UFO Conjectures

Thursday, June 16, 2016

If you’re a UFO buff, you may get rebuffed!

Our pal, Halifax, Nova Scotia resident and noted film-maker Paul Kimball, whom you all know, was considering a run for office in his constituency being encouraged by people in his party to do so, not seeking the nomination on his own.

But his party’s candidate selection committee denied him the opportunity citing his favorable comments, once, for the opponent provincial Conservative party at a time when the Conservative party was speaking out against cuts made to the film industry there by the government.

Paul belongs to a left-of-center party, and he had made many favorable comments about his party’s elected representatives also.

But the coup de grace came when the selection committee brought up that Paul had an interest in UFOs and the paranormal, making films about those topics.

They told Paul they were concerned (or appalled) that this particular hobby might embarrass the party.

(Paul may decide to run as an independent, and I hope he does. He’d bring a semblance of sanity to his pocket of Canada.)

Anyway, my point in telling you this is that if you feign an interest in UFOs or ghosts (or anything paranormally related) and plan to run for political office, woe unto you.

You’ll become a political pariah, perhaps, not one as outcast as a Donald Trump perhaps, but a person thought to be on the iffy side of life.

Even a person as sensible as Paul Kimball.


Time, Kant, Lee Smolin, and UFOs

In a passel of new books I got this week (personal writings of Wilhelm Reich, The Illustrated Guide to God, Greatest Mysteries of the Unexplained, The Cave Painters, Tim Hebert’s recommendation The Big Bang, et cetera) is Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the Universe by Lee Smolin [Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston/New York, 2014].
Smolin’s treatise is about the reality of time; he counters the prevailing view of most physicists and philosophers (and people generally) that time is an illusion.

I shall provide more on his book and the topic upcoming but want to note here that Smolin, like many others in physics, refers to Emmanuel Kant, a favorite of my academic pal, Bryan Sentes.

(Bryan, who, while a poet, and polymath and has an honours degree in philosophy, is gaga about Kant.)

I am loath to be gaga about Kant, knowing a little about his personal peccadilloes and mired mistakes (some of which I’ll present in my Smolin piece).

The point I’m trying to make here, is that one can’t talk about time-travel in regard to UFOs without a smidgen, at least, of Kantian philosophy or Smolin dialectic, along with a patina of knowledge about quantum cosmology, Einsteinian relativity, and other relevant materials.

But time-travel has to be considered in the search for a UFO explanation, if one accepts my view that extraterrestrials would be daffy to keep showing up in this lowly planet’s airspace in the numbers indicated by the raft of UFO reports over the years and still.