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Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2011 10:13:06 -0600
Archived: Thu, 08 Dec 2011 11:28:15 -0500
Subject: Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List


>From: Steven Kaeser <steve.nul>
>To: <post.nul>,
>Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2011 10:14:14 -0500
>Subject: Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List

>>From: Gerald O'Connell <goc.nul>
>>To: <post.nul>
>>Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2011 11:35:55 -0000
>>Subject: Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List

>I think the problem is that one person's "quackery" is another
>person's "truth" and I think you'll find little agreement among
>many researchers on how they are defined.

Expressed this way - and I'm sure it's not your meaning, Steve -
this comes across as intellectual relativism. In fact, there
_are_ quacks in this field, and I think a great many are
recognizable as soon as they open mouths or attack keyboards.

One difference between the quack and the sensible is that the
latter has an awareness of established knowledge in a broad
range of disciplines and a consequent sense of how the UFO
question fits within that knowledge. He or she does not attempt
to overthrow much or all of history and science in order to
accommodate the UFO phenomenon. He or she knows what evidential
requirements are and how to advance arguments that are not
instantly dismissible by an intellectually sophisticated
audience (which in my experience tends to be approachable and
curious if its collective intelligence and learning are not
insulted at the outset). The sensible person is a modest one
comfortable with ambiguity, nuance, and limitations.

I certainly do not argue that if one does not embrace a
particular theory or chooses to adopt another concerning the
nature of the phenomenon, one becomes a laughable nut job. It is
legitimate, however, to point out how closely or how distantly
the available evidence fits a particular interpretation. It is
legitimate to note that a belief betrays illogic or demands far
more than reasonable inference from the data can carry.


Jerry Clark




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