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Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

From: clark@mn.frontiercomm.net [Jerome Clark]
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 1997 13:14:02 PST
Fwd Date: Thu, 27 Nov 1997 08:50:32 -0500
Subject: Re: ETH [Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis] &c

> Date: Wed, 26 Nov 1997 05:27:42 -0600
> To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
> From: Michael Christol <mchristo@mindspring.com>
> Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: 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

> >Bob,

> >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

> Jerry...

> 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


You make a good point.  In fact, fundamentalist
Christian writers on UFOs often cite Keel's work,
and he gets quoted not infrequently in such
literature.  Of course such writers ignore Keel's
further assertion that God is just another ultra-

I have no quarrel with anybody's religious beliefs
so long as I'm not being compelled to agree with
them.  Of course Keel is not propounding religious
doctrine but offering what is supposed to be a
serious hypothesis about the nature of anomalous
and paranormal phenomena.  In that secular
context his ideas are profoundly irrational and
deeply paranoid.

Jerry Clark

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