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Re: Psychic Rendlesham

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:51:41 -0600
Archived: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 10:33:50 -0500
Subject: Re: Psychic Rendlesham


>From: Sean Jones <Sean.Jones.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2011 15:14:48 +0000
>Subject: Re: Psychic Rendlesham

>I have read this debate not without some incredulity.

>It has been said often in the past that those who "believe" in UFOs don't
"believe" in ghosts or the super natural. Clearly we can now include psychic
>research in this opposing "belief".

>What some people fail to grasp is that on the same bookshelf in the book
shop the publishers put all of this in the same category.
>>>>UFOs/Parapsychology/Ghosts/Paranormal/Mediums/etc are all in the same
bucket as far as the general public are concerned.

>I personally don't understand why one can "believe" in UFOs but not ghosts,
why does there have to be a separation? No they are not the same thing,
_but_ >they are both outside the norm. So in my not so humble opinion, one
is not less worthy of respect than the other. One is not less worthy of
research than >another.

>I would also ask. It has been reported that of the various police forces of
the world _some_ have successfully used psychic mediums to find an answer.
?> >Surely if it is good enough for the police, it is good enough for UFO
researchers?


>All the best,

>Sean

I think you're addressing a valid point, just pointing the
finger in the wrong direction.

You're bringing up what William R. Corliss memorably called
"anomaly snobbism" which, roughly translated, means, 'My anomaly
is valid. Yours is just crap'. I even have written on that
subject. Suffice it to say I do not support anomaly snobbism. I
favor evidence, wherever it leads.

In the remark you're apparently alluding to, I wasn't judging
the validity of psi. I was simply taking note of the empirical
fact that psychics and mediums are often wrong; thus, they
should not be relied upon as a short-cut to the truth or as a
substitute for old-fashioned investigation and analysis. I might
add that over the course of my life, I have had some personal
experience of alleged psychics who were wildly off the mark.

A very good book on the subject as it relates to police work was
written by my late friend Marcello Truzzi with Arthur Lyons, The
Blue Sense: Psychic Detectives and Crime (Mysterious Press,
1991).


Jerry Clark



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