The UFO Iconoclast(s)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Are you a UFO tyro?

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The UFO phenomenon today is being mobbed by a batch of illiterate newbies who have no sense of ufological history, nor any sense of who is really whom in the UFO pantheon.

UFO sightings, from the past right up to today, are so mucked up by tyros that the mysterious phenomenon has become a BIG joke, even among UFO cognoscenti.

The UFO community has become a wasteland of nonsense, cliquishness, backbiting, and self-glorification.

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Web-sites and blogs are as numerous as the mosquitoes in a Florida swamp, and just as vexing and useless.

Now this mobocracy isn’t ruled by youngsters, since there is a plethora of old-timers mucking about also, sometimes more ruinously than younger folks. (Joseph Capp is one.)

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The UFO phenomenon has been emasculated by errant early researchers, such as Stan Friedman, Ray Stanford, Bill Moore, Kevin Randle, Wendy Connors, J. Allen Hynek et al.; persons who have made a complex phenomenon even more complex by their outrageously inept investigations and intrusions into UFO events, including some significant sightings and episodes (Roswell, Socorro, The Ann Arbor/Dexter sightings of 1966, the Phoenix lights, et cetera).

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But today’s UFO neophytes are even more inept, because they have no idea of the vast literature about sightings and who mucked them up in the first place. The newbies continue to add insult to injury with their amateurish attempts at UFO cognizance, as they offer superficial analysis and opinion about UFOs and the attendant sociology.

Moreover, today’s UFO hippies create blogs or web-sites with a jokey overlay or name, which dilutes the topic even further.

UFO bloggers are so anxious to steal material and replicate it on their blogs, as their own, that they further the mockery known as ufology. Ufology has become repository for malfeasance and emended materials, so distorted that even well-reported early sightings have become unrecognizable by early UFO researchers – those with research acumen. (Jerry Clark is one.)

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Google UFOs or ufology and you’ll see our point.

The UFO manifestation has been so throughly captured by a group of unintelligent quidnuncs that serious UFO mavens have had to work sub rosa, although often the lack of attention forces those covert investigators to come out in the open to make sure they haven’t lost their UFO cachet. (Jacques Vallee is one.)

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The UFO phenomenon is, today, a mess that has gone so far over the cliff of commonsense and scientific-like inquiry that one can write it off as a lost cause.

And those who have caused this sad state of affairs? The new UFO morons and the past UFO blunderers.

25 Comments:

  • I am now fearful of posting anything UFO-related on my blog.
    <:-O I like to think I periodically have some thoughts worth reading. I've read a lot of books, seen a lot of documentaries, listened to a lot of speakers and even done the most minor of "field work", if you can call it that (although I must admit to have never witnessed any facet of these phenomena myself). And, of course, I visit this site frequently. It seems to be one of the few repositories for solid thinking in the field. While I admit to being no expert, I must confess to having too many gray hairs creeping into my head these days to be a tyro. What would one call a 35 year old novice? :-D

    By Blogger Cullan Hudson, at Thursday, April 22, 2010  

  • Well Cullan,

    When a 35 year-old novice is as brilliant as you are, one calls them a whiz. (Or whiz kid even)

    Your blog -- Strange State -- is proof of your expertise and unclouded thinking when it comes to things unusual, including UFOs of course.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, April 22, 2010  

  • Now I'm turning red. Thanks. Coming from you guys, that's honestly high praise. It is a subject - like others - that has seen a surge of ignorant novices thanks to the popularity of various television programs. In some ways, it is good. their respective demises will thin the herd and allow the truly dedicated to return to that which they do best.

    By Blogger Cullan Hudson, at Thursday, April 22, 2010  

  • Once you get caught up in the business of UFOs, you have to crank out material without regard for quality or the fact that UFOs, compelling a subject as they are, aren't a particularly ubiquitous phenomenon.

    What you're left with is a demand that exceeds supply so the waters get poisoned with polluted information and conjecture.

