High Strangeness 2.1 – Ufology Must Die 11/1/14

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We were really pleased with the title of this show.  It came about naturally as I asked Lauren what she thought of the recent press buzz regarding the death of Ufology, Part 32.

“Is there a crisis in Ufology and serious UFO research, or has it simply gone underground?” I asked her.

“Well, to be honest, it can just die,” Lauren replied in her calm, gentle and measured tone.

There was the inspiration for the show title.

Little did we know that Jeff Ritzmann and Jeremy Vaeni had already beaten us to it and used it as a show title years ago, back in their Paratopia days.  Take it as an homage, guys.  I guess it’s hard to do original work in this field after all.  As the annual “Ufology Is Dead” meme comes around, here too comes the “Ufology Must Die” meme.

What do we really know about Ufology now? Anyone?  What new ideas have been hatched since the last High Strangeness Show?  Where is the great new research being done?  What new names and cases have burst forward into the spotlight?

I’m going to be honest and get all this off my chest and then go on to do the work I feel I must, because I am unfashionable enough to think that it’s all about the work.

I’m with Jeff Ritzmann, who borrowed a phrase from Jacques Vallée:  the modern Ufology scene is a circus.  In its current form, it’s not conducive to finding answers.  As it currently stands, it’s a big social club with cliques and strata, “big names” and “up and comers”.  Take it from me:  as the quiet partner of KGRA, working in the background and behind the scenes for the past couple of years, I think I’ve had a unique perspective on all of this.

For all the hot air and bums on the seats at conferences, for all the self-published books sold, for all the narcissists and egomaniacs I’ve seen in action, for the endless calls of “more data!”, what is actually being achieved in Ufology?  Where is the real work?  For those who preach and call for the scientific method, where is the research?  If science really is your God, where is the data you called for?

Ufology – like so many other aspects of society – has become about Facebook likes and comments, how many “friends” you have, selfies, and what’s “trending”.  It’s turned into a popularity contest, a self-marketing exercise, with purchased popularity in the form of fake Facebook and YouTube likes from places like Istanbul and Delhi.  The more followers and friends you can muster, the more you mean it, man.  Credibility has become a word whose value is worth about as much – or rather, as little – as a self-proclaimed title or a vastly embellished resume.

Take a good look around and tell me I’m wrong.

At times, it seems the only chance of getting anything meaningful done at all is to totally separate oneself from the endless drama, group-think, and cliquey groups huddled together in their respective corners.

When I started KGRA with Race Hobbs, I was full of hope and optimism that we could manifest an open forum for discussion and dialogue, and create a platform where the UFO subject could be taken seriously.  Seemingly, what we’ve ended up doing is probably all we could do:  reflect what’s out there, and little more.

So what can anyone do?  Like all problems, acknowledging there is a problem is a good place to start.  As I see it, a major factor in this is how the mainstream media interfaces with the paranormal.  Everything to do with the paranormal has become reality TV fodder, and what that does is attract people to Ufology who are seeking attention, not answers.  Any decent researchers left standing can be blown wildly off course as they battle with their new-found attention and adulation.

Anyone can be a self-styled ghost hunter, Egyptologist, paranormal researcher or UFO expert – especially on reality TV.  Hell, you can even swap from being one to another just to get your mug on prime time.  Putting yourself out there as a love and light, new age, self-help guru?  No problem – you look the part!  Let’s re-brand you now and throw you out there as a UFO commentator on national TV!  I was recently contacted by a TV production company, asking if I’d be interested in appearing in a naked travel show.  You know it’s only a matter of time before there’s a naked UFO show.  Or two.

At what point does anyone make a stand against all of this?  At what point does any of this make sense in moving the UFO subject forward in any meaningful way?

One thing a profound UFO experience can do is destroy any sense of self or ego.  A person is then forced to re-evaluate absolutely everything in one’s existence, and de-construct – then re-construct – reality and one’s place within it in order to accommodate that experience.  It isn’t easy.  In fact, it’s incredibly hard.  But ultimately, it’s the only thing anyone can do to stay sane and relatively healthy.  At some point within this re-birth, there is usually something positive to be gained.

Perhaps the UFO community could learn a thing or two from this process.  After all, it’s part of the subject it supposedly studies.

Lorin Cutts

Join Lorin Cutts and Lauren Kott in High Strangeness 2.1 for discussion on the above, as well as The Mandela Effect (group reality overlays or mass false memories?), Remote Viewing 101, to disclose or not to disclose, the new age quagmire, Jacques Vallée’s UFO database, and much more.

Please note that Lorin Cutts disbanded KGRA Media in October 2014 and has not been affiliated in any way with KGRA Radio since this time.

Music:

High Strangeness Theme – artist: Mahunda   track: Subconscious

Part One Intro – artist : Louis-Philippe Laurendeau   track : March Of The Gladiators

Part Two lead out – artist : Sons Of Maria   track : Uruguay

Part Three lead out – artist : Laurent Garnier   track : Man With The Red Face (Mark Knight & Funkagenda Remix)

Part Four Intro: artist – English Electric  track : OK!

Part Four lead out – artist : Quintus Project   track : Night Flight