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The Future of Ufology

The Future of Ufology

Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos By Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos
fotocat.blogspot.com
June 2015

     In the July 2014 CAIPAN workshop organized by GEIPAN (French CNES), Dr. Jacques Vallée delivered an interesting lecture entitled “UAP: A Strategy for Research” (1). Vallée presented a good historical background to UFO databases as a basis to develop a number of future avenues of research. [UAP: Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena]

I would like to make some comments on this paper. The first is a general one: it highlights that after 68 years of modern UFO history, we do not know anything about the nature of an alleged UFO/UAP phenomenon. At this day, we are still starting from zero, because all basic questions regarding the phenomena are open and none is yet resolved, as Vallée points out by outlining a list of crucial “unanswered questions” that appertain to key topics like search for patterns, physics of the phenomenon, geography, socio-cultural impact, effect on human witness, and methodology & epistemology.

Is it ‒as Vallée proposes in the section “Obstacles to Analysis”‒ because “the phenomenon has demonstrated a level of complexity that challenges analysis and even rational description”? Or is it –my view– because there is not any genuinely new phenomenon in progress? It is evident that we can attest a failure in finding either long-lived statistical constants or admissible extraordinary evidence (material, recorded or observational) for a brand new type of physical or para-physical entity manifesting in our environment. What if UFOs were something more linked to our inner world than to the outer world? . . .

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Scientists & A Select Few Ufologists Gather in France

CAIPAN Workshop

A very important workshop on UAP

By Keith Basterfield
ufos-scientificresearch.blogspot.com
8-2-14

     GEIPAN

The “Groupe D’Etudes Et D’Informations Sur Les Phenomenes Aerospatiaux Non Identifies” (GEIPAN) held an important workshop, on 8th and 9th July 2014, in Paris, France.

GEIPAN was created by the “Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales” (CNES) to study reports of “Phenomenes Aerospatiaux Non identifies” (PAN) (Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena.) The CNES is the National Centre for Space Research for France, and is responsible for proposing space policy and implementation to the French government.

The Workshop

The workshop, of scientists and invited UAP researchers, was looking at methods and tools, which could improve the collection and analysis of information on “Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena.”

A number of very interesting talks were presented, including:

• “Useful research methods for aircrew and air traffic controller UAP sightings.” Richard Haines.

• “Keeping Omni-comprehensive UFO databases: a cost benefit analysis.” Edoardo Russo.

• “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena: a strategy for research.” Jacques Vallee.

• “The Hessdalen Phenomena: 30 years of research, instrumentation, results, witness stories, challenges and difficulties.” Erling Strand.

• “Instrumented monitoring of aerial anomalies.” Massimo Teodorani.

Attendees included Jeremiah Vaabaillon, Paris Observatory; Jacques Py, Psychology professor; Thomas Rabeyron, psychology lecturer; and representatives of the gendarmerie and the French Air Force. In addition there were a number of civilian UAP researchers, including Richard Haines; Jacques Vallee; Bertrand Meheust and Ron Westrum. Australian researcher Bill Chalker was invited, but was unable to attend.

Workshops of this calibre are extremely rare, and GEIPAN is to be congratulated for arranging it. I look forward to reading any proceedings of this workshop, if they become available.

One cannot imagine such a workshop being organised here in Australia.

To read the available GEIPAN workshop material (in French) click here.

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