My own view is completely self-contradictory, leaving me between a rock and a hard place. I don't make sense even to myself. Yes, I have switched, but
it may have more to do with the evolving and changing culture we live in than anything else. In other words, our beliefs about UFOs reflect our
understanding of the world and existence at the time.
I consider myself fairly well-read in the UFO literature. I have a large collection of UFO books (over 250) dating back into the early fifties. I say
that not intending to try to impress anyone. I may have no better insight or comprehension than someone who has read nothing in the literature at all.
It’s just that I have read this stuff, and I see a pattern.
The early UFO literature is, in a word, naïve. It projected human civilizations on Venus and Mars. It assumed life on these planets was pretty much
like Earth. It projected space travel between stars is spaceships propelled by fire emitting from the stern of the vessel. The films of the time such
as “Rocky Jones, Space Ranger” told tales of a Wild West in space.
The abduction literature of the fifties was similar. People like Truman Bethurum talked about taking rides on flying saucers from the planet Clarion,
which was hidden behind the Moon, and later on the exact opposite orbit as Earth, hidden by the Sun. The Captain of the saucer, Aura Rhanes, was a
pert brunette who dressed in scarlet and jet with a beret worn at a jaunty angle.
Today we are somewhat more sophisticated. Now we know Venus has a surface temperature of 800 degrees and Mars is a desert with a light atmosphere.
Human life, as we know it, is impossible on either planet. Einstein’s theory of relativity, though formulated early in the last century, has
penetrated into popular culture. According to it, faster than light speed travel is impossible and slower than light speed travel takes a really long
As a result the ET hypothesis has suffered. It’s not the case that there aren’t ETs living on planets in other star systems. Nearly anyone will
point out the probability of that, usually with a superior tone and a rolling of the eyes against anyone who thinks differently, regardless that
finding someone who thinks we are unique is extremely difficult. It’s a straw man argument. The problem is not the likelihood of their existence,
but the physics of this built-in speed limit. They can’t get here.
Well, what about Warp Drive? That may be. It might be possible. But right now Warp Drive is a theatrical way to keep our fantasies alive. It is the
stuff of screenplays, not science. Warp drive has no solid scientific basis. From what we think we know today, it does not exist. And here’s the
necessity. We absolutely must accommodate the science we know today. It may be superseded in the future by a grander theory, but we can’t dismiss
it. If we do, we enter the world of abject speculation. Now some of us will dismiss science outright with some sort of “Science doesn’t know
everything” statement, but I would submit that is not a particularly useful approach. It doesn’t help us explain anything.
Of course we can make other stuff up to accommodate the ET Theory. We can say there are wormholes through which ET can travel so that Getting from
“A” to “C” is possible by bypassing “B,” not traveling the distance through it. We can draw diagrams showing the point. Yet all these are
speculations. They aren’t based on current scientific theory. We just made this stuff up to get around the limitations we have to face.
Yet we have the sightings, and though over 90% of them can be dismissed as fakery and mis-identification, we still have the sightings, so how do we
The Interdimensional Theory is not much of a theory, really. It’s completely speculative, but it is likely on the table because advances in science,
particularly String Theory, have brought extra dimensions into play in popular culture. The problem with this is that even a beginner level
understanding of String Theory tells you that THESE dimensions, the ones discussed in String Theory, are very tiny. They aren’t the kind of
dimensions that can hold planets and civilizations. To invoke String Theory dimensions as an explanation for UFOs is not credible at all. From a
scientific standpoint it simply doesn’t work.
So here we are without a credible ET Theory. Relativity stands in the way of it. And we don’t have a decent Interdimensional Theory either. String
Theory doesn’t cut it. To make either of these theories work within our current level of understanding, you have to enter the realm of fiction and
make stuff up.
Yet we have the sightings.
So I’m going with Interdimensional, but I have no idea what it means.
edit on 7/15/2012 by schuyler because: (no reason given)