With the War on Terror and various other news issues taking up all of the limelight as of late, one of my old passions, UFO's Real and Imagined, has been at a low heartbeat. This blog is meant to be a small crash cart in an otherwise quiet area of investigation.

Monday, August 15, 2005

The 58 Challenge 

Bob Renaud on the UFO Updates mailing list has issued an intriguing challenge to Ufology:

On Tuesday, June 24, 1947, Kenneth Arnold sighted nine disk- shaped objects
while flying near Mount Rainier, Washington. Today, Monday, August 15, 2005, is
58 years, 1 month, and 22 days - or if you wish, 21,237 days - later. Ergo, the
'modern era' of Ufology is approaching its sixth decade. My question: ignoring
contactees, abductees, Magonia, Phil Klass, etcetera, what 58 scientific facts -
one for each year - about UFOs and aliens are known on 15 August 2005 that were
not known on 24 June 1947? I'm not referring to opinions, hypotheses,
assumptions, extrapolations, anecdotal evidence or wild-arsed guesses, but to
cold, hard, indisputable facts...So, who has a list of 58 facts?

I’ve decided to take him up on this. Of course, such “facts” will be disputable by some, but that’s just good science. Many of the facts we hold as keystones to scientific theory in many areas are subject to revision. For those in the Ufological community, we bear a higher standard for “facts” from the world purely as a cultural phenomenon.

So be it.

After having more than a year off of this blog, I welcome this challenge as red meat to get it going again.

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