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"I am in fact a student, and I was, as you suggested, being lazy. The laziness however, came from having spent two hours looking through the internet trying to find a simple answer in the form of an article..."
From: "Fabian Canas" <fcanas@ai.uwf.edu>
Subject: RE: Polar Controversy website comments
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2002

I apologize for having offended you with my request for help. I understand your reaction, and it is completely in line, but let me explain: I am in fact a student, and I was, as you suggested, being lazy. The laziness however, came from having spent two hours looking through the internet trying to find a simple answer in the form of an article, just as the one you have kindly referred me to. I told myself I’d read one more thing and move on, because I still had hours of reading to go before I could even start writing my paper, which is in no way concentrated around Cook or Peary. I read the article, and it was very informed, however due to the forceful language, I decided I could better spend my time reading about Parry’s expeditions. (You see, my paper is more closely concerned with naval exploration of the arctic.) So I admit I was being lazy and looking for a quick answer, and also that you had provided me with the document I needed before I even requested it, but please understand that due to my topic, Peary will only get a handful of paragraphs of focus at the most (completely based on his records from before the controversy even started) and the controversy won’t even be mentioned since Cook is a fraud. After wasting the time I already had on the subject, I was much more inclined to drop the whole thing than to spend any more. I should have persisted just a few minutes more to see and follow the links to the National Geographic and Scientific American links.
Thank you,
And lighten up.
Fabián Cañas

Apology accepted.

Now get to work and visit a library. Read some books instead of emailing strangers to argue over the veracity of their website.

 

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"...your article is clearly biased from the beggnining, and does not follow a scholarly approach to presenting the case "

I found your article about the polar contreversy while looking for a simple answer to the question "Did Cook, and/or Peary reach the north pole." I am writing a research paper about particular methods of arctic exploration, and do not want ot get involved researching the polar contreversy. I am, for a portion of my paper, analyzing their methods, but since I am no expert on artic exploration, I cannot make any conclusion for myself. I'm not asking of you an answer to my question, I can already see what it would be by looking at this website and reading the article, I am instead asking you for a helping hand. If you could point me in the right direction to a paper, perhaps by the National Geographic Society, which I could site as an analysis of the two sides, I would very much appreciate it. I cannot merely accept your article as such a source for various reasons, which I am sure you will understand: Internet sources are not wonderfully reliable, since anybody willing to make a web page or site may express any opinion, and claim to hold any position they wish. Additionally, your article is clearly biased from the beginning, and does not follow a scholarly approach to presenting the case. It seems a wonderful article for people who merely want to know what happened, but I am writing a paper, and hence find difficulty trusting such an article. If it were within the realm of possibility I would research the whole ordeal myself, but I already said, it is hardly of censequence to my work, and so a relatively reliable source pointing one way or another would be a godsend.
Thank you. Fabián Cañas

You said polarcontroversy.com is "...a wonderful article for people who merely want to know what happened..."

But that is not good enough for you?

Is "what happened" (your phrase) truly not sufficiently backed up? Or were you too fast to email me as the lazy way to get free research help?

1) Are you being paid to perform research?
2) Are you a student?

If the first then you are being lazy and should pay me. If the second, then you need to stay in school to complete your education--you'll need it. In either event you are of the class of lazy people who ask questions of experts rather than expend the intellectual effort to read, study, learn, and then ask the expert a worthy question. You have not asked a worthy question.

Here is what you missed, lazy butt, just on Page 1 alone:
• hyperlinks to readable images of 1909-1910 newspapers and the Scientific American (that condemn Cook as a fraud),

• the 26 page Congressional record speech of S.D.Fess (that lists extensive authoritative refutations of Cook and authoritative acknowledgement of Peary's success),

• the text of a speech (condemning Cook, affirming Peary) by noted historian Jill Lepore, Ph.D (Yale),

• reviews of books written by the son of Admiral Davies and Peary's great grandson (both men are highly educated, respected authorities quoted by the media, etc. ),

• a review of Dr. Washburn's book, The Dishonorable Dr. Cook, that proves Cook was a fraud (Dr. Washburn has "...a 59-line list of accomplishments in Who's Who... a trustee of Smith College .. a member of Harvard's board of overseers), etc., etc.

• But most importantly you missed the link to exactly the document you asked me for in your letter. http://www.northpole1909.com/davies.html This provides the scientific proof Peary reached the Pole; a complete text reprint of the 1990 National Geographic Magazine article.

And, dear Fabian, all of the above is on the first page.

Please supply your address so that i may invoice you for wasting my time, and for stupidly putting down a website that actually contains more authoritative research sources than you would ever know what to do with. However, I will waive my fee if you humbly write me an apology for approaching me with this insulting preconception. Next time you ask for help, leave out that bullshit and first do your homework. Then ask the expert a worthy questions. Class dismissed.

© 2002 Russell R. Robinson and Dr. Frederick Cook