UFO Conjectures

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A [1956] Prelude to the Hill episode and/or Gulf Breeze?


  • Lately, I have meditated off and on about where the emphasis is placed when searching for the core truth regarding accounts such as the Hills presented. 99.9% of all investigations, which are not really empirical investigations in the strictest sense, and the focus of the question is: are they true or not true?
    It may be better to discern them through the eyes of anthropology as living social metaphors and mythologies wherein I suppose they are visionary... where cultural images and imagination create mirror images of their times.
    In this sensibility, they become narratives of human rather than alien psychology.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Wednesday, December 17, 2014  

  • Bruce: "In this sensibility, they become narratives of human rather than alien psychology."

    And you have, simplistically, summed up my views on this matter...

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Wednesday, December 17, 2014  

  • Tim,

    I think "simplistically" is the wrong word here.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, December 17, 2014  

  • RR -
    A good point. Consider also Robert Heinlein's 'The Puppet Masters' (1951), a flying saucer invasion novel which included a landing in Pascagoula Mississippi:

    "The reports long antedated our own achievement of space
    travel; some of them ran back into the seventeenth century—
    earlier than that, but it was impossible to judge the quality of
    reports dating back to a time when "science" meant an appeal to
    Aristotle. The first systematic data came from the United States
    itself in the 1940's and '50's. The next flurry was in the 1980's,
    mostly from Russo-Siberia. These reports were difficult to judge
    as there was no direct evidence from our own intelligence agents
    and anything that came from behind the Curtain was usually
    phony, ipso facto.
    I noticed something and started taking down dates. Strange
    objects in the sky appeared to hit a cycle with crests at thirty-
    year intervals, about. I made a note about it; a statistical analyst
    might make something of it—or more likely, if I fed it to the Old
    Man, he would see something in that crystal ball he uses for a
    "Flying saucers" were tied in with "mysterious disappearances"
    not only through being in the same category as sea serpents,
    bloody rain, and such like wild data, but also because in at least
    three well-documented instances pilots had chased "saucers"
    and never come back, or down, anywhere, i.e., officially classed
    as crashed in wild country and not recovered—an "easy out" or
    "happy hurdle" type of explanation...."


    By Blogger Kurt Peters, at Thursday, December 18, 2014  

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