A few days ago, Vox published an interview that brings up an issue with the modern scientific community. It’s an issue I’ve brought up many times before.
It turns out that modern science, or at least those who control the purse strings that fund various studies, has not yet overcome its fear of the unknown. Certain topics are still considered “off-limits.”
I’m referring, of course, to the study of UFOs. The interview is with Alexander Wendt, who is (according to Vox) “one of the most influential political scientists alive.”
There are things going on in the sky that are strange and do not have an obvious explanation. These are UFOs, and like any other unidentified phenomenon, human beings are curious creatures and normally scientists will rush out to study whatever we find fascinating or puzzling. But in this case, scientists won’t touch it with a 10-foot pole. And that’s the taboo.
So even though the Navy is now saying, “Hey, we’ve got UFOs on film, here they are,” the scientists are still not going to study them. So there seems to be something blocking the scientific community from engaging this phenomenon, even though anything else even remotely this interesting would generate limitless research dollars…
I’ve received a lot of emails from individual scientists in response to my TEDx talk. And all of them said the same thing, which is, “Thank you, we wish we could study this, but we can’t because our lives depend on getting grants from the government and other research institutes, and if anybody gets worried that we’re interested in UFOs, boom, they won’t get a cent and their careers will be in the tank.”
I suspect that humans need some things to be taboo, along with various other cultural mores, in order to maintain social cohesion. This is probably ingrained in our DNA.
Most of us wouldn’t criticize Americans for refraining from dog meat, or the Japanese for “wasting” time on tea ceremonies and the like. But we should criticize scientists, or those who fund them, for clinging to such medieval concepts as “taboo.” When it comes to science, nothing should be taboo.
Long ago, back in the 1970s AD., my folks took me to Mono Rock, California. We visited an old friend of theirs, whose name I cannot recall. He was eccentric – and he believed that extraterrestrials would fly their spaceships overhead on most nights. We did go out to try to spot some. Indeed, mysterious points of light would suddenly appear in the sky, fly around at high speeds, and perform impossible maneuvers, such as making sudden 90 degree turns while flying very quickly. At least that’s how I remember it. Each time this would happen, air force jets would appear and pursue those points of light. Our friend told us this happens every time the aliens appear.
I mentioned that the man was eccentric. The main reason I say this is that he believed he could communicate with the aliens through quartz crystals. He had a collection of them in his house for that purpose. If memory serves me right, he claimed that certain colors of crystal were more suitable for such communication.
Many years later, I had a coworker who claimed he had been abducted by aliens when he was younger. I might have been inclined to dismiss such tales, except that this particular individual was quite normal, and extremely intelligent.
That’s the extent of my “contact” with extraterrestrials, and I’ll remain an agnostic – until I see them with my own eyes.
This video is from one of the weirder parts of YouTube, but I thought it’s exceptional. Hopefully, at least some of y’all will enjoy it as much as I did. It has nothing to do with the rest of this post.