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? . . .