UFO Conjectures

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The Skeptical [UFO] Insanity

For those of us who’ve seen something odd in the sky that may be labeled a UFO, an Unidentified Flying Object or UAP, Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, the ongoing colloquy here between Zoam Chomsky, Gilles Fernandez, and maybe CDA and Dominick, AI12, Larry, Don, Joel, et al. is baffling or worse.

That Zoam Chomsky takes an atheistic view about UFOs, denying they exist at all, even as a mythical sobriquet, is intellectually painful.

Gilles Fernandez’ attempt to place all UFO sightings in a quasi-scientific category just irritates.

CDA refusing to accept Roswell as the scene of a covered-up alien craft accident doesn’t irk. It’s a proper skeptical view, considering that nothing has surfaced, after 67 years, to show a flying disk landed or crashed near Roswell, nothing but vague or erroneous witness testimony.

But to deny that UFOs exist at all is sheer pathological thinking (or rather non-thinking). The evidence – government concerns and investigations, thousands of reputable reports from credible (sane) people, and some circumstantial forensics (indentations in the ground, film or photos that may be faked but haven’t been proven, conclusively. to be so, radar trackings by qualified military or authoritative personnel) – is overwhelming, even if it isn’t proof of anything but a strange, unknown phenomenon.

Monsieur Fernandez’ views are simplistic and just as nebulous as the accounts he seeks to excoriate as mythological.

Mr. Chomsky’s views are radical and pathological. They disregard the Cartesian reality that has been sensed by humans, even if some of that sensed reality is delusional in several UFO cases.

That Mr. Chomsky hasn’t seen a UFO allows him to refute the idea that others may have. He takes the obtuse view that what he hasn’t experienced doesn’t exist.

Mr. Fernandez just chooses to attack the idea of UFOs, providing the patina of mythology to all accounts, even when some of the reported instances of a UFO sighting accrues from a person or persons whose mental faculties and sensory perceptions are above reproach.

The 1964 Socorro sighting is such a case, no matter what the thing Police Officer saw ultimately turns out to be – it’s, at this point, a UFO – it meets all the qualifying accoutrements to be so labeled.

Bumping heads with Mr. Chomsky or Monsieur Fernandez is a futile game of one-upmanship. Those two skeptics, both radical in a unique way, are given sway here as their pronouncements are interestingly lunatic, and this from someone who uses his psychological training to make that assessment.

But those wishing to convince Mr. Chomsky or Monsieur Fernandez that UFOs generally exist or that some UFO accounts bespeak an actual witnessed event have got to understand that they will not win the argument; the two fellows cited here are not amenable to rationality.

To continue the back-and-forth here, readers and commenters have got to apply reasonable argumentation and academic intellectualism, not obscurant references that don’t apply (Chomsky) or obscurant internet references from people who are without cachet in academia (Fernandez).

Let’s see where this takes us…


The Socorro craft was a Trilateral Commission vehicle?

Peter Brookesmith in his 1996 book UFO: The Government Files [Barnes & Noble] provides a wealth of documents and information about government shenanigans when it comes to UFOs.

Most of the material is interesting, although I usually eschew books (except Nick Redfern’s) about government machinations involving UFOs.

However, in Mr. Brookesmith’s renderings of Dulce, MJ-12, and other far-fetched topics [Page 116 ff.], he includes paragraphs about a book by Bill Cooper in which Mr. Cooper colludes the conspiracy theories of the alleged Trilateral Commission (that one-world, dominating entity that purportedly controls all aspects of human society) with the UFO phenomenon, even indicting the U.S. Navy in the scheme of things.

Passing over the “nonsense” I saw on Page 118 this graphic of the supposed Trilateral Commission’s “Trilateral Insignia” – according to Cooper and elaborated upon in Cooper’s 1989 book, The Secret Government:

Isn’t that one of the disputed symbols that Lonnie Zamora saw on the side of his egg-shaped craft that landed in Socorro, New Mexico, April 24th ,1964?

Is Cooper’s insignia an extrapolation of the non-ballyhooed Zamora insignia, or something more?

Cooper then reports (via Brookesmith) that this is a symbol or insignia that appears on alien craft and uniforms [Page 118] – an AmerIndian teepee?
One can see why rational people become skeptical of all things ufological; the topic is rife with chimeras, fraud/hoaxes, and sheer insanity.

Real UFO researchers would have separated the wheat from the chaff long ago, but no, UFO researchers have been complicit in furthering the nonsense and, thus, we are surfeited today with a mélange or hodgepodge of material that has sunk the UFO phenomenon as far down as any topic can go – an absolute nadir of legitimate topicality.

No wonder Zoam Chomsky and Gilles Fernandez get so livid when the matter is brought up. It insults their intellectual demeanor.