UFO Conjectures

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The Marginalization of Ufology or Its Actual Demise.

In college I did a paper: Handwriting Analysis as a Diagnostic Tool.

Handwriting analysis was called “graphology.”

A guy named M. K. Bunker decided to one-up (à la Freud) graphology to “graphoanalysis.” (I have his book and many graphology tomes.)

With the demise of handwriting in the computer/internet era, graphology and/or graphoanalysis have become extinct, not virtually, but in actuality.

Ufology, the sobriquet of a pseudo-science, dealing ostensibly with flying saucers or UFOs, has become the catch-all for anything UFO related, no matter how tangential the connection is to the mysterious phenomenon designated as Unidentified Flying Objects, which is often altered by some who want to smarten up the designation as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena [UAP].

Like Bunker’s “Graphoanalysis” UAP can’t save “ufology.”

Ufology died, for all practical purposes, several years ago, with the final dagger to its heart coming with the May 5th, 2015 Roswell slides fiasco.

Although a few UFO enthusiast die-hards continue to flog the epithet, ufology (and UFO study) is moribund, on its final legs, as it were.

We (me and others) keep trying to resuscitate the excitement of UFO sightings that are marginalized by news media and the public and limited to classic cases with an occasional nod to relevance with an odd, current sighting now and again.

But the topic is dead, kaput, never more, like Monty Python’s parrot.

To persist in the bromide that UFOs are still being seen doesn’t give life to the phenomenon, which has become a paranormal ghost of an aerial kind.

So, when do sensible people – I like to think I may be one – give up the topic as a matter of daily blogging or debate?

(Yes, Kevin Randle can still rally the Roswellians, but that has become a sad commentary on intelligence and psychopathology.)

We’ll see…



  • Maybe it's at least time for a reboot

    By Blogger Timothy Brigham, at Wednesday, September 16, 2015  

  • It's worth a try, Timothy.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, September 16, 2015  

  • Hello,

    UAP is mainly or only a term UFOlogists are prefering than UFO or "switched for", now used by MUFON, NARCAP, etc., to look "serious" and scientific in disguise.
    I assisted of this switch of terms concerning Hessdalen, when Norvegian ufologists used this term to present "lights in the sky" as UAP, scientific new field, despite, us, skeptics (French mainly) have explained... See my blog.

    Dunno what a "new" term is changing here and in our problematic -sic-: such mates are still defending fortean entities and ETH, They are now using a new term to look serious.

    Well, it remains ufology, after all.



    By Blogger Gilles Fernandez, at Wednesday, September 16, 2015  

  • On my side, I will continue my quest for rare natural phenomena and the observation project.
    Whether these can be called UFOs, UAP or whatever has very little importance. The important is to have success on the field by observing the phenomenon in-situ.

    I met some MUFON "believers" (in the ETH) and, in their opinion, what I am doing now has nothing to do with ufology :-)



    By Blogger Rare phenomena lover, at Wednesday, September 16, 2015  

  • The only way to smarten up and reboot ufology is to denounce every fraudster who has benefited financially from shoddy research, embellished stories, fabricated documents, and dubious witnesses. Ufology in its prime was interesting, but like many topics has been worn thread bare from fakes, frauds, and fools from within the body of so called researchers themselves. Their desire to exploit the masses for their own gain has thoroughly destroyed their own vocation and has brought the topic to the brink of adulterated lunacy.

    By Blogger Brian Bell, at Wednesday, September 16, 2015  

  • Brian,

    You've nailed the essential problem with ufology, as it exists.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, September 17, 2015  

  • Good afternoon Brian,

    A prime candidate for that list is certainly Jaime Maussan. The TV program Hangar I scores also highly in presenting either factually wrong or embellished stories. The fact that the "Hangar 1" building doesn't actually exist speak volumes.

    I hope that MUFON and Richard Dolan clean up their act and stop endorsing such garbage. Right now, they act as charlatans
    only interested in making money by exploiting public credulity or ignorance.



    By Blogger Rare phenomena lover, at Thursday, September 17, 2015  

  • RR,

    I really believe you are over thinking this. It's a case of "don't let the bastards get you down."

    The professional lecture and pulp circuit entertainment nonsense doesn't phase me. Sometimes I will listen to the entertainment hoping that by the frequency of their business they might actually find and reveal a pearl amid the swine.

    There are unknowns out there worth consideration. The great minds are in fact believers to the extent that they recognize that we don't know everything and there are phenomena worthy of investigation. Closed-minded Naysayers are just a distraction.

    Were's a bit stuck with Fremi's "so where is everybody?" but we must consider that real SETI (not just the SETI) exploration continues. We must also realize that our real technical research and technology even for doing so is still in its infancy. The curve of our understandings generally is going vertical.

    Finally, as I often consider the above, I still wonder as to science of putting all(?) our research into radio waves. Quantum entanglement, as we seem to perceive it anyway, defines that essentially "warp speed" or beyond that to instantaneous communications is possible. What does that define or imply?

    I'm for hanging in there as curious person.


    By Blogger Bryan Daum, at Saturday, September 19, 2015  

  • Bryan:

    You're waiting for and involved in interesting things.

    I'm harping (a lot) about the demise of "ufology" and only ufology -- whatever that is exactly.

    Ufology is as Gilles Fernandez has it, and Brian, above: a panoply of nonsense and, as I see it, pathology.

    The search for alien life and quantum entanglement are legitimate enterprises to pursue and study, and I do, elsewhere.

    But UFOs and ufology, in all its glorious goofiness, are dormant, near death.

    Not to see that is part of the pathology.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, September 19, 2015  

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