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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Long-Form Thinking…where is it in ufology?

TIME magazine (for October 24th 2016) has an “op ed” piece by author James Patterson wherein he writes about the current state of reading:

“People age 75 and older read about an hour a day. The habit drops off through each 10-year bracket below that until you get to people ages 35 to 44 years old. They’re reading 12 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays and less than 10 [minutes] during the week. Younger than that, it only gets worse.”

My experience here, at this blog, is that odd, semi-serious infusions, like the “old coin from Egypt with an alien face on it” gets a serious response from our friend, Terry the Censor and others, but a serious, scientific insertion, like “what preceded The Big Bang” gets nothing, no rejoinder at all.

This is true of other cogitative input here.

My Facebook UFO page had a note from Philip Mantle about a podcast from a nascent “new ufology” starter that seems to be geared to an inclusive clientele, membership.

He (Philip) was maligned and desired an apology, which he won’t get, as ufologists today are not about truth but, rather, as he notes, about belief.

This belief comes from cursory readings of scientific materials and thoughtful UFO renderings.

No one has time to ruminate on UFO tales, past and present. Everyone is enamored of the Facebook approach to thinking: simple is the way to go.

Terry, for instance has, he tells us, 1000 non-fiction books in his personal library, but he, then, only provides correctives to postings here and at other blogs, like Kevin Randle’s.

Have his readings, which have to be greater than a few minutes per day, not formed a desire in him to elaborate on ideas (goofy and otherwise) that he comes across in the UFO community output?

There is another guy (unnamed by me because he’s a total ass) who scours the internet for grammatical mistakes in UFO postings. What a waste.

Arch-skeptic Zoam Chomsky is beloved by me because he inundates blogs, like mine, with erudite scoffing.

Where is Lance Moody, another brilliant skeptic? He’s on Facebook, enlivening that venue with bon mots and gratuitous pleas for Facebook “likes” as does his pal, and mine, Paul Kimball.

They seem to have given up on long-form reading and excoriation of nutty UFO postings, mine among them.

We, all of us, are on a downhill slide to banality and irrelevance when it comes to UFOs and intellectual topics of a societal nature too.

Facebook and lazy reading habits are the cause of an increase in ignorance and superficiality.

Zuckerberg and his minions have become the bane of humanity.

RR

3 Comments:

  • As for: "THE BIG BANG" It's all "hypothetical" any which way you look at it. It sounds good or logical! but I don't think so...so we back off. In my thinking, if you bring everything in the universe,"back"to where it all began,It is much larger than: [HUMONGOUS]

    I'd rather think the universe is.."eternal".. but that is another story, that can't be answered. Either "hypothesis" poses the question: How did all this, came in to existence in the first place. I don't know! or GOD knows!..so we back off:)................

    By Blogger Daniel Yang-Clark, at Sunday, October 16, 2016  

  • I'm with you on this Daniel.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, October 16, 2016  

  • Sorry I missed this at the time. My local professional baseball team was in the playoffs!

    > Terry...1000 non-fiction books in his personal library...
    > Have his readings...not formed a desire in him to elaborate on ideas (goofy and otherwise) that he comes across in the UFO community output?

    Yes, my readings have. As I have noted recently, I used to read a fair bit of psychology and neuroscience (popular versions but usually written by practitioners). I also read everything in the news (I don't have a TV). But after two years of gorging on articles about the housing crash, I needed a break. So in January 2009, for entertainment, I read the occasional book about the paranormal stuff that was so popular when I was a kid. I read a Lorne Coleman book about Bigfoot. I read a recent book about Noah's ark. All good fun. But then I read Secret Life by abduction monger David Jacobs.

    While reading about missing time experienced by a lone driver on a dark highway, I thought to myself, "I've seen this before." I recalled reading a case history written up by neurologist Harold Klawans, wherein he describes a driver who suffers a mild epileptic seizure behind the wheel, and ends up in a strange city, unable to recall several hours of the journey, though, clearly, he was able to safely navigate.

    Then I plucked another book off my shelf, Mad Travelers by the philosopher Ian Hacking, where he described 19th-century cases of "fugue," where people picked up and made off for another town, with amnesia for how they got there (though they had been observed making the trip).

    And off I went. For the last eight years, I have been reading the abduction literature, almost exclusively the Hill case, as well as any science literature that is relevent (a corpus almost entirely ignored -- yet sometimes vilified -- by abduction proponents).

    One day I hope to present modestly stated "findings." But it will take a lot of work. After all, I am no expert -- something most UFO buffs mistakenly believe themselves to be. And the scientific literature is vast. Until ufology engages scientific findings honestly, without conspiracy excuses, and fully, across many fields, ufology has nothing of scientific value to say.

    In the meantime, I will make my small corrections, but also let out an occasional trial balloon. And make jokes when I can (mostly I do this on Twitter, where it seems more appropriate).

    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Thursday, November 03, 2016  

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