The religious-like mystery of UFOs
A new book, noted in The New York Review of Books [June 25th 2015, back page], is Faith Versus Fact by Jerry A. Coyne [Penguin Publishing Group, 336 pp. $28.95].
The blurb by Harvard’s Steven Pinker says this:
“Coyne expertly exposes the incoherence of the increasingly popular belief that you can have it both ways: that God (or something God-ish, God-like, or God-old) sort of exists; that miracles kind-of happen; and that the truthiness of dogma is somewhat-a-little-bit-more-or-less-who’s-to-say-it-isn’t like the truths of science and reason.”
This put-down of belief, faith, or religion intrigues, and the book should be a good read.
But is science and/or “reason” all that it’s cracked up to be?
The queerness of quantum artifacts, gravity, dark matter, and dark energy are all as bizarre as religion or the UFO phenomenon.
There is reason to believe that things reported to have been seen in the skies or on the ground, dubbed flying saucers or disks or UFOs are just as real as the multiverses of science or the quarks of quantum mechanics.
Science’s attributes of (so-called) reality are as ephemeral as UFOs or the miracles of Jesus/Christ.
The witnesses to science “facts” are theorizing when it comes to pronouncements as grotesque as The Big Bang, and weirder than any pronouncement about UFOs (or religion).
I accept, despite the rationalizations of Zoam Chomsky or Robert Sheaffer or other “skeptical” persons who haunt the UFO field, that UFOs have a rational basis as solid as Schrödinger’s cat or the burst of the Universe from a infinitesimal point in space, ex nihilo.
That God came to Earth as Jesus of Nazareth is acceptable to me, even though I think God and Jesus, too, have died, not metaphorically, but actually, and neither represent the ineffable God that created the Universe and us within it.
Thus, when it comes to UFOs, they remain, for me, features of actuality, hallucinatory perhaps, but an aspect of human reality, either way.
Placing science in a loftier plane than UFOs or religion is hubris of a deranged kind.
Science has its moments, but so do UFOs and religion.
It’s a matter of record, the UFO phenomenon I mean.
Sure, just as some of the Jesus story or Allah tale or the Einsteinian hypotheses make little sense, UFOs also, often, make little sense.
But that’s the attractive feature of UFOs, the mystery that attracts some of us, even the skeptical among us.