From: Carol Rainey <csrainey2.nul> Date: Tue, 8 Feb 2011 17:51:21 -0500 Archived: Wed, 09 Feb 2011 07:15:09 -0500 Subject: Re: Budd Hopkins >From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 19:17:57 -0600 >Subject: Re: Budd Hopkins <snip> >My sole point, which I would have thought blindingly apparent to >any adult reader, is that an ex-spouse has his or her story, but >- as we have already seen - it isn't the only one to be told. <snip> >Enough. I have no desire to get caught in this pool of >quicksand. Carol has said what she wants to say, I've said what >I have to say, and now others can tell their stories. Nobody >owns this story. <snip> In this field, apparently, the more one tries to stick to the facts of the issue, the less attention respondents pay to the actual facts that are presented. In both my article in Paratopia Magazine and in my post to this List, I presented some serious and justified concerns about where and how alien abduction research had taken students of the phenomenon, the experiencers and the public over the past 20 years. I spoke only of cases I was directly involved in, as Budd's former life partner. I gave precise, evidence-based instances of observing faulty, sometimes dangerous, and certainly misleading research conclusions reached by Budd Hopkins and his best friend David Jacobs. I compared Eddie Bullard's 1987 classic abduction scenario with the Hopkins/Jacobs narrative that has developed out of their books and their presence in the field. It has morphed into a lurid, sexualized scenario of hybrid take-over of the planet and the species - one put forth confidently by both researchers, with no tangible evidence. In giving my own qualifications to raise this alarm, I stated the two decades I spent film-making and grant-writing with National Institutes of Health researchers, prior to my direct experience in abduction research. All of which drove Jerry Clark, in response, to only double-down on his _personal_ slant to my concerns. He reinforced my motives as the ex-wife, citing, as evidence, the lyrics of George Jones and Tammy Wynette's We Live In A Two Story House. He also cited his own experiences as a multiply-divorced man, which inform his opinion of the validity of my alarm about the abductionists' research methods. Clark completely evaded _all_ commentary about the substantive issues that were raised, bringing it right back around to the personal. He himself has said he feels that ufology's abduction era has ended because the narrative is way out ahead of the evidence. Yet, as a senior spokesman for and leader in the field of UFO research, Clark has taken zero responsibility - to the best of my knowledge - for actually educating himself about how abduction research is done. He disagrees with his two good friends, Hopkins and Jacobs, about their conclusions. Privately, he has stated to one correspondent that he has entertained doubts about some of their methods for a long time. He doesn't know what those methods are, exactly, because he's never been involved, but evidently something seems off. He's just not going to mention it publicly. He's not going to speak up. And now that I have publicly spelled out exactly what is wrong with their research, Clark, one of the field's most respected leaders, cries: Enough! I don't want to talk about it anymore. Essentially, the leadership position of the UFO field seems to be this: Those guys are our best buddies! What they do with their research subjects is _not_ our problem. People like Emma Woods and "Dora" should just take a hike. The abductionists' over-the-top conclusions about the coming end of the human species are not our problem, either. It's a helluva a lot more fun to hang out after a long-day's seminar with two entertaining friends than it is to speak up for what is rightfully gained knowledge, for what is ethical, moral, and true. Carol Rainey 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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