Saturday, June 30, 2012

Open Mic Night

Jack Brewer from the excellent blog UFO TRIAL just posted an essay where seventeen members of the UFO community made comments on constructive directions for ufology. You can read a diverse set of perspectives including thoughts from yours truly (yes, me!). I share the page with folks I respect greatly, like Travis Walton, Kathleen Marden and Rosemary Ellen Guiley.

The post is linked HERE.


Red Pill Junkie said...

>I share the page with folks I respect greatly, like Travis Walton, Kathleen Marden and Rosemary Ellen Guiley.

And also with Carol Rainey :-/

Aside from your comment, I also liked Ryan Dube's and Kathy Kasten's. Especially her idea of putting more effort into trying to explore more the issue of human consciousness.

Jack Brewer said...

Thanks for submitting your perspectives for the article, Mike. I appreciate it.

I also very much appreciate your supportive assessment of my blog. Thank you.

Mike Clelland! said...

Again - Huge thanks to Jack for creating this post. The insights from these researchers and experiencers are impressive, and I feel that this dialog should continue.

I want to add one more thing.

At the end of his post, Jack wrote:

"As for me, I think a constructive direction for ufology would be cultivating an environment that prioritizes personal responsibility, particularly in discriminating between established facts and chosen beliefs."

In my own way - I try to do this myself, I work hard to make sure people who read my written work (or listen to me talk) know when I am speculating, when I'm sharing personal impressions and when I'm sharing things I know.

I try hard to say: "I'm speculating about this idea," and then I speculate.

And I try hard to say, "Here's what I feel intuitively on this idea," and then I speak from my heart.

And when I *KNOW* something, I'll say as much. Sadly, all I really *KNOW* is that something is going on - and I can't really *KNOW* beyond that...

Mike C!

Red Pill Junkie said...

Yeah. it would be great if we could compare cases with infographic-style data separating the KNOWN facts from the SPECULATIVE elements, along as the OBJECTIVE data from the SUBJECTIVE factors.

In fact, I was a bit surprised that you didn't include a plea to explore more the subjective part of a UFO case —what did the witness feel about it, what were the side effects to the event after 6 months/ 1 year/ 5 years/ 10 years.

There was a poll in Panama that caused a lot of jokes and mockery in how the people surveyed who claimed to have seen a UFO also claimed to have perceived an increase in their sexual libido. I can understand how these sort of questions are excluded from the US polls like the one recently conducted by Nat Geo, but I really think we should explore more on that —even if some researchers start to blush ;)