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Friday, May 12, 2017

The Misuse or Non-use of Urtext in Ufology

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Urtext is the definition for an original or earliest text [extant]; that is, a compose's first finished piece of music or a writer's final draft before publication of his or her written work.

In ufology, the first report or interview of a UFO witness sighting would be the urtext of that sighting.

For instance, Kenneth Arnold’s first interview about his iconic sighting would be the urtext version of what he allegedly saw.

Betty Hill’s first account of her purported abduction would be the urtext version of what supposedly happened to her and her husband Barney.

In classical literature, first copies of works, urtext copies, are what academics want to see, the most original work(s) of Homer or Shakespeare for instance.

In Biblical studies, the urtext of the Biblical writings are of primary importance.

For ufologists, the problem has invariably been that original UFO reporting is usually(?) accreted to by UFO buffs who often add extraneous material that favors their bias or inclination – the belief that UFOs are extraterrestrial craft for example.

Just as copies of Biblical manuscripts obtained errors or additions by errant or inept monks in their copying of Biblical books, UFO reports, likewise, are added to by inept or biased UFO aficionados, investigators, researchers.

The 1964 Lonnie Zamora Socorro sighting, a favorite of mine, as you know, was compromised by the initial, governmental investigators and UFO writer Ray Stanford, abetted by J. Allen Hynek who didn’t keep hold of the urtext description of the episode by Officer Zamora, and particularly the symbol or insignia that Officer Zamora said he saw (and drew).

Many UFO cases have become bloated and errant by the addition, inadvertently or mistakenly, of material that never was part of the initial witness account.

This sloppy methodology has been a bane of ufology, but little acknowledged by writers and readers of UFO material who, themselves, accept, blindly what they read in magazines or gather, especially, on the internet.

The disciplines of science and academia are eschewed by UFO enthusiasts for various reasons; i.e., laziness, ignorance, propagandistically inclined biases, et cetera.

Once, UFO followers and devotees adopt a tenor of serious, intellectual, academic demeanor for their ufological hobby, the UFO topic might resurge as a valid interest for science, the media, and the public at large.



  • I have to concur with your assessment. It is an area of researching cases that had caught my attention early on.


    The above link describes in detail my early attempts to look at cases in the form of changing "narratives." We have the initial story, that overtime morphs into something totally different. The rationale that you describe in your post fits well with the example that I've linked to.

    Witness accounts concerning UFOs have components that are shoe horned into the narrative in an attempt to provide justification...I liken it to "pounding a round peg into a square hole" and proclaiming that it fits.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Friday, May 12, 2017  

  • The problem is ubiquitous, Tim, as you know.

    But getting UFOers to not indulge in such "behaviour" is daunting. Everyone wants to interpret and they sometimes do so without knowing, consciously, that they are doing so.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, May 12, 2017  

  • I reopened the my blog a few days ago. I'm looking at a new approach to all of this "insanity."

    Rather than saying "Amen" at the end of your posts, I figure that I would go in a slightly different, if not parallel, direction regarding the issue.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Friday, May 12, 2017  

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