You wrote a piece about Colin Berry in which you said don’t confuse him with facts, his mind is made up? That was so unnecessary. The picture of the kid with his fingers in his ears was downright mean-spirited.
The reader is right (I think this is a picture of the reader that I found on the internet).
I almost withdrew the posting within minutes of writing it. But I didn’t. Colin had considered a list of factual image characteristics that I had posed as questions. He told us all that he would sleep on it before deciding how to address these questions. Then he announced what he said was his final posting. Other than the 3D height-field, he ignored everything. That prompted those unnecessary words about not confusing him with facts.
It never fails to amaze me, however, how much information some skeptics will blithely ignore if it doesn’t fit their worldview. Perhaps it is just some form of selective amnesia that permeates reason. Perhaps that happened with Colin just as I think it happened with Walter McCrone who thought the image was painted with a liquid paint, or with Emily Craig who thought that it was a dust painting, or with Nicholas Allen who knew it wasn’t a painting but thought it was a photograph, or with Nathan Wilson who knew it wasn’t a painting or a photograph but thought it was a reverse sun bleaching of the cloth under a painted piece of glass, or with Luigi Garlaschelli who knew it wasn’t any of these things but thought it was a chemical etching of the cellulose.
But it isn’t just skeptics. It happens to me, this selective amnesia that permeates reason. Sometimes I get away with it.
Somehow I believe we will address all of my questions to Colin. I hope Colin is part of the discussion. I hope we can get beyond the insults and perceived insults. Certainly, I could have said things in a better way. Sorry, Colin. Sorry Whoever-You-Are Reader. But the picture of the kid with his fingers in his ears was funny.