Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Add another UFO book to the to-read pile . . .

I'm endlessly fascinated by stories of crashed alien vehicles and the recovery of their occupants, partly because I think there's reason to think it's actually happened and partly because I find it weirdly empowering to be front-row to an electrifying modern myth-in-the-making.

I've blogged about my gnawing hunch that the morbid scenario put forth in Nick Redfern's "Body Snatchers in the Desert" contains at least a kernel of truth. But even if Redfern is right and the so-called Roswell Incident was due to the aftermath of an human aeronautical/radiation experiment, it doesn't logically follow that no UFOs have crashed.

Of course, one can't prove a negative. But there's certainly a mass of data that awaits scrutiny. Pursuing the truth behind the dancing veil of "crashed saucer" tales is worth the effort even -- and perhaps especially -- if we're ultimately confronted with our own sublimated longings and fears.


W.M. Bear said...

Mac -- I think you're absolutely right that the whole subject merits continuing inversigation and research. There's just one difficulty. Based on my (admittedly limited) reading on the subject, two factors seem predominant:

1) Much of the research depends on interviews with eyewitnesses or, at any rate, people who CLAIM to be eyewitnesses. This means that virtually all evidence of UFO crashes is and will continue to be circumstantial and based essentially on hearsay.

2) Whatever one believes about the "real story" behind Roswell, one thing is clear. The U.S. government has definitely been in the act as a major source of disinformation at least since the late 1940's.

If you combine these factors -- hearsay/circumstantial evidence and government disinformation -- getting at the "real truth" behind possible UFO crashes doesn't sound very promising, does it. That said, I still agree that it is a worthwhile pursuit -- who knows? Even if there is only a very slight chance that some researcher will actually stumble onto the definitive "missing evidence," the stakes are so high that we have to keep plugging away at it.

W.M. Bear said...

"inversigation" -- argh!