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Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List

From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2011 16:10:31 -0000
Archived: Fri, 09 Dec 2011 11:32:03 -0500
Subject: Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List


>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2011 08:59:40 -0600
>Subject: Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List

>>From: William Treurniet <wtreurniet.nul>
>>To: post.nul
>>Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2011 17:44:08 -0500
>>Subject: Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List

<snip>

>>It would be more honest to take some time first to understand
>>the context of what that person is trying to communicate. Then
>>one could disagree either with the assumptions or with the
>>logic or both.

>I suspect I have read a whole lot more of ufology's crank
>literature than you have. I have a fairly keen grasp not only of
>its content but of its history in pre-ufology occult traditions.
>My last book (Hidden Realms, Lost Civilizations, and Beings from
>Other Worlds) explored some of it in detail. I also have written
>about it at length in my encyclopedia and elsewhere. I have
>spent, I am certain, a whole lot more time with it than you
>have. So please spare me the lectures.

Sorry Jerry, I think William is right here - everyone should try
to make their own way through the tangle.

Accepting a guru, or worse, a consensus, is merely closing one's
eyes to the possible but yet unthought-of.

For we know that most/all? (Western) gurus prove to be false,
and that the consensus is _always_ wrong.

Think epicycles (for 1,500 years); 'bad air' disease
transmission (malaria); phlogiston and countless other consensus
delusions. Today we have the 'standard models' of cosmology and
of particle physics - but maybe not for long?

Like John D Barrow wrote in 'The Constants of Nature':

"Eventually, they [our current theories] will all be shown to be
wrong."

And if we need further incentive to think for ourselves, maybe
reflect on the motto of the Royal Society: 'Nullius In Verba' -
which roughly translates as 'take nobody's word for it'.


Cheers

Ray D




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