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Re: Friend's Blue Book Viewpoints Question

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2007 09:12:01 -0500
Archived: Thu, 11 Oct 2007 11:00:04 -0400
Subject: Re: Friend's Blue Book Viewpoints Question

>From: Nick Balaskas <Nikolaos.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2007 12:38:50 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
>Subject: Re: Friend's Blue Book Viewpoints Question

>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2007 17:29:47 -0500
>>Subject: Re: Friend's Blue Book Viewpoints Question

>>>From: Nick Balaskas <nikolaos.nul>
>>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>>Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2007 14:28:29 -0400
>>>Subject: Re: Friend's Blue Book Viewpoints Question

>>>>From: Greg Boone <Evolbaby.nul>
>>>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>>>Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2007 12:09:32 EDT
>>>>Subject: Mr. Friend's Blue Book Viewpoints Question


>We must not forget that ufology is not only about the study of
>UFOs and their occupants but also about the many personalities
>involved with their views and beliefs that have influenced the
>direction this subject has taken over time.

This is a strange thing to be saying to me, of all people. Have
you read my UFO Encyclopedia, which devotes many pages to
contactees (and many more to other outlandish personalities,
claims, and beliefs)? Have you read my recent paper in the
Syracuse University Press collection Alien Worlds: Social and
Religious Dimensions of Extraterrestrial Contact (Diana G.
Tummina, ed.), concerning the career of Frances Swan's
contemporary, psychic contactee Dorothy Martin?

_Of_course_ I get it that any understanding of the UFO
controversy must incorporate "the many personalities involved
with their views and beliefs." Not only do I get it, I have
demonstrated as much by writing at great length on ufology's
social history. I would put my knowledge of ufology's social
history up against anybody's, including yours.

All I was saying - I should have thought the context was obvious
- is that Frances Swan's contacts were not, as you evidently
think, evidence in any sense of a real ET presence. Nor, having
read an enormous amount of Swan advocate Wilbert B. Smith's
private correspondence (and written about him at length in the
encyclopedia), do I consider his judgments in these matters
credible. He was undeniably intelligent and sincere, but he was
also inclined to wishful thinking and consequent exaggeration,
examples of which I provide in my account of his career.

Jerry Clark

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