From: James Carrion <jcarrion.nul> Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 09:17:50 -0300 Archived: Sat, 02 Jun 2012 08:23:14 -0400 Subject: Re: Carrion's Conversion >From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul> >To: post.nul >Date: Thu, 31 May 2012 10:53:16 -0500 >Subject: Carrion's Conversion [was: Flying Saucers - The Greatest Lie Ever Told] >I agree, Steve, with the point. Carrion's conversion is >dizzyingly swift. His desire to depict everybody who hasn't >followed him there as intellectually corrupt, stupid, dogmatic, >blind, deaf, or whatever (choose your favorite unflattering >adjective) is, at the least, unbecoming. Better for him to rein >it in and to concentrate on writing up the most compelling >version of his case he's able to construct, and then the rest of >us can make our own judgments. >I've been at this since the early 1960s. Over the decades I've >changed my mind about a number of things, and not a day passes >that I'm not weighing and pondering in the face of new >information. I am struck, for example, at how my thoughts >concerning such fundamental matters as abductions and >crash/retrieval claims have evolved from my first exposure to >them and on to the present, where I hold views I would have >found unimaginable or objectionable back then. Right now I'm >reading John Alexander's very interesting book and finding his >contribution intriguing and thought-provoking, helping me to >clarify my own impressions of what we're up against in this very >difficult enterprise. >Thus, I try to stay modest in the face of new claims that >aren't at least obviously crazy or rooted in conspiracy theory >or demonology. I encourage others to do the same. We're dealing >with phenomena of extraordinary complexity, well beyond current >knowledge to all appearances. That being the case, provisional >hypotheses are to be preferred to ones cast in concrete. >Jerry Clark Jerry, My conversion was not dizzylingly swift. It came over 14 years but accelerated during the 3 years I spent as the MUFON Director. James Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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