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Taking UFOs Seriously
Psychology Today ^ | Feb 05, 2019 | Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D.

Posted on 02/11/2019 10:02:05 AM PST by BenLurkin

In American Cosmic, D.W. Pasulka, a professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, draws on a six-year ethnographic study and the work of Carl Jung (Flying Saucers) and Jacques Vallee (Passport to Magonia and The Invisible College) to explain the widespread belief in aliens. Pasulka identifies three aspects of UFO inquiry: physical evidence (crash sites and artifacts); testimonials made by experiencers; and the persistence of belief whether or not there is verifiable evidence to support it.

Pasulka also challenges the view that UFO believers are uneducated, fringe members of society. Some very well-regarded scientists, she indicates, are convinced that non-humans have visited Planet Earth; they have chosen to remain anonymous to protect their professional reputations.

Using a method common among anthropologists, Pasulka maintains she neither believes nor disbelieves but insists that testimonials are, in important ways, “real.” This approach allows her to gauge the impact and internal logic of a “thriving belief system.”

Pasulka regards them as “heroes,” who have “the guts and ability” to take on skeptics, and are “fighting the good fight for the right reasons”: because they believe, and “they would say,” because they know.

Pasulka turns her attention to television shows and movies. Models of “events” can be conflated, she asserts, even when one “representation” is real and the other is fictional. The likelihood of putting a model in “the wrong bucket” increases when producers (whose clients include National Geographic, The History Channel, and The Smithsonian) use a genre called “specialist factual programming” to fuse archival material and special effects to create realistic montages, with “documentary” in the title.

These productions influence memory, Pasulka emphasizes; “they contribute to belief in fabricated UFO phenomena.”

(Excerpt) Read more at psychologytoday.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Science; TV/Movies; UFO's
KEYWORDS: americancosmic; carljung; dwpasulka; glenncaltschuler; jacquesvallee; nationalgeographic; northcarolina; psychologytoday; thehistorychannel; thesmithsonian; ufo; ufos; wilmington
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1 posted on 02/11/2019 10:02:05 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

Interesting thread.


2 posted on 02/11/2019 10:06:25 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie ("The MSM is the enemy of the American people"...Democrat Pat Caddell)
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To: BenLurkin

Paging Ed Straker.


3 posted on 02/11/2019 10:10:01 AM PST by wally_bert (You're bringing The Monk down, man!)
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To: wally_bert

Why was it only the girls had purple hair?


4 posted on 02/11/2019 10:14:21 AM PST by chaosagent (Remember, no matter how you slice it, forbidden fruit still tastes the sweetest!)
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To: BenLurkin
I would not be surprised if we find evidence of UFO's. But I would be very surprised to find them inhabited by alien creatures and not robots like we've sent to Mars.

As far as we know, only machines could last the time it would take travel interstellar...

5 posted on 02/11/2019 10:17:59 AM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: BenLurkin

“U” stands for unidentified: no conclusions can be drawn from something that is unknown. You can say nothing about it, because it is “unidentified.”


6 posted on 02/11/2019 10:19:15 AM PST by I want the USA back (Lying Media: willing and eager allies of the hate-America left.)
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To: BenLurkin

three aspects of UFO inquiry: physical evidence (crash sites and artifacts); - 0.00000000000000000

testimonials made by experiencers; — reliability = 0.000000000000%

and the persistence of belief whether or not there is verifiable evidence to support it — irrelevant to the issue of whether aliens have actually visited, 100.000000000% irrelevant


7 posted on 02/11/2019 10:23:33 AM PST by samtheman (How can there be so many brain damaged Americans?)
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To: I want the USA back

“U” stands for unidentified: no conclusions can be drawn from something that is unknown. You can say nothing about it, because it is “unidentified.”

Technically you are correct but in fact what’s being pushed is the idea that aliens have visited or are visiting now.


8 posted on 02/11/2019 10:25:06 AM PST by samtheman (How can there be so many brain damaged Americans?)
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To: jeffc

“As far as we know”.

And that’s the rub, now isn’t it? We are operating on the assumption that our current model of physics is all there is and it’s inviolate. And perhaps it is. Then again....


9 posted on 02/11/2019 10:26:09 AM PST by AFreeBird
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To: I want the USA back

Good point.

Have we ever done any serious scientific study of UFOs? I know there was Project Blue Book back in the 1960s, but I think that is all classified information.


10 posted on 02/11/2019 10:30:06 AM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: chaosagent

No idea.


11 posted on 02/11/2019 10:35:50 AM PST by wally_bert (You're bringing The Monk down, man!)
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To: jeffc

“As far as we know, only machines could last the time it would take travel interstellar... “

That’s where I’m at. Certainly the odds of a UFO based on a probe is much higher than one involving alien life.

I believe the distances are so great that alien life generally stays within their star system. It is less resource intensive to modify what’s needed within a star system than to attempt to migrate to another star system. However they may send probes. The probes may still be quite dangerous depending on how these aliens think.

I also think the probability of alien life moving from one galaxy to another is about zero.


12 posted on 02/11/2019 10:37:01 AM PST by plain talk
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To: chaosagent
Why was it only the girls had purple hair?

Colonel Lake didn't have purple hair.

13 posted on 02/11/2019 10:40:06 AM PST by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: BenLurkin

Ok, let’s get to the bottom line.

Assume there are UFOs. If they are so advanced that they can get here from wherever, and they don’t want to contact us, their existence means nothing.

If they want to contact us, they will.

If they are that advanced, we would be to them what chimps armed with guns would be to us. A threat that would be easily neutralized.

It’s fun to speculate, but ultimately means nothing.


14 posted on 02/11/2019 10:40:39 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: BenLurkin

I’ll believe it when they try to probe me.


15 posted on 02/11/2019 10:43:33 AM PST by chesley (What is life but a long dialog with imbeciles? - Pierre Ryckmans)
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To: samtheman

BULID A DEFLECTOR SHIELD

MAKE EARTH GREAT AGAIN


16 posted on 02/11/2019 10:51:51 AM PST by al baby (Hi Mom Hi Dad)
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To: brownsfan

Interactions in the present can change the future. Just like the old SciFi movies about time travel. Sometimes it’s prudent to not meddle.


17 posted on 02/11/2019 10:52:25 AM PST by Openurmind
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To: wally_bert

Great Serious got it all on DVDS


18 posted on 02/11/2019 10:52:37 AM PST by al baby (Hi Mom Hi Dad)
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To: rjsimmon

Maybe a rank thing.

Besides she was a colonel after signing up.


19 posted on 02/11/2019 10:53:07 AM PST by wally_bert (You're bringing The Monk down, man!)
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To: wally_bert
Besides she was a colonel after signing up.

Maybe it's cause she's HOT!!!


20 posted on 02/11/2019 10:55:06 AM PST by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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