UFO Conjecture(s)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ufology’s “mission” today should be…….?

UFO buffs/mavens have got to come to the realization that its phenomenon is no longer relevant or important, in the great scheme of things.

It once seemed to be, and obsessively, for some, it is still important.

But, really, it is a “mystery” that no longer matters.

Ufology, as a discipline – which it is not and has never been – should become archaeological; that is, its purpose should be to explain all the UFO stories, reports, and tales in the UFO lore, e.g. Kenneth Arnold’s sighting, what happened near Rowell, those Trent photos, the Flatwood’s monster sighting, Betty and Barney’s episode, Socorro, the Solway “spaceman” picture, the Travis Walton “abduction,” the O’Hare Airport event, or any number of other UFO accounts that still resonate with devotees.

Gathering current UFO sightings, which arguably, don’t have the cachet of the classic flying saucer events, is not exactly a waste of time but it is an effort without value.

The mystery about those old(er) UFO stories is just that, a mystery that itches and needs to be scratched, for many UFO old-timers.

It’s akin to Heinrich Schliemann’s search for Troy, or Stanley’s trek to find Livingston, or the ongoing attempt to discover what happened to Amelia Earhart.

What UFOs are today is meaningless in the context of world as we know it: barbaric militants trying to assert an unwanted world order, diseases and illnesses that can abruptly run amok, financial disasters looming ever so near for countries and individuals, insane crimes without rhyme or reason, et cetera.

Ufology would do well to renew itself by establishing a methodology by which it can take on the old UFO enigmas and, perhaps, tackle any new UFO emergence with real scientific and forensic tools, eschewing the inept and slovenly activities of UFO enthusiasts of the past – need I name them?

UFOs mean nothing to the vast majority of humans on Earth today.

(A cursory query of students and faculty at U of M in Ann Arbor by members of the RRRGroup indicated a sum-zero interest in UFOs; not one person evinced an interest in the topic, something I found out when I asked media persons online at our Facebook page a few months back about UFOs – no one, not one person, expressed a goddamn about UFOs.)

But still, there are a few “outlanders” like me, CDA, and a few others who read here, who are still enthralled by UFOs, mostly the classic cases but also UFOs in and of themselves.

Again, it’s not something we’re proud to announce but, nostalgically, we still want to know exactly what happened or what was seen exactly in those flying disk or UFO reports.

Ufology could serve us by redefining its “research” if only to ease that UFO niggling that still causes some of us to find the topic interesting, even though we recognize that the whole UFO panoply is worthless as a human commodity.

Yes, it’s obsessional and silly, but there it is…



  • It may be obsessional, Rich, but it is hardly silly. I'm re-reading Ed Ruppelt's "Report on Unidentified Flying Objects (1956) probably for the 4th time. What stands out quite clearly is the absolute seriousness of the UFO situation in 1952. Not one bit silly as far as the Pentagon and CIA were concerned. Nothing silly about the objects tracked on 3 different radars on those two infamous weekends in July or about the fighters called in repeatedly. Nothing silly about the speed at which some of the objects left the scopes. Nothing silly at all. And it's sober reporting like Ruppelt's that keeps some of us in the game.

    By Blogger Dominick, at Thursday, October 30, 2014  

  • Oh, I agree totally, Dominick.

    I wasn't clear apparently.

    Flying saucers and UFOs were serious at one time.

    They are not serious today, not in the public mind anyway.

    The government and a few UFO devotees think they're serious, but the great unwashed do not.

    That was my point.

    The phenomenon is not on the back burner of life, it isn't even on the stove.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, October 30, 2014  

  • One reason, among many, that the general public, media, and main stream science shy away from UFOs, can be directly attributed to the antics of MUFON and so-called UFO conventions that attract a sordid bunch of characters.

    Yet, despite the above, it would appear that a good portion of the population do believe that UFOs/ET exists in one form or fashion regarding earth visitations. What a paradox. I suspect that subculture media outlets are responsible for this.

    It's the cottage industries that now appear to keep the subject on life support. Did you get your Roswell tee-shirt?

    For me, its a fascinating "field trip" looking at the psychological nature of the phenomena (nothing new there as I've posted comments here and on my blog about this).

    There is a singularity for all cases...the human factor, and this can't be ignored. Until this is honestly tackled, then everyone will be spinning their wheels for the foreseeable future.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Thursday, October 30, 2014  

  • Rich, you WERE clear; don't appologize. I just had to rant a bit about something that almost no one (outside the groups you mention) treat seriously. Even my own son, certainly not one of the typical unwashed by any means, who has heard Dad seriously discuss UFO reports for decades, cannot develop any urgency about the subject. There are mortages to feed, a kid to take to soccer practice, jobs to attend to; no time for mostly tabloid UFO stories. His attitude is roughly "Hey if it's real, great, but there's not much I can do about it." I think that the difference is that we grew up with this mystery, we know the history because we read like hell about it; it got to us in the early vulnerable years, and it won't let go....until we "know" the answer. Well good luck with that.

