Oh, boy. A man goes off to eat some turkey with relatives and what happens? The floodgates of fancy open. OK. First of all, Frank, here's a review from Salon on the book you brought up:http://www.salon.com/books/review/20.../zero_gravity/
"It's a story that strains credulity. But unless we're after cheap laughs, our hope when we pick up a book like this is that the author will, against the odds, build a careful, reasonable and convincing case. Cook isn't that author. "
I personally have many books I'd like to read before wasting ti-- uh, tackling this doozy.
Gus and Bob,
I have no clue who you are talking about, but the issue of getting doctorates from CalTech and MIT which are not proven. Serious alarm bells, guys.
1) Very few people in the U.S. get two doctorates. There's just no point, really. Getting a Candidacy and DSc used to be a big thing in Europe, but that's dying.
2) If he got a doctorate, there would be a thesis. That's a book, that would be forever on the shelves of these two fine institutions, plus on microfilm at the University of Michigan. They deleted these books? Please.
3) Surely a few people who were in school with him could attest to his being there? Maybe some papers with coauthors could be dredged up? His fellow students from places like this would be professors and leading scientists/engineers somewhere.
This is more than 'one strike against him'. If he's claiming these things with a straight face, he's 100% lying, which seriously cracks
of his credibility, if you get my drift.
Gus, the burden of proof is on HIM, not on anyone else. If he claims he has two doctorates, or worked at Los Alamos, it's up to him to back these claims up. If they were true, it would be cake.
Bob, why is 'debunking taking a life of it's own' a problem for understanding what is real and lies? I see debunking helping the situation by trouncing people who don't have the evidence on their side. It's a pretty fair playing ground too. Not like a courtroom where rules are distorted and misapplied and you have to live with the results. If someone debunks your claim, you can go off, gather more evidence, and try again if you like.