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Re: VMs: Wired Rugg...

--- Nick Pelling <nickpelling@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Text of Gordon Rugg's Wired article (link courtesy
> of GC):-
> http://www.rense.com/general57/theman.htm

Not an easy read :-)

I certainly have no problem whatsoever that
Gordon Rugg wants to apply for a sizeable grant
to research the past research of Alzheimer's 
disease. However, using the 'successful' solution
of the Voynich MS as a first proof of the methodology
could be a shot in the foot.

If it weren't for that, some of the text is comically
ironic. It is pointed out that researchers often
fudge or ignore statistics in order to fit the theory
(or something of that nature). I think that this is
happening in Rugg's proposed solution on a rather
large scale.

A similar joke is the fact that Rugg is supposed
to be the first to work on the basis of the assumption
that the MS is a hoax.

The other one about 11% of erroneous statistics
reminds me of the old usenet quote: 76.5% of
all statistics are made up. (Maybe it was a 
different number but somehow that doesn't seem to
matter :-) ).
In any case, Rugg is not guilty of this. There are
no statistics in his paper, only claims.

We're not surfers who all of a sudden find that
the sea has gone away. Someone is just claiming
that it has gone away but  I can still sea, hear and
smell the sea.

Cheers, Rene

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