The topic of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) as perceived by the professional scientists who are hardcore blends as well as water and oil. This article will look at some of aspects of this subject, but the principles seem to revolve on the notion that Joe Rogan Ufo issue was never thought to be a scientific concern and was merely an issue of national security. Much like the other vast unwashed, scientists were not welcomed into the national security area of the sanctum. The excuse is no longer valid and not be relied upon.
Author’s Introductory Note
The bulk of the content below was taken from a conversation with an armchair but a skeptically-inclined UFO skeptical. I’ve edited my replies to the exchange, hoping to result in a fairly coherent article.
Scientists and UFOs
Although it is true that the scientific community generally, have avoided the subject of UFOs, many scientists from various disciplines (astronomy and physics, biology psychology, etc.) have independently expressed an interest on their own and have conducted research on the topic. I am able to and have been below names. I also believe from some studies by the scientists conducted by certain experts, that significant percentage have a personal curiosity about the subject however, they leave it at their front doors when they get to work.
The primary reason why scientists stay away from this area is that it harks back to the beginnings of the UFO phenomenon when the authorities needed to convince the people of the world of the fact that nothing was to be seen here, that there were no national security risk and so on. The subject was dismissed and even mocked in order to ease any fears of concern for the public. The very idea for the aliens (or maybe even Russians) infringing on your country’s airspace, and the authorities having no power to act on it may be being discussed at the top levels, behind closed doors, but never openly acknowledged. The powers that be received help from the fringe elements that were introduced by people who want to have their names appear in the media and dilute the waters. The impression scientists get from the authorities is that everything is in control. There’s nothing to it; only the nuts believe in flying saucers’, and meet with the’space brothers who hail from Venus. The words that officialdom spoke in the privacy of its own offices was something else.
If you are unsure of this, I would strongly suggest familiarizing your self with CIA funded Robertson Panel and Report from January 1953, which was officially launched by the direct order from the White House. I’m forced to reiterate my previous comments that, from the beginning, UFOs (nee “flying saucers’) were considered a national security concern not a science-related issue. Scientists are not eligible to be considered for the role in the position of UFO investigator with officialdom because they did not have security clearances or a requirement to know , and therefore wouldn’t be allowed to release their findings or provide UFO talks for their pupils.
Another reason scientists were unable to tackle this issue right from the beginning was the fact that they weren’t able to access the information. The UFO sightings reports were part of the possessions by the USAF (and various other agencies, like that of the NSA) as well as classified. Scientists aren’t able to investigate in the absence of data that is hardcore.
It’s a shame that scientists aren’t able to make a snap and watch UFOs appear and disappear at will, however this is true for other phenomena, too like the Transient Lunar Phenomena the gamma-ray explosion, ball lightning supernovae, SETI and SETI, etc. Yet, these other mysterious inexplicably unpredictable and unrepeatable phenomena are seen as worthy of scientific study and are thought to be within scientific research therefore your argument is a flop.
Scientists and the UFO Extraterrestrial Hypothesis (ETH)
A few (note that there are certain) individuals (including certain scientists) thought of an UFO ETH (extraterrestrial hypothesis) and dismissed it as unproven (note however that it’s not impossible). Others (including certain scientists) have looked into an UFO ETH and considered it plausible, possibly even the most plausible explanation.
I , however, observe that, by establishing this UFO ETH, we have an ideal union of the theory and observation. Theory almost mandates or mandates the extraterrestrial intelligence(s) exist. Evidence suggests strongly that they exist. It’s an almost perfect match. Isn’t science amazing?
The Scientific Consensus on UFOs
There are some who claim that, when it comes to the whole scientists “As far as science is concerned, the entire UFO subject is an embarrassment”.
These people are seriously ignorant. A number of “serious UFO books” have been written by scientists, who have published their work in top journals of academia. I’m talking about scientists such as J. Allen Hynek (former scientific advisor for Project Blue Book); Jacques Vallee, Frank Salisbury, James E. McDonald, Peter A. Sturrock, Stanton T. Friedman, John E. Mack, Richard F. Haines, C. G. Jung, David R. Saunders, Berthold E. Schwarz, Ivan T. Sanderson, Karla Turner, Bruce Maccabee and on. There’s even Carl Sagan and Thornton Page who edited this anthology “UFO’s – A Scientific Debate” (Cornell University Press, 1972). Additionally, journals such as “Science” have NOT neglected the UFO issue. “Science” and “Nature” have certainly published letters-to-the-editor and book reviews on or about UFOs.
And, by the way I’m hoping that readers were able to notice the usage of the word “scientific” in the Sagan/Page anthology mentioned above. Additionally the title of Late J. Allen Hynek’s work was “The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry” makes use of that magical word “scientific”. In addition , as the consultant for science to the USAF regarding the UFO question, Hynek was Chairman of the Department of Astronomy, Northwestern University. The U.C.’s UFO research, conducted under the guidance of Late Edward U. Condon, was named “Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects”. It’s that word again. The only thing that wasn’t scientific regarding it was the behavior that the director displayed and the way he behaved Edward U. Condon himself who was a shambles to the word “scientific”. In other words it appears that UFOs weren’t an embarrassment for Carl Sagan or Thornton Page or J. Allen Hynek or to the University of Colorado staff who carried out the UFO study.