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27241Re: [SCA-JML] Deadliest Warrior: Ninja Vs Spartan

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  • Solveig Throndardottir
    Jul 26, 2010
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      Noble 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
      year ago.

      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
      Solveig Throndardottir
      Amateur Scholar
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