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Friday, June 04, 2010

Chris Rutkowski gets it exactly right!

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The demise of ufology

8 Comments:

  • It's the UFOlogical burning bush. I have to say, I think this is spot-on and things I've been saying for some time. I can't even flip through a UFO magazine these days (are there any left??) without weeding through metaphysical masturbation and "orb" photos.

    By Blogger Cullan Hudson, at Friday, June 04, 2010  

  • The piece couldn't be more on target.

    I'm afraid the birth of the Internet was the death of UFO investigation by serious laypersons (and yet, ironically, here I am).

    Much as I love it, I suspect the Internet is making us exponentially stupider on a worldwide scale.

    Anyway, gotta go now so I can post a blurred, underexposed, grainy photo of what I think could be a reptilian entering an orb holding an alien-human hybrid baby.

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Saturday, June 05, 2010  

  • It is not ufology that has met its demise, it is the UFO groups and organisations that have. The cause of this is the availability of the internet: the blogs, the numerous websites, discussion forums, etc. where people can say virtually anything they like without ever meeting their opponents. The subject can always be revived by a big sighting wave, but the revival is likely to be short lived. People will not spend time & resources on field investigations any more. Those days are probably over. But discussions can go on quite happily and cost nothing. UFO books are also scarce these days. The subject is still popular but in a very different way to what it was in the past.

    By Blogger cda, at Saturday, June 05, 2010  

  • Yes, ufology is, like God, dead.

    UFOs aren't, but the phenomenon is so besmirched by goof-balls, hoaxers, and self-aggrandizers, that a study of them has become virtually impossible.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, June 05, 2010  

  • RRRGroup: "ufology is, like God, dead."

    I keep reading remarks like that all over the place and I'm reminded of the ex- of a friend of mine.

    My friend worked as a barmaid and this guy begged her for a date for weeks, if not months, on end.

    He'd endlessly tell her how beautiful she was, how he loved her open chatty ways with the others punters, the kind way she'd listen to everyone's hard luck stories, no matter how boring.

    He praised the sexy scanty gear she wore, (the classy way she could expose her cleavage without being vulgar, the skirts that were short without being too short), the expensive smelling scents, the loud but tasteful jewellery.

    And in the face of such sheer indefatigable relentlessness she finally succumbed.

    The moment it became established their relationship was on a serious footing, though, he immediately started ordering her to cover her bare arms with cardigans, her cleavage with suitable tops, her legs with longer skirts, etc., etc.

    The jewellery and scents he'd once delighted in he now claimed made her seem like a hooker touting for johns.

    He even ordered her - to the indignation of the pub's manager and the other customers - not to talk with anyone without his prior permission.

    In other words, everything about her which'd originally attracted him, he now set about changing.

    My point being, maybe Ufology - like God - ISN'T dead.

    Maybe some of you guys out there just started getting too serious about 'her', started thinking you owned her in some way, had some sort of exclusive access to 'her', started thinking you had some sort of divine right to control 'her', to demand she conduct 'her' existence on terms you deem suitable, associate only with individuals who meet with your approval.

    In short, maybe somewhere along the way you stopped acting less 'Ufology''s lover, and more like 'her' father.

    Ah, but what do us goofballs and assorted varieties of nutcases know?

    By Anonymous alanborky, at Monday, June 07, 2010  

  • Allan:

    Cute analogy, but you have to recognize that ufology is a pseudo-discipline that has been eviscerated by malfeasance and absolute stupidity.

    Living with the fantasy that ufology is still alive and kicking, relevant even, indicates a mind-set that isn't quite compos mentis.

    UFOs are a tangible reality for us, but ufology is an insane asylum without walls.

    Just look at the practitioners.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, June 07, 2010  

  • Oh dear..
    I think the patron saint of lost causes is an expensive saint inasmuch this saint requires payment, cash on the barrel head in the form of sacrifices, personal and otherwise, to have this saint even consider granting a remote possibility that your wish will be granted. I have little doubt,that if you were there some sixty years ago in Roswell, we would have had a more definitive scenario as to what actually occurred, given your admirable proclivity to dogged determinism. However this case is so cold, that it will take off your fingertips if you touch it, like the kid in "Christmas Story" that takes a dare to lick the flag pole. "Stuck? I'm Stuck..!" We are all like the kids in the classroom watching the crowd around the flagpole...wow. And so it goes.
    Best Wishes
    Bruce

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Thursday, June 10, 2010  

  • "Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields."

    As long as there is a mystery, there will be those who try to solve it.

    By Blogger Frank Stalter, at Wednesday, June 16, 2010  

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