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Re: Carrion's Conversion

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




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