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Re: Devastating Critique Of Jacobsen's 'Area 51'

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2011 15:34:03 -0500
Archived: Sat, 16 Jul 2011 16:45:58 -0400
Subject: Re: Devastating Critique Of Jacobsen's 'Area 51'

>From: Stanton T. Friedman <fsphys.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Sat, 16 Jul 2011 13:19:22 -0300
>Subject: Re: Devastating Critique Of Jacobsen's 'Area 51' Book

>>From: Rich Heiden <rwheidenu.nul>
>>To: post.nul
>>Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2011 12:58:59 -0700 (PDT)
>>Subject: Devastating Critique Of Jacobsen's 'Area 51' Book

>I agree with their comments about [Jacobsen], But must point out
>theat there are many similar biases and errors in their review.

>No seriously researched book about Roswell is even mentioned.
>They get their basic information wrong... dates etc.

>And yet they complain about all the scurces Annie didn't
>consult. The pot is calling the kettle black.

This sort of thing calls to mind an anecdote the late Carl Sagan
used to relate.

In his telling of the story, he once had a conversation with an
academic who specialized in the history of the ancient world.
They got to chatting about Immanuel Velikovsky's highly
controversial theories about catastrophic astronomical events
which supposedly affected the earth and its inhabitants a few
thousand years ago. Sagan remarked that though V's astronomy was
deeply flawed, he thought he'd made some interesting points
about ancient history. The historian replied that he'd had the
impression that while V's ancient history was nonsensical, his
astronomical claims were intriguing.

The moral of the story:

This review of Jacobsen's book impressed me when it was
discussing something I know little about (the history of
classified post-war U.S. military technology), and it failed to
impress me when it addressed matters I know something about (the
complex and puzzling nature of the Roswell incident).

Caveat emptor.

Jerry Clark

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