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UFO Seekers Search For Respect At GWU

From: Grant Cameron <presidentialufo.nul>
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 08:15:21 -0500
Archived: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 16:21:36 -0500
Subject: UFO Seekers Search For Respect At GWU


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UFO Seekers Search for Respect

By Mark Baard


02:00 AM Nov. 15, 2002 PT

WASHINGTON -- Aliens may be right under our noses -- we're just
not smart enough to see them.

That was the message last week from Ufologists at a symposium
hosted by The George Washington University, in Washington, D.C.

Speakers at the meeting, "The Potential for Interstellar Travel
and Unidentified Aerial Phenomena," reviewed the evidence for
UFOs, from eyewitness reports and photographs to radar blips and
chunks of molten metal.

The speakers also insisted that Ufology is a science, not a
superstition, and called on the scientific community to quit
ridiculing them and instead join them in the search for
extraterrestrial life.

"Scientists," said Bernard Haisch, Ph.D., director of the
California Institute for Physics and Astrophysics, are more
closed-minded on the subject of UFOs than the general public.
Many of them have little or no respect for Ufology."

Dr. Haisch, who studied to be a priest before becoming an
astrophysicist, said many scientists are repelled by UFO stories
because they attract mystics and religious leaders, who have a
lousy track record for promoting scientific inquiry.

"Many scientists," Dr. Haisch said, "may still be reacting to
the (Catholic) Church's cruelty toward scientists back in the
16th century."

But today's theologians may help resolve some of the questions
raised by UFO discoveries, said Dr. Haisch.

"Religion," said Dr. Haisch, "may deepen our insight into UFO
phenomena. There may well be deeper things at work than what
we've already touched upon."

But UFO skeptics, whom the Ufologists prefer to call cynics,
believe UFOs are strictly a religious phenomenon.

"Everyone wants to believe in something greater than
themselves," said Pat Linse, co-founder of the Skeptics Society.
"It's a part of human nature."

Linse, who believes that Ufology is a retelling of the Christian
myth, also said the U.S. military secrecy has also encouraged
the faith of UFO believers.

"If you've ever been to Roswell, New Mexico," Linse said, "with
all of these strange aircraft flying around, you'd see that it's
not such a great leap to start believing in UFOs."

The speakers at the GWU symposium seemed to take their
inspiration from a more recent, American myth, however. Many
dotted their presentations with images and references to the
spacecraft and species of Star Trek.

But Ufologists said they are serious about finding real
scientific evidence of visits to Earth by extraterrestrials.

And that evidence may be lurking just outside the range of our
current sensors.

"Aliens," said City University of New York physicist Michio Kaku
"may be here now, in another dimension, a millimeter away from
our own."

Dr. Kaku theorizes that the universe exists in 11 dimensions, of
which scientists have identified only four.

But scientists, said Dr. Kaku, may also want to take another
look at the UFO evidence in our own dimension.

Dr. Kaku said a galactic civilization capable of visiting Earth
would have to be as advanced as Star Trek's Borg, and would
likely use nanotechnology to visit Earth.

"We're always looking for space ships," Dr. Kaku said. "But what
if they are using nanoprobes to explore Earth instead?"

Dr. Kaku asked astrophysicist Jacques Vallee, Ph.D., to consider
reexamining Vallee's samples of UFO fragments for microscopic
structures he might have overlooked.

Physicians, Dr. Kaku added, should also be allowed to examine
self-described alien abductees for traces of alien DNA.

"If we could find a piece of nanotechnology," said Dr. Kaku, "or
alien DNA, we would nail this to the wall. There would no longer
be a debate."

But a search for UFOs down to the microscopic level will take
resources that Ufologists do not have.

"Scientists," said Stanford University physicist Peter Sturrock
"are not being encouraged, supported or funded in their UFO
research."

Dr. Sturrock, who has received funding from philanthropist
Laurance Rockefeller, said that Ufologists would gain greater
respect if reputable academic journals opened their editorial
pages to their research.

Universities also discourage research by not granting tenure to
scientists who go out on a limb to study UFOs, said Dr. Kaku.

"It's a good idea," Dr. Kaku said, "to start asking these
questions only after you get tenure."


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