The UFO Iconoclast(s)

Friday, December 30, 2011

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UFOs have never impacted humanity or civilization


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While some visitors here and even ourselves appear to be absorbed by Roswell and/or other UFO incidents (Socorro for one), and while our friend Chris Aubeck (Wonders in the Sky with Jacques Vallee) scours antiquity’s dcouments, via his Yahoo Magoniax Forum (where people submit ancient UFO accounts), we, all of us, have to realize and accept the “fact” -- and it is a fact –- that UFOs, for all our attention, have not affected humanity’s evolution, humanity’s civilizations, or any significant human enterprise.

Looking through the books below, we found not one item or footnote that referred to UFOs or anything that could be construed as a UFO; on the contrary, lots of things that prior civilizations embraced and noted (with art, writing, and action) were so removed from the UFO phenomenon that one is stunned by the attention Ancient Astronaut theorists get with their seemingly abundant litany of extraterrestrial artifacts and influences. Such artifacts and influences just do not exist, on a scale that betokens (meaningful?) alien visitations in the past.

The books listed here are only a few of the many that we (the RRRGroup and The Einstein Fellowship in Ann Arbor) perused for UFO or UFO-like references:

The Hittites by O. R. Gurney [Originally a Penguin Book, 1952, reissued by The London Folio Society, 2000]

Ancient Europe: A Survey by Stuart Piggott [Aldine Publishing Company, Chicago, 1965/1970]

The Mochica: A Culture of Peru by Elizabeth P. Benson [Praeger Publishers, NY, 1972]

Our Oriental Heritage (Part One of The Story of Civilization) by Will Durant [Simon and Schuster, NY, 1954]

We have culled from those books, the images created by the cultures examined, and present some here, noting the obsession that humanity, the peoples covered by the tomes, had with hunting, war, dress, sex, and death. (None had an obsession with visitors from the sky, except as anthropomorphic renditions of their gods, who also seemed consumed by war, dress and, especially sexuality.)

The Hittites:

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Gurney [ibid]

The Mochica (an accent on sexuality and death):

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Benson [ibid]

Ancient Europe:

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Piggott [ibid]

Our Oriental Heritage:

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Durant [ibid]

My point is that human culture (art, writing, warfare et cetera) has been noted by the ancients right up to today, with no ubiquitous insertion of UFOs or things that look like UFOs.

UFOs play no part in the modality of human evolution, mental or physical.

UFOs are a minor, peripheral phenomenal insertion in the movement from primitivism to human intellectual advancement.

That is why historians, archeologists, anthropologists, evolutionists, and science, generally, eschew UFOs; the phenomenon is essentially meaningless, like comets or meteors passing through the skies, or the aurora borealis, which is fascinating, but ephemeral in the great scheme of things.

RR

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Roswell “Dream Team” is off to a bad start!


Kevin Randle’s blog, the epicenter of the new attempt by some Roswellian “experts” to get at the heart of the Roswell incident, decluttering it, we suppose, of all the erroneous and biased accretions the episode has acquired since about 1980, is immersed in another round of hyperactive back-and-forths of the old kind.

Skeptics Lance Moody, Christopher Allen, and Gilles Fernandez are contending with David Rudiak, the latest ufologist to join the sobriqueted Roswell Dream Team. Even open-minded Nick Redfern has been drawn into the fray, defending broadsides from Roswell neophytes.

Unfortunately the comments have descended into the same arguments that suffused Mr. Randle’s blog previously, several times actually, in the past few years.

If Mr. Randle and his gang of dreamers are to make a new mark – some inroads to the Roswell story that bespeak new information and new approaches – he (Mr. Randle) has to jettison the regurgitated arguments that David Rudiak has puked up again, to counter the skeptical effluvia that always drowns the Roswell event with biases as ugly as those fostered by Roswell ET fanatics.

The slate started out clean, but has now been muddied by the same old, same old stuff that all of us are so damned tried of hearing, ad infinitum, ad nauseum, ad eternum.

Mr. Randle has got to shut his portal until such as time as he and his team can provide something completely new about the 1947 matter.

If he doesn’t do that, he will scuttle an opportunity to garner a thoughtful and intelligent new appraisal of Roswell, one that isn’t beclouded by the detritus that Rudiak, Sorcerer, CDA, Moody, et al, keep shoveling on to the plate of intellectual research and rediscovery.

RR

Frank Scully’s Behind the Flying Saucers: An Inquiry

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Frank Scully’s exposé of an alleged flying disk crash near Aztec, New Mexico in 1948 is dismissed by most UFO cognoscenti, although writer/researcher Scott Ramsey and The UFO Chronicles web-master, Frank Warren, do not dismiss the often ridiculed account by Mr. Scully.

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I have an inordinate affection for the book and its story; it was my first book report for a high school English class – for which I got and A -- and I still find the Scully recounting of the supposed incident to be credible, in many ways.

A precis of the incident can be read by clicking HERE.

That aside, I’d like to ask a question…

On page 43 of the original paperback publication [Popular Library/Henry Holt, Inc., 1950], Scully has the discredited, by some, Silas Newton say that “The Air Force took some film [of the saucer alleged to have crashed near Aztec]…But it [the film] fades in two hours, for reasons of security. A special chemical, got only on license, restores the image for another two hours.”

Has anyone heard of such a film?

Remember this is in the 1948-1950 time-frame.

RR

Monday, December 26, 2011

Roswell's Secrets


One of the sticking points for Roswell skeptics is the idea that "witnesses" and participants would not be or would not have been able to keep the secret of what happened near Roswell in 1947 for as long as they had or have.

But here is a cautionary news item that indicates secrets are sometimes kept for decades, sometimes forever:

Click HERE for a Cold War Secret

And note this aside in the middle of the news account:

So too is the human tale of the 45-year-old secret that many took to their graves.

RR