From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> Date: Sun, 06 Feb 2011 10:49:12 -0500 Archived: Sun, 06 Feb 2011 10:49:12 -0500 Subject: The Myth And Mystery Of UFOs I've been slow in catching up on hard-copy of late... and unfortunately have been tardy in getting to Bullard's latest, kindly sent to me by Editor in Chief: Michael Briggs. Jerry Clark's review, below, from the dust-jacket sums up another must-have book for the seriously interested... ebk ----- Source: University Press Of Kansas http://www.kansaspress.ku.edu/bulmyt.html October 2010 The Myth And Mystery Of UFOs Thomas E. Bullard University Press Of Kansas ISBN 987-0-7006-1729-6 When United Airlines workers reported a UFO at O'Hare Airport in November 2006, it was met with the typical denials and hush-up that usually accompany such sightings. But when a related story broke the record for hits at the Chicago Tribune's Web site, it was clear that such unexplained objects continued to occupy the minds of fascinated readers. Why, wonders Thomas Bullard, don't such persistent sightings command more urgent attention from scientists, scholars, and mainstream journalists? The answer, in part, lies in Bullard's wide-ranging survey of the mysterious, frustrating, and ever-evolving phenomenon that refuses to go away and our collective efforts to understand it. In his trailblazing book, Bullard views those efforts through the lens of myth making, discovering what UFO accounts tell us about ourselves, our beliefs, and the possibility of visitors from beyond. Bullard shows how ongoing grassroots interest in UFO5 stems both from actual personal experiences and from a cultural mythology that defines such encounters as somehow "alien"-and how it views relentless official denial as a part of conspiracy to hide the truth. He also describes how UFOs have catalyzed the evolution of a new but highly fractured belief system that borrows heavily from human history and mythic themes and that UFO witnesses and researchers use to make sense of such phenomena and our place in the cosmos. Bullard's book takes in the whole spectrum of speculations on alien visitations and abductions, magically advanced technologies, governmental conspiracies, varieties of religious salvation, apocalyptic fears, and other paranormal experiences. Along the way, Bullard investigates how UFOs have inspired books, movies, and television series; blurred the boundaries between science, science fiction, and religion; and crowded the Internet with Web sites and discussion groups. From the patches of this crazy quilt, he posits evidence that a genuine phenomenon seems to exist outside the myth. Enormously erudite and endlessly engaging, Bullard's study is a sky watcher's guide to the studies, stories, and debates that this elusive subject has inspired. It shows that, despite all the competing interests and errors clouding the subject, there is substance beneath the clutter, a genuinely mysterious phenomenon that deserves attention as more than a myth. Thomas E. Bullard is a board member of the Center for UFO Studies and the Fund for UFO Research and author of UFO Abductions: The Measure of a Mystery and The Sympathetic Ear: Investigators as Variables in UFO Abduction Reports. --- Contents Acknowledgments vii List of Abbreviations ix Introduction: A Mystery of Mythic Proportions 1 Who Goes There? The Myth and the Mystery of UFOs 25 2 The Growth and Evolution of UFO Mythology 52 3 UFOsofthe Past 97 4 From the Otherworid to Other Worlds 124 5 The Space Children: A Case Example 176 6 Secret Worlds and Promised Lands 201 7 Other Than Ourselves 229 8 Explaining UFOs: An-Inward Look 252 9 Explaining UFOs: Something Yet Remains 286 Appendix: UFO-Related Web Sites 315 Notes 319 Select Bibliography 375 Index 399 An illustration section follows page 165 --- "A compelling and admirable study that combines lucidity and intellectual rigor and treats the human context of UFO matters without losing sight of the UFOs themselves. Bullard outlines in eloquent prose the difference between the stimulus (puzzling sightings and encounters) and the stimulated (witnesses, investigators, theorists, hoaxers, skeptics, and spiritual seekers) to reveal a complex and shifting phenomenon that continues to challenge our J understanding of reality." --Jerome Clark, author of The UFO Encyclopedia University Press Of Kansas Lawrence KS 66045 www.kansaspress.ku.edu 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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