"....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
Monday, February 12, 2007
-- Hill's Book Forthcoming --
One of the latest auditory "kent" encounters at the Choctawhatchee is now up on Dr. Mennill's site for listening, here. Like a lot of the acoustic data, interesting, but not altogether meaningful by itself without full spectrographic analysis. The paucity of previous IBWO recordings for comparison makes any definitive conclusions unlikely; but another datapoint for followup.
For believers and agnostics, Geoffrey Hill's book on the Auburn Ivory-bill find/search is due out in a week or so. Look for it in your local bookstore or on Amazon here (see below). I s'pose many of the skeptics won't have any interest since they've already made up their minds, based on a pittance of science and a whole lot of armchair speculation, that the Ivory-billed Woodpecker is not only extinct, but has been since the 1940's (all for lack of a photograph). In the meanwhile, the first multiple and serious searches of some of the areas of interest have barely begun, and not all information is public, but that never keeps some cynics from speaking with certitude, as the rush, rush, rush to judgment continues.
"Ivorybill Hunters: Search for Proof in a Flooded Wilderness Forest" by Dr. Geoffrey Hill.
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Gone but not forgotten
Chapter 2: A most improbable discovery
Chapter 3: From possible to certain
Chapter 4 : My Quandary
Chapter 5: Is it a miracle?
Chapter 6: The Boynton Cutoff
Chapter 7: Hunting ivorybills in the backyard
Chapter 8: Let the search begin
Chapter 9: Good science, bad science, or no science at all?
Chapter 10: Tangible evidence
Chapter 11: The mule: hauling out the audio evidence
Chapter 12: Voices in the wilderness
Chapter 13: Cat out of the Bag
Chapter 14: Return of the Lord God Bird
Epilogue: How to be an ivorybill hunter