Ufology Today

In the past five years, I have identified an array of noteworthy concerns that I believe have derailed the study of Ufology. Regrettably, these problems have ruined the subject, degrading it to a point at which any discussion regarding UFOs is no longer taken seriously by society:

  • There is a lack of investigative data-sharing among UFO groups and investigators.
  • Most UFO conferences are a joke.
  • The Internet has become a focal point at which people create, store, and disseminate thousands of fake UFO photos and videos, conspiracy theories, and hoaxes.

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17-004-AN1 (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)

Remain Anonymous: yes

Field Investigation Requested: no

From: Anonymous

Date of Sighting: Monday, March 6th 2017

Time of Sighting: always at night

Duration of Event: always there

Location of UFO: Sioux Falls, SD

Shape of Object: Orb

UFO Report: It looks like a star in the sky but every couple minutes at night orange blueish ring goes around it but it only comes out at night and is always there

Case Disposition: Witness did not request an investigation.

17-001-CE1 (Redwood City, CA)

Remain Anonymous: No

Field Investigation Requested: Yes

From: S.

Date of Sighting: 12/21/2016

Time of Sighting: 8:34 pm

Duration of Event: 40 seconds

Location of UFO: Redwood City, CA  94061

Shape of Object: Fireball

UFO Report: I am what is commonly referred to as a “Contactee” and this sighting was pre-arranged.  Please excuse the expletive at end of video.  I was a bit irritated that They disappeared before I could get a close-up.  The video is very shaky, but the screen shots are cool. Also, I have an implant that can now be removed. (Previous attempts were thwarted.)  Can you hook me up with a reputable UFO research surgeon?  Thank you!

Case Disposition: In process

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17-006-AN1 (Dallas, GA)

Remain Anonymous: Yes

Field Investigation Requested: Yes

Date of Sighting: 2016

Time of Sighting: Late evening

Duration of Event: Approximately 10seconds

Location of UFO: Dallas,GA. Usa

Shape of Object: Cigar, Cylinder, Other (Explain Below)

UFO Report: Nothing Reported. 

Case Disposition: Closed.

17-003-CE1 (Anzio, Italy)

Remain Anonymous: no

Field Investigation Requested: yes

From: C.

Date of Sighting: 40  years  ago

Time of Sighting: night   time  clear  night

Duration of Event: th event  repeated  it  self  and  the  fall  out  lasted  year  from  demensional  warps  lasted  and  other  spiritual  things

Location of UFO: 1346  anzio  ccc 95531

Shape of Object: Other (Explain Below)

UFO Report: the  objects  were  golden  just  like  ezeikles  sighting   it  was  a  repeated  sighting  twice  in  one  night  it  went  in  a   rosinbridge  and  this  place  may  be  a  entrance  native  americans  used  during  ceromonys  for  thousands  of  years  and  its  connected  to  are  creator  jehova  the  native  anericans  are  connected  to  this  place  but  may  not  know  of  the  exzact  location  of  their  old  ceromonys  I  could  be  rong  but  my  research  of  the  sightings  and  the  bible  and  their  native  practices  points  to  them  worshiping  god  around  the  same  time  as  moses  was  reining  on  earth.

Case Disposition: No investigation opened. Case too old.

National UFO Reporting Numbers Deceptive

Every year hundreds of thousands of reports of unusual sightings and alleged abductions flood the Internet and social media. Organizations such as the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) and National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) inundate the UFO community with reports that thousands of UFOs are being documented each month. If only 1% of these sightings were both reliable and credible, it would appear, on the surface, that at the very least thousands of extraterrestrials are visiting planet Earth. That is not the case.

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Plausible Origin of the Grey

13It is alleged that several species of extraterrestrial origin have visited our planet in the past or continue to visit today; and, in some conspiracy claptrap, are walking amongst us in disguise, are collaborating with select government factions, and have even created a human-extraterrestrial hybrid to gradually populate earth with their species.  Why they are here, if that is the case, is beyond the scope of this book–for our purpose is only to investigate whether or not they can exist.

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Alleged Extraterrestrials Still Hard to Find

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It is alleged that several species of extraterrestrial origin have visited our planet in the past or continue to visit today. In some conspiracy claptrap they even are said to be walking among us in disguise and collaborating with government factions, having created a human-extraterrestrial hybrid to populate Earth with their species. Why they are here, if that is the case, lies beyond the scope of Aerial Phenomenon’s mission, for our purpose is solely to investigate whether or not they can exist.

The UFO community claims that there are dozens and perhaps hundreds of alleged extraterrestrial species. It is important to note, however, that reports of alleged extraterrestrials are predominantly the result of single-witness accounts, hearsay, and hoaxes. According to the scientific community, academic experts, governments throughout the world, and many legitimate UFO organizations, there is no physical proof or incontrovertible evidence that extraterrestrials exist or have ever visited Earth.

By Antonio Paris

Emotions and Confirmation Bias in Ufology

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Rather than applying science and logic to defend the extraterrestrial hypothesis of UFO phenomena, the UFO community addresses the issue through emotions and confirmation bias. Ufologists have a predisposition to favor information, no matter how fantastic, that confirms their beliefs or assumptions.  They display this bias when they gather or remember information selectively or when they interpret it in a biased way. This inclination is especially prominent at UFO conferences when emotionally charged stories of alleged alien abductions and government conspiracies are presented. Those who support the extraterrestrial hypothesis of UFO phenomena, moreover, tend to interpret ambiguous and anecdotal evidence as supporting their existing position. This is often the result of media sound bites, social media, and UFO organizations’ claims that they are “scientific” entities. When confirmation bias is coupled with pareidolia, apophenia, and illusory correlation, the end result is belief perseverance, which contributes to overconfidence and strengthens beliefs even in the face of contrary evidence. Moreover, belief in the extraterrestrial hypothesis of UFO phenomena did not develop into self-validating structures all by themselves. They are the direct result of the UFO community leaders’ often modifying and revising their agenda to conform to the prevailing culture of their memberships. A clear example of this occurred when the UFO community was faced with a serious institutional crisis regarding the U.S. government’s explanation for the 1947 Roswell incident. Rather than accepting the proven fact that the UFO was actually a balloon under the auspices of Project Mogul, the UFO community conveniently resorted to claims of a government coverup.

Army Officer Turned Ufologist Antonio Paris Chases Aliens With Reasonable Doubt

In our X-Files reboot world, it’s hard to take ufology, the study of UFOs, seriously. The problem, at its core, is less scientific than sociological. The community that believes in the proximity of extraterrestrial life has long had a fraught relationship with logic and reason. Antonio Paris’s job is to bridge the divide between those who want to believe and those who demand proof. As the head ofAerial Phenomena Investigations, Paris has spent the last five years working with a former NASA engineer and a journalist to uncover both evidence and its absence. Paris, a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, also works as anastronomer at St. Petersburg College in Florida. He spends a lot of time looking up, but even more time looking around.

It bears saying — precisely because it doesn’t go without saying — that Paris is not a crank. In a sense, he’s exactly the opposite. He exhibits the rare ability to keep belief close and doubt closer. It is this trait, coupled with the thoroughness of his work, that has enamored him to the scientific community, which embraces him with open arms. Paris spoke with Inverse about dueling with investigative and scientific pistols at a time when most other Ufologists are stuck on Area 51.

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