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Along with his mentor Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Dr. Vallee carefully studied the problem of UFOs for many years and served as the real-life model for Francois Truffaut in Steven Spielberg’s film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. His research has taken him to countries all over the world. Considered one of the leading experts in UFO phenomena, Dr. Vallee has written several well respected scientific books on the subject.
"Scientific opinion has generally followed public opinion in the belief that unidentified flying objects either do not exist (the "natural phenomena hypothesis") or, if they do, must represent evidence of a visitation by some advanced race of space travellers (the extraterrestrial hypothesis or "ETH"). It is the view of the author that research on UFOs need not be restricted to these two alternatives. On the contrary, the accumulated data base exhibits several patterns tending to indicate that UFOs are real, represent a previously unrecognized phenomenon, and that the facts do not support the common concept of "space visitors." Five specific arguments articulated here contradict the ETH:
* (1) unexplained close encounters are far more numerous than required for any physical survey of the earth;
* (2) the humanoid body structure of the alleged "aliens" is not likely to have originated on another planet and is not biologically adapted to space travel;
* (3) the reported behavior in thousands of abduction reports contradicts the hypothesis of genetic or scientific experimentation on humans by an advanced race;
* (4) the extension of the phenomenon throughout recorded human history demonstrates that UFOs are not a contemporary phenomenon; and
* (5) the apparent ability of UFOs to manipulate space and time suggests radically different and richer alternatives."
Apart from his work with information technology and finance, Jacques has had a long-term private interest in astronomy, in writing fiction and in the frontiers of research, notably unidentified aerial phenomena. He also serves on the scientific advisory board of Bigelow Aerospace in Las Vegas, Nevada (www.bigelowaerospace.com). He was awarded the Jules Verne Prize in Paris for a science fiction novel in French.
Vallee assumes that Kirk Allen was delusional. I can understand why many readers would question that assumption. In terms of true believers of the American UFO Faith, from the Greys to Majestic 12 to underground bases, the fact that Kirk Allen worked at a highly classified military installation in New Mexico will appear to be exceptionally signficant.
You might be interested to know who Kirk Allen actually was—most people who have researched this concluded he was Paul Linebarger, who wrote science fiction under pseudonym of Cordwainer Smith.* Linebarger is a curious fellow—he literally wrote the book on Psychological Warfare and was responsible for the formation of the first military unit devoted to that art.