UFO Conjectures

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Man in the Moon?

From Curious Myths of the Middle Ages by S. Baring-Gould [1867, Kessinger Publishing reprint, Montana] Page 198:

The belief in the Moon-man seems to exist among the natives of British Columbia; for I read in one of Mr. Duncan’s letters to the Church Missionary Society, “One very dark I was told that thre was a moon to be seen on the beach. On going to see, there was an illuminated disk, with the figure of a man upon it. The water was then very low, and one of the conjuring parties had lit up this disk at the waters edge…It was an imposing sight. Nothing could be seen around it; but the Indians suppose that the medicine party are then holding converse with the man in the moon…After a short time the moon waned away…”

This is just one of many such accounts of beings seen inside ships (or moons). Aubeck’s and Vallee’s Wonders in the Sky is replete with such tales.

But what do such tales tell us, about UFOs or anything else?

I suppose that had such an incident as this occurred today, a few avid researchers would descend on that beach and look for tell-tale signs of a moon-landing.

The Indians would be sought out, and one or two would provide testimony and maybe even a drawing of what they purported to have seen.

This is what happened in the Socorro/Zamora sighting of 1964, and in many other so-called UFO or flying saucer sightings.

Such occurrences are not rare. And their redundancy may be intrinsic to the phenomenon we discuss here.

Yet, anyone with a yen to discover the meaning of such accounts is stymied by a lack of concrete substantiation, having only witness testimony as evidence of such events.

So what is the point of pursuing such accounts/stories?

There is nothing that can be examined scientifically.

Those who find such tales to be intriguing or curious are left with ephemeral data, and I’m using the term “data” loosely.

Today, photos and videos are compromised by the onslaught of concocted imagery.

Witness testimony is besmirched by the vicissitudes of modern man: stress, psychological and medical aberrations, the insertion of mind-modules from movies, books, and television, plus the belittled but rampant UFO meme.

Governments and military agencies are holding what they know within the province of secrecy or corrupting what they impart to the point that anything they disclose is virtually worthless.

There is no way forward, as far as I can tell.

Along with our outcry about the unraveling of ufology, the matter of UFO research is beleaguered by the above constraints and the ineptitude or cavalier approach to UFO study hat has been and is endemic to the topic.

Ufological newbies haven’t the expertise to pursue the UFO phenomenon, and the UFO old-guard has missed so many opportunities to clarify significant sightings by diligent research and acumen that those with a penchant for the enigma are hamstrung; separating the wheat from the chaff, as it were, is daunting, to say the least.

Should we give up the pursuit of an explanation for the UFO phenomenon? Common sense says we should, letting the dust settle, and allowing the old-guard to pass away so a new beginning might be attempted, as we’ve written often before.

The muck and mire that afflicts ufology needs to wane, just as that moon waned in the above story.



  • “Ufology (past, present, and very likely future) suffers from an overwhelming lack of a true scientific approach to the phenomenon. There is no rational, objective study, but rather a cacophony of opinions, beliefs, assumptions, misidentifications, ignorance of basic science, lies, and hoaxes, with a dearth of hard evidence to support probably over 98% of all claims.

    Ufology (at least in the blogiverse) is a just loose string of armchair adventurers and hobbyists (myself included). If there is a group of true field scientists studying UFOs (for a host of reasons I don’t count MUFON as such), they aren’t blogging about their work.

    I think the Internet has not been a friend to any serious study of Ufology. It’s allowed a generation of tech savvy hoaxers and paranormal Rush Limbaughs to perpetrate frauds and blow a lot of hot air online. Given the proliferation of the technology that allows for ever more convincing and unbreakable hoaxes, I believe the future of Ufology will likely be far more tainted than its past.

    Ufology has ways been a field more about self-aggrandizement as well as making a buck off the gullible than true investigation. That’s not to say that among every generation there haven’t been some who seriously approached the subject and reached conclusions that others found to be fatuous or unwarranted. But the field has always been littered with charlatans. I don’t see that changing. If you’re even a cursory student of history, you know that human nature is invariable. The old generations die off and the new ones repeat the same mistakes, only in new contexts. Lack of historical self-awareness is mankind’s greatest flaw, and we suffer for it across all fields of human endeavor, even in Ufology.

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Tuesday, September 06, 2011  

  • PG:

    You have it exactly.

    Wonderfully erudite!


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, September 06, 2011  

  • Another issue is unsubstantiated belief in addition to what "purri" so well described. Belief in the place where curiosity should be, but this is so endemic in other areas of the human condition there is no way to isolate this contagion. "Suspicions" about the nature of this
    atmospheric phenomenon rather than belief ..qualifiers instead of edicts. All of this seems obvious and yet this phenomenon has become a set competing theologies I have compared to the early formulations of many religions with empirical versus gnostic camps without self skepticism or clearly labelled warnings on their products. I remain bewildered.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Tuesday, September 06, 2011  

  • Bruce:

    Many of us remain bewildered, by lots of things.

    Trying to assuage our bewilderment is what life is about, unless one gets tired and resorts to hedonistic enterprises, which has its own validity.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, September 06, 2011  

  • Agreed

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Tuesday, September 06, 2011  

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