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The current state of UFO research is so frustratingly poor that its amusement value continues to decrease.
2014 is likely to be the year when I either launch a new project within ufology (which has the working name "the UFO Collective") or quit the subject altogether. I'm rather torn between these apparent options.
I believe that one day, ufologists and those who have claimed to have seen or made contact will be redeemed. Skeptics on the other hand, will be crawling under rocks facing ridicule
Many members on here are long time amatuer photographers,semi pro or even professional photographers we like to look at any image of a so called ufo and long may they continue, if I see something I think is the real deal I will back it 100% up till now I cant do that.
While it's true that at least 99% of revolutionary announcements from the fringes of science are just as bogus as they seem, we cannot dismiss every one of them without investigation. If we do, then we'll certainly take our place among the ranks of scoffers who accidentally helped delay numbers of major scientific discoveries throughout history. Beware, for many discoveries such as powered flight and drifting continents today only appear sane and acceptable because we have such powerful hindsight. These same advancements were seen as obviously a bunch of disgusting lunatic garbage during the years they were first discovered.
Science Fiction author Theodore Sturgeon responded to the charge that 90% of Science Fiction is crap with the reply, "90% of everything is crap."
The UFO percentage may run higher. The sad thing is, the big chunk of poo gets almost all the attention. There are some things worthy of study, but the genuine ones are probably as rarer than comets. they just don't appear wight he frequency to support UFO magazines and conferences. Proponents are forced to look to other material to present, and some of these are staking their financial well-being on it. There is also a history of frauds, hoaxers and charlatans. By no means are the fakes unique to the UFO field, but they are allowed to remain in a stunningly high proportion.
I'm interested in the good 10%, but don't know how to support it. Organizations have tried and failed. The UFO clubs seem to be a doomed model, collapsing under ego battles and bureaucracy. The most valuable effort I've run across has been Isaac's effort to preserve UFO records and make them accessible. That's great, but a similar effort needs to be made to towards current efforts. I'd like to see a network of researchers able the share in collecting and evaluating current data.
edit on 1-1-2014 by CardDown because: Happy New Year!