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

From: Jim Mortellaro <Jsmortell@aol.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2002 00:37:39 EDT
Fwd Date: Sun, 23 Jun 2002 06:32:31 -0500
Subject: Re: Kurtz: A Vigorous Skeptic... - Mortellaro


 >From: Royce J. Myers III - The Watchdog <ufowatchdog@earthlink.net>
 >To: <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
 >Subject: Re: Kurtz: A Vigorous Skeptic...
 >Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2002 16:28:51 -0700


 >>From: Stanton Friedman <fsphys@brunnet.net>
 >>To: <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
 >>Subject: Re: Kurtz: A Vigorous Skeptic...
 >>Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2002 17:26:56 -0300

 >>>

 ><snip>

 >>>Lehmberg@snowhill.com

 >>>I had the distinct displeasure of doing a TV show (The Shulman
 >>>File) with Kurtz in Toronto. He is a typical nasty noisey
 >>>negativist who hadn't done his home work at all, but still came
 >>>on strong with his research by proclamation. Facts don't matter
 >>>to him. Instead it is bias, prejuduce and ignorance. What a
 >>>combination!

 >>He demostrated these same characteristics on a Larry King show I
 >>saw years ago.


 >Hi Stan,

 >I too had the dis-pleasure of being on a radio program several
 >years ago with Kurtz. He was supposed to stay on the air and
 >talk UFOs with me. I brought up a remarkable UFO video taken
 >down in the Nevada area. In mid-sentence, Kurtz thought it would
 >be okay to interrupt me and zealously proclaim the Phoenix
 >Lights were a fraud - even though I was talking about Nevada.

 >I had to remind Kurtz, several times, that I was talking about
 >some footage out of Nevada and not Arizona - he still didn't get
 >it and kept wanting to focus on the Phoenix Lights case. I
 >finally had to tell him to stop talking and that he had already
 >had his opportunity to talk in the previous half-hour.

 >After discussing this video-footage, Kurtz was asked about it by
 >the host. Kurtz said he didn't know anything about it and that
 >the, you guessed it, Phoenix Lights case was nothing. Kurtz then
 >said it was getting late and he had to go.

 >Indeed, investigation by proclamation seems to be the MO of
 >these folks. Really, how many field investigations have these
 >guys conducted? These are the same folks saying that all cattle
 >mutilation cases are predators and cultists - yet they can't
 >directly prove it nor can they challenge the data on the subject
 >to date.....


Gentle Men, Ladies and EBK,

Speaking with a skeptic is genuinely the worst experience a
person with an open mind may have. In some recent discussions I
had with a person on this list, I asked several questions which
were rather pointed and specific.

So as not to insult or divulge, as I happen to like this looney
bin and would not insult, I shall use an example.

I said, "Please pay specific attention to X and Y because I am
genuinely (and I was) interested in your take on it. It's
important to me to understand how your mind works when
confronted with X and Y and these two pieces of the puzzle are
intimately related to the UFO abduction phenomena."

In the discussion, Q, R and S were also discussed, however I
told this person to please look only at X and Y. For one thing,
Q, R and S had nothing at all to do with the phenomenon under
discussion, and bore little resemblance to the UFO abduction
phenomena.

Guess what I got back after he looked at Q, R, S, X and Y? He
came back with his take on everything but X and Y and proceeded
to debate the fallacy of the phenomenon based exclusively on Q,
R and S.

It was like banging my head against a brick wall. There is no
logic in the mind of the skeptic, except the logic of debating
anything which that skeptic may use to deflate the entire
phenomena, even though the argument used is not relevant. If
it's something he can prove or otherwise deflate the argument,
it's done against the entire topic.

So, we now speak only about fresh wine and cheese. I suggest
that the skeptibunkers out there take to drinking or other
substances during debate on the subject of UFO's and abduction.
Loosens the tongue and makes the man more pliable. Not to
mention making even more sense to himself whilst still being
unable to find the door.

I remain,


Jim Mortellaro
with port, not pot,
and no portfolio



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