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Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2011 11:26:41 -0600
Archived: Thu, 08 Dec 2011 04:11:31 -0500
Subject: Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List

>From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
>To: - UFO UpDates Subscribers -
>Date: Wednesday, December 07, 2011 7:21 AM
>Subject: UFO UpDate: Essential Read From Current Encounters List

>An _essential_ read from posts at:

>Francis Ridge's Current Encounters List


>From: John W - Sat, 3 Dec 2011

>Inside Secret U$ Government Warehouses -UFO documentary

>This can be downloaded as a 1hr 27min, 203 Mb, FLV video file.
>Very comprehensive documentary.


>Jan Aldrich - Sat, 3 Dec 2011

>I guess this shows how far we have strayed from real ufology.
>UFO fantasy sells better than actual facts. The will to believe
>the most outlandish stuff funds such half baked productions.
>Doesn't matter how many times hoaxes are exposed, the crowd will
>always come back for more. The real disinformation agents, look
>in the mirror!


This is indeed an intelligent discussion which ought to be read
in its entirety by any thoughtful, concerned student of the UFO

One point, however, is missed, and that is the utter
ordinariness of what goes on within ufology. The more I observe
what happens in society generally, the more I am struck that
ufologists are no less gullible, paranoid, and ignorant, or
enchanted with dubious, half-baked, and false notions, than a
good many of their fellow citizens. Facts and logic are harder
to get to than sensationalistic beliefs and charges, and lots of
people can't be bothered to make the effort. After all, they
might have to read books by scholars and journalists who know
what they're talking about, and then have to do some serious
reflection requiring, but for one example, nuance and tolerance
for ambiguity.

Consequently, the problem is deeper, much deeper, than ufology's
shortcomings. Intellectual sophistication is a rare commodity in
just about any context. If somebody wants to believe something
badly enough, years, decades, or centuries of contrary
accumulated knowledge about nature, history, science, and the
world are easily shrugged off, if the shrugger is even conscious
of that knowledge. Absurdities in ufology are only one, and
(since ufologists are marginalized and powerless)
inconsequential, result.

Jerry Clark

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