It is clear to any sensible (sane) person that the past and current approach to understanding the UFO phenomenon has been and is flawed.
The mystery of UFOs remains unresolved because the persons studying it are not intellectually astute enough (or at all) to give the phenomenon the full inquiry it needs.
Donald Keyhoe was enamored of the military’s alleged cover-ups of sightings, but only that.
Jerry Clark has the best overview of the UFO as a topic but he understands it from the historical perspective particularly.
Stanton Friedman understands it from a physicist’s perspective.
Michael Salla fixates on the deviousness of government agents and agencies.
The accumulation of data (sightings and related reports) continue, but that data (as a singularity) is not being examined by “ufologists; they can barely keep up with the information culled from the past and coming in everyday unabated.
Ruminations over past UFO episodes provide the pretense that some are studying the phenomenon in serious ways.
Martin Shough, Larry Hatch, Wendy Connors, and a multiple of other UFO’s lesser lights regurgitate and re-dice UFO incidents, trying to leave the impression that they are dealing with the enigma scientifically, seriously.
But the inherent deficiencies of the people and the UFO studies aside, what is to be done with the present state of “ufology”?
The study of UFOs has to be conducted in “secrecy” and by that we mean, away from the debunkers, hoaxers, self-aggrandizers, pretenders-to-the-throne, those with an agenda, those who nit-pick errant but non-essential minutiae, those who are moronic, and those who think reality is limited to what the six senses perceive.
Pythagoras created a secret order for the very reasons enumerated above. He wanted to study philosophical/physical reality away from the ignorant mob, which also included those in his society who thought they were erudite about the meaning(s) of it all.
This is what Jacques Vallee has done, and Joe Firmage too.
This what has to be done, just to escape the gathered and gathering garbage under the rubric of “ufology.”
RR [From the RRRGroup blog, 2006]