Personal Experience Not Necessary To Be Expert
From: Carolyn M. Myers (Carolyn.Myers@ci.irs.gov)
Let's say I went to my local, small airport and spoke with the two or
three people giving rides on ultra-lights. Maybe I even take a ride myself.
Through my experience I've gathered an ample, but narrow amount of information
based on this experience. Am I now more learned in the field of aviation
than the researcher who has never been on such a craft or even seen one,
but has instead spoken with numerous others who have been on not only
them but on jets, passenger aircraft, aircraft carriers, fighter planes?
Researchers who have studied for years and at length all the available
literature on the field, gathered any and all information, etc? I think
not, these experts and what they do are invaluable to their field. In
fact we would not be where we are today if it were not for these people.
How great it is that the Stanton Friedman's of the world work so hard
to promote and educate us in something they may never experience for themselves.
I think they should be commended, not silenced.
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