posted by RRRGroup at
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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 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 Tim Hebert, at Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Tim,I think "simplistically" is the wrong word here.RR
By 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 spacetravel; some of them ran back into the seventeenth century—earlier than that, but it was impossible to judge the quality ofreports dating back to a time when "science" meant an appeal toAristotle. The first systematic data came from the United Statesitself in the 1940's and '50's. The next flurry was in the 1980's,mostly from Russo-Siberia. These reports were difficult to judgeas there was no direct evidence from our own intelligence agentsand anything that came from behind the Curtain was usuallyphony, ipso facto.I noticed something and started taking down dates. Strangeobjects in the sky appeared to hit a cycle with crests at thirty-year intervals, about. I made a note about it; a statistical analystmight make something of it—or more likely, if I fed it to the OldMan, he would see something in that crystal ball he uses for abrain."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 leastthree well-documented instances pilots had chased "saucers"and never come back, or down, anywhere, i.e., officially classedas crashed in wild country and not recovered—an "easy out" or"happy hurdle" type of explanation...."http://www.lightforcenetwork.com/sites/default/files/%5BHeinlein_Robert_A%5D_The_Puppet_Masters%28BookFi.org%29.pdf
By Kurt Peters, at Thursday, December 18, 2014
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