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Re: MoD Opens Its Files On UFO Sightings To Public

From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
Date: Sat, 5 May 2007 01:05:11 +0100
Fwd Date: Sat, 05 May 2007 07:48:00 -0400
Subject: Re: MoD Opens Its Files On UFO Sightings To Public


>From: Lan Fleming <lfleming6.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Thu, 03 May 2007 12:28:25 -0500
>Subject: Re: MoD Opens Its Files On UFO Sightings To Public

>>From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>>To: - UFO UpDates Subscribers -
>>Date: Thu, 03 May 2007 08:38:27 -0400
>>Subject: MoD Opens Its Files On UFO Sightings To Public

>>Source: The Guardian - London, UK
>>http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,329804654-117780,00.html

>>Thursday May 3, 2007

>>MoD Opens Its Files On UFO Sightings To Public

>>James Randerson
>>Guardian

><snip>

>>David Clarke, a lecturer in journalism at Sheffield Hallam
>>University and author of Flying Saucerers: A Social History of
>>UFOlogy, said opening the MoD's files would make it harder to
>>sustain the idea that evidence for the existence of aliens has
>>been suppressed.

>Rather strange illogic there.

Yes, but that's not so unusual when confronting emergent myths.
Born out of a persistent tradition of social and political
deference (e.g. it still takes, in the contemporary British
zeitgeist, an old Etonian to revive the Tory vote), the idea
that our rulers and their minions are capable of being wholly
honest with us flies in the face of all evidence and experience.
It is inevitable, therefore, that the psychological need to
promulgate a folklore that reassures us that "everything's
really OK" will have to embrace some fundamentally irrational
elements. Thus, the legend that unfolds will necessarily involve
a series of 'dreamlike' episodes in which non sequiturs like
this are incorporated into its narrative and raised to the
status of truth by a process of repetition and unfounded
assertion.

The crucial point here is that mere data (albeit in apparently
impressive volume: 'thousands of UFO files') bereft of rigorous
critical scrutiny does not, in itself, constitute 'evidence'. As
Nick Redfern's recent reply to my Anne Henson query suggests,
there can be serious questions as to the completeness and
accuracy of information released through official channels.

When conclusions are drawn as to the significance of data even
before that data has been released, we would be well advised to
ask some searching questions as to the nature of the belief
system that is being supported by such a process.


Gerald O'Connell



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