Aerial Phenomena Case Files are back! This week we will begin to post information about UFO investigations and investigators, moreover, will post updates as needed. When the investigation is complete, a copy of the final report will be posted too!
-UFO reporting numbers. Are they inflated?
-Science Fiction vs. Science Facts
-How Hollywood shaped the UFO culture
-Hunting for extrasolar planets
-Future interstellar travel concepts
-Kepler Mission updates
Ufology is not a Science: Science is a systematic enterprise that constructs and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe. Ufology, however, is not a science, and no research on or investigation of UFOs has provided a testable explanation and prediction. Nevertheless, there is a growing trend in the UFO community to present ufology as a science and a topic that requires urgent response from the government. Many mainstream ufologists as well as speakers at UFO conferences attempt to use fancy words such as quantum mechanics, which should immediately be considered a red flag. Most ufologists are not scientists and are simply invoking a poorly understood branch of science. Quantum mechanics is the science that deals with matter at the level of atomic and subatomic particles; thus, it cannot be applied to the macroscopic world of large physical objects such as UFOs.
Due to popular request, API will host another LIVE Google Hangout in early December. The date will be posted no later than 15 Oct 2014!
While reports of the Grays have circulated in the UFO and conspiracy-theory community for decades, their origin is often associated with the 1961 Betty and Barney Hill abduction claim.[i] Because the media began to report on the alleged creatures after the Hill claim, the UFO community has assumed that the Grays are a recent phenomenon. However, that is not the case. The first appearance of the Grays can be traced as far back as 1891, decades before the post-1947 UFO wave. Almost 125 years ago Kenneth Folingsby published a book titled Meda: A Tale of the Future.[ii] The book, which derived from the author’s visions of the future while in a coma, described “tiny gray men with heads shaped like hot air balloons.” Soon thereafter readers were fascinated by what the human species might look like after millions of years of evolution. In 1893 H. G. Wells wrote a short article titled “The Man of the Year Million” in which he speculated on that subject. Wells imagined human beings as having no hair, mouth, or nose, but they would have an enormous light-bulb-shaped head and a small body.
Wells also published The War of the Worlds in 1897. His representation of Martians in that novel, according to a biography, was a convergence of pure imagination and Wells’s research on evolution. He depicted Martians as having enlarged heads because they supposedly were a more intelligent race than humans. Furthermore, according to Wells, the Martians had large eyes, no nose or ears, and very small mouths. He also envisioned Martians as communicating telepathically with each other to eliminate all misunderstanding, a trait that remarkably has been reported by alleged abductees.
In the 1930s and 40s, once again before the UFO wave, little gray aliens were a staple feature of many comic books such as Amazing Stories, Wonder Stories, and Science Wonder Stories. During this era when comic books were having a large impact on society, many of the tales they published concerned gray “visitors from space.”
[i] Betty and Barney Hill. University of New Hampshire Library. http://www.library.unh.edu/special/index.php/betty-and-barney-hill.
[ii] “A Media History of Gray Aliens.” http://www.theironskeptic.com/articles/gray/gray_history.htm.
We are in the process of updating our UFO database the first week of September 2014. This past summer we received dozens of reports, which will be uploaded to this website shortly. Stay tune!
Aerial Phenomena has been invited to speak at Scarefest 2014 regarding our recent investigation at Skwinalker Ranch. Come join us at Scarfest in Lexington, KY from 13-15 September 2014! For more information or tickets, visit Scarfest 2014.
We are inviting the UFO community to collaborate with us during this one-of-a-kind event! This Q&A, in short, will be an excellent opportunity for all of us to get together to talk about UFOs and other similar topics. Goals of the Q&A:
- Meet like-minded individuals interested in Ufology
- Share investigative and research methodologies
- Brief current UFO investigations of significance
- Answer relevant questions from the UFO community, and
- Coordinate a Global Skywatch for 2014
Don’t miss this opportunity! Click Here to RSVP
The MARS Astronomy Club of Tampa, FL has invited Antonio Paris to speak at Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry. The topic will be The Search for Life in the Universe. This is a non-UFO related lecture that will concentrate on extrasolar planets.
Date: August 8th, 2014
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Book signing event will follow.
