Ufo Research: Truth Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
“What is truth?” Thanks to inclusion in the Bible of a confrontation between Pontius Pilate and Jesus Christ, this question or answer is possibly the most famous statement ever made on the subject. Pilate’s definition of truth was whatever suited his agenda. That definition is still used for the same purpose by many today. The subject of UFOs and Aliens may or may not reach the eternal importance of the argument between Pontius Pilate and Jesus Christ depending on who you talk to, but the search for the truth about them receives the same manipulation. For example, when UFO Organizations meet for conferences and symposiums, they often hang banners that say, “The Truth is Out There” or “Searching for the Truth.” But what truth are they looking for? I was an avid reader of books about unidentified flying objects, extra-terrestrials and other paranormal phenomenon as an adolescent.
When I began my own paranormal research and investigation as a teenager, I decided to be as objective as possible. The truth I was looking for was less theory and more facts. Facts are objective until we decide to interpret them. Today, many UFO researchers view the phenomenon as a buffet table. They pick and choose what they decide is credible and throw out the rest.
Their search for the truth only includes those facts that they can or will accept. I can’t tell you how many important cases came my way (and still do) because others in this field simply turned their noses up at the source or nature of the information. I am not going to tell you that I initially appreciated, believed or even liked some of the cases or individuals that I have investigated over the years. I am also not going to tell you that everything reported to me always turned out to be true. Instead, I’ll tell you that it is a mistake to prejudge information based on some pet theory or desire to retain a certain image for yourself or your organization. Sometimes I believe that the original mainstream UFO organizations invented the idea of political correctness. Blasted by the press and scolded by scientists, most decided that if you can’t beat them, join them. They began to pander to reporters, journalists, scientists and skeptics. And not just pander. It wasn’t long before the notoriously skeptical, often wishy-washy and always ideologically-driven scientific community became the litmus test for UFO evidence credibility.
If a scientist could not find a way to fit the facts of any given case into some current scientific theory or model, it didn’t exist. The truth became whatever they said it was and the only information accepted the mainstream UFO research community was that which survived scientific sifting. I am not the kind of person that believes there are no absolute truths and that life is one big grey area. However, I also believe that science is a long way from understanding the nature of those truths, being able to interpret them as a formula on a chalk board or reproduce them in a laboratory. Science is what we think we know about our existence. It provides a means for us to discover and use certain principles for better or worse. It should never be considered a final authority to judge what we believe to be true. Most scientists ignore facts that go against their grain of established beliefs until those facts can no longer be ignored. It is process of knowledge and information forced one way or another by the whims and egos of academics. It’s Investigation by Debunking.
Instead of proving something exists, let’s prove it doesn’t and whatever remains is worthy of consideration. It is, literally, backward thinking and exclusionary research. Investigating paranormal or supernatural events requires something more than Debunking. It requires the ability to admit that not everything is always as it seems and sometimes things occur that are beyond our ability to immediately comprehend them. One of the greatest lessons that I have learned as a result of paranormal investigation is that anything is possible. When I first began to investigate the Philadelphia Experiment, I was warned not to take it seriously by most in the field of UFO investigation. Although witnesses were few and scattered and the information seemed spurious, not all the news was bad. While denying that it ever occurred, the Office of Naval Research began an investigation in 1957 which involved people that became aware of it and the information they possessed. It’s always been my belief that if you wanted to find a buried bone, you should follow the dog that buried it. While it’s possible that the ONR was simply unaware of the experiment and decided to take a look at the matter, it’s unlikely.
Investigations on that level were not initiated without careful consideration and approval from superior officers in charge. The government interest in the Philadelphia Experiment was reason enough to begin following their trail. Part of that trail lead to Morris K. Jessup, an author and amateur astronomer that ended up dead under suspicious circumstances. And that was just the beginning. The Philadelphia Experiment was said to have somehow involved UFOs and Aliens from the very beginning. Allegedly began as a World War II Navy Project to demagnetize ships against mines and make the vessels radar invisible, it progressed to a point where a ship became invisible, opened a door in hyperspace, traveled through time and returned. Alien contact was made somewhere along the way and their technology was eventually included in future projects based on those original experiments in the 1940s. Despite the ONR interest, suspicious death of Jessup, alien involvement and other factors that made the experiment worthy of investigation, most in the establishment UFO research community chose to ignore it.
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