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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
witnesses.

http://www.perceptions.couk.com/magic2.html#2

and

http://www.perceptions.couk.com/percepts.html

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
witnesses.

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

cheers

Ray D

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