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Re: Depressing But Instructive - Dickenson

From: Ray Dickenson <editor.nul>
Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2004 22:24:39 +0000
Fwd Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 07:16:56 -0500
Subject: Re: Depressing But Instructive - Dickenson

>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Sat, 6 Mar 2004 08:25:07 -0600
>Subject: Re: Depressing But Instructive

>>From: John Harney <magonia.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2004 21:34:36 -0000
>>Subject: Re: Depressing But Instructive

>>You consider this preposterous story to be authentic, despite
>>the fact that it has - unlike Trindade, as Jerry Clark kept
>>reminding us - _negative witnesses_. Yet you just sweep these
>>negative witnesses aside with the words: "The fact that several
>>of the officers involved have denied to other investigators
>>having any knowledge of the incident is not surprising at all
>>under the circumstances."

>It is gratifying indeed to see that John Harney has finally
>admitted the importance of negative witnesses. Late, if nothing
>else, is better than never.

Hi, it _is_ depressing that so many folk still believe a real
event should be seen identically (or even at all) by multiple




should get it thru their skulls that the human brain cannot
"see" things, because the brain has no optical equipment. The
eye, which _is_ an optical instrument, sends its (digital)
output to the "lizard brain" which then suggests or imposes a
picture, chosen from previous templates, to be accepted by the
conscious (or "human") brain.

As Professor Ellison so clearly demonstrated (magic2.html),
given a large enough audience, witness testimony _must_ range
from "negative" (unable to "see" the event) - to "over-positive"
(generating an `untrue' explanation for event).

Either negative or over-positive impression is seen as "the
truth" by the witness. So, given a large audience, a real event
_should_ have both negative witnesses and over-positive

Indeed, a test of a "real" event might be a certain ratio of
"negative witnesses" (maybe of a certain psychological make-up).


Ray D

"Perceptions" http://www.perceptions.couk.com

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