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Re: Those 'Canals' On Mars

From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2011 15:11:10 -0000
Archived: Tue, 04 Jan 2011 12:09:50 -0500
Subject: Re: Those 'Canals' On Mars


>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2011 14:44:44 -0600
>Subject: Re: Those 'Canals' On Mars

>>From: Ray Dickenson  <r.dickenson.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
>>Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2011 05:02:13 -0000
>>Subject: Those 'Canals' On Mars

>>Was just watching part of one of Carl Sagan's commentaries on
>>astro-fizz:

>>http://tinyurl.com/3xktdex

>>'Cosmos Pt 5 - Blues for a Red Planet'

>>where he was talking - somewhat patronisingly - about the
>>observations of Mars by  Giovanni Schiaparelli and subsequently
>>by Percival Lowell.

<snip>

>Though it pains me to have to agree with Sagan about anything,
>he's right: the "canals" _were_ optical illusions of the sort
>generated by the mind's effort to make sense of ambiguous
>stimuli.

>Late 19th-C. astronomers who participated in the controversy
>were far from unanimous in detecting canals on the Martian
>surface.  There's no reason, in other words, to think the
>"canals" once existed but later vanished.

>In the interest of full and shameless plug, my most recent book,
>Hidden Realms, Lost Continents, and Beings from Other Worlds,
>details the canal controversy in the chapter "The Not-So-Dying
>Race: Martians Envisioned and Encountered."  Another discussion
>can be found in Thomas E. Bullard's recent The Myth and Mystery
>of UFOs (University Press of Kansas).

And we've gone over exactly the same ground before on this List,
several years ago. We were told that proven real canals had
lately vanished, with the usual tedious claim being made that
the great discoveries of Schiaparelli & co had been suppressed
by NASA etc. Real historical detail didn't seem to weigh much in
the balance as I recall. Plus ca change...


Martin Shough



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