UFO Conjectures

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Lack of Catharsis is Killing Ufology

Freud’s conception of “release” described by psychiatry as catharsis or abreaction is noted in a New York Review of Books review by Bill McKibben, February 9th, 2017 issue, of David Sax’s new book, The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter [Public Affairs, $25.99]

The book and review promote the idea that there is a return to things analog by young people (millennials); i.e., vinyl LPs, paper notebooks, board games, et cetera.

In a nod to the expensive magazine The Economist [$150 for a year subscription], a deputy editor of the magazine offers that it’s a desire to show off that allows the magazine its present attention by the younger crowd but more importantly, writes Sax, a magazine “has ‘finishability,’ a defined beginning, middle, and end.” It doesn’t spool on forever in the manner of the Web” the reviewer (McKibben) points out. [Page 4]

The Economist deputy editor says “We sell the feeling of being smarter when you get to the end … It’s the catharsis of finishing.” [ibid]

And that’s it!

UFOs (flying saucers) go on forever, with no explanation, no denouement.

The phenomenon remains open-ended, all of it: Roswell, in particular, and every other UFO story or report.

Nothing is resolved or has been resolved, nothing.

Human beings, according the psychiatry and some philosophical musings, need a terminus, an orgasm as it were, to feel fulfilled.

Musicians and composers know that musical selections have to resolve with chords (or codas) that terminate their pieces, and there’s a “science” for that.

Playwrights who succeed end their plays to provide attendees to their effort a resolution, but not always, as with Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, but that’s a syndrome of the modern era, as Jung noted in The Undiscovered Self and Modern Man in Search of a Soul.
And UFOs, especially in the modern era, seemed amenable to explanation, but that hasn’t turned out to be.

We are now at a point where many, as I have recently noted here, have forsaken interest in the phenomenon, whereas the rest of us have become like the “druids” in Charles Ives’ splendid musical essay, The Unanswered Question who receive no response from the gods for their increasingly frenzied queries.

The psychical frustration of no answer(s) to the UFO mystery have taken their toll and only the psychopathic remnant of the phenomenon will continue to seek answers, knowing, in their unconscious, that an explanation is not forthcoming, even with their fantasy of “disclosure.”



  • RR,

    "UFOs (flying saucers) go on forever, with no explanation, no denouement. The phenomenon remains open-ended, all of it: Roswell, in particular, and every other UFO story or report.
    Nothing is resolved or has been resolved, nothing."

    How true.

    But it's a waiting game, you're either in or out. I'm in but I'm not going crazy here. As we have noted here frequently the uninformed, ignorant, charlatans and the like diffuse the search for "the signal amid the noise."

    In a search (or just interest) for explanations, historically there have been solid, informed reporters such that I can't let the bastards get me down and dismiss the subject.

    Going back to the early days of NICAP days we had generals devoting time to the subject but, again as you noted, there was no resolution to be found and the enigma remains.

    Some time back, on a different subject, when on the dark road to giving up in near despair, I was talking to a bright pal and said I felt like I was going to "crash and burn." Relating to my aviation interest he said, "I don't think so, you've got to think of it in terms of takeoff." This subject is similar, it takes patience to dismis the noise and keep looking for the signal with an open and unpoisoned mind.

    There is no answer to an enigma until it is no longer one and it becomes a research project based on the first piece of clear and broadly accepted evidence.


    By Blogger Bryan Daum, at Tuesday, January 24, 2017  

  • Bryan...

    I admire your buoyant optimism.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, January 24, 2017  

  • Bryan;

    Your statements of belief always depend on irrational appeals, bald logical fallacies: It doesn't matter who believes or how many seemingly solid reports there are when the idea "UFO" is fundamentally absurd--unidentified cannot be an identity--and is known in fact to be based in fiction.

    The "enigma" only subsists in the minds of those who quite mistakenly believe in the idea "UFO."

    The world is composed of facts. There are no "UFO" facts. There are no real "UFOs."

    There is no "UFO" phenomenon, there never was. There is only a modern media-manufactured myth and social delusion. Understanding this is the antidote for the mind poisoned and haunted by the idea "UFO."

    Free yourself of the torment of this utterly inconsequential mumbo jumbo. It was never anything but a science-fiction literary device created to sell magazines to imaginative boys.

    So there's the only real "answer" you'll ever receive. Otherwise, "no matter how long you live, you will never know any more about UFOs than you know today."

    By Blogger zoamchomsky, at Wednesday, January 25, 2017  

  • Zoam:

    See my Zero-Sum post.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, January 25, 2017  

  • ZOAM:

    The facts are; that something is being seen!....In some cases, NOT IDENTIFIED!

