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Re: Clark and ETH

From: clark@mn.frontiercomm.net [Jerome Clark]
Date: Fri, 28 Nov 1997 15:54:30 PST
Fwd Date: Fri, 28 Nov 1997 16:28:35 -0500
Subject: Re: Clark and ETH

> Date: Mon, 06 Oct 1997 05:21:17 -0700
> From: "John W. Ratcliff" <jratclif@inlink.com>
> To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
> Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: Clark and ETH (and ELs)

> I've been sort-of-kind-of-barely following this recent discourse
> on big bad old ET versus big bad old Casper the ghost.  This
> hoary rhetorical debate betwixt Clark, Randle, and some other
> members of this group who take "Zen philosophy as Quantum
> Mechanics" pamphlets a tad bit too literally.

> First we have to dispense with semantics.  The term ET brings up
> one image in our minds, ghosts and demons another.  Both bound by
> cultural mythos, one more modern, the other more ancient.  Both
> mean the same thing, ineffectual words used in a pathetic attempt
> to describe the ineffible.

> Last I checked, Jerry, Kevin, we was still calling them there
> things (U)FOs, U as in "unidentified."  I don't recall anybody
> ever actually identifying one of them flying gizmo in any sort of
> concrete way, with the exception of numerous exposed hoaxes,
> liars, and scam artists.  In all that time I still never did get
> me one of them there product brochures for one of those hardcore
> manufactured sports model UFOs.

> Meanwhile, I don't find the *TERMS* "angel", "alien", "ghost",
> "demon", "fairy", "goblin", "grey", "reptoid", "Elohim", "giants
> in those days", or any other concoction some contactee has coined
> in a desperate attempt to explain the inexplainable,
> particularily satisfactory.


I guess you have "barely followed" the exchange.
My point has been all along that our knowledge of the UFO
phenomenon is tentative at best.  Therefore, we ought not
to refer to UFO beings or entities as "ETs" in anything other
than purely theory-driven discussions.  In this latter context,
I also argue, the ETH is a reasonable working hypothesis,
though hardly proved.  Essentially, I argue for a pragmatic
approach in which investigation, research, and documentation
are our primary focus.  It's only through this approach that
one day we'll have the answers.

Jerry Clark

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