The UFO Conundrum

The UFO Conundrum 

UFO Theories and Theorists

            For the novice UFO researcher, there is a maze of concepts awaiting their investigation.  If one has the mental stamina to research even the current theories, the result can range from confusion to outright rejection of the whole UFO concept.  The spectrum of theories run from the government’s denial that UFOs even exist to the notion that they are blood-drinking lizards lurking in space with a plan to herd humans like cattle.  They may be aliens from another planet monitoring our potential threat to the galactic community or ambassadors demanding their own embassy before they will share their technology.  UFOs might be holographic images from a satanic conspiracy or have an entire culture flourishing deep inside the planet.  Or could they be government clones or even the ancient gods?

            Whatever the answer, the plethora of theories is, no doubt and in no small part, responsible for the skeptical view of the general public.  Add to this the commercial exploitation of the phenomenon and the conditioned stigma of mental imbalance in the believers and you have a credibility gap you could fly a Death Star through.  For those not willing to run the gauntlet and spend untold hours in serious research, there is only perplexity.  For those who do invest the time and mental energy required, there is often a never-ending series of paradigm shifts from one theory to the next, often leading to the same perplexity in perpetuity.

            There are no guidelines for serious UFO research, but, fortunately, the human mind is very adaptable and can reason its way through almost any enigma.  We will approach this particular enigma, and perhaps the one most relevant to the past, present, and future of mankind, with only two suppositions.  First, considering the preponderance of evidence available and with the knowledge that this is only a small percentage of the whole, the existence of UFOs in our skies will be considered as a fact.  Secondly, logic dictates that, in all probability, only one could be correct or they are all wrong.

The Source
            As with any theory, the credibility of the theorist is a very strong consideration.  What is the true motivation behind the advancement of the theory?  A classic example, that should immediately raise flags, is the case of extraterrestrials with financial needs. Pleas for money from those who claim the same beings that fly vehicles with warp drives and trillion-mile odometers would need money to accomplish their earthly goals is nothing short of a con game.  
            The track record of a theorist should also be scrutinized.  Are they fudging on their credentials, over stating their expertise, or just outright frauds?  There are precious few sources to check the reputation and honesty of a given theorist, but if they have made any impact, you can wager they have been investigated, and often exposed, if they are fraudulent.  The greater the exposure of their work, the more detailed the examination of their claims becomes.  A diligent search will often reveal hidden details about their credentials and backgrounds that will give the researcher some valuable insight.
            The most important thing is to question everything about any individual that claims anything about UFOs.  The very existence of an advanced civilization in our biosphere is not something to be considered lightly and those who would exploit it for their own gain are exploiting the whole of humanity. 

The Evidence
            The first and most obvious type of evidence one should consider suspect is that of the “Co-participants”, those that claim they have been chosen by the “visitors” as an ambassador or liaison to humanity.  The sheer numbers of these “chosen ones” alone allows for a simple and superbly efficient process of elimination.  They are all claiming to be the only one chosen, they all convey different messages and they all have different agendas.  Again, logic kicks in and dictates that only one could possibly be the real deal, if any at all.  What this presents is the problem of figuring out which one that is, a virtual crapshoot, as it were. 
            Channelers present the next hurdle and are as numerous as co-participants.  These are the ones who claim to be recipients of spiritual messages, visions, or actual visits from apparitions that guide them to reveal certain truths to mankind.  In some cases, this has led to literal reams of dictated messages.  This is another case of figuring out which one is telling the truth. 
            Archeological agendas present associations of ancient structural enigmas and their relation to star systems.  These, of course, have considerably more credibility than word of mouth or spiritually generated agendas because there is physical evidence.  When investigating these theories it is, of course, important to closely examine how such conclusions were reached.  How does the researcher make the connections and how theoretical are the associations?  At least in this field one has the option of forming an opinion based on actual evidence.
            Ancient writings present not only a wealth of interesting information from our past, but also ample opportunities for manipulating that information.  As with any research in the field of UFOs, check the source, especially when specific skills are required in the interpretations of those writings and make sure any academic credentials that should be essential are current.  Avoid those who claim to have certain special talents or understanding.  Claiming to be an expert by sheer intellect is not sufficient, nor is a claim that one understands the writing by simple prolonged exposure.  Check the sources of the material presented. Does the original text actually exist, or is it accessible only to the theorist?  Consult peer review of the work. What do others in the same field say about the validity of the theorists work?  An individual producing reams of work from documents containing languages that are either known to be indecipherable or only understood at a rudimentary level by educated experts in the same language should sound an alarm.   
            Debunkers depend on the very enigma itself to discredit it and often use very manipulative language to achieve their goals.  Many often dismiss proven fact as immaterial, the mass of sightings as mass hysteria, and believers as mentally challenged fanatics.  As stated previously, we will give no credit to those who claim UFOs as atmospheric anomalies, hoaxes to gain publicity, or disturbances in brain functions.   

The Scenario
            When considering the validity of any UFO theory, the actual scenario presented by the theorist should be carefully scrutinized.  In many cases there will be found scripts that are simply copies of older theories with basic name changes.  Theories that contain elements of other theories or myths often are exactly that, a patchwork of many combined elements with no solid evidence behind any.  Theories based on cultures having only mythical backgrounds are often more the personal imaginings converted into spiritual messages from the beyond.  Many take known cultural writings and claim special insight to the hidden meanings of the authors which are often disputed by known experts or cultural realities.   
            There are many that claim direct contact with alien life forms that dictate warnings or directives to humanity, as a whole, using the theorist as a conduit to publicize their individual agendas.  These are perhaps the most visible and almost always request money to support the extraterrestrial cause.  Again, one must consider reality.  There are certainly not thousands of separate galactic cultures all bidding for human attention so, again, we are faced with determining which one is the real culture, if any.  This particular approach is highly suspect as it is usually controlled by the exclusive communications given to one individual.  Beings are addressed by name, their individual cultures are described in detail, and often-lengthy messages using first person narratives from the alien ambassadors are presented.   

The Researcher 
           With literally thousands of theories confronting the researcher, the path to understanding awaiting the serious UFO researcher is no doubt one of the most difficult to navigate.  
1. Check the author behind the theory:  Are they who they say are, where they say they are? And, most importantly, beware of those who are not open about these things.
 Question the author directly:  If possible address your questions to the individual making these claims.  Often these claimants have no open forum for this purpose, but this, of course, should give one reason for suspicion.
3. Check the critics:  Research information about the theory from sources not directly connected to the work.  There are few resources for doing this easily, but those available on the Internet will be listed at the end of this writing.  But most importantly, refine your own research skills.
4. Check the sources:  Research the sources the theorist are using as the foundation of the work.  Pay particular attention to individual references for meaning and context. 

  The Theories and the Theorists

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