From: Nick Humphries <nickh@PhoneLink.COM> Date: Wed, 29 Jan 1997 12:00:29 -0000 Fwd Date: Fri, 31 Jan 1997 15:53:17 -0500 Subject: Ufology 'Stalled'? Here's an article which I recently sent to Usenet which I think might be better answered here... ---------------------- In the past decade or two, how far has ufology progressed? What advances have been made? I'd say none. True, the raw data that's been gathered has rocketed thanks to the FOIA process and various world governments being more willing to release their data, but what use has it all been? Do we know what UFOs are made of? No. Do we know what propulsion system they're using? Nope. Have we any idea of where they come from? Nada. (well, nothing with reasonable evidence to back them up with) You can repeat conspiracy theories until you're blue in the face, but you have no proof of anything more than a cover-up of ignorance. Having observed ufology for the past five years, read a lot of UFO literature spanning decades, all I think now when I read a new case is "Oh look, here's another... Light in the sky Possible UFO landing Possible UFO crash (or "emergency landing" :) ) which undoubtably turns out to be bogus (Long Island, Carp, etc) Radar/visuals Military case revealed via FOIA or equivalent Abduction which has no third party witnesses (funny that...)" More data, but what do we actually GAIN from all of this? We're all waiting for The Big One where there is irrefutable proof of alien life in our backyard, and The Big One will occur no matter how much or how little UFO research is done now. So why bother? Simple. It's an interesting hobby, nothing more. What else would you call something which is non-productive? Comments? Nick Humphries, email@example.com, at your service If the Truth is Out There, what's In Here?
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