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Originally posted by longhaircowboy
Isaac, in case ya missed it this just arrived via the List
and self-styled "Serious Ufologists", most of whom are self-deluded
courtesy Stuart Miller
I'd never heard the word "pelicanist" before, and naively
>assumed, being something of a bird-lover, that it was a term of
>approbation. Now I see that it's basically a synonym for
>"idiot," though with certain ornithological nuances.
Hence the term "pelicanist": one who proposes or advocates, with
great assurance (and perhaps a little ego inflation) a theory
for a UFO sighting that cannot stand up under analysis. This is
not synonymous with 'idiot', although it does not preclude some
form of 'idiocy' with respect to UFO explanations.
No wonder that so
many people in important places look at us askance. Idiotic
claims deserve to be considered as coming from idiots.
- Dick Hall
Originally posted by freddieb
Why do we continue to give homage to posts that are clearly meant to inflame and pander to the argumentative?
Originally posted by IsaacKoi
I'm currently planning on writing more on this topic and am attempting to find a few pithy quotations which explicitly express such dismissive views of UFO witnesses/believers generally, but I'd welcome any references, suggestions or recommendations anyone has.
(On the more positive side, I'm finding it a fairly trivial task to pull together quite a lot of material that opposes such dismissive views.)
Some years ago I had a conversation with a layman about flying saucers — because I am scientific I know all about flying saucers! I said "I don't think there are flying saucers'. So my antagonist said, "Is it impossible that there are flying saucers? Can you prove that it's impossible?" "No", I said, "I can't prove it's impossible. It's just very unlikely". At that he said, "You are very unscientific. If you can't prove it impossible then how can you say that it's unlikely?" But that is the way that is scientific. It is scientific only to say what is more likely and what less likely, and not to be proving all the time the possible and impossible. To define what I mean, I might have said to him, "Listen, I mean that from my knowledge of the world that I see around me, I think that it is much more likely that the reports of flying saucers are the results of the known irrational characteristics of terrestrial intelligence than of the unknown rational efforts of extra-terrestrial intelligence." It is just more likely. That is all.
* The Character of Physical Law. Cornell University Messenger Lectures (1964)