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Re: 'She Blinded Me with Science'

From: RobIrving@aol.com
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 23:04:53 EDT
Fwd Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998 00:40:36 -0400
Subject: Re: 'She Blinded Me with Science'

>To: "UFO UpDates - Toronto" <updates@globalserve.net>
>From: "Jerome Clark" <jkclark@frontiernet.net>
>Subject: Re: UFO UpDate: Re: 'She Blinded Me with Science'
>Date: Fri, 10 Jul 98 11:56:02 PDT


>I thought we were talking about is Festinger's involvement in
>the study of prophetic saucer groups. I have little interest in
>Festinger beyond When Prophecy Fails, not only because it deals
>with a subject of concern to me but also because I have a good
>friend who's a scholar in this area, and who told me long ago
>that Festinger's ideas have been challenged.

There's a problem with your characterisation. As far as I am
aware, Festinger never conducted any "study of prophetic saucer
groups". When Prophesy Fails was derived from a much more
complex idea. If you were to describe the work that simply in
print I'd be appalled.

>My impression all along has been that you are using Festinger
>simply as a stick with which to beat all who are interested in
>UFOs, and I do not recall your even responding to my complaint
>that you lump everybody together. So let me try one more time:

I gave it the attention it deserved.

>See my words immediately above. In any event, I don't see any
>lessons for, or parallels to, ufology in Festinger's book, which
>isn't about ufology at all. It's about a saucerian group
>oriented toward the contactee message and occult doctrine. The
>fact that you seem to think this is the same as ufology only
>confirms, alas, my suspicions about your approach.

You use the word 'fact' all too loosely, Jerry. In fact your
impression is quite wrong, of both WPF (did you read the
introduction?) and me.