    By Blogger Dominick, at Thursday, October 30, 2014  

  • There may not be an overt public interest Rich, but I would argue that their isn't an overt public interest in virology either- however it is an important topic.
    My interest doesn't lie with UFOs either- my interest lies with whether or not we have been, or still, being visited by an alien race or intelligence for a mother world. If all UFOs ended up being proven to be hoaxes and swamp gas- I wouldn't have an interest in them either. It's just the idea that one of the might be the puzzle piece that proves we aren't alone in the universe that keeps me interested.
    Anyhow, lack of public appeal doesn't make something unimportant. The human race wouldn't never progress if it weren't for the fringe few throughout history who were compelled to gain more insight and knowledge.

    By Blogger Daniel Hurd, at Thursday, October 30, 2014  

  • You're right Daniel....about human progress.

    A book I like to recommend is Human Destiny by Lecomte du Nouy who transmogrifies Darwin's evolution theory into a spiritual evolution with humans evolving toward an omega point (God?).

    The persons who bring this about he calls mutants, those odd creatures whose alterations to survive Darwin says allowed for advancement and evolution.

    It's the fringe that progress.

    And since we, here, are all fringers, I guess we should be applauded.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, October 30, 2014  

  • I think your premise is well taken and easily provable. However one could conjecture that the anxieties of the post war era were profound as captured and diverted the attention of the public as well .
    The difference between then and now is the terror of nuclear war had less physicality to it’s nature in terms of providing evidence that it’s occurrence was very probable.
    It seemed to be more of a fifty \ fifty proposition until the Cuban Missile Crisis brought that simmering conflict to a head.
    Now we have a constant barrage on not just one front of conflict but as many as one cares to count.
    That being said there is another factor in the subject having now become a footnote in regard to important issues. That is the psychology of how the UAP issue was approached, which confused psychological weaknesses in the approach and presented them as logical propositions, which the vast majority were not.

    The skeptics rightfully pointed these fallacies out over and over again to no avail due to these same psychological reactions to the phenomenon being indelible as Zoam would say a psycho-social imprint.
    This then led to the issue being a debate over premises rather than evidence and the result was contention and conflict to this day that nullifies a serious discussion which had affected public interest. The yes\ no debate as to it’s existence is in defiance of intelligence which common sense tells both skeptics and fantasists that something is occurring.
    The question is it’s nature unless we erase all the evidence and bury our heads in the sand in denial.
    This is the other factor in my opinion. The social dialog has been misfiring for decades.
    No one has apparently noticed this nullifying of it' relevancy due to this other factor with the exception of less than a handful of us.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Thursday, October 30, 2014  

  • As an addendum to that comment I would say errors have been made on both sides'
    1.The focus on five or six cases while ignoring the vast majority of other cases is a flawed methodology of investigation.
    2. While there are many intelligent observers on the side of the yes equation, the vast majority are not very well read in other subjects pertinent to the various factors of what is occurring.
    3. The entertainment factor versus a sober approach. In our society entertainment outside of the work place is the single pursuit of our culture.Intelligent serious discussion is avoided in the media.
    4. The media promotes contention as a draw on ratings as well as hyperbole for the same reason.
    5. Skeptics pick and chose sources. I have corresponded with skeptics who refute material and then finally admit they have not read the material. The same goes for advocates of this subject being a "solved" problem.
    All of this is psychological and cultural.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Thursday, October 30, 2014  

  • Sounds like a good book Rich. I will look for it.

    By Blogger Daniel Hurd, at Thursday, October 30, 2014  

  • I think your missing the point, it was never about the UFO nor is it about the UFO today. The UFO is only a code word for extraterrestrial or alien life.
    Interest in alien life has never been higher. I don't think that there is a thinking man, woman or child on the planet that does not believe that we will find at least microbial life within the next 10-15 years. Most everyone is hoping that we find intelligent life in the universe. That is the quest, old UFO stories are just that old mysteries that will probably never be solved.........so be it. They remain interesting but that's all.The UFO is only the taxi, the bus, the train they arrive on, it is not the prize. The entire conversation needs to shift away from the UFO onto extraterrestrial life. For those that believe ET is already visiting earth the conversation needs to move away from the actual UFO to what is motivating these visits. The interest has never been higher and as more exoplanets are discovered and we probe deeper into space the interest will climb like a mothership heading to the nearest intergalactic gas station for a much needed fill up!
    To recharge your enthusiasm don't ask about UFOs ask about intelligent extraterrestrial life in the universe. You will find the interest level is off the charts!

    By Blogger Richard, at Thursday, October 30, 2014  

  • Richard
    I think the subject of this blog and by interjecting exobiology into the subject matter may only inadvertently promote the unproven and unlikely stereotype that UAP represents extraterrestrial life in the minds of the majority who possess a belief system that exobiology and UFO's represent one and the same phenomenon.

    I think the mixing of the two areas of interest has led to cult like belief systems that have detracted and diminished a serious examination of the evidence
    exhibited by UAP.

    I do think that exobiology is a very important area of scientific study.

    However the photos taken by the Mars Rover and their association with exobiology and the concept of life on other planets demonstrates the lunatic factor that leaps to conclusions, that again, the images that on the surface are the result of Martians,or extraterrestrial tourists. This is another example that detracts from any serious study of the actual evidence one way or the other in terms of reaching a coherent theory not weighed by projecting desires or anticipations on what are likely to be fantasies.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Friday, October 31, 2014  

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