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From: "Chris" 
Subject: Re: (urth) Time must have a stop
Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2002 22:00:05 +0000

>But as it is, the
>possibility that the Outsider is directly responsible for everything
>Silk experiences seems much easier to believe.

Thanks Jerry, this is, essentially, not far from what I proposed in my post 
as a reasonable alternate explanation, and which Don didn't address in his 
reply. Basically, the Outsider is directly responsible, possibly by means of 
Silk having an embolism. The embolism is much easier to believe than the FTL 
explanation, if we're looking only for the most believable/possible answer.

I am not a crusader against the Blushas theory, though I do not believe it. 
I just think there are more fertile grounds to pursue the question than this 
particular line. In the absolute best case, if one proves beyond reasonable 
doubt that FTL did occur, one merely proves that the Blushas theory is *not 
impossible* - it does nothing to establish its truth. And there are much 
easier ways to show that Blushas is not impossible, without resorting to 
FTL. You could say that the ship went in a circle, or it might never have 
even left the solar system in the first place. There are arguments against 
both of these, too, I grant, but they both require less justification.


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