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Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

From: clark@mn.frontiercomm.net [Jerome Clark]
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 1997 11:53:24 PST
Fwd Date: Sat, 22 Nov 1997 20:12:32 -0500
Subject: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

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> Date: Fri, 21 Nov 1997 08:55:11 -0500
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> From: Bob Shell <76750.2717@compuserve.com>
> Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

> >Date: Thu, 20 Nov 1997 10:59:52 -0800 (PST)
> >From: Jim Deardorff <deardorj@ucs.orst.edu>
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> >Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

> I don't like the terms "ET" or "alien", because both imply an origin
> somewhere other than Earth.  Ultra Terrestrial comes close to being
> the right word, but I think we need a new one.

"Ultraterrestrial" comes nowhere near to being the
right word.  It's John Keel's synonyms for "demon."
Ufology ought not to be an exercise in medieval
supernaturalism or occultism.  I see nothing wrong
with the idea that UFOs originate "somewhere other
than Earth" (certainly a less extraordinary hypothesis
than one which argues the opposite [e.g., for the
hollow earth, the earth's etheric analog, or whatever]),
but I do feel that until we know more, we should
simply call UFO beings "entities" or "humanoids."
Phrases like "ET" should be left to purely theoretical

Jerry Clark

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