[meteorite-list] Fake Norway Rock

From: Greg Crinklaw <crinklaw_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:05:19 -0600
Message-ID: <534731BF.2010905_at_tularosa.net>

On 4/10/2014 2:15 PM, Joshua Tree Earth & Space Museum wrote:
> I stand by my conclusion. Anyone who looks at a video showing a pebble
> popping out of a parachute, then concludes it was a meteoroid in dark
> flight has been duped.

Nobody has made such a conclusion, at least not posted to this forum.
For that matter, if you listen carefully, none of the scientists or
parachutists involved with the original investigation made such a
conclusion either. We all knew it was highly unlikely right from the
start. You surely are't alone in that.

There seems to be a cultural divide at work here.

People love absolutes, but there are few if any absolutes in the real
world. Recognizing the possibility exists, however vanishingly small,
that this was a meteorite, is how a scientist is trained to report
things. That's all Chris was doing. It is an important part of being
intellectually honest. The chance may be one in a billion, but that's
not the same as zero.

The evidence does not yet completely rule out that this rock was a
meteorite. Please consider that stating this fact is not the same thing
as believing that the rock was a meteorite after all, nor even that
there is more than the tiniest chance that it is.


Greg Crinklaw
Astronomical Software Developer
Cloudcroft, New Mexico
Received on Thu 10 Apr 2014 08:05:19 PM PDT

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