"....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
Thursday, March 19, 2009
-- Odds/Ends --
Steve Sheridan's apology/explanation for his deed is over at Researchers Forum for any who have not seen it yet:
For many of us, stiiill a very inexplicable act. Whatever trials he was going through that may have led to this incident, for the short-term he has magnified them many-fold. I wish him the best in coping in the days ahead. As they say, this too shall pass.
For those asking, I know nothing about the future for Gary Erdy's website. It would be nice to believe he has taken it down to re-vamp, as I suggested, in a more full and open manner --- again, I remind readers, Gary is not involved in the forgery, and he was presenting several independent pieces of evidence which are not tied to Steve; I truly hope the site returns. Possibly though, a bunker mentality has taken hold once again and the site may be removed permanently (possibly even at the request of certain agencies), unless or until stronger evidence is attained --- PURE speculation on my part, just trying to imagine what's possible.
It is clear people have a lot to say, so I will try to offer a venue for that --- an experimental "open thread" post described above. If it works, great, and maybe I'll do it every month; if it doesn't work so be it.
ADDENDUM: just discovered that Mike Collins has finally published his IBWO flight dynamics paper as a pdf on his own site here:
I'll link to again in a future post, though not sure when I'll have an opportunity to read it myself. Can't help but note that in a separate aside Mike claims that I have "attacked" his work in the past, even though I don't recall EVER doing so; in fact I'm surprisingly neutral on much of Mike's work, but am not surprised he perceives things otherwise.
- it is completely illogical for anyone who has been involved in searching for some time to do this
- it makes even less sense to fake an ambiguous photo
- none of the experts (cited by Bill P.) who (still) know better than I believed it to be a fake.
Obviously, future photo submissions will have to undergo more intense scrutiny, but I wonder if legitimate photos will pass.
I think you are a tad bit overly sensitive, but I also recognized you have been attacked too frequently (and gone on attack as well). I believe that the journal treated you unjustly, which is unfortunate.
Right now especially there are too many people trying to do the right things for a bird in serious trouble--if it exists at all (I'd like to believe so)--that are fighting each other. Why so much bullying and posturing and accusations and endless quibbling? Are all so-called Ivory-bill researchers and believers quarrelsome by nature? Is there a peacemaker among them? Who needs the skeptics when the believers stir up the mud aplenty?
Links to this post: