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The UFO Phenomenon: Fact, Fantasy and Disinformation The UFO Phenomenon: Fact, Fantasy and Disinformation by John Michael Greer

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
The first half of the book could be described as a memetic history of the form the UFO took in the popular imagination and was later encountered by human witnesses. For example, some of the earliest UFO encounters were with zeppelin-like airships after those vehicles had been conceived and promised but before they were a practical reality. This first half of the book seems like subtle and kid-gloved debunking.

In the second half of the book Greer explains how the approaches of both the ETH (extra-terrestrial hypothesis) advocates AND those who favor the NH (null hypothesis) are both decidedly rhetorical and NON-scientific.

He also takes the position that the single biggest obstacle to unraveling the UFO phenomenon is the belief that it is a single phenomenon. Specifically, Greer argues that a sizable portion of UFO sightings were staged hoaxes by military and intelligence agencies meant to provide cover for the development of top secret aircraft.

He describes another class of encounters as "apparitions," and these are likely to have an element of high strangeness about them. This section of the book held the most interest for me and was too cursory for my liking.

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Jul. 7th, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
That was actually my main complaint about "The Long Descent" too - the last part, which for me was the part with the most to offer, was just too thin. I wanted more. But I suppose if that's the least of the complaints....

This isn't a phenomenon of writing limited to JMG, though; I've seen it in far too many recent books (more so in fiction). I've started chalking it up to deadlines and the push to get material out for the paycheck, I'd bet sometimes not even so much being driven by/for the author as by the publisher.

Of course, my thesis was the same way: the bulk was exposition of the grounding research for the concluding idea. But it was a thesis, not a book, and therefore doesn't count.
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