While Jim selected some pretty outrageous audio tweaks to rail against, I kind of wish he'd have done a little more homework. How could anyone leave these off a list of highly dubious tweaks? Schumann Frequency Generator, the Clever Little Clock (unlike the Tice Clock, doesn't even plug into the wall), the Teleportation Tweak, the Red X Coordinate Pen, Mpingo Disc,
One supposes JA means by a "skeptical posture" is dismissing out hand anything that doesn't fit nicely into an easily explainable box. Apparelty JA is not only an expert in theroetical physics (PhD) but alos an expert in neuroscience and psychology. Kudos to JA!
That's simply a strawman argument, the old "science is superior to listening" argument, right out of Zen and the Art of Debunkery. I suspect most audiophiles actually do embrace the scientific method, whther they realize it or not. They listen, they evaluate. They listen again. The skill of listening is an invaluable tool in the hands of honest people. The last time I checked the scientific method involves *investigation* - something that JA seems reticent to undertake. One wonders why.
It's a bit of a "tell" that JA doesn't seem to know what the Photos in the Freezer Tweak even is. While I can appreciate that "skeptics" might enjoy using the photos in the freezer tweak as a prime example of the crazy things some audiophiles do, it would help their "argument" considerably if the object of their scorn were actually understood, at least on a superficial level. :-)
Spoken like someone who doesn't trust his ears at all. May I be so bold as to restate his first sentence?: One of the beautiful things about science is that you can apply new technologies to make the sound better. Such as quantum mechanical doo-dads, acoustic resonators, or anything that catches our fancy. Do we really need some "authority" to tell us what we should or should not do and what is or is not possible?
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