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Re: To Skeptics Reading This List - Hebert

From: Amy Hebert <yellowrose129@attbi.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Jun 2002 18:34:56 -0500
Fwd Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2002 07:31:56 -0400
Subject: Re: To Skeptics Reading This List - Hebert


 >From: Jerry Cohen <rjcohen@optonline.net>
 >Date: Sat, 29 Jun 2002 09:39:47 -0400
 >Subject: To Skeptics Reading This List
 >To: ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net

 >With so many years having past, younger skeptics may not have
 >ever seen NICAP's original rebuttal to the Condon Study. It was
 >taken from The UFO Investigator, January 1969, Vol. IV, Special
 >Edition. I happened to come across it as I was researching
 >something else.

<snip>

Hi, Jerry:

If one is not a skeptic, what are you? A "believer"? "Pro-UFO"?
How can one remain objective if not at least somewhat skeptical
about anything one studies?

You addressed your post to the "Skeptics" reading this List and
I thought, "I'm skeptical at times about many things so does
that make me a "skeptic"? Is this post addressed to me?" (Had
the subject been "To Young Skeptics", it would have ruled me out
immediately. ;>)

I was once a believer. I was once pro-UFO. But luckily I
returned to my roots as a researcher. As a researcher, I cannot
believe anything for or against UFO's, aliens, etc. To believe
either way is to blind myself to any truths that may be contrary
to what I believe. If I cannot see truth, should I stumble upon
it, how will I ever find it?

A believer is one who believes he or she has found the truth. A
skeptic is one who doubts, one who has not found the truth.When
one believes, he or she does not require evidence to convince
them - they already have all the evidence they need. When one is
skeptical, he or she is seeking more evidence as they are not
yet convinced, they do not believe.

What is wrong with being a skeptic? What is so wrong about being
skeptical? Why are people labeled "Skeptics" on this list and
other lists as if they have some type of horrible disease?

Ufology is not a religion, it is a science wannabe. One does not
have to believe in UFO's or be pro-UFO to study these anomalies.
In fact, it is wiser to suspend belief altogether if truth is
your objective.

I don't care what's in style these days, I'm a skeptic and proud
of it!


A. Hebert




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