The Future of UFO research

November 6, 2012

The Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP), an organization involved in UFO research, affirmed that the occurrence of “significant UFO events” has dropped notably over the past 2 decades. In addition, they said that this trend  has become so extreme that the UFO debate now focuses on only a handful of events, including claims that flying saucer crashed at Roswell in New Mexico in the 1940’s.

The same organization noted too a change in the nature of reported sightings and added that over the past 30 years classical sightings have been largely displaced by claims of UFO abductions.

A comparison has been made. While in 1972 UFO crashes were unknown or disregarded, in 2012 they effectively dominate the subject.  Assap added that the subject become influenced by conspiracy theories whose implications take ufology into extreme and alarming directions.

By contrast, Nick Pope told the Sunday Telegraph that there is a future for the subject. He stated that “There’s a quantity versus quality issue here”.

Channel 4 News Science Editor, Tom Clarke, explains why UFO watchers should not give up hope just yet.

It is perhaps inevitable that ‘traditional’ UFO enthusiasts would have to abandon the faith. The little green men in flying saucers and unexplained lights in the sky just have not stood up to scrutiny. The same advances in science and technology that made them seem plausible have failed to confirm they exist.

But to me it seems a shame that the UFO hunters may be giving up at a time when we are closer than ever to finding life in other worlds.

Rather than hearing cries from distant aliens, radio telescopes found equally incredible messages from beaming pulsars and the faint echoes of the big bang itself.

In 1992 the idea of planets beyond our solar system – so called extrasolar planets – was purely theoretical. But now astronomers are now finding real lost worlds almost everywhere they look. As of the beginning of this week 843 planets in 665 planetary systems have been discovered… and counting.

Few of these planets are suitable for life as we know it, but many are close. Just last month an Earth-sized planet was discovered orbiting our nearest neighbouring star Alpha Centuri. And statistically, the odds of a world similar to ours aren’t bad at all.

Based on data from NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler telescope there could be 500 million Earth-like planets in our galaxy alone.

Estimates of the number of galaxies in the universe vary quite a bit, but we are talking hundreds of billions – you get the general idea. What’s more, the chemicals that make up the likely building-blocks of carbon-based life are being found in the furthest reaches of space.

This summer, Danish scientists discovered sugar molecules just floating in space around a star 400 light years away. And now too, we have unprecedented power to reach out and find life directly.

This week the Mars curiosity rover began the rather odd task of sniffing for methane on the surface of Mars. Detecting it could indicate the presence of belching bacterial life-forms within the soil.

So far, not a whiff. But the truth is out there.

So, what is your opinion about this subject?

Source: Channel 4

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Philadelphia Area MUFON Conference

September 28, 2012

The next four day, today included, it’s the Philadelphia Area MUFON Conference.

The UFO conference is being held the at the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel in Langhorne and boasts strong speaker schedule!

Here’s some information about the some of the speakers:

Peter Robbins | An investigative writer best known for his work in UFO studies, as a researcher, investigator, writer, lecturer, activist and author. Speaking venues have included The National Press Club, Washington D.C.; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; The Julliard School and the School of Visual Arts, New York City, and Boston’s Cambridge Hospital Psychiatric Wing, at the invitation of Dr. Mack, Wing co-founder, Pulitzer Prize winning author and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard.

Sue Swiatek | A State Director she states that Virginia, like every state, is a microcosm, a representative slice of the entire UFO phenomenon. She’s discussing some of her most compelling cases that describe close encounters and a brush with the Men-in-Black phenomenon.

Karyn Dolan | Has been involved in the UFO research community since 2000, but has had a lifelong interest in the paranormal. In 2007 she began hosting Through the Keyhole, a weekly program on the Paranormal Radio Network, in which she discusses cutting-edge research into cryptozoology, paranormal research, demonic possession, alien abductions. Karyn served as Media Relations Director of the International UFO Congress in Laughlin, NV, and has lectured at UFO and paranormal conferences across the country.

Stan Gordon | A former PA State Director for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), and was its first recipient In 1987 of the MUFON Meritorious Achievement in a UFO investigation Award. Gordon has been involved with the investigation of thousands of mysterious encounters from across Pennsylvania. He has appeared on numerous local and network news and documentary shows, including the Syfy Channel, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and Fox News Channel. He has been featured on many television shows, including Unsolved Mysteries, Sightings, Inside Edition, A Current Affair and Creepy Canada.

Travis Walton | He claims that in 1975, while working as a logger in Arizona, he and several co-workers came across a UFO in the forest which shot a beam of light at Travis. Frightened, his friends fled the scene, when they returned Walton was gone. Walton recalled waking up on the side of the road, he thought only a few hours had past, but he had actually been missing for 5 days. He later recalled being on the craft and the strange creatures that were there with him. His story was made into a movie called Fire in the Sky.

