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Letter to the Editor: Sciences on the Fringe
The New York Times

March 30, 1999

To the Editor:

"A Tempest in a Test Tube, 10 Years Later" on March 23 provided an excellent overview of the status of cold fusion. It should, however, come as no surprise that proponents of cold fusion exist on the fringes of science. Dozens of long discredited pseudosciences find support on the fringe. Proponents of perpetual motion, parapsychology, U.F.O. abductions, quack medicine, ancient astronauts and biorhythm theory continue to thrive. In modern society, overwhelming evidence to the contrary is not allowed, by some, to interfere with belief.

TERENCE M. HINES

Pleasantville, N.Y.

 

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