UFO Conjecture(s)

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Panic in the UFO Community


A perusal of UFO web-sites and blogs will show a distinct hysteria by UFO devotees; an hysteria that has become endemic to the whole panoply of UFO enthusiasts, even those who are in a state of deep denial.

The Roswell episode has been finally discounted as the UFO panacea. It will, according to all sensible UFO mavens, not be resolved, because it has become convoluted by a loss of witnesses (to death), a loss of government paperwork, a loss of credibility among the general public and even ufologists themselves, and a backlash of malaise for being front and center for many years with no real denouement in the offing.

And ufologists are themselves to blame, having inflamed the topic with a sh*tload of cacophonous material, most irrelevant or spurious.

But it’s not just Roswell. It’s the whole UFO continuum of nonsense: theories that are without foundation, UFO internet sites clogged with extraneous copy (such as items about bigfoot, Jesus’ Second Coming, crop circles, partially clad women, and a slew of other non-UFO detritus).

That lack of focus or the lacunae of scientific discipline has killed the UFO enigma once and for all. As one UFO wag stated, the O’Hare incident wasn’t a resurgence of UFO activity but a goodbye.

UFO’s old guard, as one respected author noted, is near death: Stan Friedman. Richard Hall, even the buoyant Jerome Clark, who is 60 years old now and not far from the Grim Reaper’s sight.

Who, in the UFO world, can maintain the interest, the one-time excitement generated by UFO sightings and imaginative hoaxes?

The blogger who boasts 1000 postings, touting quantity over quality?

The writer who has been relegated to defending his good name, having been besmirched by asses and ne’er-do-wells?

The archivist who presents everything but the kitchen sink via his web-site, merely adding fire and consternation to an already flummoxed topic?

The woefully inadequate “anonymous” commentators who vent their spleen but cower behind the internet’s ability to cloak their identities and lack of intellectual credentials?

Yes, there is havoc in the UFO world, but it is self-inflicted, and we could not care less….


  • One of the problems with the UFO phenomenon is where does it end and the other mysteries begin. Unscientifically speaking, UFO may be related to other phenomena such as crop designs (which judging from certain sites, etc., whether reliable or not I don't know, seem to go beyond people with ropes and boards creating them), big foot (who can say for certain what is going on?), ghosts (again, who can say for certain what is going on?), etc. I am split between whether UFO should be dealt with exclusively or as possibly relating to some other mysteries. I personally think a little bit of both might be good. I read and wrote this as quickly as possible while at work with interruptions so hope this made sense.

    By Blogger Rich, at Thursday, April 19, 2007  

  • Yes, Rich, UFOs may be tied to or related to other paranormal (or not so paranormal) phenomena, but by intermingling them (UFOs), in some kind of "UFO theory of everything" muddies the waters.

    Zeroing in on UFOs, and only UFOs, should be the goal of investigators, although we grant you that such a myopic view could cause the essence of the mystery to be missed.

    You make some good points....

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, April 19, 2007  

  • Actually, I do agree with what you said. Well put! I think UFO investigation should be left to those looking into UFOs and not those looking into, lets say, "bigfoot." I think the stuff should be kept seperate and treated seperately until one cannot help but overlap and include something else in the picture. For instance, with crop designs, I have seen video (including UK military? helicopters hovering over and following what look like spheres in crop fields...no doubt as to what appeared to be happening) and heard more than a few stories of spheres being associated with crop designs. Should this stuff be looked into and accepted as reliable, it then certainly seems like there is some overlap.

    By Blogger Rich, at Thursday, April 19, 2007  

  • What was is your name (or names) and what are your credentials again...or are you cowering behind the internet's ability to cloak your identities and lack of intellectual credentials?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thursday, April 19, 2007  

  • Ah, anonymous proves our point, about anonymous responders...

    Had they done their homework or even knew what they could find out via Google -- the lazy person's way to investigate -- they'd know who we are and what credentials, if any, we have.

    God, how we abhor anonymous quidnuncs!

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, April 19, 2007  

  • thought this might interest you:

    give it a look, really strange.

    By Blogger Theo, at Saturday, April 21, 2007  

  • Again, thanks Theo....

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, April 21, 2007  

  • "The archivist who presents everything but the kitchen sink via his web-site, merely adding fire and consternation to an already flummoxed topic?"

    Do not bite the hand that feeds you Rich other wise I might stop sending customers your way. I do hope the above is a reference to me and if by chance it isn't, could it be? Please?

    And what's with the "old" name calling. Aren't you held together by sticky tape and the tops off cornflake packets?

    By Blogger Stuart, at Sunday, April 22, 2007  

  • No, Stuart, you are not the "archivist" referenced.

    Your service is primary and never flummoxxing.

    And we've refrained from "name-calling" -- resorting to innuendo, just to make things interesting.

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, April 22, 2007  

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