Reveal Your Presence
by Guest Blogger,
Tyler Kokjohn, Ph.D.
The scientific journal Nature published a review of a book that examines the strange history and literature of the flying saucer phenomena (1). I have not read the book and am not asking you to buy it, just have a careful look at the appraisal posted on the Nature Books and Arts blog, A View From the Bridge.
Titled ‘The Rise and Fall of the UFO,’ it would not be surprising if readers came away with an impression the book explores a dead topic. Clearly, judged by mainstream press coverage, the UFO heyday passed many decades ago. However, UFOs are still with us and people who witness them persist in seeking explanations for them. A quick search of Amazon.com will reveal that new works on UFOs are published regularly.
In my limited personal experience, UFOs and paranormal events are rarely discussed by my colleagues. For many academics any professional interest in UFO phenomena probably died with the publication of the Condon Report. With such limited formal scientific study and discussion of the topic it is not surprising many scientists today would view UFOs as a long dead craze of the past prompted by swamp gas and stoked through mass hysteria.
Unfortunately, the inhabitants of the ivory tower may not realize their perspectives are restricted. You have a rare opportunity to help them avoid confirmation bias; anyone may post a comment to this blog. Read the review, see how it strikes you and issue an opinion if you deem it appropriate. A substantial public response to the review theme may demonstrate to the Nature readership the UFO topic is still alive today. And perhaps the editors will recognize that interest warrants more coverage.
Let them know you are out there.