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Re: that ol' Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis

From: Dennis <dstacy@texas.net>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 12:11:46 -0600 (CST)
Fwd Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 18:07:03 -0500
Subject: Re: that ol' Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis

>From: Greg Sandow <gsandow@prodigy.net>
>To: "'UFO UpDates - Toronto'" <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: RE: UFO UpDate: Re: that ol' Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis
>Date: Tue, 11 Nov 1997 17:01:07 -0500

>OK, Dennis....I'm starting to understand.

<snip>

>I think that, here and elsewhere, you're suggesting that the ETH
>-- or overenthusiastic belief in it -- can somehow soften our
>brains, and compromise our objectivity. Believe the ETH too
>uncritically, and next thing you know, you can't tell whether
>Gerald Anderson is lying.

I think we would both agree that ufology suffers from a public
relations problem. We could spread the blame around, but a good
deal of it still rests at the feet of ufology itself, for its
active promotion, not just of ETH as a viable hypothesis, but as
a given which encompasses and "explains" a whole raft of
phenomenon (from crop circles to cattle mutilations, even
chupacabras) that may or may not have anything remotely to do
with UFOs. But that's the public perception of us, nonetheless.

Is it dangerous? The answer is, who knows -- yet. I remember when
Vallee's Messengers of Deception came out, that even mainstream
ufology didn't know what to make of it -- and arguably still
doesn't. In other words we don't know if it's true, or how true,
simply because the events warned of haven't come to pass. Except
maybe on a microscale, if you count Heaven's Gate. But who would
have predicted an Art Bell even five years ago? Who, now, can
predict what kind of influence he may have on individuals and
society? It's a hard thing to wrap one's mind around.

Is it possible, shortly before or after the Millennium, say, that
a belief that alien invasion is imminent could cause a global
stock market crash? Especially now that we have a medium (the
WWW) capable of spreading a virus around the world in a matter of
minutes?

Again, who knows? But the point is, ufology doesn't take place in
a vacuum anymore, if it ever did, and few people are taking (or
tackling) the big picture. I suppose it's conceivable that we
could even fall into the boy who cried wolf syndrome.

Ufology is something that can be regarded across a wide spectrum,
from a subject matter merely to be thought about, to a source of
behavior and cause of action. One reason why I personally take
such a conservative course is that I think it's prudent to err on
the side of caution. I don't want some crazed militia type
camping on my front door some day, or maybe ambushing me one day
because he's become convinced that I'm part of the cover-up
conspiracy.

And of course a cover-up -- along with mistrust of government --
goes hand-in-hand with a strong ETH. In fact, I'm not even sure a
"simple" ETH can be separated out of the matrix anymore.

Friedman, for example, doesn't seem paticularly sold on
abductions. And I doubt if Hopkins spends much time on cattle
cuttings. And so on. Ultimately, however, the public perceives us
as this huge tent or umbrella that encompasses god only knows
what (or where it ends), but starts with the signature assumption
that the aliens are among us, here and now, and seemingly in vast
numbers.

It's no wonder to me that most scientists don't want to be seen
even in the immediate vicinity of the tent, let alone caught
peeping under one of the flaps.

Part of the problem is that there's no single ringmaster, or
spokesperson, inside the tent, just a bunch of milling theories
and assumptions, with fistfights breaking out in the corners, and
a very small, calm peanut gallery. When the media wants to find a
critic, they get pointed in the direction of Phil Klass, almost
without fail. But who do they get pointed to when they want a UFO
proponent? It can be anyone from John Mack to Courtney Brown to
Philip Corso to Jim Marrs, depending on the hot topic of the day
or whoever has the most recent book or video out on the subject.
If Ruppelt had been at Roswell this past July for the 50th
anniversary, I suspect he might have been absolutely shocked by
what he had helped wrought.

I simply don't see the fringe going away. If anything, we're just
going to have to put up a bigger tent. And I'm not sure how much
I'd want to be inside when one of the main poles, say, Roswell,
broke.

Actually, I think the Roswell pole did break this summer, but the
repair crews were pretty quick.

Dennis




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