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Re: Watch For My Coming Hoax!

From: Dennis Stacy <dstacy@texas.net>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 12:27:51 -0600 (CST)
Fwd Date: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 14:39:17 -0500
Subject: Re: Watch For My Coming Hoax!

>Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 14:22:47 -0800
>From: Larry Hatch <larryhat@jps.net>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>Subject: Re: Watch For My Coming Hoax!

>>Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 09:58:32 -0800 (PST)
>>From: Jeff Westover <frequentflier66@yahoo.com>
>>Subject: Re: Watch For My Coming Hoax!
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

>>Hello EBK and list.

>>I'm interested in knowing whether or not anyone in the mental
>>health field has ever done a study of the psychology of UFO
>>hoaxers? It certainly would be a worthy area of study within

>How about hoaxers in general? That might make the numbers large
>enough to interest the Psychology community or others in allied

>UFOs are a prime target of course, but so are paranormal
>studies, exobiology, xenobiology ( bigfoot, loch ness .. ) and
>other "fringe" areas. The lure might be the large numbers of
>people who want to believe in something, but there may be some
>other psychology afoot here entirely.

>I would expect hoaxers in all fringe sciences to have very
>similar modes and motives, but I could be wrong there too.

My guess is that the motives are relatively individual in
nature. In the current IUR, for example, there is an exposure of
the famous Beaver, Pennsylvania, UFO photo. Turns out the
perpetrators, teenagers, had been doing a little underage
drinking while their parents were away and were just having a
llittle fun. Even then the hoax was accidental, in that it was a
third boy who actually gave the photo to a newspaper,
unbeknownst to the perpetrators. The latter, thinking they could
get in serious trouble for same, then concocted a story to go
with the photo. In a sense, then, there was no original motive,
unless you want to blame it on the beer.

Earlier this month I was hiking with my family in West Texas
when I came across the rusted lid of an old tin can. Without
much conscious thought about the matter, I picked it up and
sailed it off into the sunset. The lid made a beautiful bank
against the sky and spectacular scenery. Damn, I said, that
would have made a great flying saucer picture!

Well, we had cameras with us, and there was the lid still, so we
did what came naturally. The pictures haven't been developed
yet, but I'll let you know if anything good turns up.

Another problem with determining hoax motives, in the absence of
a confession, is the definition of hoax itself. That, too, may
be in the eye of the beholder. Many crop circle hoaxes weren't
viewed as such by their perpetrators. Some thought there was
nothing to hoax in the first place, for example, others felt
they were engaged in landscape art, and a few did it as an
exercise, or experiment, in individual and mass psychology. On
no doubt more than one occasion, crop circles were created
simply to piss some prominent investigator off. A few were
created as signals to the intelligence supposedly doing the real
thing. Many circles, in other words, but many motives, too.
Humans are like that, you know. Not everything they do is for
the money or the attention.


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