The UFO Iconoclast(s)

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

What UFO species should we be studying?

We have a slight dilemma here, and it’s this…

Some of our rabid visitors wish to pursue, forever, the Roswell incident. (We don’t.)

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Some like Alien Abduction stories. (We don’t.)

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Some like archived anomalies seen in the sky. (We don’t.)

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UFO lights in the night sky or shiny UFOs in the daytime sky have fans.

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Encounters with strange beings or weird aircraft are popular fare for some.

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Some believe that UFOs are a psychological operation (or psy-op) of governments and/or military constructs.

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And then there are those who think the whole UFO phenomenon (or phenomena) is a neurological or psychological aberration, reconstructed from mass media imagery.

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Thus we have a fragmented topic that needs, we keep writing, specialization or a division stratification not unlike that in biological classifications: phylum (or phyla), genus, species, et cetera.

We’d be interested to know what UFO category is your favorite, or the one that you think needs the most attention.

RR

10 Comments:

  • the only one category worth studying is a new category in ufology:

    phenomena studied by the tools and methods of scientifc inquiry.
    if a serious scientific study will not be planned and executed by skilled scientists we will become aged, as many others ufo buffs and "ufologists" did in more than 50 years.
    to achieve this goal, is unfortunately needed a abrupt change, either in science and in politics.
    enlightening is, in my opinion, excellent leslie kean's book.

    By Blogger ilfakiro, at Wednesday, February 01, 2012  

  • Arthur C.Clarke once said that UFOs need a "long period of benign neglect". I think these were his exact words.

    I would second this proposition. By benign neglect I mean ALL aspects of ufology. Some aspects are worth studying more than others, but we always seem to engage in endless debates that get us nowhere.

    Take this latest Roswell Dream Team, for instance. If they eventually conclude that Roswell was indeed ET and that the US government has covered up this fact for 65 years they will merely be (rightly) ignored, and laughed at, by science and officialdom. But if they miraculously change their stance and admit that maybe it was, after all, probably NOT ET, they will be judged guilty of a complete reversal of everything they have been promoting for the last 20 to 25 years. A case of heads they lose, tails they lose.

    And if they conclude with a non-committal answer, they will, in effect, have got nowhere.

    What a predicament.

    Abductions? Same answer really. Books can be written, movies and documentaries made, conferences held, psychologists and sociologists can discuss it endlessly. What results? A great big nothing! Abductions have long ceased to be of interest to the masses, if they ever were. Again, no hardware is produced, ever. Where are all these alleged 'implants'? Where are they? Either fictitious, or totally useless to science, that's where.

    Common or garden UFO sightings (i.e. lights in the sky) are surely total boredom. Even new photographs don't interest people much these days. Far too many opportunities to fake them. And we are still too obsessed with the old ones.

    Clarke is right. The subject needs a long period of "benign neglect".

    Despite the above I still enjoy discussing and debating the subject!

    By Blogger cda, at Wednesday, February 01, 2012  

  • I'm with ya, CDA...

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, February 01, 2012  

  • The subject as it has been discussed by "ufology" is hopelessly entangled from one aspect to another, all beginning with that miserable acronym.
    The more it is studied outside of "ufology" there might be an agreement on measurability that leads to classifying effects by measurement and not the 57 varieties of entertaining woo-woo, my own included.
    Theres no end run.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Wednesday, February 01, 2012  

  • Assume that UFOs are real, something important and rather mysterious, and that the information (for whatever reason) has been covered up by certain governmental officials starting way back when. My prefered area of "study" would be a document dump (to end all document dumps)by someone in an important official position inside the Beltway. Finding that person and getting that person (or persons) to come "out" with those documents would HAVE TO interest the establishment press and, hopefully, resolve some of the matters that we have been spinning our wheels around for decades.

    By Blogger Dominick, at Wednesday, February 01, 2012  

  • Arthur C Clarke is also emblematic of the discord. He cheerfully asserted that aliens had visited Earth before and in the same speech decried the stupidity of the ETH as it related to ufology.

    He might have been the first sceptic to point out that space is very bloody large. In his view - too large for visitors in the modern age and too small for them not to have dropped by in preceding millennia...

    The tangled logic, and fallibility, that we are all guilty of is there in his words.

    'What should we be studying?'

    Damned if I know. Seems like a 'Dream Team' of thousands have been trying to find a consensus for decades: scientists, nutcases, fools, theorists and everyone else.

    On the bright side, ufology is no better or worse than politics, marketing or sport.

    Most of the regulars (and you Rich) have been around the subject for far more time than I have and it suggests that the subject has chosen us...as much as we choose it.

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Wednesday, February 01, 2012  

  • Ah, Kandinsky, it's nice to be chosen, is it not?

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, February 01, 2012  

  • I guess it is.

    At least the company isn't too bad either...mostly.

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Wednesday, February 01, 2012  

  • Mostly.....

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, February 01, 2012  

  • I would like to pinpoint that if ufology is this sad barnum circus, well I'm not guilty, and so many and many of you.
    we have just one guilty: scientific establishment, coward toward politics and military.
    how many ivy league universities refused to accept half million dollar check from Usaf, before Condon of Colorado University accepted it?
    we have today an ufology landscape full of crop circle, closed door abductions, area 51 revelations, but it's not my fault.
    I'm surprised by AC Clarke words: he was a scientist, too.
    It was his duty investigate or promote a serious study of this topic.

    By Blogger ilfakiro, at Thursday, February 02, 2012  

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