The Philosophical Underpinnings of Some UFO Buffs?
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I am intrigued by how some visitors here think, those that do think, (Not all do.)
I favor Plato, as do most of the RRRGroup fellows who work on blogs with disciplines that are far from the UFO topic; most are neo-Platonists.
There is a heavy reliance, by us, on the thought processes of the 13th Century Scholastics, who were Aristotelian, as even the great Thomas Aquinas agreeing with the admired Aristotle in his Summa Theologiae on the matter of God and Evil: Aristotle arguing, in a metaphor that God as the Captain of the Ship was responsible for its destination and crew; that is, God is the Captain of humanity’s destination and if humanity is Evil then God, as the Captain is responsible for Evil.
Aquinas tried to work Aristotle out of that view but ends up, by ratiocination, supporting it.
Also, we like that Scholastic argumentation included the question of “how many angels can dance on the head of a pin” – silly arguments, like those we pose here, but essential to thought processes that might arrive at certitude.
I get the impression that Paul Kimball is Cartesian, his thought processes filtered by and supported by the mental processes of Descartes: “I think, therefore I am.” (He’ll correct me I’m sure, but that’s my impression.)
Nick Redfern is Socratic: “What do I know,” he asks?
Bruce Duensing is Hegelian. Yep!
Zoam Chomsky is a Nietzsche acolyte I believe.
Gilles Fernandez is influenced by Auguste Comte. (He just doesn’t know it.)
PurrlGurrl reminds me of Madame de Staël or, better, Mary Wollstonecraft.
Tim Hebert is Baruch Spinoza kinda.
Dominick is Augustinian surely.
Ross Evans likens his observations to that of Roger Bacon, doesn’t he?
Lance Moody adheres to the views of David Hume., but even more so.
CDA could be George Berkely reborn….indeed.
Brownie/Susan is Hypatia also reborn, isn’t she?
Anthony Bragalia would like to be identified with Jacques Derrida I believe.
Jose Antonio Caravaca has the tint of Francis Bacon about him.
Larry adheres to the ideas of Gottlob Frege….maybe.
Jerry Clark reminds me of Martin Heidegger.
Kurt Peters follows the dictates of Johann Gottleib Fichte.
Chuck Finley thinks he’s Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s long lost cousin.
But who is like Emmanuel Kant? Or the remarkable Jean-Paul Sartre?
And who follows The Zarkon Principle? (But that for another time.)
Let me know what you think.