Stanton T. Friedman and Kathleen Marden - The Paracast

UFOlogical icon Stanton Friedman and his collaborator Kathleen Marden were Gene and Chris' guests this past weekend, discussing their latest book, Fact, Fiction, and Flying Saucers: The Truth Behind the Misinformation, Distortion, and Derision by Debunkers, Government Agencies, and Conspiracy Conmen. A dialogue with Stanton is always a hoot, and the conversation did not confine itself merely to the topics covered in the lengthy title. Among the points that particularly resonated were the authors' insistence upon original research in the documentary sources, and Marden's trenchant observation that some ufologists, like the disinformants on the far opposite end of the ufological spectrum, use too much speculation without factual backup for their claims. In The Count and the Contactees, Peter Rogerson of Magonia examines another recent book. The Incredible Life of George Hunt Williamson: Mystical Journey: Itinerary of a Privileged UFO Witness. and finds a credulous and admiring view of a kind of fantastic Indiana Jones-type of character which gives "a fascinating insight into the cultic milieu in which Williamson moved." Additionally, the book may provide a basis for diagnosis of Williamson's antics and wild claims as "the Caraboo Syndrome," a condition "in which people either create greatly inflated versions of their own lives or adopt completely fictitious identities," as explained in Knowing Me, Knowing Who?. A flawed book perhaps; an interesting story--definitely. In Alabama Witness Recalls Alien Abduction During UFO Event, the reporter remembers being paralyzed by a blue beam of light and believes she received a healing as part of an onboard experience. (WM)

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