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 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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