posted on Jan, 19 2007 @ 05:16 PM
I had talked the other day about revamping ufology and I had mentioned that one of the things that ufology must do is separate itself from those who
are not grounded in the scientific method but in faith. Only then can ufology hope to be accepted by the mainstream.
I feel it is first important to reiterate that I do not have anything against believing things on faith. On the other hand, not everyone is going to
believe what you believe (heck, some even have trouble accepting valid science), and it is impractical to try and convert large numbers of people.
Firstly, those in the ufological community who have the goals of public awareness and disclosure based on the proliferation of facts and evidence must
visibly and audibly separate themselves from those who do not. A doctor who is compared with a faith healer will defend himself: so it should be with
people who wish to be ufologists.
Secondly, the ufology community must come together and establish standards for what will constitute a "ufologist." Being a member of the Ufological
Community (or whatever it is named--perhaps a new name is necessary?) and being held out as a ufologist must be two separate things. While one does
not necessarily need to have a degree or be a scientist to be a ufologist, those with the education and training to make the needed and well-reasoned
arguments in their fields must be held out as representatives of the community. Perhaps other labels would be appropriate: a ufologist could be one
who deals in the sciences, while an exopolitician would be one who deals with the political consequences of disclosure and the phenomenon. But one
thing must be sure: they must be endorsed and held out by an umbrella organization that has a clear strategy for the future of ufology.
Third, this new ufology organization must also actively campaign against those who would hurt the cause. Too often have hoaxers and exploitation
artists corrupted the field, and ufology is behind perhaps 25 years because of it. Those who are conspiracy theorists, those who believe that aliens
would solve all of our problems, and those who think they can levitate (*cough cough*) must be derided or at least treated with extreme caution. The
problem is that even casual speculation must be expected to be taken seriously.
By taking these steps, ufology can remove the fog of derision that now surrounds it. Only after it has removed that weight can it move forward and
rebuild its image and gain legitimacy. Those who want to find the answers need to recognize that they can't do it by alienating the public at large.
Ufology needs academia, the public, and even the government if they want to achieve anything of value. And it can! Remember: people who believe in
UFO's tend to be more highly educated than the average population. Those among us with the perception see that something odd is going on. They're
waiting for a reason to seek the answers, too. They just need a self-respecting UFO research movement that is worthy of their hard labor.