The UFO Iconoclast(s)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

UFOs are tangible quanta

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We won’t persist in the quantum aspects of UFOs, which we (and others) have done in recent months, but let us try to make a (minor?) point…..

UFOs operate as if they are quantum artifacts. And we’ve enumerated that aspect of UFOs in postings below, as has Bruce Duensing at his blogs (Intangible Materiality and UFO Paradigm Probe).

UFOs act like quarks; that is, they mimic the names arbitrarily ascribed to quarks by physicists: up, down, charm, strange, top, and bottom.

(You can find more about quarks and, of course, quantum by Googling the terms.)

UFOs, as we’ve indicated before, are macro-manifestations of quantum particles, not metaphorically or figuratively but in actuality.

They can be studied, scientifically, as such, which would eliminate the defensiveness (and foolishness) that permeates UFO “research” which we discuss in our previous posts here and elsewhere.

This also goes to the heart of our desire to see UFOs renamed, or re-invented as Alien Worlds Publisher/Editor Stuart Miller suggests.

Those who see UFOs as extraterrestrial craft won’t go along with this, nor will those who think UFOs are hoaxes, hallucinations, misidentified military aircraft, meteorological phenomena, or God’s angels.

But those who really want to find out exactly what UFOs are might consider a paradigm shift regarding the mysterious intruders, and work to bring about brand new investigation and methodologies to the UFO table.

We’re trying to do that with our physics/philosophy consortium, The Einstein Fellowship. And we think others in the UFO community, not locked into old-think about UFOs, might do something along the same lines.

That is, if they can muster some open-minded and objective persons who haven’t been liquored-up by flying saucers, and addicted to the merry mayhem that UFOs often generate.

That’s the hard part: scrapping the UFO accretions of many years and starting anew.

But it can be done, if UFO-interested persons set their minds to it…..

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

It’s time to stop calling them UFOs

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After the term “flying saucers” was ridiculed out of existence, UFOs became the epithet for the mysterious phenomenon (or phenomena) that various peoples keep observing overhead and sometimes on the ground.

Unfortunately for aficionados of the enigma, the UFO sobriquet has also evolved into a term representing foolishness (or worse).

Science and media, even much of the public sector, skews up their eyes and minds when UFOs enter the overt arena.

Getting past the laugh-factor is a hurdle that can’t be overcome; it’s too ingrained as a derisive element of the UFO conundrum, maybe even the essential element, to allow serious discussion of the things.

There are many reasons why this happened, starting with the military debunking of the 1940s and exacerbated by the contractee movement of the 1950s.

Media didn’t help, as newspaper stories and television accounts made light of sightings and the people involved in those sightings.

Media likes a good joke, and flying saucers and/or UFOs were (and are) grist for the lame attempt of journalistic efforts to appear funny, something reporters and editors try to foster to assuage the public’s disdain for media aloofness and condescending attitudes.

Science and scientists generally won’t touch the UFO debate with ten-foot poles. Science won’t even address the topic jocularly. UFOs are anathema in scientific circles.

But the phenomenon deserves serious scrutiny and investigation.

UFOs have more substance than quantum particles or black holes, and are even more intriguing in practical ways.

Science fools around with string theory but can’t tackle UFO theory? That’s not being scientific, just ostrich head-in-the-sand behavior.

Ufologists – a mantle just as tainted as UFOs – are at fault here too. Those UFO mavens have brought down opprobrium upon themselves and the phenomenon both.

By cavalier investigations and acceptance of loony accounts by loony people seeking publicity and a modicum of fame, ufologists muddied the very waters they were supposed to make or keep clear.

But that’s all water under the bridge. What should happen now?

UFOs as a term for the ongoing, but greatly diminished phenomenon, has to be scrapped, and replaced by a new terminology, and a new, more rigorous scrutiny, by persons who have no distinct connection with the whole UFO history.

This means that the Renses, the Clarks, the Friedmans, the Randalls, the Lazars, the Halls, et al. and the repository of UFO history have to be discarded and the phenomenon looked at anew, with new people, and new paradigms.

We’ve written about erasing the UFO past (in our tabula rasa post here), but that won’t happen so long as the current members of the UFO community remain intact and in charge of the UFO discussion.

But, perhaps, we can get the Tonnies, the Redferns, the Bishops, the Millers, and that “objective” ilk to restrain themselves when they take on “UFOs” in their colloquies with other devotees of the phenomenon.

Mac Tonnies has already started dialogues that stray away from UFOs as such, but he’s in a definite minority, and shunned by the UFO old-guard who need UFOs as their mantra because of the time and effort they’ve expended on UFOs, the term and accoutrements to it that they’ve tried to capitalize on, some to a greater extent than others, but all with an investment in the term UFOs that can’t be easily dismissed.

Nonetheless, if the phenomenon is to be resolved or explained, it can only be so by a fresh start, and a whole new group of persons, with new thought and new insights.

And that new group can’t be saddled with the badgered term “UFO.”

(The phrase "Unidentified Aerial Phenomena" is too wordy for a sound-byte and too complex for the mental faculties of the public at large, or media. So that replacement doesn't work.)

As Alien Worlds magazine Publisher/Editor Stuart Miller has it, UFOs need to be reinvented.

He’s right, and the study of UFOs concomitantly.

We’ll address the issue further upcoming, and will suggest new terminologies for the besmirched mystery, even though even we will have to rework our blog titles and our outlook on those things that intrude now and then, causing minor uproars amongst persons whose curiosity hasn’t been sated thus far by anything or anyone who presumes to know something about UFOs….er, we mean…..ah….um…

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Life and Death of UFOs

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Oswald Spengler, in his book The Decline of the West (and other tomes) posited that city-states (countries, nations, empires, et cetera) have a “biological” existence; that is, they are born, live, and die much like human beings and other flora and fauna.

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This is, we conjecture, what has happened and is happening to UFOs (flying saucers and the strange aerial phenomena that have been reported by many observers).

Early UFOs appeared in ancient skies as chariots, shields, and sun-like or comet-like visages.

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When they showed up near modern times, they did so as air-ships, dirigible-like flying vehicles.

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They had matured from “hardware” and meteorological phenomena to actual craft, operated by beings or as self-propelled entities.

In the late 1940s and 1950s, they became adolescent, and appeared with substantial bearing and activity: they even inter-acted, foolishly, with humankind.

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In the 1960s and 1970s they formed gangs and, by abductions and other intrusions (over head), terrorized humanity oftentimes.

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In the 1980s they started to mellow, and their activity became benign and non-confrontational pretty much.

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In the 1990s, up to our time (2008), they have been on the wane, with occasional spurts of senile activity, as they start their descent into death, which should occur any time now.

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We may be even be seeing the “ghosts” or spirits of UFOs, as they have perhaps already died in reality, as they have in the minds of many around the globe.

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(Edward Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire also acts as a precursor to the UFO phenomenon, and not just metaphorically.)

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