posted on Nov, 5 2012 @ 10:56 AM
I believe that you are confusing the interest people show in the field in general, and the ability of the study of UFO to remain an intellectual
pursuit, rather than becoming increasingly the task of the deluded and the absolutely untrustworthy.
As it stands today, I can well understand why the article claims that UFOlogy is on the decline. The more the casual media use the subject matter,
the more the subject is used as entertainment, rather than being front and centre of our most serious explorative efforts, then the more likely it is
that the whole subject will become just another part of the background, and even more of a target for comedians, or a euphamism for BS.
The trouble is, that the subject has no legitimacy in the mainstream of conciousness. People either see nothing of it, or see the parts which are
easily laughed off, or have been gone over again, and again, and again, with no new result. It is a subject which is full of imponderables, and
unquantifiable values. Nothing buttoned down, nothing known without doubt. It is also a very deeply polarising subject for those that DO involve
themselves in it in some way.
Either one believes , or disbelieves avidly, or takes the scientific approach, believeing only what can be measured and tested and poked and prodded
by every stick that science can provide us. Although that leads to healthy debate amongst reasonable people in the field, it can also mean a very
divided interest base for the subject as a whole. Because the whole field has so many faces to it, and so many opinions (which outwiegh solid fact in
the arena by a significant portion) those who are interested in the UFO subject can rarely if ever speak with a single voice.
No matter what one believes about UFO, the reality of the situation is that unless UFOlogy gains some recognition from serious scientists, starts
getting some deeply entrenched support amongst the physics and astrophysics communities (for example), it will never be able to maintain any level of
importance for the every day person, and as such will wither and die. At the very least it will stop being what it is now, and become something much
smaller and less well connected.
And perhaps it should? Who knows? Perhaps that would be the best thing for the subject.Christ knows there is some utter twaddle spoken about the
subject these days, with all manner of people claiming that thier opinions are fact, that they alone are connected to the universal sub-ether, that
they alone can commune with the great powers that occupy the gaps between the elemental particles that make up the whole of time and sodding space.
Perhaps in order for these deluded oafs to be removed from public life, it would be best if UFOlogy took the tumble it is heading for.
It might well be that in order to get the serious work done, using rigorous science, rather than the hippy psuedo magic preffered by Steven Greer, or
the linguistically impressive, but ultimately incorrect Alex Collier, that the entire fabric of UFOlogy as it is currently known, must collapse.
Perhaps it is the tower of money that is made by the less scrupulous organisers of events, that needs to fall, to prevent liars and fraudsters, and
the plain psychotic from stealing the show, from the much more boring people who are actually in this thing to discover reality, not escape it, or
make money from the desires of others to do so.
I KNOW there are people out there, who have the expertise to add REAL meat to the debate, AND come to valuable and interesting conclusions on the
evidence provided, not to mention being better able than most mooks (like myself for instance) of making value judgements about the value of a given
bit of evidence. But such people, professionals in fields of science like forensics, astrophysics, and a whole host of related areas of research, are
never going to join the search in numbers enough to make the effort worthwhile, unless the whole support base for the subject becomes a) a whole lot
more serious about the role of UFOlogy in todays world, and b) a whole lot less populated by people who are either pulling the leg of the whole world,
or are just about mad enough to pull someones leg OFF.