And there are more speakers like Robert Swiatek, Peter Robbins, Grant Cameron, Richard Dolan, Steven Bassett and Linda Berry.

For more info on this subject you can check the conference schedule or the MUFONPA Official Website.

Sources: UFOInfo


The Roswell Location-based Experience

September 5, 2012

I found this a few days ago and I need to share it! I think more cities should do something like this to improve and promote the UFO tourism!

Local production company Airhart Media created a location-based experience that told Roswell’s secret history of how aliens influenced the work of Goddard, Oppenheimer and others.

The Roswell Experience is a location-based story told across 32 locations in Roswell, New Mexico, US which uses a fictional alien, Vrillon, to introduce visitors to the area’s rich history.

32 businesses and points-of-interest around the town held story segments that were unlocked by tweeting or texting the code found at the location. Each story segment was piece of a bigger puzzle that revealed the GPS coordinates of an alien landing.

The experience started with a crop circle and finished with an alien landing in Roswell’s Spring River Park & Zoo

The presentation below showcase the work of Airhart Media of Roswell, New Mexico, US and how Conducttr was used to support this new form of local, interactive storytelling.

Check it out!

Source: Transmedia Storyteller


AMMACH Conference

August 31, 2012

Tomorrow, Saturday, 1st September 2012, will be the Anomalous Mind Management Abductee Contactee Helpline (AMMACH) Conference.

Contrary to what was announced on our last newsletter, the conference will  now be a one day only event.

On the official website explains that:

Unfortunately, due to the lack of ticket sales, we have had to reduce the conference to  ONE DAY only.

AMMACH Conference Flyer

All the program was changed and now they will be featuring the Saturday speakers, and also a couple of others from the original Sunday list, as Cathi Morgan and Dr Young Hae Chi.

The conference its starts at 9.30am, at The Britannia Hotel, St James St. Nottinham NG1 6BN, Cavendish Suite – 1st Floor, and ends at 9.30pm. The price for the single day is £50.

For more information on this you can check the conference schedule list or the information about conference speakers.

For an overview about what is going to happen Saturday take a look at this video of Cathi Morgan speaking about mind control in the UK.


BUFOG Present Andrew Hodrien

August 17, 2012

On 22nd of August, next Wednesday, between 7:30pm – 11:30pm, the Birmingham UFO Group Present Andrew . 

The main topic of this event is Psychology and Ufology: The Benefits and Limitations of Applying the Discipline, and an Overview of Research Findings.

The admission price is £4.00 for members and £4.50 for non-members. But as BUFOG is a non-profit making organization, all entrance fee money goes towards paying for the venue and events that they hold.

Lecture Overview

Andrew is in a relatively rare position of having studied ufology and being involved with the UFO community, before having studied psychology. Due to his passionate interests in both ufology and psychology, this lecture offers something a bit different to what normally gets presented. It also means he has been exposed to psychology as a discipline from within, rather than how it may be often portrayed within the UFO community and the general media. The lecture will be split in two halves, with the first half covering the benefits and limitations of applying psychology to Ufology, and the second half covering an overview of research that has been conducted. This will also include the first presentation of research findings as part of his degree, involving a small project into the relationship of UFO “belief and paranormal “belief”, but more importantly his dissertation into the nature of UFO “belief” and “scepticism influencing assessment of evidence, and exploring individual differences between “believers” and “sceptics”.

About Andrew Hodrien

Andrew Hodrien has been a BUFOG member since its beginning and has a strong interest in exploring Ufology for about 20 years. However, for the past 5 years he has been studying psychology with the aim of a career in psychological research into aspects of consciousness, currently planning his PhD. He is graduating from The University of Northampton in July and has also been lucky to study Parapsychology as part of his degree, and is currently working on a Remote Viewing research project at the University. For Andrew, delving further into psychological theory and research practice has been the beginning of a new journey into exploring ufology through the integration of psychological research, which he hopes to pursue in the future. This involves both the experiences covered within ufology, exploring the nature of beliefs and scepticism surrounding the field, and how we approach UFO-related evidence which might challenge either our world view or general beliefs on the subject. Regarding sightings and experiences, after being exposed to both UFO-related evidence and studying human nature, Andrew takes an increasingly open-minded approach, being open to all possibilities and endorses true scepticism, rather than closed-minded thinking.

Source: The Birmingham UFO Group


MUFON Major Announcements

August 6, 2012

During the last MUFON Symposium, were made two major announcements!

