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We are witnessing an extraordinary time for the study of UFOs. Navy pilots are revealing more details about sightings, going on the record in the New York Times. At the Washington Post, spokesman for the Departement of Defense affirmed that the government studies Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.
Now the Post has published a new article entitled, “UFOs exist and everyone needs to adjust to that fact.”
It certainly appears that there is a real shift in public attitudes about UFOs. Whereas the subject has almost always been met with some ridicule, now it looks like minds are opening to a new reality.
The Post’s Daniel W. Drezner explained that the study of UFOs does not necessarily mean the study of extraterrestrials, a subject that remains associated with “crackpot ideas” in what he calls “polite society.”
Drezner points to work by scholars who posed a theory that the study of UFOs remains taboo because of the prevailing worldview that humans are technologically superior beings. Admitting there could be higher intelligence in the universe could create cognitive dissonance.
“They argued that the real reason UFOs have been dismissed is because of the existential challenge that they pose for a worldview in which human beings are the most technologically advanced life-forms.”
In the paper entitled, “Sovereignty and the UFO,” the researchers said that authority figures had worked hard to dismiss UFOs outright, associating them with aliens.
“As they note, ‘considerable work goes into ignoring UFOs, constituting them as objects only of ridicule and scorn.'”
Today, the attitudes are changing after the release of UFO footage in 2017 and the official acknowledgment of the Defense Department’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program.
Sightings of UFOs gained more credibility in October 2017 when the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope in Hawaii spotted a cigar-shaped interstellar object the size of a football field moving at 85,700 miles per hour. It was the first observed object from outside our solar system thought to be an asteroid, comet, or rock, but it behaves in unexplainable ways.
The UFO was dubbed “Oumuamua,” and it received attention from astrophysicists who published a paper exploring the idea that it was an “artificial construction” flying with a solar sail similar to Count Dooku’s spacecraft in the movie, Star Wars.
Oumuamua was named after the telescope that discovered it, and loosely means “a messenger that reaches out from the distant past.”
A Harvard astronomer published a paper suggesting the object could be “a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization.” (see the video below)
See more about Oumuamua below:
On Monday, Naval pilots shared their stories about UFO sightings off the coast of Florida and Virginia Beach, which they say were daily occurrences. Advanced radar allowed the pilots to pick up the fast-traveling objects, which could pass by unseen. They noted how the UFOs behave unlike any human-piloted craft with abrupt changes in altitude and sudden stops and starts that would kill a human.
Then a UFO almost crashed into pilots flying in formation. The angry pilots reported the incident, resulting in changes to the way official UFO reports are submitted.
Following the Times report, the Navy is updating the 2015 guidelines on reporting UFOs.
Politico called the changes “a significant new step in creating a formal process to collect and analyze the unexplained sightings — and destigmatize them.” Luis Elizondo, the former head of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, told the Post that the changes to Navy guidelines were “the single greatest decision the Navy has made in decades.”
Although the government does not use the term, “UFO,” they have used the phrase, “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,” similar to the British Ministry of Defence. It’s still an official acknowledgment that the mysterious objects exist.
As the Post puts it:
“They are not saying that these UFOs are extraterrestrials, but they are trying to destigmatize the reporting of a UFO.”
The Post’s Cleve R. Wootson Jr. says the admission is “like pouring kerosene on UFO conspiracy theories.” He’s got a point, but it may also open up the possibility that one day the government could acknowledge the existence of extraterrestrials.
See the video below:
All of this is taking place right after the passing of one of the most important Ufologists in history, civilian investigator Stanton Friedman. He passed away after a talk about UFOs on May 13, 2019. The man who made Roswell a household name would no doubt be proud to know that the study of UFOs is becoming more respected and credible every day. He worked for decades to change attitudes and allow people to come forward without facing stigma.
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