UFO Conjecture(s)

Thursday, March 03, 2016

The Importance of UFOs? [Importance?]

While “ufology” is a moribund attraction for the greater segment of society, UFOs have, perhaps, an importance that rivals politics, religion, philosophy, and even science.

Here’s why….

UFOs – strange things (not necessarily “objects”) in the sky – represent something, but what?

Are they intrusions from extraterrestrials?

Are they visitors from time? Or other dimensions?

Are they evolutionary artificial intelligences, from elsewhere or our future?

Are they harbingers of some kind?

Are they representations of human madness, through the ages?

Are they, then, Jung’s mandalas, indicating human mental malfeasance?

Are they a phenomenon or phenomena that is unknown, but benign or significant in some way?

Whatever UFOs are or may be, they, while not important to the great unwashed masses, have to signify something, and if that something is any of the above, then UFOs are important.

Even if they are a chimera of the social mind, a construct of myth or stupidity, that is important, and should be addressed.

Whatever UFOs are – even as they do not impact practical considerations or everyday living – they do denote, almost surreptitiously to public awareness, a phenomenon or reality that bespeaks something consequential.

But that something is not a thing to get overworked about. Life intrudes.

However, for those who like to know what underpins reality and life, UFOs are something that suggests serious scrutiny and scientific-like observation or study.

Now, if only UFO buffs would really take UFOs seriously and not use them as a hobby or past-time, then one might be able to justify the time spent (by me and others).

(And a lack of commentary here and at other blogs and web-sites where serious offerings about UFOs appear – not by me but others, Caravaca, Redfern, Randle, et al. – is shameful, disheartening.)



  • Ufology has to be a hobby for most people who are interested, as they are unlikely to be paid for any reading or investigation. Most of the available writings on the subject seem to be examples of modern folklore.

    By Blogger John Harney, at Thursday, March 03, 2016  

  • Ufology has taken a back seat in the US (temporarily, for a few months maybe?) because of forthcoming elections, I suppose. But dammit, even Trump is NOT promising to release all those hidden files, is he?

    Ufology has taken a back seat in the UK (hopefully it will stay there) due to over-excitement and excessive press and media publicity over the question of 'Brexit'. For those unfamiliar with this new word, it refers to the possible, or even probable, exit of Britain from the EU. The media are, for the moment, literally besotted with it.

    Hence ufology is relegated into the second, third, or even fourth, division.

    Enough said!

    By Blogger cda, at Thursday, March 03, 2016  

  • Maybe CDA really means "relegated into the nsecond, third, or fourth DIMENSION"!

    But seriously, what's there to investigate? YouTube videos? Verbal claims old or new? Abductions?

    To me it seems ufology is moving even further into the fantasy realm. Perhaps it did long ago with claims of Reptilians running world governments, US Marines detailed to Mars to fight alien invaders (Heinlein's Starship Troopers?), Alien's on the dark side of the moon....and the like.

    By Blogger Brian Bell, at Thursday, March 03, 2016  

  • You have already outlined exactly why there is little serious discourse on the subject in your post. The average bear simply doesn't have enough mental horsepower to sift through the thousands of variables and dozens of possible explanations. It is a fascinating but very daunting problem.

    Personally, I have found your blog to be the most interesting and educational on the subject. But I am positive that most 'ufo believers' wouldn't even get one paragraph into your writing without simply clicking away to something simpler. For me, the hobby aspect is accurate, but I am delighting in consideration and examination of new and inventive ideas, as put forth by you.

    By Blogger Vince Ditrich, at Thursday, March 03, 2016  

  • Thank you Vince.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, March 03, 2016  

  • RR,

    Nice summary on the situation. And Vince is certainly on to it as is Brian.

    Indeed, considerations of UFOs get lumped in with other tangent subjects to include conspiracies, abductions, criptids, and the like and marginalizes the topic that I think is worthwhile.

    It is why I came here because of the realistic considerations and discussions.

    Your, comments of late on AI are pertinent. You've had me pondering that aspect over the past week or so -after being put off by the shouting null people. Perhaps I let the bastards get me down...

    Oh, also liked your disdain over computer intrusions. There is room for a whole new blog (while we still can) on that subject.


    By Blogger Bryan Daum, at Friday, March 04, 2016  

  • Well, I think we all appreciate how you keep after it (and us), like Sisyphus forever pushing that boulder up the hill, but it might help to promote the discussion you seek if we threw out some of the topics that have adhered to unidentified flying objects over the last sixty years. We don’t need to pay attention to everything strange and inexplicable. Whatever we may think of science as a methodology or human practice, one of its key strengths has always been its adherence to naturalism. I don’t see much of that among UFO buffs. Yes, that would spoil the fun, but if it’s something more serious you want than maybe we shouldn’t worry about how much fun it is.

    By Blogger djs, at Friday, March 04, 2016  

  • Mr. Reynolds his blog is an indispensable point of reference for all us ... Without his critical and notes, the ufology world would be terribly boring and bland... mon amie.. Thanks!!!!

    By Blogger jacarav@ca, at Friday, March 04, 2016  

  • Thank you Jose....mi amigo.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, March 04, 2016  

  • One problem with receiving relevant comments on our blogs is that we are basically stating the same thing over and over. For example, I tend to gravitate to the psychological aspects of UFOs/ETs as most cases have this embedded into it's core.

    How often must I opine on this when it eventually sounds like a broken record and interests is soon lost?

    Interestingly, I had more hits and comments last year when I blogged about the Roswell slides. Which seems to suggest that Roswell commands attention whether we like it or not.

    I'm currently working on the 1968 Minot case. Surprisingly very little interest other than a select few has/had been noticed which may indicate that the more complicated a case equates to a limited capability for most readers to stay focused...or mentally engaged.

    I have other ideas, but my humble ramblings above will suffice for now.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Friday, March 04, 2016  

  • This is my first time here to this blog and just reading this post. I love educating myself by reading up on peoples views of ET/aliens/ufos and all that jazz. But it does get quite boring hearing/reading the same "stories" from the '50s and '60s rehashed over and over..of all the abductees out there, why can't we hear a NEW story or even a better story than all the ones told before.. *yawn*

    I yearn to hear or read something new in the UFO department that will actually honest to goodness enlighten me! :) I'm asking for way too much, right? :)

    By Blogger Ashley Jenkins, at Monday, March 07, 2016  

  • Ashley...

    Scroll down through the blog here and if you don't find something obtuse to interest you, let me know.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, March 07, 2016  

  • I feel I must chime in here with my thoughts and experiences...
    As a young man I once took a small amount of magic mushrooms, just enough to heighten my awareness, appreciate natural beauty more deeply and understand that the reality that we all live our day to day lives within is consensual.
    It's hard to explain unless you have experienced the effect but one definitely feels an outsider to the point of paranoia if anyone 'straight' comes into your surroundings.
    Maybe reality itself, in a way that we are incapable of accessing, is completely different from the one which we choose to collectively experience for the phenomena which we call UFOs.
    Also, because of the clear existence of -something- out there , something very different and perhaps more highly evolved technically, mentally and/or spiritually,
    Yet poorly evidenced, maybe -they- have complete power over the dissemination of said evidence.
    I personally have seen objects which defy conventional explanation several times but always when on my own.
    Tony Ayre

    By Blogger Tony Ayre, at Monday, March 07, 2016  

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