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! <snip> This is indeed an intelligent discussion which ought to be read in its entirety by any thoughtful, concerned student of the UFO phenomenon. 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 Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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