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That's an idea. If you could find x, y, and z, you might be able to predict along the lines of where the next occurrence would take place. Or maybe something similarly weird.
originally posted by: Arnie123
So what? There is an underground network of beings who happen to like human flesh and is most likely responsible for much of the vanishing of people in the US.
Most sites average around a 100,000 people actively missing at any given time. Thats a lot of folks.
originally posted by: Blue Shift
When Jacques Vallee ran the first UFO database through his computer, he came up with a few minor correlations between sightings and locations, times and places. The problem was that he couldn't completely rule out certain unknown parameters that might be skewing the data -- and there was an expectedly high number of sightings near or along the path of military installations. Sure, there could be more alien flying saucers around Air Force bases, but the UFOs are much more likely to be unusual or misidentified terrestrial aircraft.
When dealing with UFO sighting data, that Air Force / government roadblock is a tough one to get around.
Anyway, what I seem to recall is that UFOs tend to be seen:
1) along rivers and state lines (indicating that they know something about how our states are divided up),
2) with a peak around 10:30 - 11:00 pm, (when people might be outside when they're closing up their houses or farm for the evening),
3) Wednesdays or Thursdays (when secret aircraft might fly more to avoid people),
Unfortunately, this could just mean that people see more UFOs when weather is good and people are out more looking at the skies, and have little or nothing to do with the UFOs themselves. Also, a good chunk of the data seems to point to people seeing UFOs when it would be logical for secret military craft to operate. This is old data, too, so UFO appearance patterns may have changed since the 60s-70s.
P.S. -- This is why I'm generally more interested in the "high strangeness" cases. When you factor out the correlations that could indicate military aircraft, then you're left with a very tiny number of cases that seem pretty random except for their inherent strangeness.
originally posted by: KellyPrettyBear
a reply to: underwerks
A lot of this has been done.
Various sites in foreign countries.
Also, others such as Albert Budden, Vallee, have done studies showing that (yes indeed)
certain people "attract" strangeness in an area.
So put a "strange attractor" in the right area, and "set them off", and Voila,
you can get "UFOs".
There are other factors, such as proximity to high powered microwave/radar towers (often near military bases as they have them)
There are even more factors people are loathe to publicly discuss.
And, as most (honest and thorough) researchers know, these "insubstantial lights"
can also produce physical effects, even they they are not themselves physical,
and certainly not "structured craft".
For example the "Father of modern Ufology" Hynek, near the end of his life abandoned the ETH and seriously considered the IDH. Hynek and Vallee have had access to more classified and unclassified reports than anyone..and also did in-person onsite fieldwork around the globe.