From: Jack Brewer <brewer.jack.nul> Date: Sat, 19 May 2012 14:26:21 -0700 (PDT) Archived: Sun, 20 May 2012 17:56:05 -0400 Subject: Re: Flying Saucers - The Greatest Lie Ever Told >From: James Carrion <james_carrion.nul> >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> >Date: Fri, 18 May 2012 10:46:53 -0600 >Subject: Re: Flying Saucers - The Greatest Lie Ever Told <snip> >When have I ever claimed that UFOs do not exist? >My research is focused on 1947, specifically the period that >covers Maury Island, Kenneth Arnold and Roswell. What happened >before and what happened after is not within my scope of >research as unlike most Ufologists and believers, I don't throw >all the evidence in one large multi-millennium bucket from which >one tries to explain the phenomenon. I have read what I feel to be a significant portion of work composed by James Carrion, as well as viewed video footage of his public presentations. Some of it I have studied rather lengthily, allowing myself ample time and attention to mentally digest and process the information. I therefore feel reasonably qualified to offer some comments about the remarks and arguments that commonly ensue when the man's work is discussed. I have come to realize a discussion participant is unfamiliar with Carrion's work when they object based primarily on the grounds that Carrion's hypothesis does not account for the many international UFO sightings reported throughout history. The fact of the matter is that in Carrion's essay titled, New Avenues For UFO Research, and his presentation, Russian Espionage And UFOs, of which I am quite familiar with each, he emphasizes that his hypothesis does not attempt to account for all UFO reports. He additionally clarifies that more research is required, as well as qualifies other areas of interest may be equally applicable and valid to other specific circumstances. Individuals who object to Carrion's work based on implications and/or outright accusations he fails in explaining all UFO sightings therefore simply demonstrate a lack of understanding the hypothesis. I evaluate the work of James Carrion to be interesting and well conducted, particularly in the manner he establishes factual circumstances via authenticated documents and similar such practices recognized as credible by the professional research community. Carrion then responsibly differentiates between those facts and what he suspects they may indicate. I am strongly of the opinion the UFO research community could use many more such examples. I am also of the opinion that when a former intelligence analyst and former MUFON international director chooses to invest his resources in conducting and publishing UFO-related research, he should be encouraged to continue. If there is a constructive criticism I might offer James Carrion about presenting his research, it would be that a more effective job might be done in clarifying exactly what he is suggesting for consideration as he progresses through citing factual circumstances. I empathize that over time and as an individual becomes increasingly involved in their research, they might find it difficult to view the situation with 'beginner's mind, ' so to speak, resulting in the risk of taking it for granted that certain circumstances are self-explanatory. However, additional explanation might be helpful when dealing with such subject matter as Carrion finds of interest. I suspect that Carrion might often be talking over the levels of experience and comprehension of a majority of his audience. Again, though, I indeed empathize with the fact the man is attempting to reasonably concisely combine matters of such complex topics as military strategy, conditioned belief systems and cultural evolution into single sittings, and not only are many in direct opposition to considering such perspectives at all in the context of ufology, but the subject matter requires sustained and deep attention. So while Carrion might arguably present the information a bit more understandably by summarizing his thoughts a little more often, he cannot be responsible for the amount of effort - or lack thereof - the rest of us invest in absorbing his work. Lastly, if anyone cares to discuss the actual points presented in the previously mentioned, "New Avenues for UFO Research" or "Russian Espionage and UFOs," I would be willing to do so. To try to clarify, I am not interested in discussing the life of James Carrion, debating his possible beliefs or judging his alleged motives. I am, however, willing to discuss specific points contained within his work with individuals who have reviewed the work to an extent they can competently and intelligently discuss it. Regards, Jack Brewer www.ufotrail.blogspot.com 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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