originally posted by: Cology
a reply to: TheTruthRocks
TTS ... but if you truly are following the science, then follow THAT path and stop telling us you already possess all the answers and knowledge that
you simply do not possess. It’s ridiculous.
So let's 'follow the science' as you put it for a moment regarding UFO's and Ufology and see where it leads us.
Apparently at the recommendation of a high-ranking military officer, UFO’s eventually received official attention by the U.S. government. The result
was the setting up of Project Sign, which began work on January 22, 1948. The Project Sign group finally issued a report that disappointed some. Early
in March 1952, with increased numbers of sightings, the U.S. Air Force decided to create a separate organization called Project Blue Book.
In 1966 Gerald R. Ford, then congressman from Michigan, was credited with calling for another federal investigation of UFO’s. This was in response
to a number of UFO sightings in his state. The result was that another study was set up at the University of Colorado. Dr. Edward U. Condon, a
prominent physicist, assumed oversight of the work. In 1969, at the conclusion of the study, the Condon Report was issued. Among other things, it said
that “nothing has come from the study of UFOs in the past 21 years that has added to scientific knowledge . . . that further extensive study of
UFOs probably cannot be justified in the expectation that science will be advanced thereby.”
I.e. nothing to see here (in the field of Ufology or this subforum).
This ended the official involvement of the U.S. government in the study of UFO’s and, in addition, tended to cool public curiosity. It did not,
however, end the UFO controversy, nor was it the end of UFO sightings. But what have scientists and other experts concluded in more recent years? How
do scientists explain UFO’s?
The late Dr. Donald H. Menzel, a Harvard astronomer, and Philip Klass, former senior editor of Aviation Week
, are among those who have studied
the subject of UFO sightings. They affirm that UFO’s are actually IFO’s (identified flying objects). When investigated, UFO’s have turned out to
be identifiable things or effects, such as weather balloons, nighttime advertising airplanes and helicopters, meteors, or sun dogs.
Philip Klass explained UFO’s as natural phenomena or as incorrect identifications. He says that some UFO’s seen on radar are artifacts of weather
phenomena. However, according to some radar operators, this explanation does not account for the seemingly intelligent behavior sometimes observed.
Klass’s thought is that people who are suddenly exposed to a brief unexpected event “may be grossly inaccurate in trying to describe precisely
what they have seen.”
In his book Pseudoscience and the Paranormal
, Terence Hines states that “careful investigation has resulted in straightforward natural
explanations for even very impressive-sounding UFO reports. . . . All these cases make clear the nearly total unreliability of eyewitness reports. In
almost every case, the witnesses’ reports differed substantially from the actual stimulus, but in only a very few cases were the witnesses willfully
lying. Their knowledge about what UFOs ‘ought’ to look like influenced their reports, along with the effects of visual illusions.”
The more thorough investigation summarized in the Condon Report has clarified the part played by physical and psychological distortions. It has
explained how ordinary objects, seen in the sky by persons who do not recognize them under the perhaps unusual circumstances, can be misconstrued in
perception, magnified in the telling, further exaggerated in the newspapers, and end up as spaceships landing little green men from Mars. On top of
that you get the claims that in the past the United States and even other governments may have ignored or covered up some evidence of UFO’s. The
author of a 1988 publication took advantage of the Freedom of Information Act, established in 1966 in the United States, together with sources in
other countries, to gather information that according to him “proves beyond doubt that there has been a monumental cover-up of the UFO
subject.”—Above Top Secret
, by Timothy Good. (intriguing attention-grabbing name for a book isn't it? I've got his book called Alien
, cause I like science-fiction and fantasy entertainment, I don't get it confused with reality or science/knowledge, I actually thought it
was a novel, I was quite disappointed)
On the other hand, Professor Hines argues that the 997 pages of documents released, covering the period from 1949 to 1979, do not reveal an attempt at
a government cover-up. He states: “An examination of the secret CIA papers and documents on UFOs reveals an agency mildly interested in the
phenomenon but skeptical of the extraterrestrial hypothesis. These documents . . . also contradict the oft-repeated claims of a government cover-up of
the ‘truth’ about UFOs.”
One of the foremost reasons for the lack of proof is that no UFO has ever been publicly exhibited, nor have any extraterrestrial beings officially
presented themselves for public recognition. Furthermore, alleges Professor Hines, “there is no UFO photo that can be considered genuine showing
anything other than vague shapes or blobs of light.”
edit on 6-3-2019 by whereislogic because: (no reason given)