From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul> Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2011 09:24:17 -0600 Archived: Sat, 10 Dec 2011 15:04:05 -0500 Subject: Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List >From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2011 18:12:57 -0000 >Subject: Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List >>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul> >>To: <post.nul> >>Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2011 10:42:11 -0600 >>Subject: Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List <snip> >>Sorry, Ray, but you just made my point. >>When a decent awareness of established knowledge in established >>disciplines, plus an intelligent respect for logical thinking, >>is equated with "accepting a guru," then the problems I outlined >>are demonstrated for all to see. >Hate to appear to quibble*, and that seems OK at face value but >on examination it's either over-restrictive or virtually >meaningless: >i) 'a decent awareness' is open to interpretation (and claims); >ii) 'established knowledge' demands blind acceptance of the >text-books - all obsolete, many before being printed; <snip> And so on... What you're expressing, of course, is classic anti- intellectualism. I believe I am safe in presuming you have not heard, or probably ever heard of, the late Richard Hofstadter's revelatory essay on the subject. I don't know why I should be shocked that some in our field would actually defend the proposition that knowledge makes one rigid, textbooks are a waste of paper, and scientists, historians, and scholars in general are just a punch of pointy- heads whose sole purpose is to foil progress. 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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