UFO’S AND THE LIMITATIONS OF SCIENCE
“We are dealing with a multidimensional paraphysical phenomenon which is largely indigenous to planet Earth.”
Brad Steiger [cited in] Blue Book Files Released in Canadian UFO report, vol 4, no. 4, 1977, pg 20
Firstly, I am currently working on research that looks at the abduction phenomenon within ufology and its similarities to old school demonic possession. Now before you all start building a stake and pile of wood to burn me on let me say this…there are very little differences in the experiences of abductees and victims of demonic possession and rituals. You may just be surprised.
Remember the case of 21 year old Elisa Lam? She could have been influenced by an inter-dimensional entity or even a cloaked alien being, and how on Earth could she open that water tank by herself?
Secondly, this is my first article to U.I.P so let’s get out of the starting blocks by establishing where I want to go with the idea I stated above.
Scientific knowledge is essential in many aspects of investigating UFO’s. These include identifying “terrestrial” reasons to explain sightings first and obviously being reasonable in that approach is paramount to maintaining a level of trust not only with the witness but to keep credibility within the communities of Ufology and academic science at the same time. This however is a practice that is seriously lacking and even if you find it in most cases isn’t consistent. This undermines the topic, puts off serious researchers and scientists and scares highly trained witnesses such as airline pilots for example into just not wanting to report anything in the first place. What is also needed is a working knowledge of being able to interpret the data that goes along with sightings such as radar, weather and astronomical read outs. Scientific knowledge is also crucial in understanding other topics related to UFOs such as propulsion systems, genetics, astronomy, geology, biology and many more aspects up to and including history, psychology and even politics. Nonetheless, an individual whose foundation of knowledge is primarily scientific will still confront some serious limitations in his or hers approach to the UFO subject.
I’d like to quote a few paragraphs from a relatively unknown UFO book, translated from French to English in1958 called “Flying saucers and the straight line mystery” by Aime Michel. The book has a highly sympathetic preface by General L.M. Chassin, the then General Air Defence Coordinator of Allied Forces in Central Europe (NATO). Right in the beginning of the book Michel talks about the Limits of the scientific method of studying UFO’s. He argues:
“… Non reproducibility has held back progress in saucer investigations undertaken throughout the world for ten years, in spite of the time, competence and money expended…it is this non reproducibility that inspires the scepticism and distaste for the whole subject felt by most scientists. Nothing could be more legitimate than this negative attitude toward flying saucers generally adopted by science for there can be no science where there is no generalization. An isolated phenomenon, one that evades not only systematic experiment but even scientific observation. It cannot be the subject of scientific enquiry. It is at best historical fact. And if its truth is in question it’s not even that.”
Other books by Michel, some contain incredible shots of a flying saucer, taken in 1952, when Photoshop did not exist:
The study of saucers has been an analysis of reports by witnesses after sightings but this is not the scientific method. The analysis of testimony belongs to the law courts and history which attempts to weigh human uncertainties. Science has still not been able to apply methods here properly. This isn’t a refusal to do so but just an acknowledgement of limitations. Michel’s thoughts on the limits of science were clear and in my opinion are still almost values today some 50 to 60 years later.
Its useful to separate what we know about UFO’s and what is speculate about.
WHAT WE KNOW, through
(A) Possession of many first hands and credible UFO accounts
(B) Numerous available! Plausibly witnessed sightings
(C) First hand accounts by insiders and researchers (like my own!)
(D) Released FOIA documents
These four sources are certainly not comprehensive but lets accept them for a start. From them we know with certainty that:
1. UFO’s exist
2. Key branches of governments have taken them seriously as well as the E.T hypothesis itself.
3. Over the last 50 years there has existed a consistently strong link between UFO researchers and elite intelligence agencies.
4. That (most) governments publicly deny interest in UFO’s
5. That thousands of individuals worldwide have claimed to have had an ”abduction” experience, and have been willing to say so even after intense ridicule and even ostracism.
What we do not know:
1. What UFO’s actually are. (THIS IS FUNDAMENTALLY WHERE IM GOING WITH MY FUTURE POSTS AS I PRESENT MY THEORY AND IDEAS ON OUR CURRENT POSITION WITHIN UFOLOGY TODAY)
2. The exact relationship between, if any, between human power entities and UFO’s.
3. What technologies, again if any, at responsible for UFO’s.
4. How long have they been around
There is a lot more we can add to both groups especially the second one. What we do not know is still a valid and essential area for speculation and investigation. Even from this cursory overview it should’ve obvious that, not withstanding the great gaps in our knowledge of UFO’s, that there’s enough to warrant further investigation.
This ends part 1. More to follow.