According to the British UFO Research Association, Britain’s oldest UFO group, thefirst evidence of the existence of UFOs as we know them came at about 2.59pm on June 24, 1947. That’s when a Mr Kenneth Arnold, while flying his plane across Washington State, saw a diagonal chain of nine mirror-bright objects moving in a manner “a saucer would if you skipped it across the water.” It is believed that this description established the now well-known expression “flying saucer,” which has since spawned countless books, TV series, feature films, comic books, and hobbyist groups.
But since that sighting decades ago, UFO enthusiasts haven’t had the best reputation. Some groups are now trying to change that; they want to be taken seriously.
Aerial Phenomenon Investigations is run by founder and director Antonio Paris, a former US Army Counterintelligence Officer and Department of Defence Counterintelligence Special Agent. Based in Florida, his 13-strong team of UFO investigators have tried to shake off the negative connotations surrounding all things extra-terrestrial. He says that he was upset to learn that most local UFO clubs were inundated with claptrap, “such as conspiracies and pseudoscience, astral projection, hypnosis,” as well as cryptozoology like the Bigfoot and Mothman myths. “I realized most of Ufology was a joke!” he said.
In a bid to silence the skeptics, Paris looks to explore the UFO phenomenon in an analytical, scientific way. His group aims to bring ufology into the 21st century by being more CSI than X-Files. Unlike other UFO organisations, they have a strict investigation protocol that enables them to conduct what they call a “case triage” to ensure they only investigate the “good” reports.
“The wider public believes in extra-terrestrial life but sadly the term UFO has become synonymous with aliens,” Paris said. As a result, his group doesn’t investigate the typical “I saw a light in the sky” cases. He says that the “pseudoscience, claptrap, conspiracies, and hoaxes” that pass for ufology in some parts is down to “Hollywood, media sound bites, and conspiracy groups,” and that, to his annoyance, “Any mention of UFOs to the general public and their first thought is tinfoil hats.”
Paris tries to distance himself from that crowd. He’s a member of the Washington Academy of Sciences and a graduate of the S2 Institute’s Florida Private Investigator Course, as well as the author of two books: Aerial Phenomena: Reviving Ufology for the 21st Century; and Space Science: Challenges for the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis of UFO Phenomena, and the director and producer for the documentary Area 51: A History of this Reclusive Base.
But how do you investigate UFOs? He said that most organizations investigate anything, whereas API has particularly stringent standards. “To open an investigation, a report submitted to API must meet four of these five criteria,” he explained.
1. UFO sighting must have occurred less than a year ago
2. Must have multiple witnesses
3. Must be a daytime sighting
4. Must have photo, video, or other physical proof
5. Sighting did not occur near a military installation or defence contractor installation
Paris’s team includes “former Air Force pilots, NASA spacecraft engineers, NASA rocket propulsion engineers, reporters, former military intelligence officers, teachers, professional photographers, and a psychologist.” He adopts the use of a wide range of equipment and teams of highly experienced personnel coupled with a strict rule system to investigate reported sightings. He also leaves a digital trail wherever he goes, posting videos, reports, and case studies online.
The API have even produced a 50-page guide to help other would-be investigators through the process of interviewing witnesses, performing scene re-enactments, and conducting research on weather patterns and radar analysis. This how-to guide gives budding investigators DIY field training based on Paris’s belief in a “scientific approach” to ufology.
There are also groups in the UK that, like the API, are seeking to bring a little more credibility to ufology. After all, this interest in the unknown has captivated people around the world. The Birmingham UFO Group (BUFOG) claims to be one of the most active groups in the UK. It was established in 2007 and has been chaired by black sunglasses-clad lead investigator Dave Hodrien since 2008.
Over the years, BUFOG has investigated UFO sightings across the country, from strange lights in the sky to “fast moving objects in the air.” These are also referred to as “contact cases” by the ufology industry, and Hodrien has conducted investigations on behalf of other groups that don’t have the scientific know-how he claims to possess. “Ufology attracts dis-information from the press and media, and often receives ridicule from the general public,” Hodrien said—which, according to him, means witnesses often keep quiet and makes investigating more difficult.
Across the board, it’s clear that Paris’s criterion number four—filmed proof—is increasingly important. Mark Bayley, who runs the Southend UFO Group in the UK, said that “the advent of camera phones and camcorder technology has meant a massive upsurge in filmed evidence.” He claimed that some of the objects he’s witnessed through his own investigations on video “seem to be under intelligent control.”
Original article at Motherboard