UFO Conjectures

Monday, August 05, 2013

UFO Skepticism, Debunkery, and Belief

No, this isn’t about UFOs per se; it’s comments I found in a New York Review of Books piece by Ian Buruma about Simon Leys book of collected essays The Hall of Uselessness. [NYRB, August 15th,
2013, Page 68 ff.]

Many comments in the review struck me as pertinent to what we find from visitors here and elsewhere in or at UFO blogs and web-sites, mostly by radical skeptics and/or out-and-out UFO
debunkers, but also some rabid believers.

From the piece (with some replacement copy by me):

The desire to destroy [ideas] … applies not just to [thought] but as much, if not more, to ethics. “The need to bring down to our own wretched level, to deface, to deride and debunk and splendor that is towering above us is probably the saddest urge of human nature.” [Page 68]

“What people believe is essentially what they wish to believe. They cultivate illusion out of idealism – and also cynicism.” [Page 70]

About attention span:

“Whenever a minute of silence is being observed in a ceremony, don’t we all soon begin to throw discreet glances at our watches?” [Page 70]


Truth, Leys writes, referring to science and philosophy… is grasped by an imaginative leap. [Page 72]

… images [and thought] expressed  in another language [foreign UFO reports, for example] can lose their spark and easily become banal or incomprehensible. [Page 72]

The … truth … often lies in what is left unsaid … [Page 72]

And an anecdote that could apply to Roswell tales:

Leys mentions the legendary fourth –century calligraphy of a prose poem who extraordinary beauty was celebrated by generation after generation of Chinese, centuries after the original work was lost. Indeed, it may never even have existed. [Page 72]

(Image from VirtualSkeptics.com)


Two UFO Books: One is just nuts!

Pale Skin, Giants, and The Great Transition

From Premium US Reviews:

Brener's scholarly book concerning alien visitations presents a fascinating hypothesis... that approximately 50,000 years ago, a visiting alien race interbred. The two strongest arguments for this... are the sudden appearance of characteristics, such as light skin and the fantastic advances of about 50,000 years ago... His suggestion provides a more satisfactory explanation than the theories he debunks. .. Of all of the authors writing about UFOs, Brener... remains among the most   believable, readable and thought provoking.

Review from  Betty Edwards, Author of "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain":

Brener is a scholar of skill and courage. He here tackles the advent of pale skin of some humans that began about 50,000 years ago as did suddenly modern behavior. As analogous he mentions the ancient Greek "miracle" and the Renaissance, both of which he attributes to the mixing of long separated populations. Relying on much scientific research, he seees a cause for these prehistoric advances as possible interbreeding with extraterrestrials. The writing is clear, elegant, mind bending, and challenging. While I remain a skeptic, I loved readidng this book. It opened my my eyes to some compelling possibilites.                                  

The Gathering of the Forces of Light

From  Amazon.com:

This is a book about UFOs, but with a difference. It is written by someone who has worked with them and knows about them from the inside. Benjamin Creme sees the presence of UFOs as planned and of immense value for the people of Earth.

According to Creme, the UFOs and the people in them are engaged in a spiritual mission to ease humanity's lot and to save this planet from further and faster destruction. Our own planetary Hierarchy, led by Maitreya, the World Teacher, now living among us, works tirelessly with our Space Brothers and Sisters in a fraternal enterprise to restore sanity to this Earth.

Creme shows how all the planets in our solar system are inhabited, but on physical levels beyond human sight, the so-called etheric planes. The spacecraft are constructed on the same principle; they too are in etheric matter and have complete control of energies in space. Our Space Brothers are responsible not only for crop circles, but also for preparing the way on Earth for a new technology of light which will give us unlimited power from the sun. When we banish war for ever and are endeavoring to live in right relationship, that technology will be ours.

For the Spiritual Hierarchy of both our own and the sister planets of our system, right human relationship involves the end of competition and the beginning of an era of co-operation with -- sharing, justice and freedom as its hallmarks.

The book also addresses the emergence of new and more inclusive forms of education, which will be needed as we experience a huge shift in consciousness and a growing awareness of the richness of life ahead, unfettered by the stranglehold of commercialism and the dominance of market forces.

According to the author, the truth will soon be apparent for all to see, awakening humanity to their own divinity and the establishment of the rule of spiritual law on Earth.

Which one strikes you as crazy?