Critics and Skeptics
Critics and Skeptics

Critics and Skeptics

In this location we will put the issues that the skeptics and critics have and answer them.

Professor McKay argues that: The data for the Gans cities experiment was provided by Dr. Zvi Inbal and that Dr. Inbal is a friend of Doron Witztum. Therefore, he argues, there is no independence. Furthermore, there is no paper trail of how the linguistic rules were developed. If the data is taken exactly as it appears in the Margolioth encyclopedia, as in Professor Simon's experiment, the experiment totally fails. To make the experiment succeed, one must manipulate it. As always.

The skeptic argument is that the only way any Torah codes experiment could succeed is by manipulating the input data to make it work. Therefore, if there is any experiment that appears to have succeeded, it could only have happened by making data choices on the sly in a back room peeking mode and then going public with the manipulated data as if it were a priori when in fact it is not a priori. Furthermore, people who do that are frauds.

It is hard to carry out a dialog with a person who thinks that all people who know Doron Witztum are frauds and in a conspiracy with him. I know all three people. Doron Witztum, Zvi Inbal, and Harold Gans are all honest people, people who would never engage in any kind of dishonesty. For them the truth is most important.

It is the case that by peeking at various ELSs and their relationships, one can choose a set of key words and/or their Hebrew spellings to make an experiment apparently succeed in a Hebrew translation of a modern novel. But just because that is possible does not prove that the cities experiment is in that category. Just because there is some counterfeit money does not imply that all money is counterfeit. Yet this is the logic the skeptic wants us to accept.

The Simon/McKay cities experiment took the city names exactly as they are spelled in the articles on the rabbis in the Margolioth encyclopedia. The Simon/McKay data contained a substantial fraction of errors. There were about 133 city names in the articles that were not used and there were 4 names used that were not places the rabbis lived, but were the places in which the rabbi's book publisher were located. It would seem that something is wrong in an experiment in which 197 city names are used but 133 city names are missing.

Professor Haralick has performed an experiment using all 330 city names in the Margolioth encyclopedia and this experiment succeeds with a moderately small p-level.

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