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Blogger William Orem wrote on Jan. 31, 2008 @ 16:54 GMT


Readers of this blog have been pressing me (offline) this month with a sensible question: why am I not discussing the Stephenville UFO? After all, what could be more paradigm-shifting than solid evidence of sentient, technological, extraterrestrial life, and life that is visiting Earth, no less? Haven't we commented several times here on the possibility of alien civilization?...

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FQXi Administrator Anthony Aguirre wrote on Jan. 31, 2008 @ 20:15 GMT
William,

What a great piece! I think you make a really excellent point here: if the scientists who can actually say something meaningful and important about these fascinating questions choose to disengage from them, then this cedes the territory to the vast number of people with lots of time, energy and interest, but generally not the world-class rigorous training that is necessary to make real scientific progress in any field. The result is lots of material but no basis upon which a reasonable person can discern what to believe. As for UFOs ;-)

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paul valletta wrote on Feb. 1, 2008 @ 03:42 GMT
With the increase in media devices (mobile phones, digital camera's) available to the World, how come all these sightings are not accompanied by a vast pool of real time photographic evidence, is Texas a mobile camera free zone?

Not wishing to be to sceptical, I think there is overwelling evidence to "social hysteria", influenced by some unnatural phenonema such as excesive fields, or maybe just plain sunstroke!

I note that the very first appearence of the words U.F.O appeared just after the liberation of Europe, a number of secret activities (jet propulsion, and other weapon delivery systems) were unearthed. This filtered through to society in bits and pieces, when some pieces conveniently fitted athoroties, the story was left to its own device, and consequently take on aa unstoppable momentum of its own. Other times when closer to the truth, then certian secrets were compromized, thus the process of "cover-story" was born.

There is an interesting historical documented book called:Brighter than a thousand Suns?..I believe it was written by Robert Jungk ?

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reasonmclucus wrote on Feb. 1, 2008 @ 05:01 GMT
I'm skeptical of a distant civilization visiting earth and sending ships close to the ground in our era. They could easily learn about us by monitoring our communications. On the other hand there is some interesting evidence of a possible past visit. The Dogon people of Africa have passed down an account of a visit by ET in ancient times. the account of the visitors is unconvincing, but the knowledge the Dogon had of the Sirius star system can not be easily explained by other means. They were aware of the existence of the Sirius B white dwarf star which required 19th century equipment to detect. http://www.crystalinks.com/dogon.html

Modern U.F.O.'s could indicate visits by E.T., but they could also involve rare physical phenomena. Determining what physical processes could produce unexplained events could provide insights that would lead to new theories.

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jeff wrote on Feb. 1, 2008 @ 17:49 GMT
Nice post and nice comments from your readers.

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Anonymous wrote on Feb. 1, 2008 @ 23:56 GMT
If anyone really thinks that there is no physical evidence for UFOs, they are completly uninformed. There are plenty of videos and photographs as well as physical traces.

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Peter wrote on Feb. 2, 2008 @ 15:43 GMT
Somebody apparently made a video of the Stephenville UFO:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LgFrKzhMs8

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brumac wrote on Feb. 4, 2008 @ 19:07 GMT
I guess you are not aware of radar cases, multiple witness visual reports, radar-visual reports (object seen where radar indicates) and radar-visual-photographic (New Zealand case, Dec. 31, 1978). Nor are you apparently aware of the roughly 5,000 landing trace cases or the rougly 3,000 pilot sightings. Even if you reject all the sightings which are of distant or visually tiny objects (angular size too small for visual resolution) there are still hundreds of relatively close "encounters." See http://brumac.8k.com for examples of well investigated cases.

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Frank Fields wrote on Feb. 5, 2008 @ 02:05 GMT
As a member of the press and blog host, I ask that you actually investigate the UFO phenomenon. There is remarkable evidence available proving that extraterrestrial (ET) crafts have visited our planet. I know this information sounds unbelievable but please keep an open mind.

Solid testimony from over 460 corporate and military witnesses has been accumulated by two disclosure initiatives. ...

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Randel Smith wrote on Feb. 6, 2008 @ 20:12 GMT
Dear Sir,

Very well put and I very much agree. Better progress will be made in understanding these frequent aerial phenomenae when folks become more cautious in jumping to the conclusion that they are always spaceships from another world. We need, and are gradually getting, more solid research in plasma phenomenae, which will help resolve this interesting mystery of lights and effects in the sky. After this, we may be able to separate the wheat from the chaff and better focus on those intriquing reports which do indeed raise the hair on the neck. My compliments on your erudition and encouragement in your work. If I may be of any assistance please feel free to call on me.

Sincerely,

Randel Smith

Friendswood, Texas

Film maker, historian/writer and certified

first responder for Radiological Emergency

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