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Re: UFO Couple Use Story To Spark Alien Abduction

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Wed, 4 May 2005 09:54:59 -0500
Fwd Date: Thu, 05 May 2005 10:18:42 -0400
Subject: Re: UFO Couple Use Story To Spark Alien Abduction

>From: Rich Reynolds <rrrgroup.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Tue, 3 May 2005 09:20:44 -0500
>Subject: Re: UFO Couple Use Story To Spark Alien Abduction Fear

>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 11:41:36 -0500
>>Subject: Re: UFO Couple Use Story To Spark Alien Abduction Fear

>>>From: Nigel Watson <valis23a.nul>
>>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>>Date: Mon, 2 May 2005 04:45:32 EDT
>>>Subject: Re: UFO Couple Use Story To Spark Alien Abduction Fear

>Max Eastman, in his Introduction to the Modern Library edition of
>Karl Marx's writings (Capital, etc.) in 1932, had this to say:

>A quick recourse to skepticism, a readiness to say "I don't know"
>when large general questions come up... is the surest mark of an
>advanced scientific mind, whether practical or theoretical.

Thank you, Rich. Well said and exactly to my point.

I don't know what the abduction phenomenon is about. It is an
interesting, curious, and - to all indications - complex
business, generating far more questions than answers. I don't
pretend to certainty, and I am puzzled why others should. What's
wrong with admitting our ignorance and working, without
prejudice, to shed light where so far there's only darkness? It
seems to me that, given how little (if indeed anything) has been
proved at this stage, agnosticism is the only available course
until we have better data and leads.

Lousy arguments and dubious reasoning on either side - let me
repeat, _either side_ - get us precisely nowhere. Abduction
research, like ufology itself, ought not to be treated like a
cause, pro or con, but as scientific inquiry whose reward is the
unlocking of mysteries of nature and consciousness. We should
define victory as the finding of solid answers to tough
questions, not the triumph of a beloved theory or belief. I have
no dog in the abduction fight, and neither ought any other
serious observer.

I might mention my own private views are represented by neither
abduction debunkers nor abduction proponents. Budd Hopkins
judges me to be a, in his words, a "sympathetic skeptic" on the
subject, and that sounds about right.

Jerry Clark

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