UFO Conjectures

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Future of Ufology (by Nick Redfern)

Click HERE for Nick's take on The Future of Ufology


  • Ufology will likely go the way of astrology and psychic phenomena, i.e. it will continue to interest a minority of the populace, continue to generate lots of discussion and debate, but will never get acceptance into science.

    I think Nick is wrong in saying Roswell, Rendlesham etc will still be talked about 100 years hence. Other cases will replace these and generate even more argument and furious debate.

    But he is right that the 'great solution' (ETH) will still be the principal belief system, and very probably the conspiracy/cover-up thesis will continue for many decades to come.

    It depends a bit on our own progress into space and our own future scientific discoveries, such as the nature of the universe and such.

    Astrology and PSI have remained pretty stagnant for decades, even centuries. I predict ufology will follow suit in this respect. But only our descendants will know the final answer, if there is one.

    By Blogger cda, at Friday, August 31, 2012  

  • CDA:

    Cheers for this. Yep, it will indeed take something huge to get the mainstream to take anything than a mere passing interest in Ufology.

    The reason why I think Roswell etc will still be talked about in 100 or 200 years, however, is this:

    It's only 35 years from now that Roswell will celebrate its 100th anniversary. That may seem a long time away, but it's not.

    I think most people would think there will be a UFO scene (of some sort!) only 3 decades from now, and yet Roswell will already be 100 then. So, why not another 100 too?

    Plus, enduring mysteries tend to...well...endure!

    As a perfect example: Jack the Ripper. As you know, being a Brit like me, this is an enduring mystery, and you can go on very successful guided tours around the areas where Jack did his killings.

    That case is 124 years old, and people are still fascinated by it.

    Unless the earth is in ruins or the Human Race reduced to nothing (which is not impossible) in 100 years, I predict people will still be flocking to Roswell, in the same way they sign up for the Jack the Ripper tours, 124 years later.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Friday, August 31, 2012  

  • Nick's thoughts on the subject prompted me to respond by writing a piece directly related to his, which is the issues of suggestibility both in the social dynamics as well as the phenomenon itself. It reminds of a rope that has been knotted several times over, and most do not have the mental acumen to deconstruct their own thinking. Loops within loops, whirlygigs come to mind as a poetic expression of being lost in the woods thinking around the next corner, a sheer accident will give them their bearings. Sigh..kudos to Nick.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Saturday, September 01, 2012  

  • CDA
    I think science will likely determine
    some significant findings on this phenomenon but not by taking on the subject directly,as in the case of Persinger who is looking into the aspects of anomalous events as they relate to neurology. Far from a safe bet, but I do think of all the myths laying over at the side of the road as useless hulks, that were once stand ins for actual knowledge. I am a pragmatic optimist, but whether the answer arrives or not, I still enjoy a good ice cream cone and life goes on, with or without our participation.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Saturday, September 01, 2012  

  • Yeah, the answer to the "Big Question" will come from outside Ufology. The only open question is when the answer will come.

    Of course there will be holdouts who will insist the answer hasn't been found because it doesn't fit their dearly held beliefs and misconceptions. They will comprise a small remnant group of "Ufologists" that will soldier on despite all proof to the contrary.

    What's left of Ufology, after the mystery's been solved to the satisfaction of the majority, will be an even crazier sub-culture, more cut off from reality, than much of it already is.

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Saturday, September 01, 2012  

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