The Philosophy of Skeptics
Once again I am roused from my evening supine leisure to address something that pertains to our work. Well, sort of.
It would appear that Mr. Collins, of philosophyofmetrics.com, has issued a rather terse article regarding his belief that the White Hats and/or their work are make-believe.
Now, I have to say that the attack against the White Hats was rather stunning to behold. Such an unbalanced, unhinged, obtuse and incongruent reply, rife with anger and steeped in pride, sadly, was like watching Karl Wallenda tumble from his position on the high-wire. Additionally, in an obviously coordinated attack on two flanks, Mr. Collins’ trained attack dog sent a few emails that were devoid of any sense of seeking an understanding, and were silly, snide attempts to nullify by force of words and not pursue merits of truthful disclosure. On that front they failed utterly and miserably.
I would also like to add that I did leave a brief reply on Mr. Collins’ blog, and as of this writing, it has not been approved.
As a trained investigator I know the importance of following up, and pulling the string until you find the 800 lb. gorilla. Otherwise, what’s the use of even looking? Truth is not found in supposition or in the vagaries of temple incense. It’s found by hard work and knowing what to look for, and knowing what you are seeing when you see it.
I am fully aware that Mr. Collins may have been put off by our White Hat contact’s remarks that he is “not in the trenches”. That’s fair and reasonable to anticipate and understand – the truth can sometimes carry a sting. But, the tone and vitriol of his recent article was unlike his past writing, and the sudden change of characteristic was, in and of itself, worth looking into. Professionals usually do not stoop to such crass tactics and low levels of pusillanimity, unless there is an 800 lb. gorilla in back of it. Of that I was ABSOLUTELY SURE, and later on, it was proven to be the case.
So, because it is wise to start any inquiry with those directly and peripherally involved in the matter, I sent a request for contact and awaited a reply.
Now, I have to pause and remark that I had a nice Italian meal this evening, with some nice Chianti as well. After, I decided to listen to some Genesis (Wind & Wuthering), and while enjoying the digestive effects of The Eleventh Earl of Mar, the phone rang.
We proceeded to get to the bottom of everything, and now I have a very clear picture of why this attack was issued. And, I am certain that it was not because of Mr. Collins’ belief that the White Hats are “make-believe”. In fact, he knows the absolute opposite is the case, and the details of why he knows this are now known to me.
I know all of you are just waiting for me to spell it all out right here in fine detail. Will I?
I could lay all the facts bare, right here. I could lay them all out, with names, events, circumstances; the whole sad details as to what motivated such an attack. But, I do not see the need to stomp so callously on others. There are several parties to this sad business, and their backgrounds are somewhat tragic. Mercy is called for in this case, and I am given to take a more tempered approach in the matter, regardless of the fact that the ram has touched the wall. There are larger issues to attend to, and this type of thing should not be elevated to any further significant level of importance.
I would like to address one comment from Mr Collins’ blog:
“Never do these people ever attempt to truly educate and enlighten the masses about the real condition of the human being and the machinations of the structures which hold them contained. They peddle and sell false hope and spread disinformation and further confusion amongst the already disorganized masses.”
I had to read that several times to actually believe it was actually written. How anyone can read the entire official White Hat blog and come away with that conclusion, after a good faith review, is simply spurious, at best.
So, Mr. Collins, I wish you well with your metrics theories and good luck with your blog. But, I would refrain from publishing such things as this (found on your blog):
“…..Because I’m a part of the disorganized masses fighting and crawling my way towards true understanding and enlightenment and now I have my own website motherfuckers, from which I can share everything I learn and others can come and participate in the rational and informative exchanges….”
Such crass language, which is demeaning to women, only serves to paint you as an unhinged part of the “disorganized masses” that you are fighting your way out of.
Good luck with your fight.
Our work lies elsewhere.
This subject matter is concluded.