The power of anomalies

Discussion in 'UFOs, Ghosts and Monsters' started by Magical Realist, Aug 30, 2018.

  1. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

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    Yes..so "very sad" when people can't laugh at others being publically called masturbators.

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  3. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Anything posted by Magical Realist is an occasion for ridicule.

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  5. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    *shrug* If you don't want to be publicly ridiculed, don't be publicly ridiculous.
     
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  8. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

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    So to not be called a masturbator in public I shouldn't post threads on scientific anomalies? What was publicly ridiculous about that?
     
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  9. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

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    Looks like he just added to the stupidity again. FYI exchemist has me on ignore. But methinks he is not doing a very good job at ignoring me.

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    "Although writing about meteorites goes even farther back than the Romans, writes French researcher Matthieu Gounelle, prior to the late 1700s nobody thought of them as something that needed scientific explanation. Like rains of less likely substances—including ”blood, milk, wool, flesh and gore,” according to historian Ursula Marvin—eighteenth-century rationalists with their fancy new scientific outlook thought the stories of rains of iron rocks weren’t real."----
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smar...ped-establish-existence-meteorites-180963017/
     
  11. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    It's like the boy who cried wolf. When you have a long history of jumping to conclusions, people have little reason to take your conclusions seriously. There is a chance that you might be right one of these times but we're likely to miss it because of your lack of credibility.

    Your arrogant attitude doesn't help either.
     
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    In 1790 a fireball was reported over Barbotan in southern France, which locals said exploded and resulted in a shower of stones. Naturalist Jean Saint-Amans requested official testimonies, expecting that he wouldn't receive any. Instead he got a signed affidavit from the mayor, along with the sworn affidavits of 300 witnesses (at least one of whom was a university professor). Saint-Amans forwarded it to his friend Pierre Bertholon, editor of the Journal des Sciences Utile. The latter published the affidavit, along with a lament that so many Frenchmen obviously hadn't yet awakened to the Age of Reason:

    "How sad, is it not, to see a whole municipality attempt to certify the truth of folk tales... the philosophical reader will draw his own conclusions regarding this document, which attests to an apparently false fact, a physically impossible phenomenon."

    (Described on pp. 14 and 15 of Meteorite: Nature and Culture by Maria Golia (2015, Reaktion Books)
     
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    Hey you're the ones using schoolyard taunts like "masturbator" to insult me with when I've done nothing to deserve it. As if anyone could deserve that. You said I was acting ridiculous. Tell me what I posted here that was ridiculous or admit you're trolling.

    What have I posted that was arrogant? Quote it.
     
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  14. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Diddums.
     
  15. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    One example is the samurai ghost thread, where you went through ridiculous contortions trying to deny that a policeman could have been anywhere near the scene - and claiming that the photographer couldn't possibly have missed noticing him. Ridiculous.

    Another example is the bigfoot thread where you claimed that human sounds couldn't possibly be distorted to sound inhuman. Ridiculous.
    Posting LOL instead of a substantive response is arrogant.

    If you're ever right about anything, it's an anomaly.
     
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  16. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

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    So arguing positions you disagree with merits me being called a masturbator a month later? What is wrong with you?

    That's it? Laughing out loud is somehow arrogant now? Since when?
     
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  17. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    I doubt you're in any position to comment on what working scientists actually do or think.

    It's possible you think that because of how science was taught to you at school. The science presented in school textbooks tends to be the science that we are very confident about. The cutting edge stuff - the controversial stuff - doesn't make it into school textbooks.

    Also, if science is taught by teachers who regard science as a collection of facts to be memorised, then we should not be surprised if their students come out of their schooling thinking that science is "about memory".

    All cutting-edge science is done by "standing on the shoulders of giants", but the fact is that at the frontiers of research nothing is certain; if it was then the research would be pointless.
     
  18. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    Yazata:

    That is very much not the case. Take physics right now, for example. As far as we can tell, we don't understand what makes up about 90% of the universe. Dark matter is a mystery. Dark energy is a mystery. Sure, there are different hypotheses being offered up and examined - that is what scientists do. But nobody working in physics would be so arrogant as to claim he knows all the physical principles and laws that govern everything that happens everywhere.

    Having said that, we would be very surprised if it were to turn out that our most fundamental understandings of certain physical laws were seriously flawed. If, for example, the law of conservation of energy turned out to be false, it would be a major surprise and require us to revise virtually the whole of physics as we know it.

    In the end, all science must answer to the available evidence. It is quite reasonable to assume that Mars is just like Earth, until we have evidence to the contrary. It is quite reasonable to assume that exoplanets are similar in many respects to the planets we are already familiar with, until there is evidence to the contrary.

    The assumption that the universe is "regular" in some sense - that it can be understood - is a philosophical one that must be made for science to make any progress at all.
     
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    This brings to mind The Cosmological principle and the metric expansion of space.
    You work with a model until you find enough evidence to alter the model or start a new model altogether.
     
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    Yazata, It's not the subject it's the person. People here know how MR reacts to something s/he doesn't want to hear. So, '' saying something intelligent'' is a waste of time on a MR thread.
    In another thread I posted pictures/maps from Google Earth (later to be confirmed by JamesR).
    http://www.sciforums.com/threads/ghost-photobombs.159003/page-30#post-3532513
    http://www.sciforums.com/threads/ghost-photobombs.159003/page-30#post-3532516

    MR didn't bother to check it out but straight away called it ''more lies''. My bold.
    Yazata, notice there MR saying ''We already established that.'' No one but MR in that thread had '' established '' that.
    Why the ''LOL'' when later from MR we have:
    And then from you we have:
     
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  21. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

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    Another attribute of trolls: repeatedly bringing up issues from other threads a month later. Sweetpea actually searches other forums I frequent online to mock what I post there. There's something sick and obsessive about that.
     
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  22. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    Laughing out loud at a post without presenting anything substantive is arrogant because you're implying that your position is soooooooooo much better that it doesn't need to be defended at all. It's also unscientific.
     
  23. Magical Realist Valued Senior Member

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    Oh unscientific laughing now? Wow! You really are desperate for evidence for my arrogance. Just admit it. You're a fucking troll.
     

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