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Re: Carrion's Conversion

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2012 07:27:11 -0500
Archived: Sat, 02 Jun 2012 15:30:03 -0400
Subject: Re: Carrion's Conversion


>From: James Carrion <jcarrion.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 09:17:50 -0300
>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,

>My conversion was not dizzylingly swift. It came over 14 years but
>accelerated during the 3 years I spent as the MUFON Director.

Okay, James, fair enough.

My advice stands. Let's see the whole case, fully documented and
argued.

Till then, I'll do my best to stay on the sidelines.


Jerry Clark




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