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Re: Is Ufology 'Anti-Science'?

From: Gerald O'Connell <gac.nul>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 00:29:59 +0100
Archived: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 08:15:20 -0400
Subject: Re: Is Ufology 'Anti-Science'?


>From: Eleanor White <eleanor.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2007 10:31:03 -0400
>Subject: Re: Is Ufology 'Anti-Science'?

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>Embarrassment does not explain the intense obfuscation
>we've seen over the past half century.

Why not? It doesn't explain all of it, but it certainly explains
a great deal.

Political and military leaders hold their positions on the basis
that they are the people with the answers, and that they are in
control of the situation. There is always some kind of social
contract in place whereby we give them power (the thing they
want, the thing that pleases them most) or allow them to have
it, while, in return, they use that power to protect us and our
best interests (the thing we want, the thing we most need). Even
those who have taken power and kept it by force tend to find
that they are subject to this kind of contract.

In these circumstances, the UFO phenomenon, if taken as
seriously as it ought to be, represents an appallingly difficult
challenge to those in power. If they are at all honest about it,
then they are, in the same breath, admitting something worse
than mere breach of the social contract: their utter inability
to know where to start in keeping their side of the bargain.

The 'intense obfuscation' to which you accurately refer seems to
be just about the only realistic course of action available to
our leaders if they wish to avoid this embarrassment and retain
power.

At the same time, they are assisted by many willing helpers
further down the food chain whose intense fear of the unknown
can be counted upon as the motivation to direct ridicule at
those who would address the issue seriously and rationally.

It's always good to give an example, even if only a hypothetical
one. That phrase 'food chain' has triggered an awful thought:
imagine being the American President who had to front up at the
United Nations and say 'Sorry everybody, but after investing
enough tax dollars in our military to cure cancer, eradicate
poverty and give everybody in the world a life expectancy of 100
years, the bad news is that we're all being farmed and there's
nothing we can do about it!'

How's that for embarrassment?

--
Gerald O'Connell




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