First one was that the research papers of Leonard Stringfield, an Ufologist and UFO crash investigator,  have been donated to MUFON. Stringfields work encompassed sixty volumes of meticulous UFO research over 30 years.

The second announcement was made by Harry Drew who took the podium in Covington, Ky., explaining he is convinced he has located two sites where alien craft landed or crashed in 1953, in Kingman, Arizona.

According to Drew, military personnel quickly retrieved and cleaned up the wreckage. The archaeologist and historian apparently included photos of the sites in his presentation, as well as presented information contradicting past accounts of the case and alleged crashes.

This announcement contradicts the original information presented by Raymond Fowler who first broke the details in 1973, and now claims that his information was from Fritz Werner, later identified to be Arthur Stansel.

In 1973, Stansel/Werner provided Fowler with an alleged crashed UFO event in Kingman, Arizona two decades earlier. Right below you can check his statement.

Fowler checked the integrity of Stansel and everyone who knew him said that he was a man of considerable integrity and scientific ability.

Another story supporting the 1953 crash near Kingman came to UFO researcher Leonard Stringfield in 1977. A man who was in the National Guard at Wright Patterson claimed that he was witness to a delivery from a “crash site in Arizona in 1953.

We’re  looking forward for new information from Harry Drew with some additional credible information if this case is going to be considered a landmark UFO case. On one of my latest posts, I’ve announced the MUFON 2012 Symposium.

MUFON Symposium is one of the largest annual gatherings of UFO enthusiasts bringing together participants who claim to have had encounters with alien life, those who believe their stories and those who simply are curious.


42rd MUFON International Symposium

August 2, 2012

42rd MUFON International Symposium starts tomorrow!

The Symposium will take place at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington Kentucky, part of the beautiful city of Cincinnati Ohio just across the river, during this weekend.

Right below you can check the schedule and for further information their website.

Source: MUFON

Schedule

2012 Symposium Schedule

Friday August 3
7:30am-8:00pm Registration
8:00am-4:00pm Field Investigator Training (Advanced)
9:00am-1:00pm State Directors Meeting
9:00am-11:00am Business Board meets with State Directors
1:00pm-4:00pm Field Investigator Training (Test Prep)
6:00pm-7:00pm Benefactors Poolside cocktail and Reception (Cash bar)
7:00pm- Banquet Dinner with Nick Pope
Saturday August 4
9:00am-9:15am Opening and Welcome
9:15am-10:30am T.L. Keller
10:45am-Noon Geraldine Stith
Noon-1:30pm Luncheon with Travis Walton
1:45pm-2:45pm Kathleen Mardin
3:00pm-4:00pm George Filer
4:15pm-5:00pm Thomas Reed
5:15pm-6:15pm Donald Schmitt
Sunday August 5
9:00am-4:00pm National Air Force Museum at Wright–Patterson Air Force Base
4:30pm-6:30pm National Release of “Blockbuster” UFO discovery
7:00pm- Closing Banquet with Stanton Friedman Followed by
Jam Session featuring the ‘Men in Black” and various
MUFON Musicians.
Field Investigator Training 2012 Symposium – Friday August 3rd
Handouts on tables for both groups should include current organizational chart, paper to
write questions/notes, critique and suggestions for next year (get paper and pencils from
hotel or chamber of commerce or tell folks to bring them).
Time Introductory Class #1 and Advanced Class #2
7:30am-7:50am Registration
Instructor Topic 
7:50am-8:00am Chuck Modlin Intro
8:00am-8:50am Fletcher Gray Report Writing
9:00am-9:50am Chuck Zukowski Cattle Mutilations
10:00am-10:50am Chuck Modlin & Fletcher Gray Evidence Collection
Break
11:10am-12:00pm Chuck Modlin & Fletcher Gray Evidence Collection
12:00pm-1:00pm Introductory Class #1 Lunch on Your Own
12:00pm-1:30pm Advanced Class #2 Lunch on Your Own

NOTE: DIFFERENT LUNCH BREAK for the two groups.

After lunch, the groups will divide into separate rooms.
Time Class #1 – Introductory Group
Instructor Topic 
1:00pm-4:00pm Executive Director, David MacDonald Field Investigator Test Preparation & Test

The Introductory Class #1 may rejoin the Advanced Class #2 

after they have completed their test.
Time Class #2 – Advanced FI Training
Instructor Topic 
1:30pm-2:20pm Ralph Howard NexRad
2:25pm-4:00pm Jeffrey Wilson Crop Circles (Break about 3:15pm for 15 minutes)
4:00pm-4:30pm Panel Questions and Answers and complete Critiques