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Life In A Vacuum

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Mon, 08 Dec 2008 09:00:26 -0500
Archived: Mon, 08 Dec 2008 09:00:26 -0500
Subject: Life In A Vacuum

Source: Billy Cox's Blog De Void - Sarasota, Florida, USA


Saturday, December 6, 2008

Life In A Vacuum
By Billy Cox

The public spat between the Mary Brogan Museum of Art & Science
and the director of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
in Tallahassee apparently has a happy ending. Following a
letters-to-the-editor smackdown (De Void 11/14/08) about what
does and doesn't constitute legitimate science, Mag Lab director
Dr. Greg Boebinger has accepted an invitation by Museum
executive director, Chucha Barber, to join the Museum's exhibits

"We had an honest disagreement," says Boebinger, who had blasted
the Museum's decision to host a Roswell UFO exhibit as an
exercise in pseudoscience. "But we are allies on so many broader

With shrill religious zealots constantly challenging science
textbooks, no doubt that's true. But Boebinger is sticking by
his guns on the original point of contention: "I'm happy to be
on record stating that there's no physical evidence with which
we can work to make UFOs a real science."

In Boebinger's universe, more than half a century's worth of
radar returns on UFOs can all be discarded as weather balloons,
hoaxes, Venus, or whatever. Which gives him a convenient pass to
ignore current events.

Not only was Boebinger unfamiliar with the Mutual UFO Network's
lengthy analysis of the January 8 Stephenville Incident, in
which voluminous civilian radar records corroborated eyewitness
accounts on the ground, he didn't even want to hear about it.
Boebinger cut short De Void's attempts to summarize the
findings, which included hot pursuit by jet fighters.

"I'm really not interested in getting into debates over
specifics like these. I'm a busy man," he says, "and I don't
have time to figure out whether one palm reader is better than
another. I don't see it as my job to debunk every single claim."

Smearing an entire category of data as pseudoscience without
addressing the details evokes the insecurities of the 17th-
century authorities who refused to look through Galileo's
telescope. In fact, this sort of breezy arrogance can produce
the unintended consequences of driving rational people into the
rocky shoals of fringe sirens who at least have a conversational
command of the evidence.

Before his life was cut short at age 53 in 2000, Terence McKenna
was anathema to many UFO researchers because of his assertions
that the most reliable way to communicate with extraterrestrials
was via hallucinogenic drugs. Spookysmart and lyrically gifted,
McKenna has since attained immortality on the Internet:


and his words are frequently sampled at rave marathons. As the
21st century unfolds, scientists like Boebinger continue to
edify McKenna's arguments.

UFOs, McKenna said, "empower us to see science for the shell
game that it is, to see the past 400 years of western culture
for the pathetic narrowing of the spectrum of allowable
phenomena that it is, to the point where people think that if
you can't bang on something with a hammer, it isn't real." He
wondered "how much we would understand about electricity if our
method of studying it was to stand on top of high hills and wait
to be struck by lightning. It seems to me that's the position
we're in vis-a-vis UFOs."

As modern science continues to shirk its obligations of true
skepticism, that vacuum is being filled with aggressive insults
to its conventions. And as Terence McKenna proves - with
apologies to Geico's Neanderthals - it's so easy even a dead man
can do it.

[Thanks to Stan Friedman]

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