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Re: Defending The Indefensible - Dickenson

From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007 17:22:45 -0000
Fwd Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2007 09:54:49 -0400
Subject: Re: Defending The Indefensible - Dickenson


>From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2007 23:31:06 -0000
>Subject: Re: Defending The Indefensible

<snip>

We should discriminate between the science establishment which,
in the words of Nigel Calder "amounts to a systematic resistance
to discovery", and abstract science - the method of asking
meaningful questions and accepting only meaningful answers.

[Google "badsci.txt" for Calder's reported statement, which looks
sensible to me]

Calder's "what the scientists say now is likely to be false" is
a logical conclusion, more politely expressed by Wallace as
"there is no law of nature yet known to us but may be apparently
contravened by the action of more recondite laws or forces".

Some inferences from the Brookings quote -

1 - the Gov't, usually selfish, myopic and dilatory - see non-
existent asteroid protection - had to have a compelling reason
to want the Committee to advise on `alien contact'. That still
seems to be a secret.

2 - the Committee thought it probable that `all our theories'
would be proved incomplete (or even baseless) by contact.

3 - the Committee expected the response of scientists and
engineers to alien contact to be a negative one - that they
would be `devastated', by loss of face or some such thing.

Well, that last might be true of hierarchical scientists, who
Calder thinks are "wilfully resisting pursuing certain lines of
inquiry", but I don't think it's true of most of us.

BTW we should also try not to take criticism personally.


Cheers

Ray D



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