UFO Religion: Inside Flying Saucer Cults and Culture by Gregory L. Reece

By Gregory L. Reece

Ufology might be thought of a faith or philosophy that's ripe for autonomous examine. the following Gregory Reece offers a readable and enjoyable examine alien ship ideals all through background, from famous tales like Kenneth Arnold's shut come upon in 1947 and the cult of sector fifty one, to the eccentric Yamassee Indian Tribe of Georgia. Reece's learn procedure is primarily based on popular culture resources, and he does get a hold of a few fascinating breakthroughs, in particular his assurance of the enormously flimsy foundations of the massive Roswell mythology and a few airborne dirt and dust at the extraordinary top degrees of Scientology. yet all that Reece has relatively finished is a compendium of eccentrics and whimsical ideals, through a slightly directionless parade of summaries of present books (a couple of which also have "UFO faith" of their titles). this can be extra of a ebook record than a scientific examine venture.

Granted, Reece's working topic is beautiful solid, in that flying saucers sightings all through heritage, and the moving neighborhood of cults and lovers, can be a manifestation of mankind's inherent worry of the unknown and feel of powerlessness within the enormous universe. yet that topic is usually brought through sarcastic (though frequently humorous) feedback by means of Reece on the finish of every sub-chapter precis. the genuine result of his exploration into psychology, faith, and philosophy are just given respiring room in a slightly underwhelming six-page end. This publication capabilities as a protracted record of particular examples sprinkled with snippets of a subject, yet a extra profitable research may were built within the contrary style. [~doomsdayer520~]

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Hynek’s strategy was to provide something the military would not accept, a scientific inquiry into the UFO experience. The result is a phenomenological analysis of the kinds of experiences that people claim to have had. fm Page 25 Monday, May 7, 2007 11:19 AM Sightings First, Hynek describes the most common type of UFO experience, what he calls Nocturnal Lights. Providing several examples of nocturnal light sightings, Hynek summarizes them in this way: The typical Nocturnal Light is a bright light, generally not a point source, of indeterminate linear size and of varying color but most usually yellowish orange, although no color of the spectrum has been consistently absent, which follows a path not ascribable to a balloon, aircraft, or other natural object and which often gives the appearance of intelligent action.

One of the men fired a shot at the humanoid, which fell as if hurt. The craft soon took off, and the men fled. (Hynek, 1972: 164) Hynek’s conclusion is not that the sighting reports point inevitably to the extraterrestrial hypothesis but rather that they demand the kind of careful study that the Air Force and the US government had refused to give them. His categorization of the different types of sightings provides no answer to the mystery, but rather a description of what is in need of explanation: the localization of the phenomenon in space and time, its apparently intelligent characteristics (of a rather puerile kind), its appearance of operating outside the established laws of physics, and its peculiar preferences for certain situations.

You’ll see why . . He was the man who told us the whole story of the first flying saucer that had landed in the United States. Another had landed in the Sahara before this, but that one was more cracked than a psychiatrist in an auto wreck. But the one he had worked on had gently pancaked to earth like a slow motion of Sonja Henie imitating a dying swan. (Scully, 1950: 128) (See, I told you. ) The craft had been observed as it descended into the atmosphere and the Air Force had quickly been scrambled to respond.

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