UFO Conjecture(s)

Thursday, December 01, 2011

UFOs: The numbers obviate reality

This paper by Francis Ridge, listing a century of UFO sightings in parts of Indiana and Midwest America, prodded me to consider this...

The sheer number of reported UFO sightings, just in the modern era, is so vast that they rule out, sensibly, the idea that the Earth is being visited by extraterrestrial civilizations, or visitors from time and/or other dimensions.

Those following the subject of UFOs are inundated with a raft of new sightings everyday. And adding the new sightings to those reported since 1947, in publications like that pictured above, not to mention the historical sightings found in such works as the Vallee/Aubeck book, Wonders in the Sky, one can only conclude that the numbers mitigate against the propositions of alien visitation, unless....

Earth is a "tourist" attraction for curious from the far-reaches of the galaxy or Universe, or even from other dimensions.

That scenario is ludicrous on the face of it. But what else do we have?

There seems to be a tangibility to many (earlier) UFO sightings.

So there is some kind of reality at work here.

Then we have the Vallee/Caravaca/Persinger theses that posit mental intrusions of some kind that have evoked images of flying saucers and UFOs over the years.

But the interceptions of sensory input with material disruptions of various kinds (burns, indentations in soil, automobile failures, radar images, photographs, videos, et cetera) work against the idea that something or someone causes UFOs to
be products of the mind, only.

Just as the raft of sightings, over the years and currently, dissuade against a concrete reality, mental machinations by "others" is just as foolish.

What kind of entities would have the time or inclination to spend such time and efforts as that required to befuddle human minds?

It makes no Earthian or interplanetary/interdimensional sense.

UFOs, which are real, in some way or other, need an explanation that takes into account the obvious ubiquity of the phenomenon.

The ET hypothesis doesn't explain UFOs, nor do the mental quirk theories.

Something else is needed, but what?