> I've read several of Jason Colavito's "debunkings"
> and tried to follow his sources--and I don't trust
> him.... He's a
> graduate of Ithaca College that never managed to
> find his way up the hill to the fine graduate
> library at Cornell.
> One needs to be deeply familiar with the older
> literature in multiple languages for competent
> reviews of these issues--and the literature
> exists. I've seen some of it in the stacks at
> Cornell and at the Huntington Library near Cal
> Tech. I just don't believe that Jason has ever
> read any of this foundational material. I don't
> believe that he has credentials that would
> convince me he could read and understand the
> literature even if they ever let him in the
Honestly, this much is not a debunking at all of JC, as you've simply said that you don't believe he knows about the source materials he references.
Nonetheless, you raise a concerning point. I have noticed that he frequently refers to foundational material, from much earlier periods.
Here's how I try to cope with that type of information. Basically, what I look for, if the writer and subject matter interests me enough, is the person's treatment of what I can understand.
It's kind of funny that you extended this discussion, because yesterday I began looking for another example of flagrant pseudo skepticism, involving an interview with Joe Rogan and Graham Hancock, as well as Michael Shermer and some guy from Florida who I will mention later, in a follow up.
For now, it will suffice to say that while looking in this direction I came across a critique of said interview by Jason, and I was impressed. I'll get back to you later on this when gather the material.
See you soon. Mark