UFO Conjecture(s)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Wild-eyed and crazy? No! However....

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Stan Friedman is the face of “ufology” and that face should reflect a kind of academic or scientific seriousness.

But as you see, Mr. Friedman’s face has more than bemused demeanor; it’s strikes some observers as the face of madness.

That’s one of the problems with ufology’s spokespeople: they all look a little crazy.

Now Mr. Friedman is nothing if not reserved when he speaks about UFOs. Even though he believes UFOs are extraterrestrial aircraft, piloted by alien beings from an alien civilization, his pronouncements are reasonable and sensible. After all, the interplanetary explanation for UFOs/flying saucers is the most commonsensical, if one doesn’t delve too deeply into the phenomenon, as Jacques Vallee and a few others have.

But it’s the marketing of UFO ideas that has besmirched the topic.

UFO believers are a little too animated and goofy-acting when the subject comes up. And UFO web-sites/blogs et cetera reek of psychosis – some superficially, others insanely, with black backgrounds, bizarre ads, and commentary that could come right out of an insane asylum.

It’s not that the UFO old-guard is senile; they just appear to be so.

If one actually listens to Mr. Friedman, one will see that he has mastered the UFO situation as well as anyone, and better than most.

But when he lets photos, like this one, go forth, he undermines his message and the UFO discussion accordingly:

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Albert Einstein allowed a number of goofy photos of himself to circulate:

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But his subject matter, astrophysics, was serious and taken seriously by colleagues, the media, and the public generally. Einstein wasn’t starting from a negative stereotype, like that which infuses UFOs.

So, to create an ambiance of seriousness and intelligence, Mr. Friedman and his UFO buddies have to present themselves and their ideas in a way that doesn’t come across as edging on the brink of insanity.

7 Comments:

  • Finding a better balance between being credible yet still getting attention can be kinda tricky. Personally, I have a bigger problem with the guys who have absolutely no regard for truth or lapse into a disingenuous advocacy that is damaging.

    By Blogger Frank Stalter, at Friday, March 19, 2010  

  • Nice article and a good comment by Frank Stalter. Ufology has to face the fact that there are just a handful of public figures in this field. So the community decides to squeeze everything out of those guys that they can get.

    By the way, it would be nice if you could allow anonymous comments.

    By Blogger zerwas, at Friday, March 19, 2010  

  • Zerwas:

    We use to allow anonymous comments, but that let a lot of spam in.

    Sorry....

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, March 19, 2010  

  • Mr Friedman is certainly very pro-ETH and presents some good sound arguments in his papers. However he lets himself (and ufology) down with other careless research, such as his support for MJ-12, his insistence on an official 63-year cover-up of Roswell and his frequent 10-point dig at skeptics. Also, a person who publicises themself as a "Nuclear Physicist" on the front of his UFO papers creates the impression that he is more qualified than others to pronounce on UFOs. He is not.

    We should not really judge people from appearances, although one is often tempted to do so.

    By Blogger cda, at Saturday, March 20, 2010  

  • CDA:

    We're not judging Friedman on his looks but the faces he makes when he's photographed for media.

    It's all about marketing.

    Calling himself a "nuclear physicist" and then allowing a goofy photograph merely confirms the public's perception of a mad scientist.

    And that's the last thing the UFO topic needs....madness searching for an explanation of a maddening phenomenon.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, March 20, 2010  

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    By Anonymous Editor, at Tuesday, May 18, 2010  

  • Editor:

    Thanks for the note.

    Our copyright notice appears at the beginning of this blog, but you have permission to use what you've already used.

    We like your compendius site.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, May 18, 2010  

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