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Re: Is Ufology 'Anti-Science'?

From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2007 02:20:27 +0100
Archived: Sun, 14 Oct 2007 22:23:20 -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.

>Some clues:

>- The mandatory reference to "little green men" in all
>mainstream articles about UFOs (virtually all.)

>- The substantial avoidance of physcial trace cases in
>media presentattions on the subject

>- The consistent use of "skeptics" in media presentations
>who have not researched UFOs and whose backgrounds
>don't qualify them to offer an informed opinion

>- The mandatory use of "limbo lighting", weird music and
>other ridicule gimmicks when UFO experiencers or
>researchers appear in documentaries, while the skeptic
>is usually presented in a credible setting.

>- The mandatory denial of the UFO researchers in
>documentaries the chance to rebut the skeptics' claims
>on camera

>- The mandatory last word in documentaries and other
>media presentations being given to the skeptic

>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.

Sorry Eleanor, but this kind of argument only starts to get any
traction in the minds of the most uncritically USA-centric of
thinkers.

Why should the whole of the rest of the world bend both its
media and academic structures out of shape in order to go along
with an American desire to retain a secret monopoly on alien
technology retrieved at Roswell? Why doesn't Castro's Cuba
embarrass the NSA by offering university degrees in Ufology in
the same way that it embarrasses the USA by offering high
quality cut-price medical degrees to impoverished American
students? - The list of awkward questions like this is as
genuinely endless as America is friendless.

In short, the argument is far more narrow-minded than any
supposed suppression of scientific truth on the part of the
secrecy conspirators upon whose far-reaching actions it depends.
They can bribe/influence Fox, ABC etc., but China? Iran? India?
Russia? Venezuela? France? For sixty years? Are they all queuing
up to do the bidding of the Secrecy Group and make sure that
their limbo lighting meets standards of spooky luminescence set
by the Pentagon?

How long before somebody is trying to persuade us that the (most
recent) invasion of Iraq was really precipitated by Saddam
Hussein's intention to make an impartial documentary about
Roswell, or to offer doctorates in the Ufological Sciences at
Baghdad Technical Institute?


-- Gerald O'Connell




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