    By Blogger Frank Stalter, at Thursday, April 22, 2010  

  • Frank,

    As usual, you sum up the situation succinctly and correctly, just as Cullan Hudson does also.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, April 22, 2010  

  • I just placed my blog on hiatus and then read this short commentary, and it only affirmed what was gathering in my shoveling sand into the tide of this hothouse. There are so many other means to consider this phenomenon like physics, metaphysics, semiotics, phenomenology, psychology ..blah..blah..and yet there seems to be little interest in this. This is like a cult without a credo. I think at it's heart, the way it is constituted it's simply a game for existentialists who use a carpenters square to measure a wave, literally. I am taking a break and I have to think about continuing.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Saturday, April 24, 2010  

  • Bruce,

    A hiatus by you would stifle one of the more brilliant UFO exegetes looking at the phenomenon right now.

    Your views are oblique in a way that could very well provide an explanation (or two) of what UFO are (or pretend to be).

    I would hope you'd stick with it, as to lose you would be like losing one's access to oxygen.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, April 24, 2010  

  • "I think at it's heart, the way it is constituted it's simply a game for existentialists who use a carpenters square to measure a wave, literally. I am taking a break and I have to think about continuing."

    Never get too high when things are going good, never get too low when they are not going so good. ;O)

    By Blogger Frank Stalter, at Saturday, April 24, 2010  

  • Said it elsewhere, and will repeat it here . . . ufology is not research, it's social networking.

    Yes, a few real scientists have been publicly involved with UFOs (Hynek, Vallee, etc.), and most likely have been as perplexed by the phenomenon as the rest of us plebes.

    But by and large the study of UFOs is dominated by hobbyists who mistake their own enthusiastic, but bumbling, pursuits as serious research (MUFON and its ilk and every UFO blog that is or ever was).

    No wonder most scientific professionals (as in have valid credentials and are paid or funded by credible organizations to pursue their research) won't publicly touch this stuff with a ten-foot pole.

    But gotta admit, all this online snarking and bickering is a lot of fun to watch. That's why I'm here.

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Saturday, April 24, 2010  

  • PG:

    You nail it!

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, April 24, 2010  

  • "But by and large the study of UFOs is dominated by hobbyists who mistake their own enthusiastic, but bumbling, pursuits as serious research (MUFON and its ilk and every UFO blog that is or ever was)."

    No! The dedicated armchair enthusiast is changing the world for the better and not just with UFOs but with everything.

    Our past reliance on dinosaur media to tell us what matters and what doesn't needs to be put in the rear view mirror and left there. Roll up your sleeves, follow your nose and get involved!

    By Blogger Frank Stalter, at Saturday, April 24, 2010  

  • Frank:

    The so-called dinosaur media operates with a modicum of professionalism, whereas the hoo-hahs with blogs (generally) do not.

    Inviting everyone to get involved can only cause more chaos and provide ignorant approaches to sorting out truth from falsehoods.

    Democratic fervor went amok during The [French] Terror, and this is what is happening in society today, with the beheadings symbolic rather than actual.

    We abhor the great unwashed, that very group that has mucked up the UFO mystery.

    And you know whom I mean....

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, April 24, 2010  

  • "Democratic fervor went amok during The [French] Terror, and this is what is happening in society today, with the beheadings symbolic rather than actual."

    Be patient . . . . :O)

    By Blogger Frank Stalter, at Saturday, April 24, 2010  

  • "We abhor the great unwashed, that very group that has mucked up the UFO mystery."

    I realize I am most likely one of the "unwashed", but with all due respect, statements like this are just so far traveled into the realm of arrogance that it is bordering on silliness.

    No one can "own" a mystery, yet you (who abhor the great unwashed) presume to.

    Speaking for myself, I just do my part to learn what I can, asking questions along the way from those I consider to be more expert researchers. I also enjoy seeing, and hearing from a wide range of thinkers, of which this site has been one.

    Respectfully,
    Bob.

    By Blogger Bob Koford, at Sunday, April 25, 2010  

  • Bob,

    You are not a tyro nor one of the "great unwashed."

    Your UFO comments are always well-measured and sensible.

    Yes, we're arrogant, elitist, and sometimes sh*tty.

