posted on Feb, 5 2011 @ 03:34 PM
Originally posted by Kandinsky
It seems like the entire history of ufology and UFO groups features endemic conflict and rivalry.
Indeed, e.g. :
(1) internal disputes at NICAP (contactee supporters versus those that thought NICAP should refuse to get involved in contactee - or occupant
(2) NICAP v APRO (e.g. should a UFO group focus on scientific research or lobbying the goverment to do research / disclose information / acknowledge
the existence of ET visitors)
(3) MUFON being born when Walt Andrus, a former member of APRO, had broken away to start up his own organisation - resulting in the Lorenzen's hating
(4) Goodness knows how many less significant disputes... I was recently reading a UFO group's journal from the 1960s (BUFORA's journal, from memory)
and it includes pleas for unity and attempts to overcome internal divisions.
These days, of course, we have the wars between competing UFO discussion forums...
I don't think there is any need to resort to theories about government agent infiltrating UFO groups to being about division (as has been alleged in
relation to NICAP and hinted at, if not outright alleged, in relation to the current problems at MUFON) - good old fashioned big egos, greed and
honest differences in approach clearly account for a huge number of the disputes in the history of ufology.
The tendency to ascribe differences in opinion or values to some sinister government plot is. in my opinion, pretty laughable - hence my parody of
this tendency in the article I wrote quite a while ago at:
Top 100 Real "Men in Black"
(This may explain in a bit more detail my initial post in this thread and in response to Frank Warren's question about why people weren't more
excited by the matters implied by James Carrion).
All the best,