UFO Conjecture(s)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Paglen Pictures – But where are the UFO/ET Pictures?

The October 22nd, 2012 New Yorker magazine had a profile of Trevor Paglen by Jonah Wiener [Prying Eyes, Page 54 ff.]

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Mr. Paglen is a fellow who is noted for his artistic photographs of highly secret places like Area 51.

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Mr. Paglen hopes to enlighten the population about such clandestine venues by making aesthetic images of those venues.

I don’t get the point exactly but found an effort by Mr. Paglen to be worthy of extrapolation.

That effort is this: Mr. Paglen has gathered a group of images that he, along with help of researchers at MIT and astronomer Joel Weisberg, will be launched on a satellite, the Echostar XVI, late in 2012.

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The intent is to provide the images, called The Last Pictures, for intergalactic aliens.

This is similar to the images that Carl Sagan helped create and gather for Voyager 1 which is at the outer edges of the Solar System and meant to enlighten galactic civilizations about the Earth and its inhabitants.

These “notes in a bottle” are interesting and projective; that is, they assume that life exists in the Universe and that life will find the images informative about another existence, us.

But questions arise…

If there is life elsewhere, why hasn't it tried to communicate with us, via such imaged projectiles or something similar?

After all, UFO ET advocates would have us believe that flying saucers contain thinking humanoids.

And haven’t UFOs and their witnessed occupants mimicked humanity, in clothing and appearance, even appurtenances (such as belts, weaponry, footwear, helmets, et cetera)?

Even UFOs or flying saucers haven’t been more exotic than Earth’s aircraft designs.

So there would seem to be a similar engineering mind-set at work in the UFO phenomenon.

But even without UFO entities like us, science thinks that galactic civilizations would have the same mathematical sensibilities as our own, or even an evolved mental (or societal) ability not unlike ours so they would understand the images attached to Voyager 1 or Paglen’s satellite insertions.

Implicit in the Paglen and Sagan thrusts lies a belief that life isn’t unique to Earth.

But science refuses to accept visitations here from those outer lives.

And UFO buffs have got to ask themselves why UFO occupants haven’t tried to provide images of their cultures or civilizations.

That is one of the enduring mysteries of the UFO phenomenon: the lack of identification.

Your thoughts?

RR

The Unscience of Ufology

UFO mavens and “researchers” have been so fixated in trying to convince the general public, media, and the government that UFOs are real, they’ve neglected the aspects of UFO accounts that could have, perhaps, determined what UFOs are.

Sensible persons know that “things” have been seen in the sky, on (or in) the oceans, and on the ground that are mysterious and unexplained by observation.

What those things are or have been has been sidelined by the defensive attitude of curious persons who have and continue to try and convince others that such things have actually been seen, that reports of the things are true observations – that witnesses to such things have seen what they say they have seen.

So much time and effort have been spent trying to prove that strange things have actually been seen, the “evidence” – hard and evanescent – has been set aside, to the point that those details have been muddied or lost by the vicissitudes of time and memory.

Roswell continues to resonate as the basics of that incident were resurrected by UFO researchers and enhanced by witnesses who’ve provided, what they say, are details that they recall and experienced.

Moreover, there are photographs, a press release, and a venue (or two) that remain intact and open to scrutiny, even after sixty-five years.

A Roswell Dream Team has been established by Kevin Randle, a team composed of sane (mostly), sensible men – but none of them scientists or skilled in aspects of science that are needed to address the Roswell issues.

Tyros and wannabes continue to muddy the Roswell waters with fraudulent expertise, as one can see by the latest salvo about the so-called Ramey memo, seen in a 1947 photograph and being discussed at Mr. Randle’s blog.

UFO hobbyists have inserted themselves into the Roswell story, in hopes of gaining some cachet with other Roswell “experts” – and there are Roswell “experts” but only insofar as they’ve accumulated detritus about Roswell over the years and present that detritus as if it is scientific data and evidence. It isn’t.

It’s merely dossiers of hear-say and conjecture.

But Roswell, unlike other UFO sightings and accounts, has a surfeit of materials that keeps the incident alive, which even if it comes, at this late moment, to a conclusion that an extraterrestrial thing crashed or landed near Roswell, still does not answer why such an ET visitation took place and what it means for humans today.

There is no science when it comes to Roswell, and even less so for other UFO sightings.

UFO aficionados are so anxious to “prove” that their interest in UFOs is worthwhile they have forsaken the elements of UFO sightings that might explain the phenomenon.

When one reviews the articles from UFO notables – Jerry Clark for one – one becomes fully aware that the notables (Clark et al.) have merely accumulated witness testimony. The notables haven’t presented insight or testimonial dogma of any kind.

They have only piled up story after story, witness account after witness account.

The hypotheticals have been open-ended and discursive.

Also, other UFO advocates will not call-out the slovenly approach to the “research” by UFO notables for fear of being shunned by the UFO community.

Alexis de Tocqueville noted in his masterwork, Democracy in America [1835], that Americans are loath to criticize fellow citizens, even when their fellows are reprobate, for fear of being ostracized by their community.

This is the case with the UFO community in spades.

UFO critics do not castigate the ineptitude of past and present UFO researchers, for fear of being “Amished” by the UFO community at large,

The failure of UFO notables and researchers to apply science methodology goes unanswered by almost all of the UFO curious, even those with credibility and sanity who write about or bring UFOs to the table with civility and applied deference.

I cite Anomalist here.

That my recent blurb about Michael Sword and his confab of UFO “geezers” caused an irrational defense of Professor Swords and the gaggle of UFO “notables” who met, one night, in his messy domicile, indicates the point I’m making here.

UFO “failures” are ignored, not talked about, and certainly not to be discussed openly.

It seems that the unscience of ufology is sacrosanct among the UFO underclass..

Only those who adopt the “King is not wearing clothes” approach to ufology – Bruce Duensing for one – have the temerity to point out that Ufologists and their lackeys are shorn of intellectual thought and research acumen.

Everyone else allows the dormant status quo to prevail.

And that’s why UFOs remain a mystery – a pathetic mystery, but still a mystery after all.

RR