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Re: Space Prophet Yearns For Aliens & Peace For

From: David Rudiak <drudiak.nul>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 12:14:44 -0800
Archived: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 07:34:41 -0500
Subject: Re: Space Prophet Yearns For Aliens & Peace For


>From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 12:46:33 -0500
>Subject: Re: Space Prophet Yearns For Aliens & Peace For Sri Lanka

>>From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2007 13:45:10 -0400
>>Subject: Re: Space Prophet Yearns For Aliens & Peace For Sri Lanka

>>>From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul>
>>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>>Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2007 23:38:10 -0500
>>>Subject: Re: Space Prophet Yearns For Aliens & Peace For Sri Lanka

>>>>Source: Lanka Business OnLine - Colombo, Sri Lanka

>>>>http://tinyurl.com/2xnjna

>>>>14 December 2007

>>>>Space Prophet Yearns For Aliens And Peace For Sri Lanka

><snip>

>>>About 5 years later Clarke commented favorably on Ruppelt's
>>>book, The Report On Unidentified Flying Objects.

>>>About 29 years later the show, Arthur C Clarke's Mysterious
>>>World, featured the then-famous New Zealand Sightings of
>>>December 1978. Clarke had read some of my reports on those
>>>sightings. Although skeptical, he did not throw them out.

>>What were your own feelings about the man's interest in the
>>reality of the phenomenon when you were in contact with him?

>>Arthur C.Clarke is a conundrum. I have great respect for him,
>>but this is one man who has had the resources for years to
>>fund a real investigation into a subject which has so richly
>>rewarded him. He has managed to sit on the fence scientifically
>>while artistically reaping great rewards writing about
>>extraterrestrial intelligence.

<snip>

>>Perhaps it was was because he was so busy writing about
>>extraterrestrial intelligence that he didn't have the time to
>>investigate - he could have had science looking into this
>>phenomenon through the weight of his influence plus via the
>>application of his own wealth - the possibility of same
>>interacting with our own; he had more than adequate resources
>>to do so. I've always found it a bit cheeky that he made so much
>>money off of ETI while denying any possible reality of its
>>presence.

>I think the bottom line is he wasn't completely convinced by the
>UFO evidence and was worried about rejection by the scientific
>community if he took a positive stand.

Here's a news article in my collection that bears on Clarke's
early views.

Source: New York Times, June 22, 1952, book review of Clarke's
just-published The Exploration Of Space," by rocket expert Willy
Ley.


...Even the possibility of trips to other solar systems is given
some attention. Nobody, Mr. Clarke notes, will come out and say
that he considers it a future possiblity, but "if anyone
attempts to prove the total impossibility of interstellar flight
there is a great show of indignation and calculations are
promply produced refuting the critics."

In connection with this idea, Mr. Clarke carefully enters the
flying saucer controversy. If even interstellar travel seems
ultimately possible why has none of the other intelligent races,
presumed to exist, ever visited earth? His answer is that this
may have happened before recorded history, although "anyone who
is willing to spend a lifetime browsing through old newspapers
could collect an impressive amount of 'evidence' for
extraterrestrial visitors *** since it is, in the nature of
things, never possible to prove that such apparitions did _not_
come from outer space, the most reasonable attitude toward them
would seem to be one of open-minded skepticism."


David Rudiak



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