Defense Of A Paradigm

Most of us in the Natural Philosophy Alliance who attended our Norman, Okla., meeting in late May, which you discussed in your May 15 issue [B. Goodman, The Scientist, page 3], thankful for the publicity, and admit that the writer made some effort to present a balanced discussion. Yet the result misrepresented us in several ways. First, I was the only person in our group cited, even though I urged the writer to cite others; and since I am, as he said, an unemployed academic, an impression of q

John Chappell
Mar 17, 1996
Most of us in the Natural Philosophy Alliance who attended our Norman, Okla., meeting in late May, which you discussed in your May 15 issue [B. Goodman, The Scientist, page 3], thankful for the publicity, and admit that the writer made some effort to present a balanced discussion.

Yet the result misrepresented us in several ways. First, I was the only person in our group cited, even though I urged the writer to cite others; and since I am, as he said, an unemployed academic, an impression of questionable competence was left. Yet like many others among us, I hold a Ph.D., have taught in universities (several still do), and have many scholarly publications. A few of us are widely honored experts, such as Ron Hatch, formerly of the Magnavox Corp. and winner of the Keppler Award, who should have been the one cited stating that the global positioning system...

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