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RE: Mr Austin, when you finally

issue your public apology to John Curl...

What is there to apologize for?

All he said was "Meanwhile, some prominent industry folks have consistently failed, in my opinion, to maintain a sufficiently skeptical posture toward such products," as it relates to such things as the Intelligent Chip among others.

Given that John doesn't appear to have a skeptical bone in his body when it comes to such things, I think that's a more than fair opinion. So what is there to apologize for?

...could you please also explain about our "supremely unreliable" ears?

Here's a fun example.

The McGurk Effect

That statement flies in the face of everyday experience. Our senses, including the ears, are what we use everyday to gain information about our physical world - you know, all kinds of important stuff and not merely whether some wacky tweak makes our stereo sound another iota "better". For example, I can distinguish the voices of my family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances and dozens to hundreds of other people over a range of conditions . . . and over a range of crappy transducers. Moreover, I can detect if they are healthy and, even, get an idea of their emotional state. I bet you can, too!

And in those instances, we are cuing in on differences in tone, inflection, etc. which are quite significant and readily measurable/observable.

What Jim is talking about is the fact that we humans are prone to subjectively perceiving differences even when there are no actual physical differences.

This is trivially easy to demonstrate and has been well established for many many years.


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