The False Mirror, 1928 — René Magritte. Source: wikioo.org.

The UFO phenomenon is not merely physical or technological. It also has a high strangeness aspect. Science is starting to take seriously the physical aspect, but will probably shy away from the high strangeness aspect. Here is why.

Introduction

The idea of this article came from a comment by a friend of mine. The gist of the comment, or reflection, was something to the effect: How can we study such an elusive and strange phenomenon as UFOs/UAP with the scientific method? My interpretation of the comment is that my friend implicitly referred to the high strangeness aspect of the UFO phenomenon (-na). In other words, my friend wondered how the metaphysical assumptions (for instance, “physicalism”) of contemporary science can even start to take seriously phenomena that seem to contradict our concepts of what is real or not, possible or…


In an opinion piece in Scientific American, two scientists write that UFOs are a scientifically interesting problem and deserve objective scientific analysis.

The two scientists and authors of the article in Scientific American, Ravi Kopparapu, a planetary scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Jacob Haqq-Misra, an Astrobiologist at the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science, suggest that interdisciplinary teams of scientists should study UFOs, or UAPs (UAP, referring to “Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon”, is the preferred term by the U.S. Department of Defense).

Why should scientists spend their time and energy, and risk their reputation, on studying UFOs, according to the authors? Their answer in the article published on July 27, 2020, is partly based on the released videos by the…


The article’s purpose is to show that the UFO phenomenon is no longer a woo subject. Parts of the U.S. Armed Forces and lawmakers in Washington D.C. are taking the UFO issue seriously. After decades of silence and denial, the U.S. Government is candid with its concern over UFOs.

At the end of this article, you will find a short interview with Senator Mark Warner, where he talks about why it is appropriate for the U.S. Government (USG) to study the UFO phenomenon, or “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” (UAP), which is the term that the Pentagon prefer. This article can preferably be read together with my previous article with statements on the UFO issue by US Senator Marco Rubio.

Further down, I comment on Senator Warner´s statements in the interview. But first, what is the official openness on UFOs/UAP all about?

People, unfamiliar with the evidence of the psychical and


At the end of this text, you will find a short but what may very well turn out to be a historical interview with US senator and chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, Marco Rubio.

Even though the interview is short, Mr Rubio says some significant things about UFOs, or Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP), which is the term that the Pentagon uses.

The following is what I think are the most noteworthy statements from Mr Rubio and how I interpret those statements to fit into the bigger picture of the ongoing careful and selective disclosure process:

  • At the beginning of the interview, Mr Rubio says that UFOs/UAP are flying over our military bases and places where military exercises are conducted. So does Mr Rubio mean nuclear weapon bases and other military installations over land when…

“Perceiving Necessity”, Cathrine Legg, James Franklin.

How Scottish philosopher David Hume´s view on causation and the problem of induction can remind us to be careful and humble in our statements of what the world is like.

What does a Scottish philosopher from the 1800th century have to do with the UFO phenomenon? As far as I know, David Hume (1711–1776) was not a believer in UFOs. Neither did he in any of his books or essays discuss the UFO phenomenon.

So, what is my point in bringing up one of the most influential philosophers to write in English? Bear with me for a moment.

David Hume is famous for many contributions to philosophy (also to, for example, history and politics). Still, he is probably most known among philosophers and scientists for his thoughts on causation and…


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If you are unfamiliar with the UFO phenomenon in general and its significance to us all in particular, then the two videos below should make you more aware of why the military and the world's governments have taken the UFO phenomenon seriously for decades.

The first video further down is made by Mr Sabir Hussain, director of “Indian Society For UFO Studies” (INSUFOS). Hussain has written the book Accidental UFO Apocalypse. Based on the findings in his book, he has sent a petition to the Supreme Court of India with the purpose “to prevent an accidental India-Pakistan nuclear war due to misunderstood UFO activities.” At the 9:20 minute mark (to the 11:40 mark) in his video, Hussain describes why this awareness of UFO activity at and around nuclear military sites is critical in India and Pakistan.

Before that, Hussain is in the video summarizing…


Question everything you read, hear and see about the UFO phenomena. Trust no one. Not necessarily because people are untrustworthy. But because of the nature of the UFO phenomena, no one can claim to know the truth. That ignorance includes me.

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That is why this article is describing “the standards of reasoning” (below the “Background” part), mentioned briefly in a previous article, and why they are important (according to me) to the discourse of the UFO phenomena (hereafter, “the phenomena”). But, before that, some background.

Background

The terms “ufology” and “ufologist” are, in my opinion, problematic. Because they imply some systematic and structured method, and shared terminology, underlying the study of the phenomena. There is none. Jacques Vallée has pointed out that problem in several of his books and various interviews through the years.

The main reason for the lack of such…


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In the following, I am obviously speculating on what I think is the most crucial question trying to answer: Why is a careful and selective disclosure process of the UFO phenomena happening at this moment in human history?

I believe a more accurate and even more urgent way to phrase the question is: Why do “the Others” want a disclosure now? That is, why do “they” want to make their presence known on a larger scale at this moment in human history? Maybe, from their perspective, it is more about “at this stage of Earth´s, or of biological life´s, evolution?”…


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Do the statements represent another micro-step in a careful and selective disclosure process about the truth of the UFO phenomenon? Or is something else going on?

On May 26, 2019, the New York Times (NYT) published a surprisingly well written and seriously covered article about the testimony of five US Navy pilots encounters with UFOs, or UAP (“Unidentified Aerial Phenomena”).

You can read the NYT article at the following link:

My purpose here is not commenting on the content in the NYT article or the article in the Washington Post from May 28, 2019, on the same theme, which I leave a link to further below.

Instead, I would like to reflect on what all these recent statements about UFOs by the Pentagon/the US Department of…


In previous articles, I have written about a historical event that happened on 16 December 2017: the US Department of Defense released videos showing Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, more popularly known as Unidentified Flying Objects.

Up until recently, it has been unclear if it really was the US Department of Defense (DoD) who released the videos or not. Today we have the documentation that proves that, in fact, it was the DoD who released the three UFO videos (called “FLIR1”, “Gimbal”, and “Go Fast”). You can read about the DoD´s confirmation of releasing the U.S. Navy UFO videos on the journalist Alejandro Rojas’ blog at the following link:

If you are unfamiliar with what happened on 16 December 2017, and what we today know about the Pentagon´s black UFO program “Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program”…

Janne Tikkanen

By day supporting the recovery of persons having bipolar disorder. Some nights an armchair commentator on the UFO phenomenon.

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