UFO Conjectures

Sunday, May 09, 2021

We are atop a mountain of unknowing

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While foraging for information relevant to my Substack account (the God thing I’m doing there), I find that we’re awash in data and material that is not hidden but just academically esoteric or encyclopedically sub rosa.

That is, things we should know or would be helpful to know are generally hidden from view or access, not always purposefully, mostly because things get lost in the welter of

Informational effluvia that encompass us all.

For this blog, digging into UFO cases and sightings, old and new, leaves us wanting more; not information that is hidden from view but information that gets lost in the rendering of UFO accounts: per amateurish research/investigation, anxiety to provide information first, general incompetence, withheld information by witnesses, who don’t know what’s pertinent or important, et cetera.

When I went through the New Yorker UFO piece, I often found myself looking for a completion of information in a preceding paragraph. For example:

Kean told me in an uncharacteristically hesitant but nonetheless matter-of-fact way that she had begun to come around to the idea that U.F.O.fragments had been hoarded somewhere. In 2019, Luis Elizondo had suggested to Tucker Carlson that such detritus existed. (Hethen quickly invoked his security oath.) Kean cited Jacques Vallée, perhaps the most famous living ufologist, and the basis for François Truffaut’s character in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” who has been working with Garry Nolan, a Stanford immunologist, to analyze purported crash material for scientific publication. (Vallée declined to speak about it on the record,concerned that it might undermine the peer-review process, but told me, “We hope it will be the first U.F.O. case published in arefereed scientific journal.”)

This is the delayed tome by Vallee (and a questionable co-author) The Best Kept Secret, which has reached a hyper-rumor state all over the place.

Why nothing more about it? Why do we need to scrounge around to try and get details about something that is currently hot and apropos?

(This also ties in with the Bragalia/Greenewald debate and controversy still going on at Facebook and elsewhere.)

While that tid-bit of nothingness riles curiosity, there are other UFO details that never made it to overt publication:

The tiny footprints found alongside the supposed UFO indentations of Lonnie Zamora’s Socorro craft.

If I had heard or read about that, I’d have been more reserved with my conjecture that the craft seen by Officer Zamora was Earth-made (by Howard Hughes’ Aircraft corporation under the auspices of the CIA).

You see, not being privy to certain details – like Yahweh hiding his phallus from Hebrew hierarchs, such as Moses, Aaron, and others when He (Yahweh) met with them on Mount Horeb – keeps us ignorant -- but that for another time and place.



  • Re: amateurs and incompetency.

    I'd read this before but noted it again in the "New Yorker" article: Jacques Vallee, a computer specialist (among other things -- except metallurgist), is studying so-called debris with a immunologist. That's somewhat akin to having a Covid advisor be a radiologist, or an American senator pronouncing on Covid restrictions when he has a degree in ophthalmology. The most famous hypnotist of abduction victims was a professional artist.

    Ufology is sorely lacking in specialists who know how to crunch the data. There is no Hynek or Friedman at the moment. There are few researchers with multidisciplinary backgrounds who are able investigators.

    No one is an "expert" at what makes UFO's tick, but researchers without deep-grounded knowledge of astrophysics, astrobiology, physics, etc., surely can't speak in reasoned tones about a subject that likely involves all those disciplines. Lacking that, no one has been able to bring together all the threads into a cohesive whole.

    Ufology has been good at producing a mountain of data over the years. Interpreting it, not so much.

    By Blogger Ron, at Sunday, May 09, 2021  

  • Rich, you mention the Socorro landing and the footprints as being details that were left out of the mix before. I'll add Zamora's recollection in "The Phenomenon" documentary that his police-car radio went on the fritz when he approached the object. (Interesting that it was apparently only the radio and not the car motor as well, as in other close encounters, but then the documentary doesn't delve any further into any of that.) Scraps of information that got buried in the larger noise.

    By Blogger Ron, at Monday, May 10, 2021  

  • "like Yahweh hiding his phallus from Hebrew hierarchs, such as Moses, Aaron, and others when He (Yahweh) met with them on Mount Horeb"

    Given the purpose of God's appearances wouldn't it have been a bit odd for him to have shown up with a phallus prominently on display?

    "not information that is hidden from view but information that gets lost in the rendering of UFO accounts"

    This I think is definitely a real problem. On the other hand a lot of very impressive UFO cases just don't get the attention they deserve at all and I can't imagine how many solid ones are entirely unknown or nearly so. Top astronomer Lincoln LaPaz's UFO sighting was declassified long ago and yet I never hear about it. Considering how impressive LaPaz was as an investigator of atmospheric phenomena this is pretty astonishing. There is a lot of egregious mishandling of UFO data including the passing over of many truly great cases.


    By Blogger Martin Black, at Monday, May 10, 2021  

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