HOW TO DEBUNK JUST ABOUT ANYTHING 1) Take one element of a case completely out of context.

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HOW TO DEBUNK JUST ABOUT ANYTHING 1) Take one element of a case completely out of context. 2) Find something prosaic that _could_ conceivably explain that one element. 3) Declare that therefore that one element has _been_ explained. 4) Call a press conference and announce to the world that the _entire case_ has been explained. NOW YOU DON'T SEE IT, NOW YOU DO Imagination can be positive or negative; it can see what's not there, or contrive buffers against seeing what is. It all depends upon one's predispositions and assumptions, and the amount of care one is willing to give to the process of observing -- and to testing one's observations honestly. Most fundamental scientific discovery and innovation has hinged upon noticing what, according to the conventional wisdom, "wasn't there." INVISIBLE FORCES? WOOOOO-WOOOOOOO... Cynics seem to take pleasure in ridiculing the idea of "invisible forces" or "extrasensory realities," forgetting that science has always inquired into the invisible and the extrasensory. If everything presented itself to our senses, what need would we have for science? IN A KLASS BY THEMSELVES Phil Klass and the sci-cops views it as their duty to "come up with prosaic explanations." Funny -- I always thought science was supposed to come up with _honest_ explanations, some of which _may_ of course turn out to be prosaic. CALL IN THE EXPERTS Scientistic fundamentalists, like their religious couterparts, seem to be the resident experts on evil. ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTES The great scientist, like the great spiritual sage, is concerned only with Truth, which is open and dynamic, and elicits wonder, curiosity and a desire for expanded understanding. To the scientist-sage, all knowledge is provisional. The pseudoscientist or cynic, like the religious zealot or fundamentalist, is concerned only with _certainty_, which is closed, static and lifeless. To the charlatan-debunker, all knowledge is final. Truth lives in the Universe at Large, and operates beyond the sphere of human ego and petty personal fears, where the desire for certainty, Truth's ersatz counterpart, holds sway. Certainty, like all substitutes for wisdom, ultimately fails to satisfy. NO STRINGS ATTACHED. HOW ABOUT MIRRORS AND SMOKE? I can't prove or disprove the infamous Meier case, but I'm interested in how we arrive at our beliefs. I do know there are plenty of people who believe that "everyone knows thew case has been completely discredited." The funny thing is that I can find almost no one who has actually seen the negative evidence, and fewer still who have studied it carefully. As far as I can determine, the negative evidence was developed by Kal K. Korff around 1980, and consisted of digital high-pass processing and other enhancements of several of the Meier photos. The published version I have read seems to contain much subjective commentary to the effect that small saucer models were employed. As objective proof, we are offered one frame that shows a fine line above the craft which we are told is a supporting string. But wait a minute. - The vertical line extending upward from the craft is visible in many of the original frames. It is an antenna-like structure. - There is a very fine line that seems to be attached to the tip of this "antenna," however a) it intersects the "antenna" at a point _below_ its tip, b) it does not extend vertically, but at an angle, c) it is precisely parallel to, and indistinguishable from, many other fine lines found elsewhere in the frame, which appear to be noise artifacts in the digital scan lines. - Finally, the enhanced "frame" as published is not the full frame, but is cropped tightly; how far above the craft does this fine line extend? We are not shown or told. In my opinion the preponderance of the remainder of Korff's commentaries are so subjective and highly charged as to provide little in the way of useful insight. He cites various techniques ("pixelization", etc.) as capable of measuring distances from the camera, etc., but fails to explain how this is accomplished; we are apparently to take it on faith. As his source of official information on the case he cites one of the two Intercep "coffee table" books, which are superficial and of questionable value. He seems to have based his knowledge of the case entirely on second-hand sources, and to have done no firsthand research. He also offers as supporting evidence the subjective views of others who are themselves not well- informed about many details of the case. To settle the issue in a more satisfactory way, or at least to better understand it, I believe one has to carefully compare Korff's work with that of Jim Dilettoso, whose analysis of the Meier photos was extensive, rigorous, quantitative, and carefully distinguishes subjective from objective factors. His overview of the photogrametric analysis runs 21 published pages and, in my opinion, makes fascinating reading whatever your views may be about this particular case. It should be read by anyone interested in the anaysis of UFO photographs. There's only one thing wrong with Dilettoso's work. It is reproduced in Wendelle Stevens' 540-page Preliminary Report on the Meier case. And "everyone knows" that Stevens' work has been thoroughly discredited.


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