UFO Conjecture(s)

Saturday, March 04, 2017

The forlorn, fringe status of Ufology

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I have a few other blogs besides this one, as most of you know, and I have several Facebook pages, although I hate Facebook with a passion.

One of my blogs deals with the financial cable network, CNBC, an affiliate of NBC.

And other blogs and Facebook pages are attuned to news media, locally (Fort Wayne, Indiana and Detroit, Michigan).

And while reading the current New Yorker [March 6, 2017], I realized that my interests and those of most everyone else on this planet are tied to things more existentially relevant than the UFO phenomenon.

UFOs are a kind of addictive silliness for most of you who show up here.

The phenomenon is hardly relevant to your everyday needs and happiness (or downsides).

But you (and I) persist in giving more attention to UFOs than the phenomenon deserves or should have.

UFOs mean nothing in the great scheme of things, even if they turn out to contain beings from other worlds in the Universe.

Everyday pressures and subsistence needs are a priority, well not for a few UFO nuts but for most of us who claim to be enthusiasts.

I have no real friends who take to UFO talk or rumination. They will converse excitedly about the current political goings-on (the Trump thing) or the financial fallout of Herbalife and Apple (or, now, Snapchat).

I don’t bring up UFOs in social settings, ever.

And those in my son Josh’s academic gang, The Einstein Fellowship (in Ann Arbor), talk about neurology, psychology, and the machinations of science(s).

I’ve broached the UFO topic with his group, a few times, but the conversations have always devolved into the mental quirkiness of the ufology thing, its bizarre, peripheral existence in society.

While there is a pocket, modicum of enthusiasm among those who drop by this blog, that enthusiasm doesn’t exist in the real world, the active elements of society.

UFOs are as meaningless as fluoride in your drinking water, there but not noticed by drinkers.

So, while I persist in flogging UFOs, I recognize that my effort, as meaningless as it is, is a personal indulgence that exists alone in a virtual vacuum of ongoing, meaningful activity.

So, there it is: the awareness of the triviality that is ufology, and the reason that it is on its last legs as a formidable topic even among UFO buffs.

N.B. Image use (above) from https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Forlorn_Hope_(Hall)

RR

16 Comments:

  • Excellent blog. Although I personally believe that there is not a shred of evidence for UFOs being extraterrestrial space ships, I continue to read everything I can get my hands on about the subject and have done so for many years. Currently plowing through all the issues of the APRO bulletins.

    By Blogger gemineye, at Saturday, March 04, 2017  

  • But you (and I) persist in giving more attention to UFOs than the phenomenon deserves or should have.

    You, I and others have been touched, or tainted, by the enchantment of UFOs. Perhaps it's fitting that something so liminal is perpetuated by folk who keep their interest on the peripheries of their lives?

    On the other hand, it's common for people to have interests in things that bore, or puzzle, others. Experience has taught them to stay quiet and we can all be grateful for it.

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Saturday, March 04, 2017  

  • Some of us (you and me Kandinsky) can multi-task and also keep UFOs in a proper perspective.

    But others, not so much. (I won't mention one fellow whose life has slipped into a vortex of pecuniary disaster by living atop the UFO flotsam in place of a sensible, economic life-style, and he isn't the only one.)

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, March 04, 2017  

  • The reasons I became interested in the phenomenon was a result of an interest in technology that could potentially save the planet from further destruction. Unfortunately, after 20 years of interest in the subject, and many personal experiences and sightings, I have come to the conclusion that indeed it is a complete waste of time. Focus on living your life and building your dreams.

