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Re: VMs: Folio and Quire numbers

Hi Bruce,

At 21:11 02/04/2004 -0500, Bruce Grant wrote:
Sure, you can go out fisihing and catch a coelecanth, but I doubt that is what this is.

This kind of argument inverts our actual situation for rhetorical purposes. The question we're actually answering is this: "What is this strange fish in our nets?"

If you were instead to point out that the more one-off any explanation becomes, the less likely it is to be true, I would of course agree with you. However, we now have a whole constellation of evidence - both statistical and otherwise - that any explanation needs to reconcile: and marginalising the VMs as a jeu or a canard is just an art historical version of the hoax assertion.

As with all explanations, the question then becomes: "How can you tell?"

Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....

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