Well, we now have a working definition of the word "kook".
Ian Goddard wrote:
> At 11:46 PM 2/26/99 -0500, Brian Atkins wrote:
> >Fact: This list is getting more attention (for instance, was
> >mentioned in the latest issue of MEME).
> >Fact: We want to make the best of this attention.
> >Theory: If we dekookify the list, more newbies are likely to
> >stick around longer- both absorbing our helpful ideas for
> >themselves, and at the same time helping to diversify our
> >discussions (hopefully in non-kookish ways :-).
> >Theory 2: If we dekookify the list, more ExI members would
> >renew memberships, and in general ExI would probably get a
> >lot more $$$; people would be much more willing to support
> >something they could really be 100% proud of. Also they would
> >be more likely to show their friends the list, thereby
> >increasing the newbies even further.
> >Incentive: I'll agree to contribute a minimum of $10,000 per
> >year to ExI for at least 5 years if we can make some progress
> >on this.
> IAN: Hay, just because CIA defenders believe
> that an aircraft sans forward section can fly
> better, with all the aerodynamic advantage of
> an intact plane, contrary to the known laws of
> physics (expressed both by mathematics and reality:
> and defend those anti-scientific views with false
> statements doesn't mean they're kooks. Well, then
> again, maybe it does mean they're kooks. Rejection
> of physical reality and mathematics in favor of
> cartoons (http://www.newsday.com/jet/year/video.htm)
> could be a form of psychosis. Authoritarian psychosis?
> I can certainly understand why the propagation of
> such anti-science is a concern to civilized people,
> particularly considering its use to defend the proven
> cover up (Navy-vessel identities, the nose section,
> wings, and tail of the jet, witness reports, and
> satellite and radar data still classified) of a
> mass killing. Yet, physics and math work better to
> dispel false claims than bribery and name calling.
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