    By Blogger twas_brillig, at Thursday, March 16, 2017  

  • I disagree with this article that UFOs are a topic which is not relevant in today’s society. This subject may not get the attention it once had but it is still with us today. With the billions of stars just in our own Milky Way galaxy and the potential of each star having its own planetary system I think the odds are high that life both on the microbial level and on the intelligent level will be found. The other mind boggling thing is this…..Our Milky Way galaxy is just one among billions of other galaxies in the known universe. In my opinion the life is out there. It may well be already coming here and has been for decades if not much, much longer.
    The UFO subject is one that needs to be re-looked at by science. The sightings go back to well before WWII. There were sightings at the turn of the 20th century before the advent of the Wright brothers. The sightings increased during WWII where they were known as Foo fighters. Both Axis and Allied pilots recorded encounters with them. A RAF bomber crew returning from a mission over Germany during the latter part of WWII photographed a UFO/UAP. This was brought to Churchill’s attention. So the revelation in the news a few years back of Winston Churchill meeting with Dwight Eisenhower over this subject does make sense.
    The Roswell incident occurred in 1947 and from there this subject took off. There was a real Roswell incident…….but what may have been truth was swept under the carpet by the military, government and the media. In the 70 some years since that time this subject (UFOs/ Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon UAPs) has been ridiculed and treated for the most part as nonsense. However there are pilots, astronauts, and former military people that have come forward with incredible stories of encounters or information. These cannot simply be dismissed. The French in 1999 released a 90 page document called the COMETA report. It suggests that UFO's are extraterrestrial in origin.
    There are a few incidents in the last 25 plus years which are relevant. The 1986 JAL encounter over Alaska, The Belgium triangle sightings in 1989. The Phoenix sighting in 1997, the Chicago O'Hare incident in fall of 2006, the Stephenville Texas sightings in 2008 and most recently the revelation from the Chilean government of some authenticated UFO photos over a copper mine. That incident took place in April of 2013. One other incident of note occurred in Harare, Zimbabwe in Sept of 1994.62 colonial school children witnessed a UFO land near their playfield during recess. Some of the children had contact with a being from that UFO. There are interviews from the BBC, German and Dutch media with these children and what they witnessed. A couple of months later some of the children were interviewed by the late Dr. John Mack. When you see these interviews of the children one can tell this is no fabrication or hoax. These children witnessed something highly unusual.
    These things exist! They have been in our skies for quite some time. It is not something that has come about in the last few years from Area 51 or skunkworks or some other nation. What it is that is the BIG question? Are they from a different dimension, or from our future or from some nearby star? Our technology cannot grasp this yet! I am surprised how many posts here are not well informed when it comes to this topic. If one does their homework on this subject there are good books out there concerning the subject of UFOs/UAPs. Here are a couple of titles…. "Above Top Secret by Timothy Good and one other recent book which came out in 2010…. UFOs Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on Record by Leslie Kean one will walk away with a new insight. Kean's book is one of the best

    By Blogger Lex, at Saturday, March 18, 2017  

  • UFOs and their occupants or information in their computers if they are remotely controlled or explore on their own or think for them selves ? May hold the answers to the cure for all diseases that Humans have and the solution to cold fusion etc. solving Humans need for cheap non polluting and non killing like Fukoshieema energy!! is extremely important, If for no other reason than a cure or cover up for all Human diseases ?

    By Blogger Thomas Buyea, at Saturday, March 18, 2017  

  • UFOs have been visiting Earth a lot farther back than 1947, From the paintings and etchings on cave walls going back probably many thousands of years !
    Also many many American pilots sent up in fighter planes to investigate radar blips have never returned or very mysteriously crashed ? I think the off the record number is something like 50 to 100 from 1947 to now ? Kept secret from everyone including their families as to how they died ? !

    By Blogger Thomas Buyea, at Saturday, March 18, 2017  

  • I find UFOs interesting to watch (from a distance) If I encounter face to face suddenly it is going to get ventilated post haste.

    Also I too hate facebook with a passion.

