UFO Conjecture(s)

Thursday, August 07, 2008

The Death Throes of Ufology [Redux]

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It’s not just the epithet “ufology” that is dying but the whole genre under that rubric.

The field of UFO study is sinking under its own weight, mostly by the tonnage of nonsense that the internet encourages.

What has happened is that a load of regurgitated UFO material now clots efforts to make sense of the UFO mystery.

Old flying saucer stories and events are being rehashed, not just by newbies but by old-timers, to the extent that ufology – a mantle we (and persons like Mac Tonnies) abhor – has become a cemetery where zombie-enthusiasts now congregate, hoping to resurrect a classic sighting or two which might harbor a clue to the UFO enigma.

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A residue of UFO mavens – those who cherish the title “ufologist” – are flocking to inane UFO conferences with the purpose of forestalling the demise of the hobby they’ve invested their lives in.

Stanton Friedman is their ufological saint.

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The UFO phenomenon – or phenomena – is encrusted with so much obtuse detritus that only the most rabid followers of the conundrum find it worthwhile for scrutiny, or time.

Sensible UFO aficionados (Paul Kimball for instance) have moved on pretty much, the UFO community having been subsumed by quidnuncs (Regan Lee comes to mind) and paranoid sociopaths (many named at our UFO web-site).

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Yet it’s the UFO mystery itself which is leading to ufology’s comatose state: flying saucers refuse to be explained, or observed in ways that human senses can conjure with.

And the situation has gotten even more obscure as UFO sightings are more evanescent than ever, with photographs and/or video, in the ubiquitous era of YouTube, more amorphous than they should be with all the cameras extant.

While UFO vultures pick at the bones of old sightings, flying saucer archeologists (Kevin Randle) are left with a few rotting episodes, without a chance of finding or hearing about a current UFO event that proves the phenomenon still exists, in a corporeal state that matters.

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Ufology is going, going, and UFOs are gone.

Those who think otherwise are in a severe state of denial which, by the way, has been the sine qua non of ufology all along.