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Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List

From: Steven Kaeser <steve.nul>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2011 10:14:14 -0500
Archived: Thu, 08 Dec 2011 10:44:54 -0500
Subject: Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List

>From: Gerald O'Connell <goc.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2011 11:35:55 -0000
>Subject: Re: Essential Read From Current Encounters List


>And then we come to ufology, where the most intransigent set of
>perplexing, contradictory phenomena confronts us. Should we be
>surprised to find that this field is beset with the most
>appalling array of simplistic quackery? Should we be surprised
>that so little comparative weight is given to the work of those
>(to instantiate a few: Vallee, Dolan, yourself even) who make an
>intelligent and intellectually honest attempt to engage the data
>and make sense of it?

>In context, I would suggest that it should come as no surprise
>at all.

I think the problem is that one person's "quackery" is another
person's "truth" and I think you'll find little agreement among
many researchers on how they are defined.

I remember a meeting where known ufologists were attempting to
come up with a Hall Of Fame for UFO researchers, as a means to
show the strengths of the field. But, it quickly got bogged
down on specific individuals and whether or not they really
belonged in that grouping.

It seems that one issue was that being a prolific writer in the
field doesn't necessarily translate into being an historic
researcher that has had an impact on the field, and technology
has now made the entire issue more cloudy.


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