UFOs in context?
For many years I didn’t add dates to newspaper clippings or magazine articles about UFOs.
And way back when, I was chastised by an I. Davis for not adding dates to UFO sightings I included in a magazine piece I sent to him/her (and others) from our little magazine, at the time, Clod & Pebble (after the Blake poem).
(Anyone who may know who I. Davis was would do me a boon by letting me know who that was or is.)
Reading an article in the current Archaeology magazine…
Timelines by Zach Zorich about the DNA proof of interbreeding between Neanderthals, Denisovans, and Homo Sapiens [July/August, Page 33 ff.] was this: “The ins and outs of evolution … are sometimes a matter of context.” [ibid, Page 35]
"Context is everything" has been a meme for years but I eschewed the idea, obviously, when I wrote the UFO piece for C & P, and also committed the same sin when I put together a raft of UFO clippings and government documents in a booklet and sent it off to UFO buffs for free in the mid-1970s and in 2006 to readers of UFO UpDates.
UFOs, seemed to me, to be a phenomenon that was removed from context, a mystery which eluded context, but now I’m not so sure.
As the Archaeology article made clear, to me, environment, survivals needs (mating), and general living conditions, et cetera, contributed to how primitive man existed, and evolved.
This approach also seems important to the understanding of the whole UFO phenomenon.
What was the zeitgeist of the time when UFOs were seen and reported [early times, 1896, 1947, the 50s, 60s, 70s, today]?
Is context needed to understand or explain UFO sightings?
Context complicates the phenomenon of course, but without context, are we missing the essence of the thing(s), as psychologists, sociologists, and cultural gurus think may be the case?