    And we can't help ourselves, but people like you temper our nonsense with intelligent rebuttal.

    Thanks.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, April 25, 2010  

  • Much appreciated. Gee, I feel cleaner already. ;)

    By Blogger Bob Koford, at Sunday, April 25, 2010  

  • Everybody wants to get into the act!

    Don’t talk to aliens, warns Stephen Hawking

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/science/space/article7107207.ece

    "I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach.”

    This would make a great movie . . . I think I'd call it Independence Day.

    By Blogger Frank Stalter, at Sunday, April 25, 2010  

  • By Blogger TerryMontanez2289, at Monday, April 26, 2010  

  • Frank,
    At the same time Hawking inserts his "be afraid "meme into general circulation. the Noble Laureate, Physicist Brian Josephson was dis-invited from a Physics conference because he has an interest in the paranormal. Two tales of fear.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Tuesday, April 27, 2010  

  • "Two tales of fear."

    I'm not entirely sure Hawking isn't just trying to sell a TV project with a bit of sensationalism. It got a lot of attention and I watched the show.

    My only serious criticism of it was he touched upon a number of significant discoveries and interesting theories but didn't identify the discoverers/proponents which would have been a simple enough thing to do.

    By Blogger Frank Stalter, at Tuesday, April 27, 2010  

  • Interesting. It's all very true - the illiteracy, credulity, and utter inability to think clearly and rationally that is displayed by so many UFO enthusiasts is dismaying.

    The subject of UFOs is puzzling enough, we don't need the fog of stupidity created by most UFO fans. Since I first became seriously interested in the subject of UFOs, folowing my own sightings (principally on the night of May 28th 1994, a night of mass sightings along the south coast of the UK, all the way from Devon to Kent, reported on the front page of the Sunday Telegraph the next day, but hardly ever mentioned anywhere since)I've increasingly withdrawn into my own summations of the UFO phenomenon, as I find the mass stupidity too vexing.

    One of the most definitive sightings I know of is that of a former colleague of mine in the little UFO group I founded, UFOMEK (UFO Monitors East Kent). He filmed a UFO in the sky near his home in Wingham, Kent, back in (I think) 1996. This film was featured in an episode of 'The Y Files', a rather sensationalist but still useful t.v. series devoted to the paranormal.

    It's satisfying to me that something was captured so definitively on film, and so near to where I live - definitively for me also because I know the man and am totally satisfied as to his bona fides.

    In the end, my conclusion is that we'll probably never know the truth about the UFO phenomenon, because whatever is causing it doesn't want us to know, and is always able to stay at least one step ahead of our dysfunctional anaylyses.

    By OpenID gram64, at Sunday, May 02, 2010  

  • Gram64:

    I think you've hit on the crux of the UFO mystery: it's intrinsic nature is one of obfuscation or unknowability.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, May 02, 2010  

  • "I think you've hit on the crux of the UFO mystery: it's intrinsic nature is one of obfuscation or unknowability."

    I've pretty much come to the conclusion that since the phenomena seems to be the one in complete control of the secrecy and apparently even some of the disinformation surrounding it, any true understanding of the phenomena or what is behind it isn't likely going to be forthcoming. Yet, I'm afraid to stop paying attention for fear I'll miss something important should anything actually develop. It's like watching a train wreck in some ways.

    By Blogger Trained Observer, at Tuesday, May 04, 2010  

  • T.O.:

    You may have to wait and watch a long time, as many old-time UFO fanatics (need we name them again?) have been waiting and watching for many, many years now, to no avail, unfortunately.

    But we agree, your stance may be the only sensible one UFO mavens should adopt.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, May 04, 2010  

  • Well I have noticed that the Alien Abduction Phenomena and UFO/USO have become a fad. And sadly the research we need for this is no longer scientific.... its wrapped up in government conspiracies, religious experiences, psychological issues, marijuana... it is just really sad.

    I know for me I just post what I know. I hesitated for years, but I figure there should be a record of what is going on? And perhaps others who are really interested in what is going on would come forward. I am trying to understand it all myself.

    By Blogger Conclave27, at Wednesday, June 30, 2010  

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