UFO Conjecture(s)

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Other Side of Paul Kimball

What a beautiful, pertinent photograph this is, which adorns Paul Kimball's blog, The Other Side of Truth.

Paul has been ruminating on lots of things lately, many peripheral to the UFO phenomenon, (or not).

Make a visit to his blog and current mind-set. Both represent a paradigm shift in Paul's thinking perhaps, which we hope to emulate sooner than later in our online efforts.


  • Santa Monica pier, taken by my younger brother Jim in LA last week.


    By Blogger Paul Kimball, at Friday, June 10, 2011  

  • It's quite wonderful, and symbolic.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, June 10, 2011  

  • By the way, not a paradigm shift in my thinking, but a shift in the public presentation and focus.

    By Blogger Paul Kimball, at Friday, June 10, 2011  

  • A paradigm shift by any other name....


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, June 10, 2011  

  • It's all about the branding... at least that's what they tell me in directing / producing school. ;-)

    By Blogger Paul Kimball, at Friday, June 10, 2011  

  • While I certainly look forward to read what new avenues are explored, I can't help but wonder if the wheel hasn't turned again. When UFO's (by and large) first cropped up in the middle of the 20th Century, they were (again, by and large) seen as physical craft, often from another world. However, as time marched on without revelation, the dissatisified who had grown tired of waiting began formulating various hypotheses regarding the nature of these phenomena. These often took on pseudo-spiritual or otherwise metaphysical overtones. Is this what we're seeing from UFO-interested sources? While I don't discount these hypotheses out-of-hand, I nonetheless have to wonder if there isn't a bit of straw-reaching going on. Are we eschewing the simpler explanation simply because it is not bolstered by "evidence"? Is, as the adage states, absence of evidence truly evidence of absence? Perhaps the evidence IS somehow beyond our kin. But maybe "they" are right; there is no evidence. I've read enough crap reports from eye-witnesses to fill countlessly the bucket in which I'm forced to puke. Having never witnessed these phenomena first hand, I can't "stick to my guns" when it comes to UFOs. Maybe if I had, I would feel differently. But I can certainly see how some might, in order to keep the dream alive (if only in a noncorporeal thought-form fashion), they start to look for explanations that cover all the bases. I'm not saying this is what Paul is up to or the Iconoclast(s). You've all seemed like very level-headed, well-versed lads. I know that when you investigate something--regardless how odd--it is always done thoughtfully and intelligently. So, I await eagerly whatever fresh new ideas you all will bring to the table.

    By Blogger Cullan Hudson, at Friday, June 10, 2011  

  • ... would still smell as sweet. Fair enough! :-)

    By Blogger Paul Kimball, at Friday, June 10, 2011  

  • Cullan:

    It's not so much about keeping the [UFO] dream alive as abandoning it altogether for things that truly count.

    The puke-factor that you note is ubiquitous and I, like you, have almost had enough.

    Paul Kimball is inching away, whether he knows it or not, and I admire him for doing so.

    You are inched out too, it seems, and I hope we all follow.

    Life is short, and time spent on a non-responsive mystery (with lots of ignorant followers) doesn't make a lot of sense.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, June 11, 2011  

  • I would agree. I don't know if I've inched out though, as much as surrendered to the "mystery". I've written similarly in regards to other branches of paranormal study. I don't think the answers are coming anytime soon. They may simply be beyond our grasp as humans--at least at this point. Instead of toiling for answers, I take a more experiential viewpoint and just enjoy the ride. We can still be scientific about it. Perhaps our observations will aid investigation further down the road. But lacking some quantum leap in these fields, I see no need to beat ourselves senseless. Enjoy the not knowing, embrace the mystery. One can still be interested in UFO phenomena without storming the halls of various government agencies, demanding the truth or resorting to too much metaphysics to craft explanations that do little more than mollify and instill false hope. Wow! Have I become that cynical? Maybe. But I'm enjoying it more. :-D

    By Blogger Cullan Hudson, at Saturday, June 11, 2011  

  • I am heading there as well, though the phenomenon for me was always a vehicle to explore other issues. I read Paul's post and it struck home ..I had posted two short essays earlier last week and then went back and erased them, and it was clear then to me, it wasn't the subject matter, it was my own restless dissatisfaction with myself, as well as a parallel recognition that the sociological and cartoonish element was simply feeding on itself, and was so full of abject lunacies and idiocies, I feel impelled to break away from any association with it. Shoveling sand into a tide of faux certainties. The turning point was a certain person's public plans to dispatch their life for utter nonsense. It seemed so emblematic and a wake up call to me..this has gone south, no amount of clinging to it will do anything but perhaps inadvertent damage, "throwing good after bad"..Paul's "Hazy Shade of Winter" puts a well written perspective superimposed on my own.
    Thanks Paul for sharing.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Saturday, June 11, 2011  

  • Cullan:

    You and I are in complete agreement.

    I see the UFO phenomenon as a curiosity and pay attention to it much like I paid attention to my stamp collection of previous years:
    collect a few interesting items, study them, and put them aside for later contemplation or investment.

    UFOs are an intriguing mystery that one must put into context with life itself -- prioritizing it, along with other things that impact our existence.

    I see Paul Kimball doing this, and I know Nick Redfern is also.

    You and I, among others, are settling in to a sensible accommodation of the UFO enigma.

    That's what sane people should do.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, June 11, 2011  

  • Bruce:

    I'm glad you've joined the "sanity club."

    You've always had a proper perspective on UFOs and the paranormal.

    Now you've placed both in a sensible context.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, June 11, 2011  

  • I very much appreciate Bruce Duensing's comments above (and I like Paul's ruminations often as well).


    By Blogger Lance, at Saturday, June 11, 2011  

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