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July 24, 2008

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Wayne Hamilton

Today I relearned the caveat "question everything". After sending George a link to an article describing a demonstration of love by a great white shark toward the fisherman who released her from a net, I found that the incident is now called a hoax.
For now I'll assume that the 'hoax' description is accurate, but I want to pass this along to all your readers. We do need to proceed with caution in our new cyber-world.

George Mobus

This reminds me of the time when I was taken in by the story of the Tasaday tribe on Mindanao Island in the Philippines. Not disputing their existence, but their supposed all-loving nature. I had been elated when I heard of this group because my then belief in the Rousseauian noble savage seemed substantiated by these people.

Well it turned out that a fair amount of their supposed lack of violence and acceptance of outsiders was faked or staged in order to get the government to establish a sanction to protect them. Supposedly they were caught later in acts of violence and cheating and they didn't learn it from visitors! So much for Rousseau!

Needless to say I have since tended to be skeptical of any extraordinary claims, even when they seem to support my understanding at the time. It was also a great lesson in questioning one's own beliefs from time to time.

George

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