UFO Conjecture(s)

Sunday, June 03, 2007

UFOs, Bigfoot, and Nessie

It should strike some who engage in fringeology that the various phenomena indicated by our title above are without concrete actualization.

With all the technical equipment extant, and some going back to the early 1800s (photography), no UFO, no Bigfoot (although we like the Patterson film), and no Loch Ness serpent (even allowing for the current eel video) has been verified by such equipment.

UFOs have been photographed, but not one photo or video has provided absolute or even circumstantial proof that the thing photographed is a substantial phenomenon that requires the scrutiny of science.

The amorphous UFO situation has left the phenomenon to persons without scientific credentials; men and women who, because of a lack of academic disciplines that apply, accept the evanescence of UFOs as a kind of reality worthy of their time and efforts.

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The same is true of Bigfoot, Sasquatch, the Yeti.

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The Loch Ness appearances have also been photographed (and witnessed) by scores of people. But not one photograph or video brings the observations into the arena of reality.

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Nessie is as elusive as ever, along with her wooded companion, Bigfoot, and her aerial counterpart, UFOs.

There are no photographs of the Roswell flyover or crash, just some controversial debris that continues to spark debate among the fringers.

There is no video or photograph of the recent O’Hare sighting, and cameras were all over the place the day that UFO allegedly showed up.

No corroborating pictures of Patterson’s Bigfoot, before or since.

No unblurry, authentic pictures of Nessie., then or now.

And cameras, as we’ve noted have been around for 200 years, with a gazillion photographs, of everything under the sun, virtually all of them distinguishable as the thing captured.

But not UFOs, or Nessie, or Bigfoot.

So why do fringers persist?

The obsession with these creatures and aerial phenomena cannot be explained by scientific curiosity, because scientists, actual ivory-tower academics, are not, as a rule, curious about the things named here.

So what causes persons, a few not totally insane, to incur the loss of their short-lived existences by pursuing these transient and/or fictitious entities?

Well, we could trot out our usual etiology of psychosis, but that would be too easy or glib, and wouldn’t account for the few quasi-rational persons (James McDonald, John Mack, Donald Keyhoe, Loren Coleman, Jerome Clark, et alii) who’ve explored the phenomena named here.

There has to be something else at work, something that spurs a small group of human beings to give up a rational life for the life of a societal outsider, persons who don’t care about the plight of Darfurians, or how the war in Iraq is going, or how many people are dying of AIDs or cancer, et cetera.

We’ve taken on the personalities in the UFO community elsewhere. Maybe it’s time to seek the smoking gun that creates the UFO, Bigfoot, Nessie fringers rather than spending time trying to understand what the reality of UFOs, Bigfoot, and Nessie is.

The point may be that it’s the human mind we’re supposed to be fathoming, not the phenomena named here. They (UFOs, Bigfoot, and Nessie) are symbols that are supposed to drive us to find out why the minds of some are afflicted by such intangibles.

And when we find out why some are so easily distracted and existentially remote, then maybe we’ll have achieved an evolutionary thrust that moves man from nonsense to meaningful purpose.