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The Scientific Method [was Re: Nick Pope's

From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2012 20:03:55 +0100
Archived: Mon, 27 Aug 2012 16:03:11 -0400
Subject: The Scientific Method [was Re: Nick Pope's


>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2012 07:59:36 -0500
>Subject: Re: Nick Pope's Credibility Blown

<snip>

>>There are far worse things that damage the "reputation" of
>>ufology than people like Nick earning a living by working for
>>advertisers from time to time. For example, the casual
>>anti-Semitism that has been an undercurrent of ufology (and
>>conspiracy theory in the broader context) for decades now.
<snip>

Ha! Such talk is always a non-sequitur

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non_sequitur_(logic)

and very often a red-herring.

The reason is that in any discipline, including Ufology, the
route to progress lies in the scientific method, first outlined
by Bacon and Descartes:

1 "To lay aside received opinions" - (Descartes - "To accept
nothing as true which I did not clearly recognize to be so");

2 "to refrain the mind for a time from the highest
generalizations" - (Descartes - "carefully to avoid
precipitations and prejudice in judgments") - [which was code
for 'religion' in their day, the political or science dogma of
our own times] see:

www.perceptions.couk.com/answers001.html#method

Which means that any 'scientific' observer must forget (hard to
do - but necessary) all talk of "race". "nation" and even
"country" - because they don't really exist. see
www.perceptions.couk.com/norace.txt and maybe
www.perceptions.couk.com/causes.html#cause11

I.e all so-called "races" are only temporary subdividings of
humanity - usually caused by geographical isolation - which
eventually disappear when re-assimulation takes place.

In the recent (last few tens of millenia) case you cite, the
"racial" group you call 'Semites' is mostly composed of the Arab
peoples (i.e today within Islam) and should therefore be immune
from any insults re: banking (classical usury). see
www.perceptions.couk.com/ed4.html

And their re-assimulation _is_ taking place today: I've worked
in the Med and Middle-east and some of my Jewish friends were
brown or blond-haired, with green or hazel eyes (I recall that
some girls were freckled).

So a real, scientific ufologist cannot be recruited by
nationalist or racist propaganda.

Cheers
Ray D

PS - maybe more controversial: it's possible that even the
division of gender ('sex') might be a parochial and therefore
scientifically 'unreal' concept.

I.e. it now seems that gender is 'invented' (and maybe is only
useful) in fairly primitive settings where organisms are
surrounded by parasitic and viral 'diseases' - so genetic re-
combinings are useful as a defense.

see Matt Ridley's 'The Red Queen - Sex and the Evolution of Human
Nature' 1993 ISBN 0-670-843571

and maybe

www.perceptions.couk.com/genes4.html#male




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