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UFO studies should be 'legitimate university subject', claims American professor
The studing of UFOs and other unexplained phenomena from space should be a legitimate university subject, an American professor, Philip Haseley, has claimed.
The New York anthropology professor said the subject should be part of the mainstream as a serious “area of study”.
The Niagara County Community College, a state university in New York, lecturer said due to the high amount of sightings every year, it should follow that students should be able to investigate phenomenon.
"(A sighting) happens to millions of people (around the world)," he said.
"It's about time we looked into this as a worthy area of study.
“It's important that the whole subject be brought out in the open and investigated.”
Prof Haseley, who is also head of the Western New York Mutual UFO Network, an organisation that is focused on UFO research, said there were up to 50 UFO sightings are reported every month across region.
He said the group investigated the sightings in a “scientific manner” using field investigation, radar, astronomy and meteorology.
"To say we are UFO believers basically implies we are taking this on faith, and that's not the case. There's plenty of evidence,” he said.
He dismissed the inevitable suggestions from skeptics that such study would be waste of time.
"We have to deal with skeptics like any other UFO organisation, and we are perfectly willing to be critiqued," he told the Buffalo News in New York.
"We know people who think this is a nonsense subject. And we'll refer you to voluminous literature and facts about UFOs."
Last year there were almost 400 reported sightings to the Ministry of Defence of UFOs throughout Britain – a figure that had tripled from the previous year.
The so-called "X Files" reported to the MoD's UFO desk was the "busiest" year on record.