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Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List

From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2011 18:43:22 +0000
Archived: Fri, 09 Dec 2011 07:58:49 -0500
Subject: Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List


>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2011 10:13:06 -0600
>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.

And, the above is why I adore you, Jerry Clark.

You can't know this, but I was told by a couple of agents and
publishers that they couldn't represent/publish my book. Not
because it was poorly written or illogical, but because it would
not support or cater to the UFO believers.

I didn't have enough literary weight to argue with them.

Maybe, someday, I will self-publish the damn thing and not worry
about catering to 'the crowd of believers'. I always hoped there
was a crowd out there willing to listen to rational explanations
supported by historical documents.

Unlike Dolan, I don't hold an academic degree in history or
heavy duty resume.


Oh well,

KK



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