    By Blogger Bear, at Sunday, March 19, 2017  

  • The sociological impact would be enormous and that is what fascinates me. I've long felt it was the height of idiocy/arrogance to believe we are alone in the universe. Previously I believed they existed and now I know they do. I did not expect to see one up close and personal or in a different form/shape than I had read about come down my driveway not 20 feet away and then lift over the garage/breezeway and be gone so fast I could not comprehend it. Nothing on earth could move that fast with that much control. I am fairly fearless, but this thing terrified me. The hair on my body stood up for five full minutes. And the brightness burned my eyes. And whatever was controlling it, knew I was terrified, because on subsequent nights they sent funny things to make me laugh. You can believe that or not, but it happened. I can tell you that they can do anything they want any time they want however they want and assume any shape they want, and they are ultra aware of our actions. I got this visit because I bought a telescope the better to see them. It has been several years and I haven't used it since.

    By Blogger Sharon, at Sunday, March 19, 2017  

  • Sharon:

    See the various postings here about Jose Caravaca's Distortion Theory.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, March 19, 2017  

  • What did this UFO look like and how long ago did you see it in your driveway ?
    What type funny things did it send on the following days ?
    We could use some comedian aliens here on Earth !!
    Tom, Miami

    By Blogger Thomas Buyea, at Sunday, March 19, 2017  

  • Very interesting. I have bookmarked the entire discussion so I can consider it more fully when not rushing to do things today. From a quick preview, I think there's some validity, but also some erroneous conjecture in Caravaca's DT. I appreciate your calling my attention to this as I haven't followed the blog and had not seen the discussion.

    By Blogger Sharon, at Sunday, March 19, 2017  

  • The UFO looked like a basketball with a tear-shape trail (sort of like one I saw in an old painting that I can't call the name of to mind right now). It was so bright it made my eyes blurry for days. It was in August of 2014, I believe the night of the meteor shower, which makes it suspicious but this was controlled and if it was a meteor, my home and garage would have been destroyed. Funny things were what looked like a fireworks/jellyfish thing that appeared in the field across the street just a few feet off the ground and then went out. I live in a fairly secluded area at the edge of the Big Thicket in East Texas where lots of funny stuff happens, but the nearby houses belong to elderly people who were in bed well before most of this happened. It was isolated enough that people did not think I should be out alone in the middle of the night. Another time, right after this, again in the middle of the night (I used to sit out on my front porch to smoke and watch the stuff that happens out here as it is quite interesting), what appeared to be a red frisbee with lights on it, started up across the street, right under the power line, and went down the length of the road that matched my property boundary, and then was just gone. There is a toy like this and if I had been in town or a populated area and it wasn't the middle of the night, I would not have known it was anything but a toy. There have been things like giant matches flashing on the ground and gone, but absolutely the most entertaining or fascinating thing was that I saw what appeared to be a double helix made of fishing filament that was about 6 inches long and at first I thought it was a spiderweb coming down from the tree and was watching it from my rocker and then it started dancing up and down and away and back, so I stood up and tried to grab it and it would just dance away from me - air distortion not causing it. Another time there was, and if you are young, you won't remember this, but when Hewlett-Packard first came out with their laser printers they sold for thousands, there was a thick cable with plugs on the ends that connected to the early computers. A clear tube, shaped like a piece of one of these with one end with the pins on it, floated onto my porch just over 5 feet off the ground. I tried to grab it, too, and it was gone. There have been many laser points of light, both red and green, hitting the ground or my big trees. Many of the things have been forgotten due to personal circumstances and I no longer smoke, so I don't sit on the front porch. Hope I answered your questions somewhat clearly at least.

    By Blogger Sharon, at Sunday, March 19, 2017  

  • Sharon:

    I implore you to read all the postings about Caravaca's Distortion Theory this past month and comments to them.

    (He has a Facebook page where his hypothesis is indulged in by many.)

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, March 19, 2017  

  • Yes interesting, Thank You

    By Blogger Thomas Buyea, at Sunday, March 19, 2017  

  • Sorry, everyone, I made a typo, it was August 2013, not 2014, that that thing came down my driveway. I will read about the DT and am grateful to learn about it as I think it may be significant to some research I planned to do besides being interesting in general.

    By Blogger Sharon, at Monday, March 20, 2017  

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