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Re: orion Hirschfeld implications

But Virgil,
It is important to recognize what *we* do not know.
> On 25-FEB-1998 04:54:19.0 orion said to VCBROWN
>    > Sorry, Virgil. Knowledge is not just a matter of putting everything 
>    > in nice arrangements. It4s a matter of testing the theories which give 
>    > existing arrangements meaning. If the theory fails, then the jury is 
>    > simply out to lunch until a new theory unites our perceptions and is 
>    > subjected to rigorous testing. And so on. 
> 	But it is a natural inclination of people to make connections
> between diverse encounters. And for many the jury is still out. There has 
> been no directed verdict that said that the Essene theory was a failure.
> Until that time plaintiff may not expect the defendent to cease and de-
> sist.
> 	I, for one, will continue to use the Essene theory until a new
> "paradigm" better fits the facts. In times past I have mentioned that 
> a certain objection you may have had has been a problem since the very
> beginning of DSS research. Yes, there are problems with the theory; so 
> what's new? 
> 	What is needed is a new theory that explains the facts better than 
> the old. Golb attempted to do this. Ian attempted to do this. But I think
> you hurt your case by not proposing an alternative theory. The human mind
> likes to make connections.
>    > We can show what is *not* 
>    > the case, but not, obviously, what is. But for that very reason, once 
>    > a given arrangement has been cashiered, there is no retreat back to 
>    > it, and no logical defence of it possible.
> 	Part of the problem, I think, is the methodology that you use.
> Consider what you have written above. We can show what is *not* the case
> by showing what is. I do not understand this. You can show what A is by
> showing that it is not B. Okay, what is B? Do you know what B is? I'll
> tell you what; it certainly is not C. <G>
> 	Tell me what you know, Fred, not what I can not know.
> 	Best,
> Virgil Brown
> vcbrown@delphi.com