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 Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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