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Re: Kurtz: A Vigorous Skeptic... - Speiser

From: Jim Speiser <jimspeiser@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 21:26:28 -0700
Fwd Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2002 04:20:20 -0400
Subject: Re: Kurtz: A Vigorous Skeptic... - Speiser


 >From: Mike Briggs <mbriggs@ku.edu>
 >To: ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net
 >Subject: Kurtz: A Vigorous Skeptic Of Everything But Fact
 >Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 10:12:54 -0400 (EDT)

 >No doubt many on the UpDates List have already seen this article
 >from today's NY Times. But many others may not have. In any
 >case, I thought it would be useful to pass it along.

 >Mike Briggs

 >mbriggs@ku.edu

 >-----

 >Source: The New York Times

 >http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/19/arts/television/19SKEP.html?ex=1
 >025495973&ei=1&en=8fc63718a4160f01

 >A Vigorous Skeptic of Everything but Fact

 >June 19, 2002
 >By DINITIA SMITH

 >These are some of the things that Paul Kurtz, chairman of
 >the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of
 >the Paranormal and publisher of the magazine Skeptical
 >Inquirer, does not believe in: parapsychology, holistic
 >cures for animal illnesses, the universal effectiveness of
 >chiropractic, extraterrestrial beings, alternative
 >medicine, Bigfoot and organized religion.


Some of you on this List may be surprised to learn that I
consider Prof. Kurtz to be one of the most brilliant and
admirable men of our times. While I abhor his stance on UFOs
(his CSICOP-hat), I greatly admire the work he has done in the
field of secular humanism (his CSH-hat).

I am a secular humanist myself, and actually helped start a
like-minded group here in Phoenix some years back, inspired by
Kurtz' books.  By the way, I think Budd Hopkins also describes
himself as a secular humanist.

So I catch heck from both sides - from the UFO believers for
admiring Kurtz, and from my fellow secular humanists, some of
whom consider it "sacreligious" to give any credence whatever to
UFOs.

Oh, well, ya can't please everyone!

==JJS==




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