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Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

From: Bob Shell <76750.2717@compuserve.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 1997 18:47:11 -0500
Fwd Date: Sun, 23 Nov 1997 20:53:32 -0500
Subject: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

>From: clark@mn.frontiercomm.net [Jerome Clark]
>Date: Sat, 22 Nov 1997 11:53:24 PST
>To: updates@globalserve.net
>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


Just because John Keel uses Ultraterrestrial as a synonym
for demon, does not mean that Ufology has to connect to
medieval mythology or occultism.  Medieval mythology and
occultism are just different attempts at understanding
phenomena which we still do not understand today.

I'm not saying that UFOs do not originate "somewhere other
than Earth", but that we have no evidence of their origin
whatsoever, and that we should not jump to the ET conclusion.

I do think that the similarities of many of these humanoids
to us is too high for coincidence, and that there is a relationship
between them and us.  Perhaps a distant one, but real
nevertheless. I think that some, if not all, of them
evolved right here on this planet, and have coexisted
with us for millennia.


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