From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2011 14:29:35 -0000 Archived: Thu, 08 Dec 2011 09:36:48 -0500 Subject: Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List >From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2011 11:26:41 -0600 >Subject: Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List >>An _essential_ read from posts at: >>Francis Ridge's Current Encounters List <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. <snip> True enough Jerry, Yet, partly because `ufologists' are a (weighted) slice of the general population, sharing in various individual ways with the biases, preferences and interests spread across all of us, I'm a bit dubious about declaring _any_ book or even a collection of tomes as `essential reading'. That, partially, is because, in ufology', folk all have different takes on the subject, as we, the general population, do on any subject. The rest of the reason is that we don't yet know what aspect of the subject _is_ actually important. I.e. - It could be that nut'n'bolts are the `real' component and all else is down to the enormous abilty of human brains to mis- read sensory evidence, Or, that we are constantly being fooled with and _no_ physical ufology evidence is `real' - for as far back as records go and probably beyond. We also have to consider combinations of those two possibilities, all being carried out either for unknowable `alien' motives; for devious human purposes; or again for various permutations of both. Therefore, although personally addicted to collecting facts'n'figures for my own analyses, it's possible, as Lee Smolin said about the blockage in modern physics, that a visionary's view might be necessary, more so than the technician's. So how do we train, equip, or evaluate, a visionary? Cheers Ray D 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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