>happens is the sound of robotic head-nodding by those who agree
 >>with him absolutely and who would never dream  of breathing a
 >>whisper of dissent

 >Jerry, et. al.:
 >Here we go again. The same characteristics attributed to
 >debunkers now achieve near heroic proportions when used by

The best ufologists act as if they're open-minded. One sign of
that is that they criticize each other.

Skeptics, on the other hand, don't normally criticize each
others' views. One sign of that is the debate, here and
elsewhere, about the Socorro object being, possibly, a balloon.
If that 's the real explanation, than Philip Klass's debunking
of the case -- that it was a hoax -- is obviously wrong. That's
an important point to make, because Klass's reasoning was, shall
we say, a little grandiose. Essentially, he simply assumed, with
no evidence, that the hoax was in effect.  He had reasons for it
(he thought the whole thing was a plot to bring tourists to
Soccoro), but he didn't have evidence for his reasons. Skeptics,
you'd think, would want to improve their skeptical arguments.
Hence -- especially since, as they portray themselves, they're
so scientific -- you'd think they'd be all over each other,
subjecting each others' arguments to peer review.

In that spirit, Bob -- what are the five most mistaken (or
improbable) arguments ever made by any prominent skeptic?

Greg Sandow

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