Originally posted by smurfy
I don't need the history lesson, I was around a while before that.
Besides, everything you are saying is based on a presumption, including conspiracy, cover up, the whole gamut of things that those who delve into
UFO's indulge in, or more likely come across in their research, just like Stanton in fact, and you can be sure he knew about all that shi'te a long
time ago. The stuff you are talking about is a good starting point though.
As far as history lessons go, well, you're not the only one reading this forum. Our posts are read by more than those who they may be directed at,
and thus, a little filler for those unaware of such, as well as giving supporting weight to the argument is called for.
As far as the rest ...
That's all well and good.
I'll readily confess to a bias in favor of more terrestrial causation when presented with an overly convenient series of events, especially as it
applies to concentrations involving Psychology.
Psychology, as it applies to the examination of Space Alien Abduction/Contact events readily supplies a wealth of damning data as far as the ease of
replicating Space Alien Contact/Abduction events under controlled conditions in the lab.
All other views, whether speculation, or even Hypothesis remain such without any nonambiguous confirming data platforms to even stand one foot on.
Psychology can also explain some UFO experiences, but, those UFO experiences described in the paradigm already fall under the blanket of
misidentification, hoax, and the overall majority of reports that are simply false positives.
The extremely finite rarity of a genuine Unknown still remains unknown.
As a Phenomenon, one glaring consistency is the lack of unambiguous confirming data across half a century and more of interest in the subject from
official investigation on down to the interested enthusiast.
Friedman's academic field of concentration wasn't and isn't Psychology.
If he's gone back to school to get his doctorate, his personality profile would indicate yet another point for him to sell himself in his
entertainment career, and this is absent. It's not likely he has the facility to make any call as it applies to anything that could involve or be
the result of Psychology.
As far as the Hills go, there are less controversial criticisms that put the whole thing in doubt as being anything but a fiction.
Attaching significance, and/or using anything with so many holes as a foundation is certainly not call for claims of Absolute Undeniable Proof of ETs,
or grounds for anything along those lines adherents to the ExtraTerrestrial Hypothesis (ETH) may like to present as 'evidence'.
Beyond the Psycho-Social paradigm, Space Alien Contact/Abduction does not stand up to any real criticism.
There is thus no data sufficient to warrant any claim of ET regardless of how much anyone desires to personify the UFO phenomenon with a face
belonging to any one of a growing menagerie of creatures from supermodel blonde Pleiadians, Bug-eyed Greys, Insects, Reptilians, Cat people, and many
other cartoon characters.
There is indeed a UFO Phenomenon, but, what it is, is still as of yet Unknown.