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Re: that ol' Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis

From: Bob Shell <76750.2717@compuserve.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 1997 08:40:10 -0500
Fwd Date: Thu, 20 Nov 1997 09:42:24 -0500
Subject: Re: that ol' Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis

>From: DevereuxP@aol.com [Paul Devereux]
>Date: Wed, 19 Nov 1997 09:13:45 -0500 (EST)
>To: updates@globalserve.net
>Subject: That ol' ET

>>The ETH, while it obviously strikes some as naive, is not exactly
>>a surprising belief. If any of us saw, right before our
>>eyes, the things that Jerry Cohen or John Velez or Bob Shell say
>>they've seen, wouldn't we -- yes, even Professors Mendoza and
>>Devereux -- find ourselves wondering: "Wow...could that be from
>>another planet?" Right or wrong (and I don't think Bob automatically
>>supports the ETH), it's a perfectly understandable
>>thing to think.

No, I do not support the ETH.  I think it is misguided and naive.

>Even those who do not subscribe to the ETM still find themselves
>obliged to spend time arguing about it, and, worse, having to
>somehow 'prove' how their alternative approaches against the ETM
>- even though the ETM is not an established fact, being no more
>than a collective shadow in the mind.

Absolutely, and it is both tiresome and boring to have to go over
the same ground endlessly.

>The ETM is just the standard assumption one would expect people
>in our society to come to, just as one would have expected people
>in medieval Christian Europe to come to assumptions of portents
>and dragons, or tribal peoples to deal with the phenomena in terms
>of flying spirits and shamans (and such explanations could be
>much closer to the truth than our ET spaceships!).

Actually, I disagree a bit here.  I am not sure we are dealing with
human assumptions so much as with a phenomenon which adjusts its
presentation to fit the prevailing human mythos of the time.  It
or they pose as aliens today because people are ready to accept that,
but I doubt that it is any closer to the truth than the gods or
demons of ages past.

>We really have to decide whether or not we want ufology to be
>a forum for research, or a system of belief.

Many want a new religion.  I have seen this at the UFO conferences,
where there are many in search of space messiahs and salvation.  It
seems that the majority of humans still need the crutch of religion
and lack the self-confidence to face the universe alone and
unburdened, or perhaps I should say unshackled.

>The ETM is so insidious that I honestly believe it is doing more
>harm than good at this stage in the game.

AMEN, Brother Paul!!!!!

Bob Shell

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