"....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.”
"All truth passes through 3 stages: First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident."
-- Arthur Schopenhauer
Sunday, March 26, 2006
The following Sun. (3/26) post, "IBWO vs. PIWO Wing" by Floyd Hayes on "Frontiers of Identification" is one of many I think worth a read, if you're not already following them all on that site:
Several good, and balanced points are made I think, and toward the end this reasonable conclusion is included:
"In my opinion the current IBWO controversy is by far the greatest--and most entertaining--bird controversy
in my lifetime. Whether or not it is ever resolved to the satisfaction of all, just think of how much we have learned thus far and
yet have to learn about: the appearance, biology, and historical occurrence of the IBWO; the mechanics of bird flight, including
variation in the wingbeat frequencies of woodpeckers; variation in the vocalizations of woodpeckers and other birds including
Blue Jays; variation in the drumming displays of woodpeckers and other sources of similar sounds; the limitations of video
and sound analysis; etc. Of course we also benefit by the new acquisitions of land and funding for conservation, and
the education of the general public."
I orginally thought it wrong that they left Jackson out of the loop, but now I think I understand why: too many cooks... Cornell made the right call.
...so that means we have proof of its existence!
Could you or anyone provide specific information that backs up this statement? I too would like to have my faith in the institution restored. Thanks.
I have no doubt they are standing up for their own work. I am just wondering what they are doing that is convincing skeptics or letting the lab regain the respect they had when they first announced the "rediscovery". It appears to me that while they were well aware of the importance of a "rediscovery" they failed to realize the major downside of a "rediscovery" based on murky videos and with no subsequent "sightings". They needed a few more cooks if they were hoping to make more than humble pie.
One way to explore this is to have suggestions on who would have done a better job in the all the areas Cornell has been working.
- getting donor money and funding the search
- volunteer/searcher coordination
- search logistics
- integrating remote sensors into the search
- cavity surveys
- providing information for the public via their website
- writing the papers
- doing the PR and giving presentations to the public
It's a big job. Not one for the faint-hearted, and certainly not one for the rock-throwers.
My guess is there would be no serious search today, either because it would've already been quit, or because it hadn't yet started!
Example: Pair is seen in La. in April 1999 by Kulivan. Serious search commences in 2002 and lasts 30 days.
There is now or will be searches in a number of states thanks to all of the hoopla from AR.
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