Why It Doesn’t Matter Who Is Behind UFOs (Yet)
In recent years I have noticed that many in the UFO field (I’ll use researcher as a general term to describe unidentified flying object investigators, their kith and kin) have begun to form their own theories about who is the behind the phenomenon. I think this is a natural process when one researches any subject; as one becomes more and more invested (emotionally, intellectually and even professionally) in any topic pet theories begin to develop. However, I have noticed that many researchers have become preoccupied with arguing the truth of these theories, sometimes even squabbling with one another as to whether UFOs are piloted by extraterrestrials or extradimensional beings as if a creature from another dimension is any less alien than one from another planet! To my mind this is actually hurting the legitimate study of UFOs and undermining any chance of serious scientific interest.
At this point, no matter what anyone says, we simply do not know if UFOs are controlled by an intelligence, much less what that intelligence may be. If someone had ironclad, conclusive proof of such a thing then all arguments about UFOs would be settled. In the absence of this proof, asserting that aliens, break off Nazi civilizations and/or “Stargate” style black project CIA pilots are inside UFOs is a moot point until it is first conclusively proven that UFOs are not merely misidentifications but very real and deserving of serious scientific consideration. It is not that this line of research should not be followed at all but it should be recognized as secondary for the time being..
The prime concern for UFO researchers should be organizing a large, well-funded and scientifically sound project to investigate what is appearing in our skies. The fact is that despite the fine and often thankless work being done by many very dedicated researchers the last 65 years or so, we still do not have any definitive answers to the questions surrounding unidentified flying objects. The sad fact is that, barring some miraculous turn around in policy resulting in complete government disclosure (and that assumes that the government has something to disclose), it is going to take a major effort by well equipped scientists to decipher the UFO mystery. There is good reason to take scientific interest in unidentified flying objects once it is accepted that there is something beyond misidentifications of known man-made craft and astronomical or natural phenomena. Once it is accepted that there is a certain, albeit small, percentage of sightings that defy explanation then it will become a priority to determine what is behind those sightings. After all, if these unknown objects are man-made but of undetermined origin, that suggests a threat to air traffic safety (for they have no registered flight paths or radar transponders) and national security. If the unknowns are an undiscovered type of natural occurrence then this should attract the attention of meteorologists, climatologists, astronomers and physicists (and probably a whole range of other scientific types that escape me at the moment). Unfortunately, insisting that UFOs are not only real but piloted by aliens undercuts the scientific method robs the subject of any interest that it may generate among scientists.
Quibbling about whether UFOs are piloted by extraterrestrials or transdimensional beings before the existence of UFOs have been proven to the satisfaction of mainstream science is not the only barrier between UFO researchers and science. Insisting that UFOs are some type of constructed craft is problematic for many scientists. It would be more proper to hypothesize that this is the case and try to develop a method to prove it (after, of course, it is proven that UFOs exist). Another barrier is the insistence by some researchers that they know how UFOs operate or why exactly they come to Earth. All of these assertions put the cart before the horse and just reinforce the notion that the field of UFOlogy is unscientific.
Imagine for a second that the government was funding a study about giant squids, an animal that we have only recently been able to observe in the wild, to determine their mating habits. Sounds reasonable… but now imagine that this study was being funded 25 years ago, before a live squid had been captured or observed in the wild. The study would be ridiculous because the animal was only barely known and could not be found to study. After overcoming these issues then maybe you study mating habits, otherwise you are putting the cart before the horse (or squid). This is what researchers do by insisting that science study specific characteristics of something that might not even exist!
This is not the only barrier some researchers build between UFOlogy and science. Another great mistake is to couple the scientifically questionable subject of UFOs with another scientifically questionable subject. Tracking and predicting UFO appearances by chupacabra or sasquatch sightings, for example, is just asking mainstream to forgive too much! Providing “evidence” to science gleaned through psychic contact, automatic writings, visions and such is also just asking too much suspension of disbelief. I won’t even get into the touchy subject of abductions.
In the long run, not only do these missteps by UFO researchers make mainstream science world lose interest, they give ammunition to debunkers. This might not seem important, after all, why should UFO researchers make any concessions to debunkiers? However, the unscientific approach taken by some researchers give debunkers an opening to attack researchers’ beliefs and methodology. Worse yet, this opening allows debunkers to ignore or gloss over evidence in favor of the attacks. At best this puts researchers on the defensive and at worst it allows debunkers to win debates.
Ultimately, the field of UFO research needs the support of legitimate, well trained and experienced scientists. We must work to attract mainstream scientists to help prove that unidentified flying objects represent a real scientific mystery that merits investigation. After it is proven that at least some UFOs are, in fact, real then the field can move to determine what they are and, if they are some type of construct, who is creating them and how they work.