Mike Clelland is a ufology blogger and Hidden Experience is his creation. He is an unassuming guy when you first get to know him. He’s considerate and conversant on a number of topics, including his love of hiking. His bright eyes are both observant and present as he engages others in conversation. I met him some years ago for the first time at an International UFO Congress. He seemed a really likeable guy whose interest in Ufology was a little deeper than most.
Since then, I’ve come to know Mike as a stand-up guy that does his best to stay rooted in inquiry without judgment. That’s a tough one to find in Ufology as most folks have some kind of agenda they are pushing, whether it’s book sales or some newfangled device. Mike is just a real down-to-earth guy who does his homework and presents what he finds with as clear and articulate a method as he can muster. His blog, Hidden Experience, is a great read.
Of course that doesn’t mean he stays in areas that are comfortable or convenient within Ufology. Far from it. His recent article on Roger Marsh questions the status of addressing the abduction and contactee phenomena. Roger had been recently interviewed and stated that he had to set that topic aside, essentially. Now to put that in perspective he is the editor for the monthly MUFON Journal. Traditionally MUFON is focused on physical phenomena and not on individual/subjective experiences. So it stands to reason that he has to put his opinions aside when functioning as a professional representing MUFON.
Mike still explores the question of abduction and contactee events, though. Roger was not offended by Mike’s inquisition at all. It wouldn’t surprise me if Roger even appreciated that Mike brought up the subject in the first place. So what of abductions and/or contactee experiences? Do they deserve more research and scrutiny with an open yet objective perspective? It would seem so. After all, wouldn’t we want to know what the ETs are saying?
I have to admit, though, that this brings up a vastly more subjective and often surreptitious field of play. There is tremendous polarization amongst the constituents of ufology from alien take-overs for control of resources, human and material; to a new world order of harmony among people and planet facilitated by humankind with ET help. Thrown in to the mix is the constant call for disclosure that seems almost anticlimactic now. What are your thoughts?
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