High Strangeness: UFO Regression

Friday, September 29, 2017

UFO Regression

Just when I think we're making some progress in this whole UFO thing, something happens to send UFOlogy back to the stone age...

Roswell: There's no there there, folks.
Just this morning I came across a posting on Facebook, in a group called "UFO'Real? A Historical Review." The posting was praising a new book about Roswell called UFO Cover-Up at Roswell, by none other than Donald Schmitt. I groaned inwardly when I saw it. Regular readers of my blog will recall that Mr. Schmitt and I have had our differences:
  • He accused me of being under the control of some mysterious "them" who were dictating the content of my book. 
  • When I tried to interview him for my book, Schmitt claimed that "The last time Allen Hynek and I had dinner, he said, 'Dammit, Don, everything points to nuts and bolts,'" but in my book I quote a 1975 letter to Carl Sagan in which Hynek says, "I do not, and have never, supported the idea that UFOs were nuts-and-bolts hardware from some very distant place."
  • Last year Schmitt challenged me to a "Roswell Debate" that took place at the Milwaukee Paranormal Conference, and I have heard from attendees that I "killed it."
So, yea, that's a quick look at my history with Don Schmitt. And now he's gone back to that same bone-dry Roswell well for another book. I wish him well with it. I'm not bothered that he's written yet another Roswell book -- it's a free country, and obviously some people love reading the same stories over and over again. It's what the reviewer says at the end of his comments that bugs me:

"UFO Cover-Up at Roswell" is an example of the objective way UFO cases should be examined. Dr. J. Allen Hynek would be proud.
Uh, that's a big "NO." Dr. Hynek would not be proud of another book propagating the saucer crash myth. He would more likely recoil in horror.

15 comments:

purrlgurrl said...

After the Roswell slides hoax, one would think that Schmitt, along with the other culprits, would have become persona non grata in the UFO community.

But noooooooo, apparently the UFO community is populated by people eager and willing to be screwed over by hoaxers again and again and again.

Sooooo, they richly deserve to be separated from their money because they sure seem too dumb to handle it wisely.

Maybe I SHOULD write a UFO book ...

Mark OC said...

I guess everybody's forgotten about the slides...

Bill Pilgrim said...

There's a subgroup of Ufologists who've concluded that the "nuts and bolts" approach has paralyzed and impeded progress in the field. See Robbie Graham's new book: "UFOs: Reframing The Debate, " for example. It's a collection of essays by investigators, experiencers and even a few skeptics that offer alternatives to the dominant paradigms.
At the same time, I've heard that Jacques Vallee has moved away from his inter-dimensional paradigm and is now engaged in a worldwide search for physical evidence, especially material that has been observed being ejected from UFOs.
...Oy!..

"And the seasons they go round and round
and the painted ponies go up and down...etc"

purrlgurrl said...

Bill Pilgrim, yeah I've heard Vallee talking on more than one podcast recently about the importance of physical traces (inclding Maury Island, which has been outed as a hoax) and Roger Leir's implants (yikes!).

I'm afraid the time Vallee spent affiliated with NIDS and Bigelow cost him a significant number of brain cells. Sigh.

Bill Pilgrim said...

@purrlgurll,

So...should you decide to write a book, what direction do you imagine it would take?
Now that so many think the field is at an impasse...which path has not yet been taken?

Just wondering.

purrlgurrl said...

Like Schmitt, I want to make as much money as I possibly can from UFOs so ...

I'll write a first-person, in detail account of my life-long alien abductions, including the hybrid babies that were stolen from my womb. I'll also share the aliens' plans for their hybrid children and why they must interbreed with humans.

I'll also document my service in the US secret space program and my participation in the exchange with an alien civilization from another galaxy. I'll share the truth about Roswell that I learned while living with the aliens as part of the exchange program.

That will be book one . . .

Bill Pilgrim said...

@purrlgurrl,

Golly...I can't wait!

Did you by any chance use the teleportation portal (which sends you to the secret base on Mars) that's in the unmarked warehouse on Sepulveda Blvd. in L.A.?

Mark OC said...

Oh wow, some fantastic books are going to come out of this conversation! If neither of you are going to cover Dulce Base I might have to take on that juicy topic myself...

Bill, I've driven up and down Sepulveda Blvd countless times--- never knew I was passing an alien base every time!

Bill Pilgrim said...

Mark,

Actually, it's not a base but a teleportation site known as "the jump room" which sends one to the secret base on Mars.
It's in El Segundo.

http://www.trinfinity8.com/tag/mars-jump-room/

I hear even Obama used it. That explains a few things, eh?

Mark OC said...

Teleporting from Mars to El Segundo. That says it all.

Anonymous said...

So many people need to believe in the 'space brothers', pure and simple. Schmitt and others understand that. They will always be around to pamper to the believers.

purrlgurrl said...

Anonymous, you know "space brothers" is sexist. The correct term is "space persons".

Mark OC said...

I love space persons!

Anonymous said...

It sounds like you need to change your name to 'purrpurrson.' Purrgurrl is so sexist.

Bill Pilgrim said...

Mark,

Not be be confused with The Village Persons. :)