From: Alfred Lehmberg <Lehmberg@snowhill.com> Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2002 16:23:57 -0500 Fwd Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2002 18:55:12 -0400 Subject: Re: Kurtz: A Vigorous Skeptic... - Lehmberg >From: Jim Speiser <firstname.lastname@example.org> >To: <email@example.com> >Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 21:26:28 -0700 >Subject: Re: Kurtz: A Vigorous Skeptic... >>From: Mike Briggs <firstname.lastname@example.org> >>To: email@example.com >>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. >>----- >>Source: The New York Times = >http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/19/arts/television/19SKEP.html?ex=3D1025495= 973&ei=3D1&en=3D8fc63718a4160f01 >>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! I think you are tres wise, sir, not to even try, just please yourself like the Ricky Nelsen song of yore; and hey, I thought you were going to lay low after your decade long absence and lurk? <g> Did you get us all figured out that quickly? <g> Seriously though, what brings you back after being gone so long? You must have been pretty definite to have left in the first place, and even more so to keep the aggregate disinterest going for so many years. Did you hear the Sirens calling again? And what advice would you offer to keep the interest going enough in the subject to preclude a decade long absence from any one of the rest of us? _I'd_ like an inoculation against dis- interest, if you have one. Sincerely: Why did you leave? More interestingly, why did you come back? Lehmberg@snowhill.com ~~=D6~~ EXPLORE "Alfred Lehmberg's Alien View" at his VSN URL. http://www.alienview.net JOHN FORD RESTORATION FUND -- John will be released eventually. He'll need a tax free cash stake to get on his feet. Let's put one together for him; the bigger it is -- the more attention he gets. It could have been you. E-mail for detail. $350.00 pledged -- $200.00 collected! "I cleave the heavens, and soar to the infinite. What others see from afar, I leave far behind me." - Giordano Bruno, scourged by the scabrously specious scurrilous.
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