Sunday, January 5, 2014

Ufology: A lack of dignity and class

One problem for the UFO phenomenon is that it is parented by a, generally, sleazy bunch of overseers.

In my objection to science, I didn’t note that its practitioners, scruffy as they may be, function with an academic decorum, generally, making their pronouncements, as crazy as they may be, acceptable to laymen and women, the media – the great unwashed even.

In UFO circles, we get such things as this: “Who Forted?” – A punny site, maybe full of great material (I’ve never sought it out because of its obtuse title) but one that sacrifices dignity and good taste for a catchy sobriquet.

Yet that’s the least of ufology’s problems. The core residents of the UFO community are crass and ill-educated, not just scummy-looking but scummy sounding and without logic or intellectual abilities.

The late Richard Hall, bless his soul, ranted about the lack of intelligence proffered by those who saturated the now-dead UFO UpDates. He was right, of course.

The mean-spirited and vulgar stance of some UpDate insiders drove off those with a touch of sophistication and reserve.

Why is the British/PBS show Downton Abbey so popular, even among the proletariat?

It smacks of a refined society that we in America, and especially among UFO aficionados, have long ago abandoned,

Add to that the psychotic ravings we get for comments here – not posted by the way – and we see examples of how society and civilization itself has sunk into a miasma of degraded and sometimes pathological behavior.

UFOs, as a phenomenon, has an uphill climb all by itself, to get acceptance by moderate and sensible persons who might have a chance at unraveling the obnoxious mystery.

Take into account that moderate and sensible persons have to skirt or overcome the dregs of humanity to get at UFO material and evidence, the chore becomes Sisyphean.

I try to maintain a modicum of sanity by associating with the likes of a Paul Kimball, or those Brits with their inherent reserve (Nick Redfern, Nick Pope, and David Clarke), or a Cullan Hudson.

And say what you will about Kevin Randle, he has never, to my knowledge, been vulgar or undignified at his blog or in person, a rarity for a man who’s been around the UFO block.

So, while I’m hanging in there with this blog, for a mite longer, I’ll be even less tolerant of goofy comments and attempted broadsides from a few psychopaths who still linger nearby.

But, as for ufology, I see it as a catch-all for all that is degraded in humanity – a place where the unaccepted members of society congregate to spew their vile, disgustingly stupid asides, and therefore will eschew the term as best as I can, because ufology as a word and a practice is demeaning to what man was meant to be.



Arcturus said...

I've just never understood all the venom in the UFO community. I drop in, read the articles, then see the comments with all the bickering and insults flying between the "professional" or regular habitu├ęs. I agree with this blogger - it makes the whole subject feel cheap and carnival-like. Why is it??

Bryan Daum said...

Hello again RR,

I've "read your words and feel your pain," but was greatly surprised, and disappointed to find your Iconoclasts blog down.
Fortunately this one is still up allowing this contact.

If educated and, forgive me, skeptical discussions wane what are we left with beyond the rabble? I thank you for the Kevin Randle nod, I'll also check in there for time to time.

As an aside, your vocabulary and use of the language, proved challenging and entertaining.

I suggest you hang in there for while.


RRRGroup said...


The UFO Iconoclast(s) is up and running:

Thanks for the note and see me at the Icon blog.


JHC said...

I think you may have upset a few folks on the "UFO Collective" list with this post. They can't seem to decide if you are the deserving to be considered the "loyal opposition" who should retire or if you are just another a near-potty-mouth skeptic.

Me? I can't quite figure what people's agendas seem to be driving everyone and how that correlates to their opinions and/or behavior.... and why people are at each other's throats on this topic.

Did I miss something here?

If the "Aliens are our friends", we've got nothing to worry about.

If they aliens don't exist there's nothing to worry about.

We only have to worry if the aliens do exist and that they are not our friends. But in that event, the skeptics and believers will be so busy blaming each other they won't have time to worry about what the Aliens are actually doing.... hence humans have nothing to worry about...