I admit, this article has me scratching my head. Maybe someone else can explain…
[…] having failed to establish any evidence for the existence of extraterrestrial life, Britain’s UFO watchers are reaching the conclusion that the truth might not be out there after all.
Enthusiasts admit that a continued failure to provide proof and a decline in the number of “flying saucer” sightings suggests that aliens do not exist after all and could mean the end of “Ufology” – the study of UFOs – within the next decade.
Dozens of groups interested in the flying saucers and other unidentified craft have already closed because of lack of interest and next week one of the country’s foremost organisations involved in UFO research is holding a conference to discuss whether the subject has any future.
Dave Wood, chairman of the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (Assap), said the meeting had been called to address the crisis in the subject and see if UFOs were a thing of the past.
“The lack of compelling evidence beyond the pure anecdotal suggests that on the balance of probabilities that nothing is out there.”
You can say the same for ghosts, Bigfoot and psychic powers. Decades later we are no better off. Why are UFOs different? UFOs seem notoriously difficult to study. There is almost NEVER any physical evidence left and only eyewitnesses, usually in the dark, observing something very far away. No testing can be done. UFO sightings are frequently hoaxed for camera and video. Or they are explainable by the growing possibilities for man-made objects (like remote controlled balloons and drones or Chinese lanters and flares).
But I don’t see the popularity waning. Not from the news we get here. I wonder why the ASSAP reports are dwindling, or is it their patience?
UPDATE: (8-Nov-2012) MUFON reports that their cases are GROWING, as I expected. Here is a quote from a piece that interviews a MUFON rep. It’s from the Examiner, which is not reliable, so take it for what it’s worth. The number does sound plausible.
Reached at his Cincinnati headquarters office today, MUFON Executive Director David MacDonald said ufology was alive and well.
“The fact is that MUFON is receiving on average more than 700 cases a month,” MacDonald said. “Furthermore the evidence is there. We have it. There are people in prison right now, some on death row, convicted on less evidence then what we have to support our belief that UFO’s are real. We have eyewitness testimony, sworn affidavits, physical trace evidence, photographs and videos.”
MUFON is comprised of about 3,000 members and is the largest UFO investigation group organized on the planet.
However, MUFONs idea of (supporting/good) evidence is a lot different than mine. And they are seemingly NOT in line with the more scientific, less mysterious view that ASSAP holds. But, UFOs are not my thing, they are surrounding by this conspiratorial mindset that I found off-putting. For some, that’s a draw.