The ripple of societal and ufological psychosis
That vast elements of human society are askew is obvious.
(The Roof killings in South Carolina, the ISIS onslaughts, the ongoing daredevil feats that go awry, and overall behavior by humans, noted in news accounts, are a few examples of human activity that is off-kilter.)
Members of the UFO community have always been askew, but in a harmless way generally.
One can see examples of a psychotic-like underbelly at blogs, such as Kevin Randle’s, and by viewing the content gathered by Frank Warren’s UFO Chronicles web-site or commentary at Isaac Koi’s “Above Top Secret.”
Listening to UFO podcasts, such as The Paracast or Greg Bishop’s Radio Misterioso, elicit queasy examples of something wrong, not from the amateurish hosts, but from the music chosen to open such shows: eerie, bombastic “melodies” that usurp the shows intent, at the very outset of broadcasts.
The Anomalist, once a hallmark of notations for paranormal sites, using volunteer hunters to find offball fringe sites, blogs, and news items, is corrupted by the bias of the volunteers, who eschew material and venues that don’t favor their queer predilections.
Are such deviances really psychotic? No, they are footnotes to the unique psychotic nature of human beings that has been chronicled by historians and artists (writers, and painters mostly) since time immemorial.
An academic friend of mine sees poetry and artist products as inherent to humanity since time immemorial.
But painting on cave walls, handprints and abstract configurations, when survival was paramount, seems more than quirky to me.
With the vicissitudes of living at a constant breaking point, taking time out to create a handprint on a wall appears to be irrational, as I see it.
And, taking a look at the UFO postings and the comments that follow (Randle’s blog is a prime example) shows that persons who are UFO enthusiasts seem inclined to skirt the methodologies or thinking that might encapsulate rational scrutiny of reported UFO sightings or events, replacing perceptive inferences with contested asides about minutiae in UFO accounts, old and new.
The time and effort utilized or wasted by UFO followers strikes me as neurotic more than psychotic, but neuroses are a gateway to psychosis if not stemmed by psychotherapy, as Oliver Sacks outlines in his recent memoir.
There are two new books about evolution and microbial influences of evolution which I will address here shortly because those books show how scientific examination and thought pursue truths and facts needed to understand what lies at the heart of a mystery.
The commentary at Mr. Randle’s blog or the conversations heard at The Paracast belie any sense of rationality or intellectualism.
It’s all sound and fury signifying nothing, much as is the case with this blog. (I’m as guilty as anyone, for casting pearls before swine, hoping to get responses of a cognitive kind.)
Let’s not continue to fool ourselves: ufology is the catch-all for bizarre, psychotic-like commentary, and always has been.
That’s not going to change, unless and until persons like Mr. Randle, Isaac Koi and the Anomalist gang queue up the rational few left in UFO-land and deep-six the nutty people.
But don’t hold your breath…