X-Message-Number: 10027
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 1998 09:58:17 -0700 (PDT)
From: John K Clark <>
Subject: Yet more face on Mars crap


In #10023    On Thu, 9 Jul 1998: 
        >>What a strange ad hominum (below) you [Charles Platt] are making.
        >Charles Platt
        >This is another reason why the acceptance of cryonics will be         

        >delayed pending authoritative endorsements. So long as it is promoted
        >by people who are willing to believe in the Face On Mars, we have a
                >real problem, here.
I don't think Charles was being insulting, I think he was giving the face on 
Mars people every bit of respect they deserve.

        >Are you suggesting that we must BELIEVE those who  proclaimed WITHOUT
        >LOOKING CLOSER that the anomaly on Mars CAN'T be artifical? How
                >could they KNOW in advance it was IMPOSSIBLE?  

You can't know it's impossible you only know it's very, very, improbable that 
nature could be so unimaginative as to provide men from Mars with faces, 
much less faces that look just like us, and even more improbable that the 
Martians could be so incredibly dull that they act just like us and think it's
fun to make statues. Nevertheless NASA bowed to the supermarket tabloids and 
other pinhead organizations and wasted valuable resources by turning the 
recent Mars orbiter to get a much better look at the "face", and they found 
exactly what anyone with half a brain knew they would find, an eroded hill. 

There are an infinite number of things that could be investigated but only a 
finite amount of time, so part of the art of scientific research is judgment, 
knowing what's worth your time and what is not. The really sad thing is that 
this is not the end of it, negative evidence never has an effect on the true 
believer, like UFO's, spoon benders, ghosts, demons, Atlantis and God, the 
face on Mars will live forever among millions of lowbrow but influential 

One good thing about your posts is that your line length is over 80 characters 
and that makes them difficult to read, if you want to continue with this face 
on Mars matter on Cryonet please increase them by 4 or 5 times as that would 
improve your posts even more by making them completely illegible.
                                            John K Clark    

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