Re: Theos-World What is the BOTTOM LINE with you , Steve?
Dec 16, 2001 05:15 PM
by Steve Stubbs
Daniel, you know very well I said some months ago that
there were two phenomena which seemed to satisfy the
requirements for constituting scientific evidence.
You replied that you thought there might be some
others, and I admitted that could be possible.
The Ootan Liatto story is not one of them. Nor is the
account by Hartmann that you published.
--- danielhcaldwell <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Steve, you wrote:
> > In a case such as the Ootan Liatto story YOU,
> > H. Caldwell, posted, internal evidence in that
> > and others by the same author (i.e., Olcott), as
> > as internal evidence in various writings by
> > indicate that there was a botanical component to
> > of these phenomena. I don't see how anyone can
> > that and remain honest in his treatment of the
> > material. Statements by Rawson, Woolf, Coleman,
> > Deveney, Godwin, and many, many others simply
> > corroborate what Blavatsky and Olcott have written
> > with their own pens. The question is not whether
> > not to believe Woolf but whether or not to believe
> > Blavatsky and Olcott. That one is going to be
> > for the Fundamentalists to wiggle out of. That
> > it is clear that some of the visual hallucinations
> > described by Wachtmeister, who wandered around in
> > cloud of Blavatsky's second hand hashish smoke,
> > have to be attributed to such a cause. The
> > under which the phenomena were observed and
> > disqualify them as scientific evidence. We can
> > that these things happened, but we cannot say for
> > whether or not they occurred by "paranormal" means
> > contained any "paranormal" component.
> > I think it is plain this has nothing to do with
> > dishes, floating silverware, your personal
> > out of body, etc.
> > ........................................
> > [Concerning the receipt of a Mahatma Letter by
> > Well, I don't know if it is supernatural or not,
> but I
> > do know it could not be considered scientific
> > of supernatural ability.
> > .....................................
> > Not very mysterious. The fact that the letter was
> > long proves it was written beforehand, whether by
> > mahatma or by Blavatsky herself. No matter how it
> > delivered it was aurely written before the fact.
> > person writing it must therefore have observed
> > Hartmann closely and discerned what would be on
> > mind. Someone thousands of miles away would not
> > been able to do that. At the appropriate
> > psychological moment the already writtten letter
> > planted.
> > The historical problem is not whether some
> > Fundamentalst believes in supernatural phenomena
> > not, but whether a specific alleged phenomenon was
> > produced under conditions which would exclude
> > chicanery as a plausible alternative explanation.
> > That is not to say that the phenomenon WAS
> produced by
> > chicanery, but if chicanery is a plausible
> > explanation, then the story is not evidence of
> > anything. The question of whether or not
> > "paranormal" could or could not happen would
> > open if this were the only evidence.
> What is the BOTTOM LINE with you, Steve?
> If for purposes of discussion we (you and I and
> whoever else wants
> to) accept all that you have said above, and accept
> especially the
> gist of the following two elements of what you have
> (1) "The conditions under which the phenomena were
> observed and
> reported disqualify them as scientific evidence. We
> can say that
> these things happened, but we cannot say for sure
> whether or not they
> occurred by "paranormal" means or contained any
> (2)"That is not to say that the phenomenon WAS
> produced by chicanery,
> but if chicanery is a plausible explanation, then
> the story is not
> evidence of anything. The question of whether or
> something "paranormal" could or could not happen
> would remain open if
> this were the only evidence."
> then Steve, WHAT ELSE can we conclude?
> To amplify what I am "getting out", consider the
> Do you [Steve Stubbs] believe that there are ANY
> events/experiences involving Madame Blavatsky and
> her Masters that
> CANNOT be reasonably explained away [i.e.
> discounted] as either
> (1) nothing but hallucinations caused by drugs or
> (2) faked and staged as in the planting of the
> Hartmann letter or
> (3) chicanery (i.e. chicanery is a plausible
> explanation) ?????
> In other words, do you [Steve Stubbs] accept as
> genuinely paranormal
> ANY account of a phenomena performed by Blavatsky
> and/or her Masters?
> If you do accept some of the "Blavatsky" phenomena
> as truly
> paranormal, what are, let us say for discussion
> purposes, the top 5
> or 10 such cases?
> Daniel H. Caldwell
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