UFOs: Tip of the Kosmic Iceberg_Featured_, UFO Thursday, August 9th, 2012
The following article was written as an introduction to UFOs for skeptics and open minded readers alike. Included in the article are links deeper into the UFO rabbit hole for those who dare to expand and challenge their conceptions of reality and even consciousness itself.
This article was originally published at Beams and Struts. It is a short overview of the UFO phenomenon and why it is an important topic for discussion.
Here’s an excerpt from the article.
I believe that UFOs are real and we have a right to know whatever they are. When I say UFOs I’m referring to those rare, authentic, and well-documented sightings that cannot be explained away as “weather balloon,” ”the planet venus,” or “swamp gas.” Now that I have your attention, I will now take you to the other side of the chasm — the side where up is no longer up, down is no longer down; where ratonality and critical thinking are no longer sufficient but still necessary to maintain our sanity and our sense of reality.
Whenever I bring up the topic of UFOs, people’s reactions are quite predictable. Aside from the usual eye-rolling and spontaneous giggles, the most common responses I get from people are:
“What’s the big deal with UFOs? Don’t you know what the ‘U’ stands for? It’s unidentified!”
“The government is very poor at hiding secrets so how can they hide this, if it is indeed real?”
“Where is the evidence that we are being visited by extra-terrestrials?”
“Why is this topic important? How is this relevant to our personal lives and society at large?”
“Sorry, but whether UFOs are real or not, I’m just not interested.”
To which my response is utter bewilderment and a resounding, “Really?!!!”
But let me backtrack for a moment before I attempt to break down and deal with the above responses. The field of Ufology has a long history. It is beyond the scope of this article to do justice to its contentious and controversial beginnings. So instead I’ll just point the readers to watch this documentary:
“What’s the big deal with UFOs? Don’t you know what the “U” stands for? It’s unidentified!”
I usually hear this response from intelligent people who think that they are displaying the hallmarks of skepticism. For example, Neil deGrasse Tyson uses this standard skeptical argument on his infamous takedown of UFO sightings. Of course, Tyson is partially right. There are a lot of people out there who take every story and news of UFO sightings seriously and immediately draw conclusions that they must be from another planet. So it is imperative that we always remember what the “U” in UFO stands for.
However, I would argue that the kind of skepticism displayed by Tyson is the easy kind of skepticism — the kind of skepticism that could dismiss theeasy cases of UFO sightings. In fact, in my opinion, those easy cases don’t even deserve to be taken seriously because the likelihood of a plausible explanation makes them virtually identified. But what about the hard cases? — Those few authentic UFO sightings that defy rational and known scientific explanations; cases with multiple witnesses, testimonies from high-ranking officials with impeccable credentials, radar data, physical traces, documents from governments and from public archives? Are we suppose to just throw up our hands in the air and say, “Gee, those UFOs are just unidentified,” even when these unknown objects regularly violate our airspace with impunity, and in many cases near nuclear weapon facilities? Are we suppose to believe that the most powerful military force on Earth — the U.S. military — will just give up easily instead of doing everything in its power to investigate the phenomenon, especially when those flying objects display impossible aerial maneuvers that mock our current state-of-the-art technology?
I don’t know about you, but I think that a true skeptic will take the time to inform himself on this topic, look at all possible angles, and analyze the hard cases, before proclaiming that UFOs have no objective reality or that they don’t need to be taken seriously. Whenever I think of UFOs I always think of the hard cases that defy conventional explanations, not the anecdotal stories and multitudes of videos posted by some random person on Youtube.