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Re: Alien Museum On Alien Abduction Case

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

>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

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

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

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