We can’t know what UFOs are? Nor many other things….
“Could we use the anamorphic analogy in a different way, to ask if the distorted image is a real one and whether we are only equipped with an optical and mental apparatus that makes its reflection in our eyes seem locally coherent, but which permits no access to the real image? Some observers might posit that what we see as real is a distortion of a reality to which we have no access.” [Italics mine, Page 4]
This is a culmination of an analysis of Wilczek’s elaborate and refined take on the beauty of the “Core Theory” of physics and the math that accompanies the “theory.”
But reviewer Kemp writes that Wilczek “… knowingly slides around the central question about who or what is responsible for the organization of the world at atomic and cosmic levels.” [Page 3]
And Mr. Kemp refers to Leonardo da Vinci’s view that “Outside is the unknowable infinity of the ‘prime mover’.”
“Modern physics and cosmology have so extended the reach or potential reach of the mind into multiple dimensions, multiverses and infinity, that they have squeezed God’s potential realm into something so physically remote and conceptually abstract as to preclude and clear visualization of the deity on our own terms.” [Page 3]
(This is the view of the Kabbalists, also.)
Wilczek eschews string theory: “Given its apparent untestability, string theory has been called a threat to science – even a pernicious kind of metaphysics. Wilczek implicitly encourages his readers to be deaf to it.” [Page 4]
“… the beauty embodied in the physical world is a particular kind of beauty. Nature, as an artist, has a distinctive style”, essentially mathematical, symmetrical and succinct. “The world does not embody all forms of beauty … Science isn’t everything, thank goodness.”[Page 4]
What Wilczek tells his readers in his book is that there is beauty in nature and we can see it or try to, but something of the ultimate truth will elude us.
What this boils down for me is a confirmation that, just as the ineffable God is unknowable, some of Its attributes and creations are also unknowable in essence.
Carl Jung and his acolyte Joseph Campbell also stress this as does Thomas Aquinas in his Summa Theologica [Q.12: Eleventh article].
Thus one can extrapolate that some things cannot be known, ever, and I believe we may, after years of pondering, that UFOs, too, are unknowable.
Paul Kimball stressed in a comment here, recently, that one (me) shouldn’t scorn UFO buffs for their attention to the phenomenon but, rather, allow them (buffs) to enjoy the wonder of UFOs.
He has a point.
Trying to understand UFOs, their intrinsic nature, may be futile, just as Wilczek sees many of the topics of physics, and Jung, Campbell, Aquinas see the nature of God.
Kevin Randle’s current effort to decipher the Roswell artifact – the Ramey memo – is an attempt, at bottom, to find a clue as to what happened in Roswell in 1947 which may (or may not) impact UFOs, providing an explanation – for Kevin and his minions that UFOs are ET craft perhaps.
But, again, such a clue would leave us with a basic conundrum, much as the wave/particle theory inherent to quantum mechanics; that is, so Roswell was, indeed, a crash flying disk, but is that what UFOs are?
It opens a maw that can’t be explained or understood when all is said and done.
UFOs are an enigma, not as great as that of the supposed “prime mover” of creation but of a similar kind: beautiful to some, but contorted to the point that not all see the beauty, allowing an unknowability that is the essence of the things,
That’s where we are in “ufology” and it’s not a good thing, but there it is…