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Re: Is Ufology 'Anti-Science'?

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2007 17:02:48 -0500
Archived: Sun, 14 Oct 2007 22:11:32 -0400
Subject: Re: Is Ufology 'Anti-Science'?


>From: Eleanor White <eleanor.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2007 17:17:22 -0400
>Subject: Re: Is Ufology 'Anti-Science'?

>>From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
>>To: ufoupdates.nul
>>Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2007 20:04:43 +0100
>>Subject: Re: Is Ufology 'Anti-Science'?

<snip>

>>>It's really rather simple. How many legitimate sciences are
>>>conducted 95% or better by part-time, weekend hobbyists and
>>>enthusiasts who simply appoint themselves as 'experts', as
>>>opposed to people professionally trained and educated?

>>>There is not a single real physical or social science out there
>>>which has no budget, and no cadre of professionals to carry out
>>>the research and provide peer review.

>>Absolutely spot on, Dick. Furthermore, it is really quite
>>delusional to try to pretend otherwise.

>>All of which raises the question as to why this state of affairs
>>pertains. Obviously, any halfway sensible answer will call on a
>>wide range of contributory factors, ranging from sociological,
>>through institutional to scientific. The issue is a complex one,
>>and will not be resolved by approaches that fail to acknowledge
>>this fact.


>I suggest the number one factor is that since Roswell or
>thereabouts, there has been a very slick but powerful campaign
>to make ufology look like a synonym for mental illness.

<snip>

>It amazes me that some seniour ufologists seem to discount
>this very well coordinated campaign of discreditation by both
>government and the media. Those things above are not
>coincidence, folks.

We "senior ufologists" discount conspiratorial allegations of
the sort you mention because they're manifestly unnecessary, for
one thing, and there's no evidence supporting them, for another.

It would be comforting to believe, of course, that the idiocy
underlying media ridicule and rejection is only surface
appearance, and that our elites really do know better. Your
imaginative explanation is pleasantly nice, neat - and, not
incidentally, rational, offering reassurance that the elites
holding our lives and fortunes in their hands are actually more
intelligent and logical than massive contrary evidence - Iraq
war, anyone? Imminent Iran war, anybody? - show us.

Unfortunately, our elites are largely smug and stupid, I'm
afraid, and in the grip of narcissistic confidence in their
ability to define all of reality. In real, prosaic truth,
they're too dim-witted to conspire themselves out of a paper
bag. They're just too dumb to be insincere.

Jerry Clark



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