    Those are the facts! Not all can be wrong, that is a fact! Some, may be!
    Something is going on, and THAT, is a fact! Reports don't come in the thousands, without good reason.

    The fact that no one can answer to this enigma, not even you, my friend, is a fact in its self, for now.................

    By Blogger Daniel, at Thursday, January 26, 2017  

  • Daniel:

    My friend Zoam is an entrenched UFO "atheist."

    You nor I (nor anyone) can shake him loose from his irrational view.

    But ya gotta love his fervor in trying to convince everyone that even the term UFO doesn't exist.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, January 26, 2017  

  • Daniel;

    Over a century of reports has produced nothing, nada, zilch. The mere failure to identify doesn't mean anything; and that failure certainly doesn't produce some extraordinary "unknown." The idea that it does is the absurd illogic of the "UFO" myth. People see a lot of things in the sky, not one has ever been shown to be a true "unknown." Never! There's a much better explanation for the UFO" myth. Okay?


    I could name a great many "UFO" atheist. You know them too! Are we all "irrational?" (vbg)

    The term "UFO" does exist, it just doesn't mean anything. It's the name of an imaginary set, a set without any real members.

    What's a real "UFO?" No one can say. If they could, it wouldn't be a "UFO."

    Love ya!

    By Blogger zoamchomsky, at Thursday, January 26, 2017  

  • Zoam...

    You have your work cut out for you, trying to get UFO buffs on your side of the argument.

    You're the ufological Sisyphus in a way.

    Luv ya, too, buddy....(always have, always will)


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, January 26, 2017  

  • Talk about piggy in the middle!?:)...?


    You say; "Over a century of reports has produced nothing, nada, zilch"

    I would say, the reports have produced, real sightings, that are unidentified, hence real UFOs!? Yeah?

    You ask; What's a real "UFO?" No one can say. If they could, it wouldn't be a "UFO"

    We will even let you ponder, Zoamy:).. It is a real sighting of the unknown, not tangible at the time of viewing. That's real, a real UFO sighting of the unknown!
    In other words, the sighting is true, or real, but what is it?

    Its a real UFO sighting, Zoamy! You need to use the word; "sightings":) instead of a cunning deception in comment, but its interesting for a smile or so:)..
    very catchy, Zoam...............

    By Blogger Daniel, at Thursday, January 26, 2017  

  • Rich;

    It's completely up to the believer in the "UFO" myth whether he decides to take the red-pill "Psychosocial and Null hypotheses" antidote to the "UFO" myth and delusion.

    So no, I'm not any sort of Sisyphus. This isn't any sort of trial or burden.

    And neither is it a zero-sum game or any sort of game or contest between equals. "UFO" believers are completely on their own in their opposition to the facts of the world and reason.

    Belief in the "UFO" myth subsists only by obstinate belief in a fiction and by a few fundamental logical fallacies: Ignore the obvious; Appeal to ignorance; the Residue fallacy; Reification; Assuming the answer.

    "UFO" myth believer credulity accepts fantastic flying-saucer fairy tales as being literally true, when the human perceptual system under unusual circumstances is not very reliable at reporting accurately. And our overwhelming scientific reality proves it's all false anyway, not true, unreal: There are no real "UFOs" of any kind in the world and never were. There is no "UFO" phenomenon, period. Nothing!

    Reports, Rich, reports, you're talking about mere "UFO" reports. Anybody can claim anything and do it honestly but be utterly mistaken--the Zond IV/spaceship effect for example in many cases. That's a virtual or subjective "UFO" only; and that's why they're called "UFO" reports. An ambiguous visual stimulus can be no more than that, it can't be a REAL "UFO" until it is demonstrated to have presence, persistence and substance, the fundamental attributes of things said to exist in the world. And at which time it would no longer be "unidentified," my dear buddy.

    And so I can quite legitimately and reasonably ask, because it makes that very important point: What's a real "UFO?" No one can say. If they could, it wouldn't be a "UFO."

    By Blogger zoamchomsky, at Friday, January 27, 2017  

  • Zoam, my dear, dear [manic] buddy...

    Let say you are right: there is no such thing as a UFO.

    Then let's deal with the "reports" -- that is, let's see what brings on the reports.

    Are they the products of disordered minds? Are they the products of fraudsters and con men/women?

    Are they evidence of a intrinsic human madness?

    Are the UFO "sighters" and believers just insanely stupid? Overly credulous morons?

    That's what I want to know.

    For me it's the phenomenon of the reports. Why?


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, January 27, 2017  

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