Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Richard Dolan against The Washington Post.
The problem for these self-proclaimed UFO “experts” is that they just hate criticisms. They want to be left in peace, writing the usual nonsense and selling it.
Caitlin Dewey wrote in The Washington Post about The fear that drives our alien belief.
The article analyzes the meaning of the UFO-ET mythology, quoting several scientific sources. The psychologist Stephen Diamond suggests that the belief in Extraterrestrial visitors makes some people feel that we are “… still capable of experiencing something that lifts us out of our everyday, mundane, ordinary, banal, often seemingly purposeless lives, and [they also remind us], if only momentarily, what it means to be fully, ecstatically alive in a universe filled with beauty, mystery, terror, danger and wonder.”
The Washington Post article makes Richard Dolan mad. He loses his nice guy image and writes: “This article is another shameful and absurd attempt by the Washington Post to debunk something that the publication has never, ever bothered to do the slightest bit of real investigation about.”
Of course, this is pure, unadulterated nonsense. Either Dolan doesn’t read the commentary, or he is blinded by his resentment.
Richard Dolan feels that someone invaded “Dolanworld”. A well documented journalist violated the sacred space where a professional mythologist rewrites and sells the same old UFO inventions.
The Washington Post’s informs us that “Researchers at the Universities of Westminster and Vienna have identified a proverbial host of factors that appear to correlate to belief in UFOs: Gender, politics, religiosity, intelligence, fantasy proneness—even certain psychological disorders, like schizophrenia.”
For Richard Dolan, “the Post wastes everyone’s time with infantile explanations, it destroys its credibility among serious individuals who know better.”
Those who know better write this about Richard Dolan:
“Dolan is strictly a nuts & bolts guy and does not consider alternative hypotheses in the field. Sociological and psychological issues are beside the point to him.”
“The problem is that Dolan appears to take all evidence at face value. He will quote Morris K. Jessup on an equal basis with Jacques Vallee. He will talk of Gray Barker on the same level as J. Allen Hynek. He puts Philip Corso at the same level as Jerome Clark. In other words, he does not seem to discriminate between sources. He considers them all valid. Rather than sifting through vast amounts of disinformation for the Truth, it’s more like he’s amassing a mound of evidence without regard to its veracity or corroboration. He doesn’t even allude to the possibility that there might be some problems with some of this evidence. The clowns are thrown in with the professors.”
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