a reply to: Aliensun
I think that I have been misunderstood.
I no more trust the word of governments and their operatives on this matter, than I would consider connecting myself to the mains for a cheap thrill.
However, I do believe that if there is something out there to find, then it must be found with tools which the majority of people can respect and
relate to, and the only thing which unifies the greater majority of nations on our planet, is the language and techniques of science. We have
different religions, different levels of appreciation for the mystical, and different approaches to ritualised activity of all kinds. But a test tube
and a gas chromatograph mass spectrometer have the same uses all over the world, and the language used to describe their results of use of these tools
is identical all over the world, and is the only cultural convention which is both applicable to this issue, and accepted widely enough, for its word
and findings to hold weight.
If UFOlogy is to be taken seriously, then we need to remove noise from the signal we are putting out into the public domain, to just those things
which we can test independently, using techniques which are difficult to argue with, no matter where one is from. We need to ensure that we make no
outlandish claims, without having the evidence which backs it up, we need to quit spouting unverifiable information (like blather about the names and
locations of alien worlds, species, what their politics are like, and so on), and in so doing giving ammunition to those who suspect the entire
UFOlogy issue of being claptrap.
Many people wonder why, if there are so many species abroad in the universe, why we have not seen any. I posit that it could be because we honestly
do not know what to look for. We know how to find life like ours, and haven't yet done so, but we have not the experience to know just yet, what
might be out there which falls outside of our understanding, but is none the less life, and perhaps intelligent life at that!
However, until or unless something can be discovered by a method that people can all understand and appreciate the validity of, until the scientists
with the know how are spurred to act, rather than skirt round the issue entirely, the subject as a whole will have trouble gaining traction.
Personally, I am of the opinion that we need to get to the stage where we can perform out of system missions, if we have any hope of answering the
big question in a full, and unequivocal manner, and furthermore that it is a goal that we should strive toward regardless of that!