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Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

From: Michael Christol <mchristo@mindspring.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 1997 05:27:42 -0600
Fwd Date: Wed, 26 Nov 1997 12:08:23 -0500
Subject: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

>From: clark@mn.frontiercomm.net [Jerome Clark]
>Date: Mon, 24 Nov 1997 16:59:46 PST
>To: updates@globalserve.net
>Subject: RE: UFO UpDate: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c


>If you're not endorsing John Keel's half-baked ideas,
>you ought not to be using his vocabulary.  Keel explicitly
>endorses occult and demonological notions which no
>post-Enlightenment thinker would find of any utility
>whatever in trying to make sense of what the UFO
>phenomenon is about.  As I said, nobody endorses
>the use of theory-driven words (whether ET or ultra-
>terrestrial) in anything other than hypothesis-driven
>discourse.  In any case, I would not equate scientific
>speculation about the possible nature of ET life with
>medieval speculation about demons, unless one
>believes late 20th century science is in no significant
>manner different from 12th century theology.

>Jerry Clark


Unfortunately John Kep's ideas are not thought of as "half-baked"
by the average "religious" person in this country.  I can't speak
for the rest of the world, but in this country, the primary
explaination for "UFOs" and their "alien" occupants is indeed
"demonic." Remember, a couple of months ago when "Pat Robertson"
came out on his 700 Club and announced that UFOS were Demonic in
nature and anyone who professed to Investigate them or believe in
them were guilty of blasphamy and should be stoned to death?
Well, unfortunately, this man speaks with the same tongue as the
orthodox religionist.

Now, I am not by any means saying ALL religions and their
followers profess this doctrine, but many do. Having a background
in the Baptist religion, I know how many of the people I work and
associate with feel about UFOs.

Just thought I would add to the conversation, Jerry.
Remember, not everyone believes the scientific doctrine.

REgards, Mike

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