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I am trying to understand you. Words are all we are dealing with here Jeff. If I understood you, I wouldn't have asked you the question.
If you are talking about circumstantial evidence, then it doesn't "prove" anything. I am assuming that you know that.
As an aside, I will never forget an incident that John Keel relayed to me roughly 22 years ago. (or it might have been 23 years) Vicki and I were in Conn. where Vicki was giving a presentation and afterwards we had dinner with John. We were talking about a number of subjects and I was telling Keel what a huge fan I was of his book Mothman Prophecies and told him that during that time period I only lived a couple of hours from Point Pleasant, WV. I mentioned some of the weird things happening then in my little corner of the universe, UFO sightings, and even cryptid animal sightings. I then asked John about the Silver Bridge incident. He began telling me the things that were then happening, about his weird experiences including MIB incursions, etc. (As an aside Keel had a coterie of fans, erstwhile investigators and hangers on in NYC.) One of those guys was Jerry Clark. Keel chuckled then when he relayed that at the time of the collapse of the Bridge that many in his group were certain that a huge catastrophic event was about to happen and with the collapse of the bridge Clark almost had a total nervous collapse .. that he was terrified almost out of his mind at that point. Of course time moved right along, the earth continued to spin around the sun and the aliens did not invade. I ran into Jerry Clark not too long after that dinner with John Keel and asked him about what Keel relayed to me. Jerry didn't have very much to say about it then. Could this be one of the reasons Clark is not very complimentary of John Keel now? Hmm ....
I just wanted to let you know how incredible it is that you routinely participate on this forum. I take that for granted sometimes, and it just sort of knocks me upside the head when I realize as much from time to time. You Sir, with the deepest respect for what is the UFO and everyone's magical considerations about them, are so fricken COOL!!! Your adventures and the way you relay them as an unfolding of UFO culture is just so straight up awesome. I know that might sound like 14 year old enthusiasm, or whatever, but it's genuine and honestly inspired by you. You are a LUCKY man Don. To have such a talented and wonderful life long best friend in Vicki. Just such an amazing partnership in mutual motivation. Salute man, & ThanX4bnU.
I'm glad somebody got something good out this thread.Jeff, your note was very much appreciated and very gracious. I showed it to Vicki and she was very moved. Thank you. There sure isn't much of a living in UFO/Paranormal research and it is remarks like yours that do make it worthwhile. Once again, thanks and deeply appreciated.
Since when has data entry, running a programme and a mathematical outcome been an analogy for or simile for investigative research.
I am referring to the composite layering of correlated information obtained from field obtained database research efforts.
Yes, i don't understand this dismissive connotation of the phrase, but it appears to be a Ufological interpretation where, "the act of thinking magically is used whenever adherents to the UFOlogical interpretive manifestos stray too from the razor of Occam, which reminds us of the word Occult, and causes one to create an explanation of unique phenomenon as belonging to things like other dimensions, ultra terrestrials, crypto terrestrials etc.." So why think magical when you can think ETH, or something like that, i think?
There was an attempt to reclaim The Art of Magical Thinking in this thread below which suggested that we could use our imaginations, alternative thinking processes, lateral wet dreaming etc. to think more outside of the strapped in UFO paradigm box and find alternative approaches the conundrums of old and new testament ufology.
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There was also this thread on Consciousness and Magic, but I leave all the consciousness thread explanations to @smcder ; because, i think he's the only one that can hold their contents together in one of his larger gestalts that he carries around the digital landscape like some kind of inuksuk for him to use to chart out his own research path. he could probably explain magical thinking in a more involved way than i could.
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