UFO Contemplation

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

How NOT to be famous (in Ufology or anything else)


When the banged-around Roswell Dream Team makes it mark with a clarification of the Roswell incident, and it will clarify that irritating event, the team-members will leave a mark; they will become famous, outside of the UFO community too.

In the UFO community, some already have cachet: Stanton Friedman (no matter that he’s espoused some goofy beliefs in MJ-12 and a Roswell ET crash), Kevin Randle (just for being around and involved with many noted UFO cases), Don Schmitt (for prevaricating and getting away with it), Brad Steiger (sort of), Jerry Clark (but only at UFO UpDates), Jeff Rense (because he allows anti-Semitic materials on his site and many UFO mavens are anti-Semitic), and a few others.

And some who have a little cachet are the skeptics: Robert Sheaffer, Michael Shermer, James Oberg, plus the deceased and most (in)famous UFO skeptic of all, Phil Klass.
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But it’s the flying saucer advocates who get the lion’s share of notice from the media and public.

Minor skeptics – Christopher Allan [CDA], Lance Moody, Gilles Fernandez, Zoam Choamsky, from our circle – are unknown pretty much, even within the UFO community at large.

Yes, it’s true. Being skeptical brings no kudos or laudatory commentary. It’s a path to non-fame.

Richard Dawkins who, in the science arena (nothing to do with UFOs), has become rather famous for denying God.
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He’s a skeptic with élan, outrageous in his non-belief.

UFO skeptics, even those with a little cachet, have nowhere the fame of Dawkins. Of course, some of that lack derives from the topic, UFOs, which is a fringe matter for the public.

God or non-God impacts a larger audience, surely, but it’s how Dawkins takes on the deity; He (God) does not exist.

UFO skeptics, such as Zoam Choamsky, take that approach with UFOs, but using the online sobriquet he identifies with – Zoam Choamsky – does him in. It leaves a zoopy patina.

The milder skeptics, named above (from our small corner of the UFO world), will never be famous. They pull their punches, and raise no hell.

Friedman, and his ilk, get attention and fame by making waves; they promote the irrational with verve, and create books, like Dawkins does, that stir the waters with belief that is patently silly but provided with such energy they get the attention and fame they need or seek.

The Roswell Dream Team will get massive attention if they produce those slides of alleged alien body, the iflm taken near Roswell in 1947. But hey also have their hands on, they say, other evidence that supports the Roswell story of an ET crash.

If so, their fame and legacy is certain to arrive.

Skeptics, not so much. Skeptical stances are unhopeful, unimaginative, and boring. We want surprises, belief in things amazing or fantastic, not a dowsing of reality. That is so unpoetic and sobering, even if the reality is the reality.

So, my dear quidnuncs, if you want to be noted, now or after you leave this mortal vale, be a promoter of things that open the door to realities that offer hope to humanity or, at least, excitement.

And if you want to be skeptical, be so, dynamically, and pungently, not wishy-washy.

Fame will be yours, one way or another.

RR