Nationalism & Groupism
What work is currently going on to study UFOs is heavily condensed into nation-sized chunks. Every nation has its UFO study groups – large and small – and only rarely do they ever peek above their national boundary fences to talk to each other. The fragmentation of the UFO research community is oft bemoaned, but it is also understandable. Some organisations have adopted a more “scientific” approach than others, some are up to their necks in conspiracy theories, and yet others are too small and r…
Why is a UFO like a Rock?
It’s not a joke. It’s a riddle. Why is a rock like a UFO? The answer is that they have both suffered from the same derision. Yup. We once laughed at rocks. To be more accurate, scientists queued up to scoff at the idea of burning rocks which fell from the sky. For hundreds of years men of science – they called themselves natural philosophers in those days – fell about laughing at the notion that huge rocks could plummet to earth. Their laughter doubled in volume when ordinary folks also claimed …
The Stats are not Enough
Twice the proportion of people see UFOs in Vermont as see them in California. But the latest stats as discussed in USA Today don’t go far enough.
Why do people see UFOs in so many different shapes? Is it simply human psychology interpreting strange things in ways which match familiar things? Or is it perhaps because what we see in the sky may arise from a variety of different causes?
Skeptics laugh at the idea of credibility. Everyone can make mistakes, they argue, and UFOs tend to be the biggest mistakes of all. But are there groups of people who might be more credible as witnesses than others? How should we measure credibility?