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.

Friday, October 21, 2005

New Questions Born of the Old 

On the UFOUpdates mailing list, there has been some discussion of how to “get the message out” regarding Ufology. Of course, we’ve been trying to tell non-ufologists what we are looking into for years, so this is not a new question. Of course, it periodically becomes a rediscovered one, and we are staring the beast in the face once again.

Truly, how do we inform the public of why we investigate and why it should be important to them? One would think you would be able to just tell people by word of mouth, or with media, but there is a certain difficulty along those routes. An atmosphere of official ridicule was established long ago. Even open acknowledgement of this manufactured climate of scorn is itself laughed at and deemed lunacy. How annoying!

I perceive a bit of wear and tear in this engineered mockery, so I think that this is a really good time to readdress the question. Here's my take for what it's worth:

I think there is continued value in tracking trends, patterns, and empirical characteristics of UFO's and related phenomena. If Ufology can continue to build the clearinghouse of data on the subject, that's all to the good. If we can find a way to inform people in a serious, credible, and digestible way, that's all to the better. So we keep pulling together sighting reports and publishing, but go the extra mile in simply and unabashedly telling others that the clearinghouse exists.

That's a hurdle I've personally had to make, and recently it is like a switch has been flipped for me. I tell people I'm a Ufologist, a second career. No matter their reaction, my confidence, finally after many years of internal apprehension, is unshaken. That would be the "assuming a serious lack of funding approach".

To tackle the "assuming unlimited funding" approach, I can only speak for myself. I am interested and generally engaged upon many of the discussed aspects of our field. However, being just a single human with many other pragmatic things tugging at me, I have to narrowly restrict what aspect I act upon. Being an engineer, the restriction is obvious.

If UFO's are craft of some sort, technological and physical, what makes them work?

I devote myself to that. With the limited funds I have, I have some plans that have an unpleasantly long timeline. If I won the Powerball (i.e., unlimited funding) I would devote myself to building and testing apparatus for study of those things that interest me.

Unlimited funding? Do what interests you, see where it properly fits in with others' interests, then publicize the findings, produce products for sale, and generally move down an R&D path to perpetuate new learning to complete the loop.

If Ufology could produce at least one physical and practical benefit for the rest of the world, then the rest of the world will begin to care. The rest of world may even begin to understand why we think Ufology is important.

Think that could give you some Search Engine popularity, and traffic???
Are you the same "Anonymous" from a few articles down? I'm going right now to delete the "Pendulum Clock" nonsense post, OK? Sheesh.

I want folks to read this blog out of serious interest, I'm not trying any tricks to get me search engine advantages.
Okay, I've set "Word Verification" to on, maybe the spam will stop. How freeking annoying...
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