UFO Conjectures

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Canticle for Ufology

Most of you are familiar with (or should be) Walter M Miller Jr.’s A Canticle for Leibowitz.

That three-part sci-fi novel should be a template for what to do with the dying, sloppy discipline, ufology.

Ufology is moribund, and virtually dead as far as the public is concerned, but a coterie of UFO die-hards insist and maintain interest in UFO lore (Roswell, in particular).

The reports and tales of UFO visitations (sighted and interacted with) need to be held in “sacred archives” not unlike the manuscripts detailed in Walter Miller’s book.

The reason? UFOs may be a harbinger of a necessary phenomenon that elucidates the devolving human condition, exemplified by such things as the ISIS onslaughts, Facebook, and Twitter, and the diminution in the arts: music, literature, and painting for instance.

Science isn’t prepared to salvage the edifices of humanity; science is protective of its domains, and cares not whit about human beings, as such – beings.

Ufology is rife with dolts, admittedly, but those few who understand the ramifications of the lore, its mythos too, know that UFOs, which have been with us since time immemorial, may offer a kind of salvation to humanity, once the phenomenon’s mystery is unlocked.

I’m not saying that UFOs contain aliens (extraterrestrials) ready to offer aid and comfort to a declining humanity, far from that.

I am declaring that UFOs harbor a secret or secrets that may keep humankind from descending into a kind of Neanderthalian extinction.

While “social media” has taken the soul of humanity and divested it of intelligence and dignity, UFOs, explained, might offer a come-back, even if for only a few.

As Miller described "The Pope's Children" (an affectionate name for the people who have been so severely affected by the genetic mutation caused by radiation that they are subhuman in both intelligence and capacity for reason),” Ufology could be the way, which it isn’t now by a very long shot, that leads a small component of human society back to a significant core to revive humankind’s purpose for being.

Scrap your understanding of ufology as it exists now, and see it as a “discipline” that could offer help and hope for a species that is not-so-slowly slipping into a bestial, stupid existence.

Ufology is scorned, by me and others, but it needn’t be, if it’s removed from the clutches of “The Pope’s Children” – and we all know who they are in the UFO community.



  • "I am declaring that UFOs harbor a secret or secrets that may keep humankind from descending into a kind of Neanderthalian extinction."

    With my own experience and knowledge of UFO reports, this may be possible in some way.

    In my reply to the previous blog entry, I mentioned that a field observation project based on recurrent UFO reports may lead to the discovery of new natural phenomena. If that study is successful, it is possible that such phenomena may constitute a major scientific discovery that may have practical applications.

    For example, to produce energy from nuclear fusion, we need to confine a plasma using a "magnetic bottle".
    That itself requires a lot of energy. Right now, the energy required to confine the plasma is equal or superior to the energy
    produced by thermonuclear fusion in experimental reactors. That removes clearly the interest of using nuclear fusion as an
    energy source.

    Now, we have a number of UFO reports that seem to describe luminous balls and other irregular shapes.

    Are they plasmas ?

    Here is the way the research could be done.

    First, by instrumental observation, prove that the luminous phenomena are real and not observational errors. In
    Zoam's terminology, falsify the null hypothesis. Close range videos and photos taken in controlled conditions
    as well as some magnetic fields measurements would be a first step.

    Second, determine if the luminous spheres are plasmas or not by spectrum analysis and other techniques.

    If yes, build a model of their formation and determine the energy requirements. From the model, reproduce the phenomenon
    in a lab.

    Finally, when the mechanism of formation is known, check if the energy requirements are significantly lower than the one required in current techniques used for confinement in a fusion reactor.

    This is an example on how UFO reports may contribute to improving human quality of life. We will have to switch from oil
    to other energy sources in a few decades and nuclear fusion, if successful, will solve the energy problem.

    Of course, as soon as a new phenomenon is discovered, it will lose its "unidentified" character and will be assigned a proper

    Perhaps this is just a dream and UFO reports are just a pile of junk in regard to physical sciences, but, IMO this is worth to try.

    That means that will have to forget about traditional ufology: Forget Roswell, the classical cases, the speculation, the circus atmosphere and concentrate on data acquisition and verification. After all, this is how science works.

    Best regards,


    By Blogger Rare phenomena lover, at Tuesday, July 21, 2015  

  • Thank you Jean...

    Nice contemplation(s).


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, July 21, 2015  

  • I very much want to read this book (ever since Paul recommended it to me)--cant get a Kindle edition of it in the U.S.


    By Blogger Lance, at Tuesday, July 21, 2015  

  • You can listen and/or download a radio dramatization of the novel from NPR Radio at:
    If the link doesn't work, just Google "A Canticle . . ."+NPR.

    By Blogger Ron, at Tuesday, July 21, 2015  

  • Thanks, Ron...

    And I think Lance thanks you also.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, July 21, 2015  

  • Yes, thanks so much Ron!


    By Blogger Lance, at Tuesday, July 21, 2015  

  • Thanks for the link,


    By Blogger Rare phenomena lover, at Wednesday, July 22, 2015  

  • Rich, do you really expect people to be familiar with Walter M Miller's Canticle for Leibowitz?

    Actually, I have read it yonks ago. And it's very good, deserves its status as one of the very few great dystopian novels. Perhaps the best post-nuclear apocalypse novel ever published.

    As far as ufology goes, well it's been dying on the vine I would say this whole century. I do think it may rise again like a Phoenix from the ashes, but not anytime soon, and perhaps in a new guise (as it always does). And a new generation of researchers, scientists and nutcases (and they are interchangeable) will come along and screw it all up. Again.

    By Blogger Lawrence, at Thursday, July 23, 2015  

  • Yes, Lawrence...

    I do expect readers here to be familiar with "Canticle" -- visitors to this blog are a little more cultured than most in the UFO community.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, July 23, 2015  

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