The UFO Iconoclast(s)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

UFOs treated shabbily...


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The Fall 1975 issue of UFO Report [Volume 2, Number 5] contained an article by George Eberhart [Flying Saucers over the Arctic, Page 34 ff.] from which this excerpt comes:

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It’s an interesting item, but has no provenance or anthropological credibility and has been sitting, unnoticed in the magazine for thirty-six years.

Why?

(Nick Redfern has promised us a piece about hairy dwarves and UFOs, so maybe we’ll get more about these little people, in the arctic wastelands, from him)

UFO compiler Jerry Clark – we don’t consider Mr. Clark a UFO historian, although he and others try to apply that epithet to him; he has never employed historical methodology to his sighting lists, only presenting a litany of sightings with no historical exegesis – and the late Lucius Farish had an article [Unsolved Mysteries from UFO archives – Part VII, UFOs of the Roaring ‘20s, Page 48 ff.] which had this brief paragraph:

“By far the most interesting report of 1925 occurred in La Mancha, Castilla, Spain. Unfortunately we have few details, only this short account from ‘Survey of Iberic Landings’ in DataNet Report, March 1971.

A man suddenly met a strange being, 1.20 m. [approximately four feet tall], wearing a greenish uniform. The entity had rigid arms and legs, held a disc in his hands, and was propelled by another disc on which he was standing. The witness observed it from a distance of 2 m. [six-and-a-half feet]. No word was exchanged.”
[Page 60]

(Perhaps Jose Caravaca, an authentic UFO researcher, might be able to find out more about this intriguing, little encounter. I’ll ask him.)

These examples tell us why UFOs have been dismissed by science, academia, and media: they are teasers, without journalistic substance or referential detail.

Clark is old now, and left with a legacy that some of see as wanting. His compilations have never taken us into hypothetical or theoristic territory. He just gives us icing on the cakes, but no cakes.

UFO Reports, like other UFO magazines merely titillated. They didn’t satisfy, least of all those who need substance and credible sources for the so-called information imparted.

Kevin Randle tells, in his latest book, how he slipped articles into such magazines, on the fly, for a few bucks, without having to do any real digging for facts or details that might edify.

The UFO topic has been ill-served by the “writers” of such dreck.

And that’s why UFOs are the scourge of almost anyone with a sense of scholarship and/or journalistic acumen.

RR

3 Comments:

  • The lack of scientific exploration of the phenomenon is understandable as the repeated measurement of it is as easy as trying to catch lightning in a jar. The entire subject has been made toxic and ludicrous by those who would think they are promoting an interest or self interests in this gap that encompasses a comic book mindset that does not require critical thinking. With a handful of exceptions, few are qualified as professionally trained journalists, or have enough science background to avoid jumping the shark or worse, to descend into a imaginary realm of seeing alligators under their beds.
    What is accepted as evidence, in most cases is not evidence unless you consider fairy tales with no substantiation being hard evidence. I look at the suicides, the mental illness, and functional schizophrenia that accompanies the subject, an interest beyond a passing curiosity or using the phenomenon to explore the human condition, is directly proportional to an unhealthy obsession with the liminal as most people are not constituted with enough self awareness to detect crossing a certain line. I see this over and over again. The subject is much closer to the objectives of surrealism that it is a "hard" subject. There is no subject, simply free floating associations.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Wednesday, February 29, 2012  

  • On first sight, the article doesn't have the ring of truth to it and has the sense of a modern fabrication.

    There are myths and poems by the folk of Greenland that involve dwarves but they are more similar to Western folk tales. The themes reflect those we've read in Native American folklore and involve various individuals meeting what are essentially faerie folk.

    Unlike the NA folklore, the moral or allegorical meanings aren't always apparent. For example, the protagonist might marry the 'beautiful daughter' of a strange family and the tale ends there.

    I've mentioned it before that some UFO researchers have trampled and misused myth and folklore to their own ends. They reinterpret basic details as evidence of abductions, alien interventions and whatever else they subscribe to or promote.

    As Bruce touches upon, it's anyone's guess if these fancies are deliberately manufactured (hoaxed) or evidence that the writers are up shit creek without a compass pointing back to reality.

    Incidentally, do you remember the 'yellow cube' or somesuch object that made its appearance in the 70s/80s dark days of ufology? Doty and Moore mentioned it as an alleged piece of ET tech that could reveal the past and future. To me, it's a fingerprint of the myth-makers and Eberhart's mention might be an early iteration of the idea.

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Wednesday, February 29, 2012  

  • Why no academic respect for ufos? Short answer: academia is a closed shop.

    If you need proof have your group collect a statistically significant sampling of peer reviewed papers on subjects you think UFO material would have been relevant if included. Fact-check the citations.

    If you find one (1) cite that is not from another peer-reviewed paper in the field, I'll read any discussion on Mogul you choose (yes, I'm that confident).

    However, the belief and interest in UFOs is a subject for some academics in psychology and sociology. A future generation might produce a ufologist who will use the history of those papers and books as a nectar-guide to academic fads.

    Think I'm exagerating? I was the subject of someone's (accepted) thesis (Being there: using ethnology in the
    study of electronic communities, by Giese and Kauffman).

    I'm sure Gilles can explain it all better than I.

    I'd rather ufo studies not become academicized, if for no other reason than the Velikovsky Effect would be suppressed.

    The Velikovsky Effect is arriving at the correct answer via a psuedoscientific route of pure moonshine.

    Regards,

    Don

    By Blogger don, at Thursday, March 01, 2012  

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