UFO Conjecture(s)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

For Zoam Chomsky and his "critics"


The July 17th, 2014 issue of The London Review of Books has a letter from Anil Gomes (Trinity College, Oxford) referencing an article in the June 19th issue of LRB.

It goes to H.A. Prichard's philosophical position, adopted by the so-called Oxford realists.

I won't go into the article or argument here but thought this was pertinent to what happens when Zoam Chomsky and his "opponents" get into discussions here (and elsewhere):

"The Oxford realists held that knowledge was a basic mental state, different in kind from belief and opinion. And whereas opinion could be supported on the basis of evidence, knowledge was a basic apprehension of truths. Someone who disagreed with you, then, couldn’t be argued out of his position by appealing to evidence. Rather, any disagreement could only be the result of one or other party to the dispute – most likely one’s opponent – failing to apprehend what was true clearly and rationally." [Letters, LRB]

RR

The Steep Rock "hoax"

Here's a UFO tale said to be a hoax, and who am I to dispute that:

http://uto.sigsno.org/ufologie.net/ce3/1950-07-02-canada-steeprocklake.htm

What shows this UFO account to be a hoax?

On its face, the account is fictive -- novelized -- as if someone was writing a SciFi story. (Compare it to Lonnie Zamora's police-like report about his 1964 Socorro sighting.)

But what disturbs, somewhat, are later "sightings" like this one which I've noted here: The Aldeburgh sighting and the Reverend Gill sighting(s).

Was the Steep Rock acount actually a hoax or did the persons initially reporting it recant, bcause they were hounded by peers or government/military agencies, who wanted to discount the sighting (for one reason or another)?

Yet, the prose elaboration tells me the story was concocted, however....

RR

A bone on Mars?

http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/563448/20140821/ufo-sighters-bone-mars-sightings.org#.U_Xc0cVdV8A