The Problem with "Ufology" - Robbie Graham

Robbie Graham posts part of the Introduction to the upcoming book, UFOs: Reframing the Debate, which he edited and which features essays from over a dozen researchers. If the Introduction overemphasizes the harmful role that the extra-terrestrial hypothesis (ETH) itself has played in the field, and that exopolitics and Disclosure are its necessary progeny, its remarks on the last are certainly on point. It also seems certain that the ETH cannot apply to the panoply of phenomena currently subsumed under the generic term "UFO," and consequently we welcome the appearance of a work that, hopefully, will address seriously this question and a variety of other perspectives. One of the contributors Graham's Introduction mentions by name is the subject of a Radio Misterioso interview; see Susan Demeter-St. Clair--Witness-Centered Anomalies Study. St. Clair contends that too much time in UFO cases is spent on what witnesses report, at the expense of considering the witnesses themselves, and the greater societal background in which the witnesses move. This approach resonates with Dr. Thomas E. Bullard's seminal The Myth and Mystery of UFOs, and the work of Dr. Eric Ouellet, the former of whom reviewed the Graham book and the latter being currently involved in a project with Ms. St. Clair. In the spirit of the Graham book, which pits differing viewpoints presented in a civilized manner, and a point in the Radio Misterioso interview, perhaps serious UFO researchers of all stripes should draft a document providing internet discussion protocols, to which they and other researchers would subscribe. This could help promote the contest of ideas rather than of egos, and help weaken the "troll (trickster?) factor." (WM)

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