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“What is the Value of a Carleton Education?”

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Just to introduce myself, I graduated magna cum laude in philosophy from Princeton (Class of 1962), served four years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and resigned my commission to earn a Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science (Indiana 1970). I spent 35 years offering courses in logic, critical thinking and scientific reasoning, all in colleges of liberal arts, before my retirement in 2006.

During that period, I published 24 books on the theoretical foun- dations of scientific knowledge, computer science, artificial intelligence, cognitive science and evolution and mentality. You can check out my career at my academic web site, http://www.d.umn. edu/~jfetzer/ I have also published three collections of expert studies on JFK, one on 9/11 and a co-authored study of the death of Sen. Paul Wellstone.

My research since 2006 has been devoted to the critical analy- sis of the government’s accounts of JFK, 9/11, Wellstone, Sandy Hook and the Boston bombing. In each case, my colleagues and I have discovered objective, empirical evidence that we have been deceived, where an example of my work (which you can download) is “Reasoning about Assassinations”, presented at Cambridge and published in an international, peer-reviewed journal.

In relation to the Holocaust, I have discovered that the official account of 6,000,000 Jews being murdered in gas chambers using Zyklon B violates laws of biochemistry and laws of materials science. Their bodies would have turned bright pink and the walls of those chambers blue. But we have no reports of pink bodies and the only walls that turned blue were those of the delousing chambers, where Zyklon B was used to control the spread of disease by lice.

As a philosopher, I value truth. As a philosopher of science, I know that science is our most reliable method of discovering

truth. As a former Marine Corps officer, I care about the future of my country. So should I suppress what I have learned or reveal it? My attitude has always been that, if the Holocaust was real, research would sustain it; and if it was not, the world deserves to know. Would it be better the world should not know and believe false claims?

For publishing, I have been assailed by an associate dean, a professor of political science and a teaching assistant as an “anti-Semite” and as a “Holocaust denier”, who is spreading “hate speech”. But anti-Semites are persons who disvalue or discount the value or worth of persons or their opinions on the basis of their religious orientation or ethnic origins. I do not do that, which means that I am not “an anti-Semite”.

“Hate speech“ can be defined as any speech, gesture or conduct, writing, or display which is forbid- den because it may incite violence or prejudicial action against or by a protected individual or group, or because it disparages or intimidates a protected individual or group. But I don’t do that either, unless accurately reporting the results of scientific research on a major historical event qualifies as “hate speech”.

Apparently, we face the choice of either not reporting the results of scientific research on a major historical event or being accused of hate speech. The Carletonian has published other false and defamatory statements about me, including that, while I claim to be a professor emeritus at UMD, the institution denies it—which could have been effortlessly verified by calling the Head of Philosophy or the Dean of CLA. When its faculty and students are so eager to attack me in reckless disregard of the facts, I am compelled to ask, “What is the value of a Carleton education?”

Mr. Fetzer is the McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, Duluth

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