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Re: "Embrace Skepticism; Don't Buy Into UFO Hype"

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



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