That was so much fun looking at the older threads. I saw this gem from Dan Norder which some of us should pay closer attention to:
"The point here is that science is not a magic wand for uncovering fraud. If someone wants to see certain results they very often will, consciously or unconsciously. The main feature of science that is so important is that new discoveries are repeatedly tested by others. It's this verifying of other people's results by multiple teams that makes science strong. In cases where that doesn't happen, science hasn't really weighed in to its full extent yet."
For some reason the links are now working! Weird.
It's good to see how the Casebook has changed. A lot of unfamiliar usernames (to me at least) and a couple that I recognise (Sam). One last question: what year did it begin?
"There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact!"
I used to print out some of the old threads that contained interesting material.
The earliest I have is 1997 and the big topic was the diary.
I have the old discs you could buy back then, but they don't work on my current Mac O/S.
I don't have these discs and I've never seen them either but years ago I did send a message to Stephen (I think) asking about them.
I can't recall the reply word for word but essentially I got the impression that they were simple html pages with some kind of wrapper interface (Flash or Java maybe?) that helps to explain/index and get to the html pages.
I'd emailed originally as I wanted to know if I could use the CDs on a computer with a Linux operating system.
I never did get a set of the CDs in the end but not because I didn't know if I could get them working on the Linux PC. As the meat of the CDs are the html pages I knew I'd have no problem opening those as any internet browser (Firefox/Chrome/Safari/Internet Explorer) on any operating system (Windows/Apple OSX/Linux/BSD etc) will open html pages.
--drstrange169, I haven't used a Mac for years but computers are essentially the same. If you load a CD what happens next depends on if the computer has the autorun/automount feature turned on. If it's on it will try to load the wrapper interface I mentioned above. What you should be able to do somehow when the CD is loaded is look at it's contents. Like when you look at a computer's hard drive or a USB stick when searching for a file. Have you tried this and if so do you see a bunch of html (or maybe htm) files? If you can see these files you should be able to open them with Safari, or another browser if you don't use Apple's browser.
These are not clues, Fred.
It is not yarn leading us to the dark heart of this place.
They are half-glimpsed imaginings, tangle of shadows.
And you and I floundering at them in the ever vainer hope that we might corral then into meaning when we will not.
We will not.