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Re: Terminolog

From: Wendy Connors <FadedDiscs.nul>
Date: Fri, 08 Nov 2002 06:47:53 -0700
Archived: Fri, 08 Nov 2002 14:18:51 -0500
Subject: Re: Terminolog


>From: Loren Coleman <lcolema1.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>,
>Date: Fri, 08 Nov 2002 06:43:43 -0500
>Subject: Re: Terminology


>>From: Wendy Connors <FadedDiscs.nul>
>>To: UFO Updates <UFOUpdates.nul>
>>Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 21:29:01 -0700
>>Subject: Re: Terminology

>>>From: Loren Coleman <lcolema1.nul>
>>>To: UFO Updates <ufoupdates.nul>
>>>Date: Thu, 07 Nov 2002 10:38:20 -0500
>>>Subject: Re: Terminology - Coleman

<snip>

>>I never said I knew anything about UFOs, as my comment was about
>>words! "Crypto" denotes "hidden". What's wrong with keeping it
>>as ufology or Ufology? Crypto-Aeronautics and Crypto-Craft,
>>sorry, appear to not be good choices. Sorry my feedback offended
>>Ms. Connors. I thought that's what was requested, feedback. I
>>did not know I was just suppose to agree.

>>By the way, cryptozoology and cryptozoologists are single
>>words, and do not employ hyphens.


Loren,

Of course you are not just supposed to agree. Yes, my intent was
for feedback. I just wasn't expecting "silly," but a more
indepth discussion by ufologists on the List. I keep forgetting
that UFO Updates isn't actually a true UFO forum because it also
is a Fortean forum as well. I'm just used to dealing with others
who study Ufology and not chupacabras, crop circles, swamp apes,
etc. Skeptics and skeptibunkers also have their own forums, but
ufologists are not really welcome there except for the purpose
of ridicule and debasement.

I just wish that instead of "silly," you would have given a hard
look at what my proposals were. Certainly I have been very
upfront in trying to get the miscellaneous fortean elements out
of the study of UFOs ever since the purple robed, mountain top
channels of UFOs. The following is from your own website and
endorsed by you:

"Meanwhile, ISC's Vice President Dr. Roy Mackal has written:
'...the term 'cryptozoology' seems to me particularly
appropriate, coming as it does from the Greek work *kryptos*,
meaning 'hidden.' 'unknown,' 'secret,' 'enigmatic,'
'mysterious'; hence literally the study of hidden animals"

Experimenting with terminology is always an on-going avenue and
working terminology evolves as does ufology. It seems that UFOs
are "unknown", "enigmatic" and "mysterious". Their origin and
purpose are indeed, "hidden". So, I don't think attempting to
updating the terminology of ufology is "silly" or "silliness".
Most young people today believe that Ufology is about UFOs,
chupacabras, crop circles, etc. I just think it is important to
clean house in the field of what constitutes "ufology."

I chose to hyphenate crypto-aeronautics and perhaps I am in
error, but at least I am trying to bring some semblance of
logic, rationality and change to a field I've devoted my life.
I've certainly gone beyond sitting in a recliner and just
reading the newest UFO tomes and think myself a 'Ufologist'.
My contributions to Ufology speaks for itself.


Wendy Connors


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