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Monday, January 03, 2011

Scholarship, Truth, and UFOs

The January 3rd 2011 New Yorker has an article by Daniel Mendelsohn about the Vatican Library [Page 24 ff.].

There are a few quotes in the piece by current Library Prefect, Monsignor Cesare Pasini which applies to our approach here for 2011, regarding postings and content.

Monsignor Pasini, talking about culture and scholarly community says this:

“There is the possibility of entering mystery of culture…The mystery of scholarship, the mystery of the spirit of humanism. The patient study that allows someone to know something that hasn’t been know before – or perhaps something that someone has studied before. But one can go another step further, testing, verifying, correcting…the world of scholarship, entering the mystery of scholarship – the mystery of truth.” [Page 30]

This is where “ufology” (we hate the term!) goes wrong. There is no culture, no scholarship, and no mystery. Ufology and the UFO phenomenon have been held hostage by a few fanatic self-aggrandizers and intellectually deficient persons, many of whom can be found lighting up the pages of UFO Updates with smug, meaningless asides and self-promoting rants.

We shall make sure that posts here, from now on, will make every effort to be scholarly and truthful – even when we provide our usual lambastings of UFO geezers and those who kneel at their feet, sycophantically.

Those of you, with open minds and the desire to attack the UFO mystery – its old and new manifestations -- with hard scholarship and a sincere pursuit of truth will bear with us we hope.


  • Do you think Monsignor Pasini had UFOs in mind when he wrote his words? I wonder what he did have in mind.

    By Blogger cda, at Monday, January 03, 2011  

  • Christopher:

    In the context of the piece, I think Monsignor Pasini was suggesting things more transcendental than UFOs, although the sentiment applies to all things, those mundane and those more profound.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, January 03, 2011  

  • I very much appreciate your approach here. So often when reading so called ''ufology'' blogs, one gets a slight feeling that those posting have also spent some time in psychiatric institutions, or perhaps should. It was quite refreshing to find a team that provides rational, and for the most part unbiased views on the subject of UFO's, however CDA may disagree with me on that point.


    By Blogger Adam, at Monday, January 03, 2011  

  • Thank you, Adam...

    Feel free to comment on things here, as an objective viewpoint is always relished by us.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, January 03, 2011  

  • Good points made, although how is scholarship of this subject defined? The application of science or reductionism ? Logic? "facts" ?

    The usual methodology of the scholar, isn't so easily applied to something as transient, or genuinely baffling as the UFO.

    Reading between the lines, I think I can see a wish to strip away the emotional baggage that gets attached to UFO research, which is certainly to be applauded.

    That's the trouble with unknowns, anyone can claim to be an expert, and the muppets who frequent UFO updates are to be avoided in the main.

    Keep up the good work here.

    By Blogger Audio, at Tuesday, January 04, 2011  

  • Thanks, Audio...

    You make our point, better than we do.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, January 04, 2011  

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