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The Debunking Napster

  1. Aug 16, 2003 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    Hello Skeptics,
    In an effort to provide a convenient reserve of ammunition, here we offer our skeptical friends a Napster for skeptic’s links; much in the same flavor as the UFO Napster. Please note that no arguments should be made here. This is only for links, quotes, and other specific references.

    This Napster is intended for all subjects; not just UFOs.

    This is not intended to limit the use of references in the normal course of discussions. This is just for your convenience.

    Just like the UFO Napster, this is for everyone’s use. Please feel free to post good sources to either Napster.

    Any posts made in violation of the spirit of these Napsters may be deleted.

    Thanks,
    Ivan
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2003
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  3. Aug 16, 2003 #2

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    Dearly Missed

  6. Aug 18, 2003 #5

    Ivan Seeking

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  7. Aug 21, 2003 #6

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  9. Sep 20, 2003 #8

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    An easily debunked UFO report: IMHO

    I thought it appropriate to display a little of the filtering that I do when considering UFO claims. This is a good example of a report that I can completely reject at a glance. This does not mean that I reject this with absolute certainty, but unless something else comes along to ignite my interest in this story, for me, it goes in the debunked file.

    http://www.rense.com/general41/flying.htm

    I find these pictures unconvincing at best. One method that can be used to gauge relative distance in a photograph is to look at the contrast between the light and dark areas of an object, and compare this to other objects in the picture that are at a known distance. The closer something is to the camera [or your eye], the greater the contrast between light and dark areas. As an object approaches infinite distance, the contrast goes to zero and the color of the object approaches the color of the horizon.

    In these pictures, we see significantly greater contrast between the light and dark regions of the "saucer" as opposed to those of the planes. This tells me that this is a small object very close to the camera.

    A Special Note: A completely new technology was recently patented that allows for focus at multiple distances in a single photograph or in a video. This will surely make possible an entirely new breed of hoaxes. This is also a real breakthrough for photo imaging of all kinds.
     
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  10. Oct 8, 2003 #9

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  11. Oct 15, 2003 #10

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  12. Oct 16, 2003 #11

    Ivan Seeking

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    Famous Hoover "disc" quote debunked

    On television and in most of the current Roswell literature, this quote is often cited as evidence that Hoover had a continuing interest in the Roswell disc and the "other discs recovered". Here, thanks to some skeptical prodding by Zoobyshoe, it is shown that Hoover was asking about known hoaxes and not an alien craft.

    Please see this handwritten entry by Hoover; page 45 of pdf#1 in the FBI UFO files.
    http://foia.fbi.gov/ufo.htm

    July 15th, 1947; responding to the urging of others for the FBI to stay out of the UFO business, Hoover writes the following:
    Next, Hoover's memo is quoted and we see that the unreadable portion is the La. case. Please see the FBI pdf file; the first paragraph of p 38.

    http://foia.fbi.gov/ufo/ufo1.pdf

    Here is the definitive doc that shows clear knowledge by the FBI that the saucer in the La. case is "sixteen inches in diameter".
    See p 4 of 79 of the FBI pdf #2:

    http://foia.fbi.gov/ufo/ufo2.pdf
     
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  13. Oct 17, 2003 #12

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    The website of a field cryptozoologist, who studies animals from bigfoot to the red wolf (supposed to be extinct in areas he's photographed and videotaped it)
    http://cryptokeeper.com/
     
  15. Dec 12, 2003 #14
    Philip Burns collects Earth catastrophists debunkers.

    However looking at the work some textbooks are outdated.
     
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  17. Sep 29, 2004 #16

    Ivan Seeking

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    Hi Wabbiteer and welcome to PF.

    You will find a number of "Napsters" or "Stickys" [like this thread] in many forums here. These are intended only for links and specific information. Please make sure that you're not in a Napster [like this one :biggrin: ] when posting comments. :smile: If you look below you will see the regular threads below the sticky threads.
     
  18. Oct 11, 2004 #17

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  20. Jan 23, 2005 #19

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    A Public Debate on Science, Pseudoscience, and Spiritualism

    http://www.physics.pomona.edu/faculty/prof/tanenbaum/phys17s99/Phys&SocOct98.pdf
    PF Thread: https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=60882
     
  21. Apr 26, 2005 #20

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    www.crank.net
    A collection of web pages and theories deemed 'crackpot'. Found a strange sounding theory? Check if it's in here. If it's not, why not submit it?
     
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2005
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