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Re: Shostak's Search Shift?

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2010 08:28:13 -0500
Archived: Fri, 08 Oct 2010 12:01:18 -0400
Subject: Re: Shostak's Search Shift?


>From: J. Maynard Gelinas <j.maynard.gelinas.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2010 18:38:57 -0400
>Subject: Re: Shostak's Search Shift?


>This post is a combined response to David Rudiak, Stanton
>Friedman, and Jerome Clarke [sic].

My last name is spelled Clark, same as on the many books,
articles, and reviews I have published over the decades.
Perhaps you have me confused with another writer and a genuine
Clarke, David, recently departed from this List.

Two quick comments, since I don't want to get sucked into the
vortex, having other, more urgent responsibilities in my real
life and profession. I will leave it to Rudiak and Friedman to
handle the detailed cogent responses:

(1) Mr. Gelinas's discussion - which, let me insert here, is to
be commended for its intelligence and civility - reads as if
reports, specifically credible CE3s (nearly all of humanoid
entities, virtually none otherwise), bearing on the question
don't exist; consequently, we can usefully address the issue of
what UFO occupants might look like only by a priori assertion
and speculation. As Stanislaw Lem observes, "No matter how
unlikely a thing is, if it happens, it happens." Anyway, the
case for bipedal, humanoid ETs has been made by both pro- and
anti-UFO scientists interested in astrobiology, so even
"unlikely" may not apply here.

Those with long historical memories will recall that in the
latter 1950s and 1960s NICAP, while championing the ETH,
pretended that CE3s don't exist and that therefore it remained
an open question what kinds of beings might fly UFOs. Even
then, it was apparent that the best CE3s were as credible as the
best non-CE3s.

(2) Authors routinely judge their potential audience and shape
their rhetorical strategies around that judgment. Reading what
Mr. Gelinas says about Leslie Kean on the ETH, I wonder if he's
aware of that simple reality. I say this not just because I know
Leslie Kean, though I do, but because as a lifelong reader as
well as writer I think I would have gotten the point even if I
didn't.


Jerry Clark



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