From: Gerald O'Connell <goc.nul> Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2011 02:34:59 +0100 Archived: Sun, 12 Jun 2011 05:29:24 -0400 Subject: Re: Third Kingdom Experiences >From: Dave Haith <visions1.nul> >To: UFO UpDates <post.nul> >Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2011 16:46:40 +0100 >Subject: Third Kingdom Experiences [was: Alien Museum On Alien Abduction Case] <snip> >The questions are endless and unanswerable. >So, as in a wealth of other incidents such as occurred at the >Skinwalker Ranch, and often in UFO lore, we have totally bizarre >and illogical happenings which to use your phrase, occur in "a >kind of Third Kingdom that mocks our lazy notion that either >things are or they aren't." >It reminds me of physicist Sir William Crookes, president of the >Royal Society and paranormal investigator who in 1874, when >challenged by sceptics, said: "I didn't say it was possible, I >just said it happened" >It seems to my humble mind that if impossible things contantly >happen, then we have to revise our definition of what is >possible - in other words accept that our view of reality is >totally flawed. The problem starts when we look dispassionately at the protocols we set for what we know. For example, scientific knowledge depends heavily on axioms involving consistency and predictability. But, at the same time, we have no a priori grounds for believing that we inhabit a universe that is predictable and consistent. In fact, there is evidence (much of it scientific) that we live in a universe that is inconsistent and unpredictable. Handling the cognitive dissonance that this situation creates is somewhat troublesome. Many of the debates and disagreements that populate this list testify to just how troublesome we find our situation to be. We could characterise it thus: although the epistemological tools we possess for understanding the universe we inhabit can be shown to be faulty and inadequate, they remain the only, and therefore the best, tools we have. Until we find better and more appropriate ones, we are condemned to working with the tools we have. If this is right, then we need to keep a few things in mind. Uppermost in this is the fact that we have no basis for abandoning the tools of logic and science that are axiomatically embedded in our thought processes and which govern our epistemology. At the same time, we cannot afford to reject or ignore evidence and facts that run counter to that epistemology. In many ways our predicament is bleak. It pricks the bubble of pride and self esteem invested in our world view, and it undermines concepts like 'progress' which we tend to take for granted when we consider our civilisation and its relationship with the universe. Perhaps the best we can do is to oppose any lapse (collapse?) into crude superstition, while retaining a healthy scepticism about the scientific superstitions to which we are inevitably subject. If we can achieve this while showing a benign understanding for some of the absurdities into which our predicament will force some of us, then we might just, collectively, inch our way forward... -- Gerald O'Connell http://www.onlyport.com 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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