Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Peter Gersten on Contemporary Ufology

Peter Gersten, one of the co-founders of Citizens Against UFO Secrecy (CAUS) back in the 1970s, had this to say at his website today. It's an in interesting perspective on the recent Space.com article "UFO Research: Findings vs. Facts" that I linked to here a couple of days ago. Peter states:

Reluctantly I have to agree with Robert Sheaffer when he states that UFO believers are convinced that the existence of UFOs will be revealed 'any day now'. But it's like Charlie Brown and the football: No matter how many times Lucy pulls the football away—or the promised 'disclosure' fails to happen—they're dead-certain that the next time will be their moment of glory. I know several UFO "experts" who still cling to this hope. I guess they have nothing better to do with their time than believe in a practical impossibility. But as long as there are people like Ted Roe - Executive Director of the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena (NARCAP) - there is hope that scientific documentation - if not an absolute explanation - will one day be forthcoming about some of the UFOs that plague our skies. I have also read a recent commentary by a UFO extremist criticizing the below article for its many omissions while also alleging that Space.com is acting in support of the information embargo about an Extraterrestrial presence on Earth. Besides assuming something not based upon credible evidence (an ET presence) our UFO researcher destroys his own credibility with paranoid accusations which are far less believable than the article he attacks. Ufology is quickly becoming the new religion – with UFO researchers - who continue to espouse science fiction as fact – its disillusioned High Priests." [original

As I said, an interesting perspective, about an interesting article, from an interesting guy, who has walked the walk.

Paul Kimball

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