Ufologists, Why Can't They All Just Get Along?
The cutting edge of Ufology is full smart people, smart people with very strong opinions. So in this respect at least, it should be no great surprise that there are disputes among them, despite their common ground. Much like in the scientific community, whenever there is not concrete evidence, there is a crack of doubt always seems to invite debate. Why is it though, that the disagreements between certain Ufologists become so bitter and fervent?
Just recently, Lee Speigel of the Huffington Post wrote about a spat between two British Ufologists, Nick Pope and David Clarke. Pope, when discussing David Clarke's pressurizing of The National Archives to release the UK government's UFO files, referred to his rival as a 'Useful Idiot', a jibe to which Clark responded to by calling his rival a hypocrite.
This is just one such example of the squabbling that can ensue when people striving toward what is seemingly the same goal, have slightly different ideas. In fact, in the case of Pope and Clarke, it doesn't even seem as though their ideas differ that much. Both were keen to get government files on UFOs released to the public, but Pope seemed to take offense to Clarke's approach. And so begun the war of words.
It is true that within the field of Ufology there are skeptics and believers. The clashes between these camps is as understandable as it is inevitable, but it's the arguments that flare up between people of similar beliefs that appear more common. Jut last year, another British voice in the area issued a scathing attack on the others in his field...in list form. He referred to the "Rampant Fortean Idiocy" clouding ufology. On Redfern's hitlist is everything from the bad suits his colleagues wear to the prima donna attitude of the more famous names in the industry. Now, exactly who Redfern was referring to was left unsaid, but the message was pretty clear.
So just why does this keep happening? Is it as simple as a difference in approach or are ufologists so concerned about getting their voice heard that they will seek to discredit and bash the others working in the industry. It's clear from reading a lot of this that many are worried that certain voices in the industry will only serve to discredit a field of work that is not exactly embraced by the mass media. However, given the field's collective struggles, would it not make sense for everyone to just get along? Come on guys, pay nice and you may end up reaping the rewards!