With UFOs and UAPs having garnered much attention recently on MSM and other channels, I think it is now the right time to talk about what would need
to change in ufology in order to really make a difference, especially given the fact that 70 years of research and pondering have brought about rather
It's true that TTSA
brought attention to the subject through marketing stunts and the network they created.
All that publicity and news coverage creates the impression that things are moving forward at a great pace. However, not everyone in the UFO community
is convinced that this "progress" is beneficial for the field. A lot of the involved statements are vague or unclear, chains of custody are indicated
but not revealed and many experts don't see anything unusual in the material presented.
And when following the money trail, quite a few highly dedicated individuals suspect that this entire circus is aimed at creating value for a select
few (thus the publicity, news coverage and government involvement) in order to be able to extend contracts or sign new ones, increase budgets, sell
books, speak at conventions or create entertainment products. Some others even contemplate the possibility of an elaborate hoax.
Now don't get me wrong, research and advancement in any field comes at a cost and
someone always has to pay. But is this current hype really it? In terms of having a positive impact on Ufology in the long run? Will there be enough
good research and
involved? Of course, there will always be the publicity and entertainment part of UFOs as well, I mean people love stories and
speculation, but maybe the scientific side has been hiding in the shadows too much over the past decades?
As we all know, ufology went through similar phases several times over the past 70 years. There were extended periods of publicity, lots of news
coverage, "scientific" investigations, government involvement and so on. The best that can be said about the current situation is that a new
investigation is on the way with a new taskforce to be set up in order to explore the phenomenon.
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But this is exactly why I believe ufology now stands at a crossroads: will this new investigation be more about securing contracts, getting publicity
and helping all those who work in the entertainment sector in the name of ufology? Is the public maybe even intentionally being deceived for some
other purpose? Or will there be a serious focus on actual data and research with all the "transparency" needed to turn ufology into a true scientific
discipline, or at least into a sub-discipline of an existing scientific domain?
The data is there after all, in hundreds of previous reports, or as some say: "there's gold in the old cases". Unfortunately, most of this data is
extremely unorganized. How many hours are lost because certain details of a report need to be cross-referenced and searched for again and again in
various places on the web, in books, magazines, articles etc? In over 70 years of ufology, there is no scientific archive or online database that
allows researchers to easily find sources, sighting reports and filter the data according to appropriate criteria (e.g. year of sighting, colors,
lights, shapes, sounds, electromagnetic effects, testimonies, number of witnesses, time of day, location, credibility etc.).
Larry Hatch made an attempt with his excellent U*Base
, others have also tried to
organize some of the available information, but shouldn't ufology be able to launch a really scientific UFO/UAP database on a much grander scale (also
for some related musings)? People at CERN know quite well how to
do this, for example, and they know why it's essential for them. How else should they identify significant elements in their data amidst all that
Speaking of databases, in the age of bigdata, something like this would make it possible to connect the dots more efficiently and possibly find
correlations/similarities in cases where maybe nobody suspected them?
To cut a long story short: I would be interested in knowing what everyone on here thinks about the current situation, the
upcoming investigation (incl. the resulting report) and
whether you think this will be real science with solid and verifiable data or rather a big juicy "nothingburger". And it would of course also be great
to learn how you feel about the future of ufology in general.
Thanks for your input!
P.S.: I just fear that we might end up like the poor guy below, unless ufology starts organizing all its data scientifically and making it available
to a wider academic community
American: ‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena’ Deserve Scientific Investigation
2. No Longer in Shadows, Pentagon’s U.F.O. Unit Will Make Some
edit on 7-8-2020 by jeep3r because: formatting