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Re: State Of Ufology - Clark

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2004 23:10:39 -0600
Fwd Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2004 11:27:21 -0500
Subject: Re: State Of Ufology - Clark

>From: Steven Kaeser <steve.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2004 10:33:54 -0500
>Subject: Re: State Of Ufology

>>From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Wed, 04 Feb 2004 22:25:39 +0000
>>Subject: Re: State Of Ufology

>>>From: Ed Gehrman <egehrman.nul>
>>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>>Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2004 11:18:15 -0800
>>>Subject: Re: State Of Ufology

>>>>From: Richard Hall <hallrichard99.nul>
>>>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>>>Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2004 22:13:19 +0000
>>>>Subject: State Of Ufology

>In a recent magazine article, a major UFO author was quoted as
>saying that one of his prime "scientific" sources of information
>was the MUFON Journal, which just about caused me to fall out of
>my chair laughing. IMO, the Journal of UFO Studies (which is
>published infrequently) is the only UFO publication that could
>be considered to be scientific. There are certainly good
>articles in the MUFON Journal, IUR and other UFO publications.
>But none of them approach the level of a truly scientific
>journal, which is a problem for ufology.

And I take profound offense here. For a number of years I was
senior editor, and am now an associate editor, of IUR, and to
see it referred to in the same breath as the MUFON Journal "and
other UFO publications," and then to find it defined as "a
problem for ufology," causes this jaw to drop and steam to pour
out of these ears.

By Kaeser's standards, if they were applied to more mainstream
concerns than ufology, only academic journals would matter, and
all other magazines, whatever their audience and seriousness,
would be "a problem for cultural intelligence." Happily, in the
real world The New Republic, The Nation, The Weekly Standard,
The New York Review of Books, The Chronicle of Higher Education,
and any number of intellectually oriented magazines which are
not academic, refereed journals are not generally considered
"problems" for society.

I am not knocking other UFO magazines, which have their virtues
and faults in varying proportions, but IUR was never intended to
be an academic journal, but an intelligent, thoughtful,
critically minded magazine for an audience of people who were
looking precisely for that. When I seriously revamped the
magazine on assuming editorship in 1985, I told my CUFOS fellows
that I conceived the magazine to be, to the extent that we were
able to make it so (in other words, imperfectly), the ufological
equivalent of The Atlantic Monthly. We've all worked hard to
make IUR smart. We haven't always been right, but then who is?
For the most part I believe we have succeeded in creating and
sustaining a very smart magazine which has sought
conscientiously to bring sober standards to UFO writing and to
solicit high-quality writing.

To be blunt, I am appalled and infuriated to be told by somebody
I don't know, and whose contributions to this field are
unfamiliar to me, that IUR is "a problem for ufology." If you
want to disagree with IUR's point of view, write an intelligent,
literate article expressing those criticisms, and we will
publish it. But I defy you to document that IUR, arguably the
most respected UFO magazine published in America, is "a problem
for ufology." On our masthead, as contributing editors, we have
Jenny Randles, Bill Chalker, Chris Rutkowski, Kevin Randle, and
Dick Haines. The other two senior editors are George Eberhart
and Mark Rodeghier. Our regular contributors include some of the
finest researchers, investigators, and thinkers in this field
(Eddie Bullard, Mike Swords, Dick Hall, Greg Sandow, and many
more), including any number of Ph.D.s from a variety of

But then I guess they're all problems for ufology and just
don't measure up to Steve Kaeser's high standards.

Jerry Clark

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