J.D.: It would be helpful if all of us had the same educational background and intelligence possessed by you and Bill.
However, some of us sit at this Roundtable with passionate beliefs, varying physical skills and limited intellectual or educational backup. Combine this with hairtrigger defense mechanisms and we have a volatile formula for Flame Wars III.
When challenged on a level we are inadequetely prepared to defend, some will become defensive and resort to childish behavior that the more gifted opposition will or should understand and accomodate.
I'm thinking back 40 years . . . what if I were taken to task and made to explain scientifically why Sanchin developed what I promised. . . or where was my proof that Uechi-ryu was a superior method of self defense. . . or how could I make statement about the "killing" potential of certain strikes to certain parts of the body without tests, how I would have reacted!
As a gifted Monday morning quarterback, I can look back on the Mr. Mooney vs Mr. Randi episode and offer some suggestions as to how it might have been handled differently so as to not antagonize Mr. Mooney and lose his input, while continuing the discussion and perhaps setting up some valid tests that Mr. Mooney would be willing to perform.
Mr. Randi, accostomed to thousands of fakes and frauds, naturally assumed that Mr. Mooney's intentions were the same as some phony magician we see on tv. The difference, I believe, is that Mr. Mooney believes that what he is doing is honest and valid, whereas the tv magician practices deception knowingly. When Danny Pai broke his 2 ton block of ice with "chi", he was practicing deception. I'm not sure that when Mr. Mooney moves people with his or his subject's power, he knows or understands what is happening.
I think that we might have learned more about what Mr. Mooney does by not taking such a strong intellectual stance with him. He might have benefited from a more carefully structured discussion and the martial arts might have benefitted in the process.
When Evan first came to camp, his Kyusho abilities were questioned and doubted. Rather than withdrawing and practicing "underground", he took the high road and admitted that there was much he could learn from those who were better educated than him. Since that time, many of us have explored Kyusho with Evan. I beleive we have all furthered our martial arts knowledge through this openminded attitude, including Evan.
On the other hand, had we sent him a Mr. Randi's type of letter, denouncing him as a fraud, etc., Evan might have responded to us in a totally different manner.
I'm all for free speech and applaud Bill's handling of his forum. In that spirit, I'm simply stating my viewpoint.