Thursday, October 19, 2006
Richard Dolan - Scholar or Entertainer?
I think it's important to remind everyone that Dolan's scholarship is not competently questioned _anywhere_ and it is largely uncontested, moreover... ...Excepted, that is to say, by a few more concerned with the disruption of their personal paradigms than chips falling where they may.
I disagree. Anyone who reads his book UFOs and the National Security State carefully will find that a lot of what he has written is anything but scholarly, especially his reliance on single, unreliable sources and his giving credence to wacko conspiracy theories. For more detailed criticism, read my review, which I wrote shortly after the book was published and is available here.
If Dolan has written any scholarly works, this book is not one of them. It is an example of a book written to provide entertainment rather than reliable information.
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Some ammo for when the artillery gets directed your way:
"This is a book that ought to be read with a large saltshaker at hand." - Clark
"Although his UFO history is reasonably accurate, I would seriously dispute the 'scholarly' label when it comes to his conspiratorial view of Government secrecy." - Hall
Dick later called Dolan's reasoning "paranoid".
And my own review, back in May 2005 (which ahs since earned me the ire of certain ufological attack dogs):
In this instance, although certainly not others, we are in general agreement.
A caveat, however. Whatever the flaws in his work, I believe Dolan sincerely holds these views. He is not simply an "entertainer", but rather a historian who got a lot of things wrong, and whose conclusions far outreached the available evidence (and perhaps were informed by those same sincere beliefs).
Hey, it happens. No historian is perfect.
Hmm... you seem to be in error, as I've just tried the link (twice) to my review, and it works fine.
The one to Jerry Clark's quote does not, however... it came from late October, 2002, and there seems to be a few days at that time which are no longer available at the Updates archive.
The road to hell, eh?
Same tired old reaction that's been going on for centuries, burn the heretic, especially if he's right.
And Dolan IS right.
All those thousands of us who have had repeated exposure to 'ET' and their mission[?] - are VERY AWARE of their presence, which we do not see as a threat.
That our rulers do see them as a threat is very obvious. I have been a victim of this human knee-jerk response as have many others.
It takes YEARS of research [and experience] to learn how to assess the Flying Saucer material.
I like the way its going.
ET has all the time in the world, we terrestrials however are not so well equipped.
Live Long and Prosper...