27241Re: [SCA-JML] Deadliest Warrior: Ninja Vs Spartan
- Jul 26, 2010Noble Cousin!
Greetings from Solveig! I tried to track down the author before I
posted my first message. The results were a bit mixed. I found a web
page which attributed a Ph.D. to the fellow, but stated that it was
his master's thesis which related to ninjutsu. It did not say what his
Ph.D. research was about. Nor did a quick search track down the fellow
himself. It does leave a trail of footprints which suggest that the
fellow is a bit of a showman. For example, he played a local casino a
As for Ph.D.'s in general. I have one of the things. I have met at
least one Ph.D. who was widely believed to be a fraud. I met this
fellow at a conference when I was myself a newly minted and rather
timid Ph.D. One person at the conference tried to cheer me up by
telling me that at least "everybody believes your results." A Ph.D.
may be a good recommendation, but you still have to look at the
research and evaluate it.
I have serious suspicions about ninjutsu on general principles. There
is a large amount of ninjutsu hooey in Japan. This is not to say that
ninja didn't exist, just to say that the hooey level is fairly high.
Finally, "secret history" is at least a bit sensational.
Your Humble Servant
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