I had an encounter with an interesting commenter for a couple of days about a post I did about The Galactic Internet and the Cepheid stars. I mentioned SETI and a passing reference to attention should paid to the UFO phenomenon more because it could possibly help with SETI and that the mainstream shouldn’t be so close-minded about it.
Well, you would’ve thought I dug Einstein himself up out of the ground and pissed on the corpse!
In a nutshell, his beef was that the UFO issue wasn’t worth the time because there’s no physical evidence and that it belonged to the fairy, gnome, ghost and whatever superstition you can dream up file. He refused to discuss the post at hand and kept wanting to rant at me about UFOs.
I figured he was some kind of college kid, or maybe even a teacher at a school. At worse, probably a plain ol’ troll!
He raised an interesting point however, “it’s a contradiction to assume that alien technology is millions of years ahead of ours and then expect them to risk their lives by putting their fragile bodies in primitive physical capsules (ufos), when undetectable remote sensing would do the job.”
Why indeed? A pretty good point actually.
Why would an advanced race, unless they were an evolved AI, want to cross interstellar space just to study primitive aboriginals?
Which brings us to this post from UFO Digest:
“The clearest and most succinct summary of reported UFO characteristics I have yet to find was written by the late Dr. J. Allen Hynek in a foreword to the book The UFO Controversy in America (4).
“The reported ability to execute trajectories, often but not always silently, that no known man-made craft could generate or follow; the ability to hover, and then to accelerate to high speeds in the order of seconds (and generally without a sonic boom); on occasion to change shape, and to produce durable physical effects on both animate and inanimate matter. To be, on occasion, unmistakably detected on radar, yet to be peculiarly localized and preferential in their manifestation (that is, their appearance at times and places when and where they would be least likely to be detected, and their avoidance of level flight which would of necessity open them to observation by people along the way). The pattern in the ‘close encounter’ cases is almost universal: a rapid descent to a landing or near landing, a stay of the order of only minutes, and the ascent, at usually a high angle, and disappearance either through distance or by some other means (it is often reported that at a height of a few hundred feet the bright luminosity vanishes). The choice of locale is statistically significant. The close encounter cases simply do not occur on the White House lawn or between halves at the Rose Bowl game, but in desolate spots, generally some distance from habitation and where detection would be least expected. In a small percent of the close encounter cases, robot-like or human-like “creatures” are reported.”
“Dr. Hynek should not need an introduction to anybody who has made even the slightest foray into the field of UFO literature. His own book, The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry (3) is considered a classic in this field and many people, myself included, think it is probably the most important book ever written on this subject. The book includes an appendix listing some eighty cases that were carefully selected by Hynek for maximum credibility. Reading these cases it is easy to conclude that the phenomena in question does not move in a way that is dependent on aerodynamics or on any kind of standard propulsion system. Can we create a set of familiar circumstances that would serve an an analog to what has been so consistently reported and ably summarized by Dr. Hynek?”
Now I can’t pretend to know anything about quantum physics/mechanics, like the author here, I’m only a layman. But the world of the very small is an area of nature we have only begun to explore fully and there are many, many unanswered questions on how it works.
But work it does, our computer chip technology and the Internet Google-Plex utilizes some of its principles.
And without it, our present society couldn’t exist.
Hat tip to The Anomalist