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Re: National Or Cultural Impacts On UFO Research -

From: John Harney <magonia.nul>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2005 20:25:35 +0100
Fwd Date: Sun, 29 May 2005 14:50:32 -0400
Subject: Re: National Or Cultural Impacts On UFO Research -

>From: James Smith <zeus001002.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Fri, 27 May 2005 09:14:44 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
>Subject: National Or Cultural Impacts On UFO Research

>I think it is obvious to many that something is going on
>regarding the impact of certain cultures or nations on UFO
>research or researchers. I mean how UFO researchers think rather
>than the actual cases.

>I think it would be useful to understand what is going on here
>so that we may be more sensitive to these other cultures.

>For instance, I have seen an undercurrent of defensiveness on
>the part of our friends 'south of the border' (not just by
>reading this List but examining documents from other sources).

>It seems that _any_ critical assessment or opinion is taken as a
>vendetta or personal attack. Surely, something is going on here.


>Could it be due to some sense that the USA has dominated this
>hemisphere and thus other nations in this hemisphere have to
>work harder for recognition or credit (esp. in the UFO field)?
>This would seem odd to me but it is possible.

>Or is it just the idiosyncratic behavior of individuals?

>I welcome enlightenment.

Certainly there are differences in attitudes to UFO reports
caused by cultural differences. For instance, the differences
between ufology in the UK and in North America have often been
remarked on.

However, so far as Central and South America are concerned,
those ufologists from the English-speaking world who can't read
Spanish tend to get a distorted impression. There are a few
ufologists in Latin America who have a great deal to say about
UFOs and tell many amazing and incredible stories in fluent
English as well as Spanish - and most of us know only too well
who they are.

Anyone who looks at some of the more sober Latin American UFO
web sites will see that there are a number of people who submit
UFO reports to critical examination, and who expose the various
UFO scams and hoaxes.

In short, if you want a to achieve a balanced picture of 'south
of the border' ufology, you need to try to read Spanish, rather
than relying on translations, as some of the best material never
seems to get translated, presumably because it doesn't tell most
ufologists what they want to hear.

John Harney

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