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Re: Kreskin UFOs A Hoax - But Why? - Hebert

From: Amy Hebert <yellowrose129@attbi.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2002 01:40:40 -0500
Fwd Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2002 21:43:55 -0400
Subject: Re: Kreskin UFOs A Hoax - But Why? - Hebert

 >From: Larry Hatch <larry@larryhatch.net>
 >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
 >Date: Sun, 09 Jun 2002 13:50:27 -0700
 >Subject: Re: Kreskin UFOs A Hoax - But Why?

 >>From: Dave Haith <visions@ntlworld.com>
 >>To: <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
 >>Date: Sun, 9 Jun 2002 01:20:17 +0100
 >>Subject: Kreskin UFOs A Hoax - But Why?


 >>Either way I reckon there's more to this story that meets the

 >Hello Dave:

 >Even Art Bell was asking the same thing: Why?
 >I sure don't know, but there must be at least two reasons: a
 >good one, and the real one.

How do you know it is not for the reasons Kreskin stated - an
experiment to see if he could plant the idea that people would
see alien objects in the sky? Must there be an ulterior motive
or conspiracy involved just because he chose to make people see

 >What I do _not_ see happening is some agency paying Kreskin many
 >many thousands just to discredit UFOs and ufology.

Maybe he was not trying to discredit UFO's and ufology. Maybe he
was trying to make a point (and/or money). Maybe, just maybe,
Kreskin, who has spent decades making a living by deceiving
audiences with his illusions, was trying to show the world how
easy it is to manipulate human perceptions - especially in
regards to UFO's (and make a profit in the process).

Although I would not condone his methods, I recognize this
"experiment" as informative and educational for those who study
human perceptions and human belief systems. Since it has already
transpired, there is little we can do to change what happened.
But, when we are through admonishing Kreskin and his kind,
perhaps we can review the events with a more scientific eye.

 >If some group or agency wanted to discredit UFO studies, they
 >could do so _far_ more cheaply, easily and effectively by simply
 >encouraging some of the more credulous individuals within our
 >own ranks; feeding them false leads etc.

Makes sense to me. The debunkers may not be our worst enemies.
Perhaps the true "debunkers" are the ones we least suspect - the
master illusionists. It is easier to spread misinformation,
disinformation and lies if the audience trusts the speaker than
one who attacks their belief systems.

Tell them what they _want_ to hear, show them what they _want_
to see and they *will* believe. It is easier to influence people
to see what is not there than to help them see the truth,
especially if the truth conflicts with their belief systems.

 >This still leaves us with the mystery of Kreskin's motivations
 >of course. I would like to hear anything he has to say about
 >it, but lots of luck.

While we're at it, let's learn more about the motivations of the
thousands of 'Kreskins' out there in the world of TV evandalism,
used car salemen (who look a lot like TV evangelists and vice
versa), and the White House. We are exposed to illusions and
mind manipulation on a daily basis. Only difference is we call
it "religion" and "politics".

 >Whenever Art Bell tried to pin him down for details, he turned
 >into a verbal osterizer, changing the subject with an oily ease
 >that might make Hoagland envious.

Bet they have posters of each other hanging on their wall. ;>

A. Hebert

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