Greetings, Barry! Here's a +quot;letter to the editor+quot; -- I don't know if email messa

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Greetings, Barry! Here's a "letter to the editor" -- I don't know if email messages are routinely used to submit such things yet I have had a message from Bill Cote sitting in my "do something about this" list for a long time and thought I would drop it on you and mark it off. If not, if you let me know I'll drop it onto paper and send it in. Like any "modern day Galileo," Mr. Cote has repeatedly ignored my requests for further elaborations which, I must admit, might easily be due to my, um, well, "somewhat" rude way of asking. Yes, there is no denial that the man makes me angry. Here's a letter I sent to Mr. Cote and his response, and a follow- up letter which was never answered. I've reformatted it into what might be suitable as a letter to the editor for Skeptical Inquirer. If it appears interesting enough for the "letters" section, you might need to cut it down somewhat. -=- Annoyingly enough I've been finding that there are still a large number of people who continue to believe that Bill Cote's "Mysterious Origins of Man" actually contains scientifically valid facts that are being suppressed by so-called "mainstream science" regardless of the fact that each and every outrageous claim perpetuated by Cote and his friends have been utterly demolished as claptrap. On June 4'th of this year I wrote a letter to Mr. Cote complaining about his perpetuation of ignorance and I demanded to know what his motivations were. I figured I could elicit a response with hostile insinuations and I wasn't disappointed: Fredric Rice (frice@stbbs.com): The perpetuation of ignorance and superstition for monetary gain is, I would think, unethical as well as eventually self- destructive. The "Mysterious Origins of Man" is certainly not science -- it is claptrap. Do you guys and gals: 1: honestly think you're doing America a favor by contributing to its growing lack of science education by airing claptrap and pretending it's science? 2: suffering from that very same affliction and are collectively too ignorant to understand what science actually is and what it is not? 3: suffer from the total lack of ethics? What _is_ your problem? Bill Cote (bcvideo@pop.interport.net) responded that same day: My only problem is that certain folks in the scientific community appear to have so little faith in their brand of "scientism" that they are fearful of anyone even questioning their authority. If education is in trouble in America, it would behoove those who teach to re-examine what they are teaching and get off their academic altars. Science is failing to explain many of the mysteries of our world and the average man does not like to be told these mysteries do not exist simply because no scientific theory can explain them. It's time for science to broaden it's view and focus on new answers instead of fighting to defend it's sacred traditions. Sincerely BC Notice how science is relegated to a religion kept pure by the elite priesthood? Also notice the near-Creationist dishonesty of being vague, unspecific, and unwilling to name who these fearful priests are who are in authority? Mr. Cote seems to think that the validity of claims is dictated by those who _do_ science and not by examining the results of _applying_ science. He would have been more accurate in his vague accusations if he had stated outright that he believed _all_ scientists were suppressing his "truth" rather than just "certain folks" since scientific method finds his religious beliefs just that: religious beliefs. It seems Mr. Cote is upset about his religious beliefs being unveiled as wishful thinking by scientific method and blames scientists for his discomfort. He also doesn't give a damn about the damage he and his friends do to the science education of the populace; no, he crows about how it's time to set aside science in favor of "new answers." The next day I reviewed his outrageous accusations again and composed a follow-up letter. Hardly surprising, this one was never replied to. Fredric Rice (frice@stbbs.com): That's one way to continue to pretend you're not perpetuating ignorance and pseudo-science, true. And yet when science is employed and your "sadly mistaken" religious beliefs are easily debunked, the only defense is to pretend there's some huge, dark, sinister cabal of evil pretenders trying to maintain the status quo out of greed... And you won't even attempt to defend your undefendable religious beliefs in public; no, your methodology is to broadcast and pretend that those who easily correct your "mistakes" are part of some huge conspiracy, thus allowing you to dismiss the truth without regard. Amazing really. But then you're not interested in the damage you do or the fact that wishful thinking will never replace science, are you? No, my guess is that the only thing you are really interested in is bilking the ignorant for all it's worth and maintaining the low standard of education in the country. It's legal, right? So why not, right? Have you no shame? You might as well open up a "Psychic Hot Line" and bilk the ignorant honestly rather than try to drag scientific method down into the mud with you. You might as well start up your own television ministry and start "faith healing" the ignorant -- that would be more honest. No wonder the country's educational quality is in the toilet.

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