Friday, June 23, 2006

We’ve got this wrong


Space.com has just published a not very interesting piece on UFOs (
http://tinyurl.co.uk/3o27). But a significant event occurred for me as I read it. It was one of those experiences where you might read something many times over the years and then for some reason you read it once more and it suddenly takes on a different perspective. I am referring to this paragraph from the piece:

And after all those years, as the saying goes, UFOs remain a riddle inside a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Why so? For one, the field is fraught with hucksterism. It's also replete with blurry photos and awful video. But then there are also well-intentioned and puzzled witnesses

It was the reference to hucksterism that did it and it was probably because I was reading this within what might loosely be called a scientific framework, namely the Space.com web site. And I thought, “You steaming hypocrite”.

To be fair to Leonard David, the author, if you were to ask any Ufologist if this was an accurate statement, to a man or woman they would all agree. They would agree without even giving the matter any serious thought. We know it to be true because…….well it is, and because we’re always being reminded it’s true by our more learned and experienced elders. Hucksterism appeared the very moment Ufology appeared in the shape of the triumvirate of Scully/Newton and Dr. G and it went on to produce a prodigious list of successors. So we take the matter for granted and never give it any real serious thought, because it’s easier that way.

But two points come to mind. The first is that in the strict sense, it isn’t true. Ufology attracted, almost from the very beginning, a slimy collection of dysfunctional, lying, arrogant, smarmy, stupid, utterly revolting reptiles masquerading as men doing the honourable and decent thing in the defence of their marvellous country; namely Rick Doty and his crew. And in the course of protecting their country from the scourge of whatever enemy they dreamed up in their chronic little minds, they played with Ufology as a cat plays with a mouse. So they put out lies and blackmailed or coerced others to do the same. This isn’t hucksterism in the sense that we mean; this is disinformation and misdirection. These people were manipulated stooges or paid informers. Sure, there have been a number of glory seeking independent individuals who have trod the path but I would argue that they have been in the minority. And I would also argue that disinfo plants don’t count.

On the other hand, it might be helpful to take a gander at The Saviour Of Ufology, namely science, to see what’s happened there, safe in the knowledge that it is a subject that will have only been lightly brushed by any “official” meddling. But oh dear, what do we find when we look? Google Withdrawn scientific papers and watch as 7,530,000 hits come up. Then Google UFO Hucksters and stand back aghast as 900 hits appear. Tsk tsk; seems science is riddled with lying, cheating bastards who wish to deceive the public, their employers and anything else with a pulse. So let’s take that paragraph I quoted above and play with just some of the words from a scientific context:

And after all those years, as the saying goes, science remains a riddle inside a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Why so? For one, the field is fraught with hucksterism. It's also replete with dishonest individuals and serious financial irregularities. But then there are also well-intentioned and puzzled scientists.

Seems fair and balanced to me.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

All this history and the UFO clubbers haven't figured it out.

The UFO phenamona has been solved.

Do your homework.

Sunday, 27 August, 2006  

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