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Saturday, April 02, 2011

Ufology: A lack of nuance, culture, and/or refinement


While some UFO researchers are skilled at ferreting out minutiae and quantum-like details inside some UFO events, their work lacks nuance, refinement.

Context is an overview for them, as it is for most UFO bloggers and webmasters.

Subtlety is not the forte of “ufologists” or UFO mavens.

The grotesque grammatical assault on language and meaning is exampled by a plethora of UFO blogs and List-habitues which are eschewed by those with some semblance of sensibilities, but avidly followed by those who haven’t a clue about grammatical structure or the meaning or words nor a care for refinement of thought and online behavior.

UFO events and sightings have been and are treated cavalierly, even callously.

The nuance of sightings is sidelined and the sensationalist elements of UFO sightings and events are hyped and published with zeal.

The “bull in a China shop” behavior prevails and is the modus operandi of almost every UFO aficionado we’ve experienced over the years and in this blog’s comments all too often.

Commentary here, and at our other blogs, even from media persons, is usually shorn of mental discipline and good taste, to say nothing of the dearth of refined intellectualism.

Knowing a lot of smoldering aspects of UFO sightings, classic and newer, doesn’t make for research, sensate investigation, unique theorizing, nor an analogy for science.

And that’s been the problem and is the problem with the whole UFO shebang, since the beginning but worse now than ever before, as the lowest rabble have infiltrated the subject matter and absconded with it.

Fortunately, we’ve been able to control our environment, keeping out the riff-raff and ne’er do wells such as….well, you know….

We’ll continue to exploit our ability to keep this UFO bailiwick as cultured, as intellectual, as refined, as nuanced as we are able.

We hope that our regulars agree…..

11 Comments:

  • A prime example of the almost completely missing virtues of subtly and nuance in UFO is an ongoing thread at ATS, "Katy Perry's new video "E.T." looks like Grey mind-programming psy-op"

    By Blogger Bruce, at Monday, April 04, 2011  

  • Bruce:

    ATS has gotten a little too commercial for me (for us) and "worldly."

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, April 04, 2011  

  • The problem, Rich, is that "ufology" is no different than the rest of modern society, and what passes for "culture".

    By Blogger Paul Kimball, at Monday, April 04, 2011  

  • Paul,

    I have to respectfully disagree.

    The people whom we associate with in Ann Arbor have class and refinement.

    When we discuss who really wrote the Shakespeare works, we don't get that befouled crap that Lehmberg spews all over the internet.

    Nor do we have condescending comments when a newbie addresses the group.

    Someone, inevitably, sits down at the piano and provides a dose of Beethoven or Chopin.

    There's nothing more nuanced than a Chopin Nocturne.

    So I don't know what modern society you're hanging around with, but our modern society gang can talk quantum theory and the existential importance of Camus still, all in a civil, highly intellectual, almost poetic framework.

    Nope, no blathering bastards or stupid regurgitators or things banal.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, April 04, 2011  

  • What you're talking about is a close circle of friends, and of course such groups exist - I hang out with a similar group (most of the time). But they are exceptions to the rule - unless of course you think that modern Western society really is just great, and somehow it's only ufology that's the problem. After all, whilst you and your pals might like to chat about Shakespeare, I suspect that the vast majority of Americans (or Canadians, or any Westerners) would be very hard pressed to name even one of his plays not named Romeo and Juliet.

    By Blogger Paul Kimball, at Monday, April 04, 2011  

  • Paul:

    I was in the U of M Student Union the other day, not with my posse, and discovered students playing the pianos in the study rooms and a group of professors playing billiards in the game room, holding conversations not related to billiards, entirely.

    No one raised his voice and those piano players were absorbed in the music they were attempting to play.

    In the UFO community we find blogs and sites rife with vulgarities, and at UFO UpDates, where the UFO elites used to hang out, we see a cacophony of bad grammar and oneupsmanship that belies any sense of intellectual decorum or even sanity.

    Measuring modern society by evidence that the rabble hasn't a clue as to the other plays of Shakespeare (or whomever it was) besides Romeo and Juliet goes to a generalization that holds up but is wrong in some select aspects.

    We keep getting comments here at this blog (and others) just as you do at your blog -- comments that belittle humanity and sophisticated thinking.

    We don't post them -- censoring and censuring the damn things.

    Ufology or the UFO community, as a whole is putrid, and fraught with the lowest of the low.

    Fortunately we seem to have some visitors who rise above the plebians that congregate at other UFO venues, so we're not really cranky about ufology together, just bemused and aloof...

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, April 04, 2011  

  • I guess I just have a lower opinion of modern Western society than you do. Who knew?

    Now, back to watching Operation Repo...

    By Blogger Paul Kimball, at Monday, April 04, 2011  

  • Once a cop, always a cop...

    You're a music lover, which contradicts your view of society, somewhat.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, April 04, 2011  

  • Oddly enough, a number of UFO researchers are actually quite talented when it comes to music - Bruce Maccabee is the most notable example. The man is a tremendous jazz pianist. Adam Gorightly, whilst being more of a "paranormalist" than a ufologist, is also quite talented, in a very weird and wonderfully eclectic way.

    And then there's Greg Bishop and I, who love to sing along to Beatles songs as we drive to and fro in Los Angeles. That counts, n'est ce pas?

    By Blogger Paul Kimball, at Monday, April 04, 2011  

  • Addendum:

    On the question of UFO Updates, let me just say that I agree in general - the quality of posting has declined greatly over the years. I still subscribe, because from time to time there's still something useful there, but the very idea of an e-mail list is outdated, and I often read things and wonder: "who the heck is this person?"

    By Blogger Paul Kimball, at Monday, April 04, 2011  

  • Paul:

    You and Bishop singing Beatles' songs on the highway?

    And not getting ticketed by the California state fuzzies?

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, April 04, 2011  

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