About “Another UFO”

This series of programs represents a cross-referential group which is listed here as a recurring subject on OTE and still evolving. “Another UFO” has become an outlet for recombining a large and ever growing collection of UFO related material, and covers the subject from every angle that distinguishes this unique sociological phenomenon. It is unique because it is one of the very few subjects of modern media which forever bounces uncomfortably between formats of “fact” and formats of “fiction.” It never resolves into one or the other.

In the late 40s and the 50s, UFO sightings quite regularly appeared in both local and national newspaper headlines all across the country and the world. It was this initial wave of public recognition in “factual” formats that inspired Hollywood’s initial wave of UFO concoctions, not the other way around. As time passed, those fictional concoctions then began to come into play within people’s assumptions when they experienced things they could not explain. The perceptual waters are now muddier than ever, but after 50 years of almost totally anecdotal “evidence”, there really is far too much continuing corroboration of something being there to ignore, to attribute to the vagaries of “imagination,” or to simply ridicule because it doesnt fit our physics and “it can’t happen here.” And yet the lack of any consensus on hard evidence keeps our “serious” journalistic and scientific establishments at bay, fearing the very ridicule they have come to practice towards the subject. For those who generally ignore this phenomenon, you may be surprised at the degree to which more sophisticated investigators are now involved in UFO research, which also remains infested with all the kooks, scientific quacks, hoaxers, delusional new agers, conspiracy paranoids, and generally gullible “wanna believers” invoking mythologies of all kinds that you might expect. All this has created a contemporary field of cultish mystery, which is not only “virtual”, but virtually irresolvable short of that public, “undeniable event” we all await.

I try to approach the subject on a noncommittal but intelligently suggestive glide path. Because of this attitude, I am often asked whether or not I “believe.” Actually, I don’t “believe” anything. Better to know or not know. “Believing” is to end one’s thought process in relation to a given subject, and it’s a shirking of one’s own intelligence when dealing with something which can neither be proved nor disproved. I’m not afraid to say I don’t know, although given the extensively documented history of this phenomenon, I venture to guess that there is more to this than meets the eye. Interestingly enough, and somewhat similar to quantum physics or the Bible, recent speculations suggest that the most fantastic possibilities of all actually provide the most “reasonable” explanations, ironically challenging our humanoid brains to reconsider the strictly four dimensional perceptual envelope we find ourselves in.