UFO Conjectures

Sunday, January 06, 2019

Intellectualizing Ufology

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My academic pal Bryan Sentes copes with my intellectual pal MJ Banias’ blog piece about the UFO community as a counter-cultural movement:

MJ’s two “articles” appraised by Bryan can be found here:

I’m enamored, as you know, by the academic/intellectual approach to Ufology and the UFO phenomenon.

Bryan and MJ are ideal when it comes to intellectualizing the topic of UFOs, which is tin-foil hatted by almost everyone outside the UFO coterie.

They present suitable academic insights and asides that bolster their theses while not dredging up ivory tower broadsides.

The Anomalist “gang” also does this with their links to the anomalistic (paranormality) world.

(Paranormality: Why We Believe the Impossible by Professor Richard Wiseman [sic] is a book that the Daedalus Bookseller site just offered for $1.98 and I’ve ordered it for a read.)

Visit MJ’s links and then Bryan’s site for doses of academic dessert.



  • The one conceptual framework that fits UFOs and many other trickster-like anomalous phenomena is that they have no meaning per se but are simply a distraction, which invites the questions "A distraction from what? And by whom? And for what purpose?" Based on the entire body of anomalous experiences spanning thousands of years, it seems to me that "They are simply a distraction" is an entirely reasonable hypothesis. The trickster-like always-just-out-of-reach aspect of virtually all these phenomena is surely a massive clue. In short, it is the phenomena themselves that are the disinformation agents.

    After almost 60 years of mucking around in these waters, including a variety of anomalous experiences of my own, I tend to believe this is a more productive line of thinking than dead-end questions such as "What are UFOs? What are they telling us?" - the very sorts of questions that I suspect the purveyors of such phenomena would like us to keep asking. The focus is instead on what truth these phenomena might be distracting us from.

    One obvious candidate would be religious truth, but there could certainly be other possibilities. I have learned, however, that for those who are obsessed with a particular phenomenon, any suggestion that they are perhaps digging in a pit that leads away from the very truth they think they are pursuing is akin to heresy and is seldom seriously entertained.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wednesday, January 16, 2019  

  • Unknown:

    I think you refer to the frustrated and frustrating attempts to solve the mystery of the being of the UFO, the nature of its physical reality, which has only ever been one side of the modern phenomenon.

    The UFO phenomenon has been as much a religious one from the start. Arguably, its religious dimension precedes its scientific / forensic investigation. Its roots precede 1947 in Swedenborg, Theosophy, and the I AM Movement and its variations, that then flower with the Contactees George Adamski, George Hunt Williamson, et al., a branch still growing today, both in the form of New Religious Movements and the more spiritual, New Age dimension. Among mainstream scholars who investigate the issue, the vast majority do so from the point of view of the human sciences, ethnology, anthropology, sociology, and mostly religious studies. See esp _The Gods Have Landed_ (ed Lewis, SUNY, 1995). A telling title.

    It's funny how much your view expressed here echoes the more exasperated ones of RR, often voiced here! It's funny, too, how much what you write echoes the opening (rhetorical) gambit in my post concerning the UFO and right wing politics.

    By Blogger Bryan Sentes, at Tuesday, February 05, 2019  

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