From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul> Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2007 21:41:07 -0400 Archived: Thu, 11 Oct 2007 11:06:11 -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> <snip> >>In prosaic reality, Frances Swan was a typical psychic contactee >>of the period. Her alien friend Affa is borrowed, consciously or >>unconsciously, from the communicating Uranian alien in >>Williamson and Bailey's The Saucers Speak! (1954). >>In short: move along, folks, not much to see here. <snip> >Today, by coincidence(?), while clearing the papers on my desk I >found a photocopy of a page with Carl Sagan's comments about >Project Blue that I obtained from the University of Ottawa UFO >archives (1136-03-P019). It may reveal the real deep-down reason >many of us remain very interested in UFOs. Quoting from the last >paragraph, the late Carl Sagan wrote: >"The interest in unidentified flying objects derives, perhaps >not so much from scientific curiousity as from unfulfilled >religious needs. Flying saucers serve, for some, to replace the >gods that science has deposed. With their distant and exotic >worlds and their pseudoscientific overlay, the contact[ee] >acounts are acceptable to many people who reject the older >religious frameworks." Not me. I wish they would go away. UFOs and such reports are another uncertainty in life, one we could do without. They may or may not have a connection to religion. We have to find out whether we face love, hate or indifference. If we can determine which we may be able to think of an appropriate response (right now our response to the UFO "pulling our chain" is rather random). No doubt some look toward UFOnauts as potential saviours and others think they are "devils." But not knowing which introduces yet another uncertainty into life. And uncertainty is an enemy of civilization.
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