The subject of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) as viewed through the hardcore professional scientific community mixes nearly along with oil and water. Here I examine a few of the in’s and out’s surrounding that mix even though the basic fundamentals appear to revolve around the reality that the Men In Black Ufos issue has never been initially considered a scientific issue, just a national security issue. Like the remainder of the great unwashed, scientists weren’t welcome in to the realm of the inner national security sanctum. That excuse no longer hold water.
Most of what follows was obtained from a to-and-fro debate having an armchair but scientifically inclined UFO sceptic. I’ve edited my responses for the exchange to hopefully yield a reasonably coherent article.
Scientists and UFOs
Even though it is factual that the scientific community, generally, have formally shied from the UFO field, numerous scientists in all fields (astronomy, physics, biology, psychology, etc.) have on their own behalf taken a private interest and produced a study of the subject. I will and have below name names. I also suspect, based upon some surveys of the scientific community by some scientists, which a fair number possess a personal fascination with the topic, but leave that interest behind their front door whenever they start working.
The key reason scientists avoid the location harkens returning to the first past of the Men In Black Real once the powers-that-be needed to reassure the great unwashed that there was absolutely nothing to see here, there is no national security implications, etc. The topic was down-played, even ridiculed to be able to settle down any potential for public concern. I mean the potential for aliens (or maybe the Russians) violating your nation’s airspace and also the powers-that-be being totally unable to do just about anything about it might be under discussion on the highest levels behind closed doors but not ever to be publicly admitted. The powers-that-be got a helping hand due to the far out fringe elements that got created by those that the same as to have their names within the papers and muddy the waters. The sense any scientists would have gotten from officialdom is the fact things are in check; there’s nothing to this; merely the nut cases see ‘flying saucers’ and meet and greet the ‘space brothers’ from Venus. What officialdom uttered behind closed doors was a serious different matter.
If readers doubt all of this, I strongly advise acquainting yourself with all the CIA sponsored Robertson Panel and Report from January 1953 that was inaugurated in the direct request in the White House. I have to repeat my earlier comments that through the very beginning UFOs (nee ‘flying saucers’) were a national security issue, NOT a science issue. Scientists do not need to submit an application for the position of UFO investigator with officialdom since they didn’t have proper security clearances or a need to know and wouldn’t be permitted to publish their findings or give UFO lectures to their students.
So another primary reason why scientists couldn’t deal with the matter from your get-go was they didn’t have access to the data. All of the UFO sighting reports were in the hands of the USAF (along with other security agencies just like the NSA) and classified. Scientists can’t investigate in the lack of hardcore data.
It really is indeed unfortunate that scientists can’t just snap their fingers and possess UFOs appear and reappear at will, but that applies to other phenomena as well like Transient Lunar Phenomena, gamma-ray bursts, siimkb lightning, supernovae, even SETI, etc. Somehow these other elusive, unpredictable, unrepeatable phenomena are considered worth science and therefore are regarded as being in the arena of science, so that your argument there falls flat.
Scientists and the UFO Extraterrestrial Hypothesis (ETH)
Some (note: some) people (including some scientists) considered the UFO ETH (extraterrestrial hypothesis) and dismissed it as being implausible (note: although not impossible). Other people (including some scientists) have considered the UFO ETH and considered it plausible, including the probably explanation.
I on the other hand note that using the Men In Black Caught, there exists a perfect union between theory and observation. Theory nearly mandates or necessitates that extraterrestrial intelligence(s) be here. Observations strongly suggest that they are here. As mentioned, a near perfect match. Isn’t science wonderful?
The Scientific Consensus on UFOs
You will find people who seriously claim that in terms of the entire scientific community “As far as science is involved, the entire UFO subject is an embarrassment”.