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Friday, May 16, 2008

UFOs: A Reason to Party?

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A Canadian film-maker who likes UFOs takes umbrage with our idea that he and his cronies diminish the seriousness of UFOs by using them as a front for beer-drinking and womanizing.

Most ufologists think some UFO phenomena are serious matters, even going so far in some quarters to say they represent an apocalyptic omen.

Other UFO blokes (us included) think that UFOs are a benign (thus far), unknown intrusion of several phenomena, one of which may be serious (an alien presence of some kind).

Science eschews UFOs because the field has been, since day one, infected by crazies who have tried to use UFOs (sometimes successfully, as in the case of George Adamski) to augment their ego-needs.

Serious “ufologists” have distanced themselves form the crazies but there is a renewed effort, by the Canadian film-maker and his pals, to re-invigorate the nonsense element within the UFO community.

The recent release of some British government UFO files has created an environment that might generate a sensible interest by the public and media in the UFO phenomena.

But that sensible interest will be undercut by those who use UFOs as a pretext to act silly and be cavalier, all the time pretending to be investigating UFOs seriously.

The 1950s created an atmosphere of looniness about flying saucers, but with the alleged abduction of Betty and Barney Hill, UFOs took on a sinister aspect.

UFOs have a patina of eeriness about them that is more than subliminal, even though nothing untoward about UFOs has been proven, in the scientific or military sense.

But UFOs may contain a serious threat to humanity, or not. We just don’t know.

Yet, UFO aficionados who use the phenomena as an excuse to get wasted and traverse the world as playboys and playwomen do an injustice to those who want science and media, even the public, to give UFOs a bit more concern than has happened since the contactee days.

The party-people diminish UFO study as their ballyhooed shenanigans give continued credence to others that UFOs are the bailiwick of the fringe, and not anything that should be taken seriously.

So our plaint that the film-maker is subverting ufology, and the investigators he has shilled into his fun-loving approach to UFOs, is only that: a plaint.

The film-maker can have all the fun he wants, but let’s not use his tomfoolery as a template for ufology or UFO research.

Life is short, and partying is okay, if one is a hedonist or epicurean.

But for those who think there’s something serious going on, within the human condition, and that UFOs may be a part of that, then the UFO happy-crowd should be ignored or avoided.

5 Comments:

  • There is certainly a fine line between serious research and taking oneself too seriously. There is also a fine line between frivolity and foolishness. Just where to draw those lines when trying to achieve respect, especially under the microscope of an unforgiving media.

    By Blogger Cullan Hudson, at Friday, May 16, 2008  

  • Yes, Cullan:

    UFOs can be taken seriously, or they can be laughed at.

    The problem we cite stems from persons who seem -- seem -- to take UFos seriously, then undercut that serious facade with out-and-out nonsense.

    Also, partying is fine but should be done privately, not used to evoke an "ain't we cool" demeanor.

    Scientist and academics, even Einstein, are known to be (or have been) party animals but the public and media doesn't see that side of them, generally.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, May 16, 2008  

  • I think more important for me is from where those technology originally came from when i talk about ufo's. I always try to find the scope of ans from every small news came in media as we are on crime scene and look for foot prints same is in ufology we need to find the reason behind those even happen & every one witness ufo me at least once in life time.

    Skywatcher
    www.ufoblogger.blogspot.com

    By Blogger Skywatcher, at Sunday, May 18, 2008  

  • Yes, Skywatcher...

    That's the whole of it: what is the origin of the phenomenon (or phenomena).

    To dilute ufology with party pictures and asides that have nothing to do with UFOs, intrinsically, is intellectually criminal.

    RRR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, May 18, 2008  

  • A waste of your time.

    Why do you even care to mandate how someone in this field should act? Are we so dependant on Kimball, that if a reporter were to see him having fun, then all of "serious" ufology would cease to exist?

    Is ufology in such a delicate state of acceptance that a film maker might tip the scale? There are enough bogus space brother lovers out there that the media will play out to be the exactly what they are. Deluded UFO wackos.

    Kimball does take the subject seriously. We're not talking about some royal prestigious scientific UFO group. We're talking some guys, mostly, that like to discuss and share research and information. We'd be hard pressed to ruin the foundation of serious ufology by having fun would we?

    By Blogger TC, at Tuesday, May 20, 2008  

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