From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2011 18:27:53 +0100 Archived: Sun, 10 Apr 2011 07:11:41 -0400 Subject: Re: "Embrace Skepticism; Don't Buy Into UFO Hype" >From: Rick Nielsen <nilthchi.nul> >To: post.nul >Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2011 17:51:12 -0700 (PDT) >Subject: Re: "Embrace Skepticism; Don't Buy Into UFO Hype" <snip> >A _little_ skepticism is still a good thing. Keep Stan's >grey-basket handy! Fully agree Rick, in fact I try to achieve real, impartial scepticism on all subjects; although that's very difficult for us humans. However, for the over-confident (and under-informed), must add a word of caution: here's a quote: --- "Categorizing is a useful tool - when used after the analysis phase of a scientific investigation. However, folk who've gotten opinionated (by the apparent efficiency of categorizing) will often mistakenly categorize at the initial phase of data gathering. As a result they might declare `That's impossible / a hoax!' before analysis of data. Such fatal `pre-judging' is a typical weakness of older, more dogmatic scientists - see Clarke's First Law http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarke's_three_laws --- Cheers Ray D 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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