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1) ANNOUNCEMENT....(lecture on November 2, 2011 in Rio Rancho, New Mexico for Senior Citizens of Meadowlark Senior Center):
Here is an important message from our colleague, Tomas Scolarici regarding UFO Subculture:
Many ufologists like Dr. Jaques Vallee and the writer of this text (Tomas Scolarici).....(count me in, too*), affirm the obvious: there are no evidences about the extraterrestrial origin of the UFO phenomenon.
UFOs are a rare phenomenon whose nature and origin remains unknown.
Contactees, deluded mystics, pseudo-scientists and professional charlatans, again and again give us class B science fiction as a fact.
The messages of the self proclaimed contactees are just a blend of New Age and pseudo-psychological rhetoric with no value at all.
The ET hypothesis is basically irrational and doesn’t resist any logical test.
Nothing valuable comes from these “aliens” at all.
Presumably these cosmic civilizations came to our planet to play hide and seek and talk some theosophical nonsense.
Of course we must recognize that the whole nonsensical and old-fashioned ET hypothesis gives some humans the real possibility of making a living selling books, lectures and recycled “wisdom”.
Rational ufologists consider the UFO phenomenon as it presents to our perception, and more important, analyze the so called UFO subculture and its metaphors.
The UFO subculture teaches us nothing about extraterrestrial life, but a lot about us, human beings.
Another short item by Tomas Scolarici:
The word Ufology ends with the suffix "logy", defined as “a branch of learning, a study of a particular subject.”
The whole word UFOLOGY means learning and studying the … (entity???) called Unidentified Flying Object.
Now, deconstructing our own neologisms, Ufology means learning and studying something unknown, consequently the word itself is an oxymoronic contradiction, because we cannot study something that is not only unknown but whose existence is not evident.
How can we learn about something that perhaps doesn’t exist?
Yes…yes I know that some of you will remember the word Theology which defines a “science” that pretends to investigate someone or something whose existence is non-evident and unproved, but precisely, in this contradiction, we find the key, the answer to our doubts..!
Theology only exists as the science of what people say about the presumed entity called “god”.
Ufology should be defined as the science that investigates what people say and write about Unidentified Flying Objects.
Now, diverse individuals tell us totally different and contradictory things about UFOs, and this is essential because probes that nobody knows what UFOs are (if they are something.)
Also this: Ufology doesn’t look for Truth in what people say and write about Aliens, Flying Saucers and extraterrestrials. That’s because we cannot find Truth in the contradictory and nonsensical discourse of the self proclaimed experts and contactees.
If you agree with all this, you are welcome, and so are you in disagreement.
By the way, I don’t believe that governments, cabals and intelligence agencies will spend 5 cents in this big carnival we call Ufology. Enjoy.
This is why, in order to expand our horizon in the study of UFO subculture, once in a while we need to take a look at sites such as the following:
3) ANNOUNCEMENT: New book on Area 51 coming out in December of 2011 (no aliens, no conspiracies):
This is a no-nonsense book written by Peter Merlin, perhaps the most knowledgeable specialist on military aviation history and the history of Area 51 itself.