High Strangeness: UFO Lies

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

UFO Lies

It has been brought to my attention by commenters on this blog that some people in the UFO biz are dishonest liars, and that I should ask them why they are liars. This is a very serious matter and I am taking it seriously, but it occurs to me that if I ask a person why he/she is a liar, he/she will simply lie to me. So I am not going to ask.

I have also been asked, very bluntly, "What truths were you looking to get from this liar?" The answer is, if I were ever in a position to ask a question of such a person I would not ask anything that I didn't already know. That way, if he/she tells me anything legit, maybe I can use it in my Hynek book; if not, no great loss.

Does the UFO phenomenon attract liars?
I wonder, does the UFO phenomenon, by its nature, attract dishonest people, or do honest people become dishonest once they become involved in the UFO phenomenon? In a field that constantly challenges our definitions of reality and tests the limits of our perceptions, how do we define the truth?


Anonymous said...

The UFO field is one place where you can hang out your shingle saying you are a 'UFO Expert'and people will listen to you. You may not have ever investigated a thing and you can get away with being a trained researcher. Liars are everywhere in this field.

I don't understand your statement, 'That way, if he/she tells me anything legit, maybe I can use it in my Hynek book; if not, no great loss.' Why even bother if you already know your answer? Would you feel compelled to bring up Mr. Schmitt's name as a resource to your book?

Mark UFO'Connell said...

I agree with your comments about the sketchy nature of some "UFO experts," and we saw that on display at the "Citizen Disclosure" last month. And, yes, Mr. Schmitt took part in that circus, so there you go. As to why I would use his as a resource in my book, uh... he did work for Dr. Hynek and his UFO research organization CUFOS, so why wouldn't I want to hear what he has to say about that experience?

Anonymous said...

If you want to get feedback from a liar... I guess that is your business

Mark UFO'Connell said...

Who said anything about "getting feedback" from him? That implies that I will be seeking his opinion on my book, which I promise you I will not be doing. Whatever your opinion of the man, HE WORKED WITH THE PERSON I'M WRITING A BOOK ABOUT. That makes him worth talking to, end of discussion.