posted on Sep, 2 2006 @ 01:06 AM
Lets face one fact about UFOs and research into them.
We arent getting anywhere. We've stagnated. If you look at UFO research over the years there's been some at least new ways of looking at the
But as Kevin Randle says here what the current state of Ufology is:
"I would have to say that we're stuck in neutral," said Kevin Randle, a leading expert and writer on UFOs and is known as a dogged researcher of
the phenomena. There's no real new research, he said, and that's "because we have to revisit the trash of the past.
Randle points to yesteryear stories, one stretching back in time to a supposed 1897 airship crash in Aurora, Texas, long proven to be a hoax by two
con men -- yet continues to surface in UFO circles.
Then there's the celebrated Thomas Mantell saga, a pilot that lost his life chasing a UFO in 1948. There are those that contend he was killed by a
blue beam from a UFO, Randle said "even though we have known for years that the UFO was a balloon and he violated regulations by climbing above
14,000 feet without oxygen equipment. I mean, we know this, and yet there are those who believe that Mantell was killed by aliens."
Randle's advice is to the point: "We need to begin to apply rigorous standards of research ... stop accepting what we wish to believe even when the
evidence is poor, and begin thinking ahead."
-from the article "UFO Research: Findings vs Facts" CNN.com
Item One: Trash from the past
Kevin is 100% right. How many times are we going to go over, and over the same old cases. How many times do we have to show people why a case's
validity doesnt hold up. How many times do we have to argue the point. I'm as guilty of it as any other, especially in regard to the Meier case.
It's been done over, and over...to what end? At what point do the minority who still wish to place belief in a long dead case, just get left
These cases keep being brought up from the past, rehashed, and then what? It ultimately serves only one purpose, to educate new people with cases they
may not be familiar with. Most of these long proven hoaxed cases are still yet, being trolled around the UFO community as legitimate cases, in the
hope of snagging the uneducated.
We have seen this. All of us have at one time or another.
Item Two: Convincing the Refusal of Legitimacy
Ever see those people who refuse to admit the UFO subject is even worthy of study?
How many times will people try to convince the people who wont even look at data? Do people realize how futile the effort is? One only need look at
"Why UFO's cant exist" here on this board. How many more threads like this are going to occupy time responding to someone so clearly just out to
get a rise out of the "believers"? How long before we take control and realize it just doesnt matter. There is work to be done...yet we waste time
with every tap of the reply button, to a thread like that.
Item Three: Stop accepting what we wish to believe
Admittedly hard for some to admit. That the belief stems from a desire for it to be true. No matter what the data shows, it's "true" because for
certain individuals...it's become a part of the belief system.
Is belief required to research any particular case?
It's more like it should be avoided.
Because if you believe it, youre only going to research a case for it's merits. Not it's faults. Objectivity. Interest is fine, you have to have
that to even look into the enigma, but objectivity is the key. Belief is not.
Until people stop "believing" and start "knowing", the signal to noise ratio is only going to get worse, and we're creating the next wave of
hoaxes to be disproven in coming years by those who do truly look objectively...to again have those people educate the unknowing new people.
A vicious cycle. And one that if we dont steer this UFO research thing in another direction, we're going to stay in.
Is a database of proven hoaxed cases the answer? A single point of reference to send new interested people to? A coalition of researchers to beome
accountable for the data supporting or not supporting any particular case?
Because as we well know, accountability is another seriously lacking item in Ufology. How many times are we going to allow known frauds to contaminate
the water before we hold these people accountable? I'm not talking about physically locking anyone up, or lawsuits, I'm talking about holding people
accountable for their presented data.
I dont need too many times of the same person pissing down my neck and telling me it's raining. How many do the rest of you need?
Right, once. Past that, youre a non entity in the UFO community. Your word is crap and your credibility shot to hell. Youre done. Next.
As of today, I'd wager we have more repeat offenders then legitimate objective researchers.
Because people *want* to believe them. They have all the answers, and some people cant wait to get them, even at the cost of objectivity and truth of
So, the answer might be harsh, absolute and I'm sure controversial. But how many more years are we going to dance? How many more years will we be as
we are, blasting in every direction with no particular aim in mind?
I dunno, maybe the whole UFO matter is too subjective to work any other way. But there's no question about stagnation. So whats the solution. I'd
really be interested in ideas.