From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul> Date: Fri, 10 Jun 2011 08:12:36 -0500 Archived: Fri, 10 Jun 2011 10:49:37 -0400 Subject: Re: Alien Museum On Alien Abduction Case >From: Kathy Kasten <catraja.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2011 17:39:20 +0000 >Subject: Re: Alien Museum On Alien Abduction Case >>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul> >>To: <post.nul> >>Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2011 10:46:41 -0500 >>Subject: Re: Alien Museum On Alien Abduction Case >Your position, as stated in previous e-mail (thanks for >correcting the grammar), implies that the so-called abduction >experience is very different from ET craft flying around in the >skies. >If that is your position, who the hell is flying the ET craft? >I have often wondered how [ETH-oriented ufologists] reconcile >what is seen in the skies with what individuals experience in >encounters with what they claim are ETs. Have you figure that >out? As I noted in my post, it is best to start by disconnecting experience anomalies from event anomalies. In ufology, the evidence for a possible (even, from one arguable perspective, likely) ET presence is to be found in the latter, not in the former, which seem linked to extraordinary experiences of many varieties long predating the UFO era. (Vallee & Aubeck's recent Wonders in the Sky is full of examples. So is Evans-Wentz's one- century-older The Fairy Faith in Celtic Countries.) Such experiences take on the coloration of the cultural period in which they occur. They are not "imaginary" in any ordinarily understood sense of the adjective. It's best to think of these things, too, as falling on a spectrum. Even this-world phenomena can generate experience anomalies, ball lightning being the most obvious example. On one hand are BL reports, which most meteorologists now accept as authentic, and on the other are thoroughly unrespectable but ubiquitous reports of light balls with bizarre, supernatural characteristics. To any reasonably open-minded observer, it would be foolish indeed to insist that only one thing is happening in reported encounters with balls of light. Ball lightning is an event anomaly, the rest experience anomalies which may incorporate imagery from real BL. Likewise, real airship pilots of the latter 19th C. versus the airship crews of America in the spring of 1897. Or the RB-47 case versus an apparently sincere somebody's testimony to a journey to another planet. Writing about puzzling first-person testimony to one variety of experience anomaly (worldwide fairy encounters), the folklorists Lizanne Henderson and Edward J. Cowan remark, "It should be possible to believe one's informants without believing their explanations" - by which they mean, it needs to be stressed, nothing reductive. Such experiences of the ostensibly supernatural (or, if you prefer, extraordinarily anomalous) can be sustained, complex, and extremely hard to explain, either literally or prosaically. They occur in what has been called liminal space, partly objective, partly subjective, a kind of Third Kingdom that mocks our lazy notion that either things are or they aren't. By their nature we can neither prove nor disprove them. They exist - often vividly - in experience, and experience alone. In a sense, experience anomalies are dreams transplanted into the world - and by that I mean nothing reductive. I mean a crude analogy, not a psychological (non)explanation. I mean a class of common human experiences we don't understand at all, next to which visiting ETs seem barely extraordinary at all. 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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