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"....The truth is out there."

-- Dr. Jerome Jackson, 2002 (... & Agent Fox Mulder)

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

-- Hamlet

"All truth passes through 3 stages: First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

-- Arthur Schopenhauer

Tuesday, February 07, 2006


-- This, That, & 'nother Thang --

Bobby Harrison is posting his own updates on the current Arkansas search courtesy of Eagle Optics at:


He has yet to see the bird this year but with sponsoring/funding from Eagle he's still hoping to get the killer video.

Meanwhile, Ivory-bill searcher Mike Collins continues his search in the Pearl River area where he believes he heard the bird years ago, and may have seen one just last week. You can follow his updates at:

http://www.fishcrow.com (click on the Winter 2006 search)

Finally, a Cornell student has posted a response regarding the nature of science and J.Jackson's 'Auk' article
here (a bit philosophical, but I think on the mark):


Note that Harrison's update was apparently actually written by someone else (maybe the Birdchick?).
"Nothing can ever be for certain, and I am sure it was anything but Cornell’s intention to represent these findings as a certainty in any regard."

Personally, I think both parts of the above statement aren't true. Cornell has clearly said that they are certain they have observed Ivory-Bills, not that they have very likely seen Ivory-Bills. That's why there's controversy.

"Nothing can ever be for certain" sounds good when your professor explains it to you in the classroom, but in the real world, it's a bunch of philosophical garbage. I am certain the sun rose yesterday, I'm certain there were once Ivory-Billed woodpeckers in the world.

But I'm not certain Ivory-Bills still live. I simply need higher quality evidence.
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