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Re: Book 'Exposed, Uncovered, And Declassified'

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 08:30:47 -0500
Archived: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 11:59:05 -0400
Subject: Re: Book 'Exposed, Uncovered, And Declassified'


>From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2011 19:21:53 +0000
>Subject: Re: Book 'Exposed, Uncovered, And Declassified'

>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>To: <post.nul>
>>Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2011 08:19:00 -0500
>>Subject: Re: Book 'Exposed, Uncovered, And Declassified'

>>>From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul>
>>>To: <post.nul>
>>>Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 19:17:58 +0000
>>>Subject: Re: Book 'Exposed, Uncovered, And Declassified'

>As usual, we seem to be on opposite sides of the issue. You
>don't think that some witnesses to UFO events tailor their
>report to fit what they think will be acceptable to the UFO
>Reporting Center or UFO researcher?

Have you any evidence of that? Or is this the sort of wishful
thinking that makes conversations with debunkers so frustrating
to more open-minded inquirers?

One thing we do have evidence of, from a whole lot of witness of
testimony, is of what Allen Hynek called the "escalation of
hypotheses," proving that as a whole witnesses do the opposite
of leaping to the most extreme conclusions about what they've
seen.

The most extreme case of witness tampering I've ever seen was in
an exchange between debunker Donald Menzel and fellow astronomer
Seymour Hess. Hess had seen a UFO, and Menzel engaged in a
letter-writing campaign intended to persuade him - it escalated
into bullying - into endorsing Menzel's fanciful explanation for
what the man saw. Suffice it to say Menzel didn't succeed.


Jerry Clark



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