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Posted by Richard D. Stafford, Ph.D. on November 9, 2001 02:41:55 UTC


I have been reading your posts and, counter to Aurino's comments, I find you to be quite rational. I only make that comment because Aurino seems to think you are not worth listening to. Maybe I have his references confused but he seems to have some old argument with you.

In my perusal of, I have run across a comment to you by Harv which strikes me as somewhat shortsighted. Harv says, "agnosticism doesn't reject things we see, correct?"

With regard to that comment, I am reminded of the fact that some 60 years ago, I was told that anyone who believes more than 10% of what he hears or more than 50% of what he reads or more than 90% of what he sees with his own eyes is called gullible.

I have held that as one of the most rational statements I have ever heard. As far as I am concerned, the only error in the statement is the numerical value of the percentages listed. I have a strong suspicion the correct numbers are far smaller than those proposed.

"I do not know" is my theme song! "Exactly what may be known" is my quest!

Science is supposed to be an objective representation of what we can be sure of. If that is the definition of science then I am in favor of science; however, in my experience, science as presented today is really not much more than a religion (at least as practiced by its authoritative proponents).

Have fun -- Dick

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