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Your Paracast Newsletter -- January 30, 2010

Gene Steinberg

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Flying Saucers, ET or UFOs?

I suppose most of you are apt to equate these three terms as essentially identical. Flying saucers, while popularly used to identify the phenomenon in the early days, was also regarded as a less-than-serious term. You can laugh and you can smirk whenever you utter those words, and everyone understands. It's all nonsense, right?

When the U.S. government began to officially investigate these things, they chose UFOs, short for Unidentified Flying Objects. The UFO acronym kept them from being boxed into any single explanation. There were loads of possibilities, and certainly they made a large effort to seek conventional explanations.

t the core, UFO didn't necessarily connote something from another planet, or an otherwise unknown phenomenon. These objects or whatever they are were simply not identified, and when you did figure it all out, you'd end up with IFOs, or Identified Flying Objects.

For far too long, though, UFO has become synonymous with ET, largely because of an oversimplified process of elimination. If the object isn't a conventional aircraft, various forms of natural phenomena, spots before your eyes or something similarly conventional, what's left? Oh yes, ET of course.

Indeed that's the logical process many people interested in UFOs undergo. Thus it's ET or nothing.

This isn't to say that ET isn't involved. Certainly astronomers are learning more and more about planets in other star systems that are deemed to be "Earth-like," meaning they have the conditions that would be suitable for life, or at least life in the form we'd understand.

The troubling question, of course, is just how ET would get here. We can posit worm holes, warp drives and all sorts of fanciful constructions to allow for transportation across many light years in a reasonable timeframe. There are, of course, those science fiction movies that depict the crew of a starship remaining in stasis for many years as they take their multigenerational journeys from here to there. While surely scientists can devise a method to make such a scheme work, it seems unpractical, unless the craft is large enough to be essentially a city in space. The voyage to the unknown would involve passengers who would accept the reality that going home again and finding a civilization they'd recognize is a non-starter.

However, it would seem far more efficient to just engage "Warp 9," and reduce the travel time from decades or centuries to days or weeks.

In the end, though, let's forget about such matters and get back to basics. Are UFOs a manifestation of visits by ET? It doesn't matter if its one race or many, you see. This theory is one that nobody can prove, and that certainly goes for the so-called "Exopolitics" movement that continues to make outlandish claims about imminent disclosure, secret lunch meetings with aliens and what-not without having an ounce of evidence for any of it.

Even if ET is somehow involved, what about something closer to home, say our own planet? Could another civilization, more advanced than humans, coexist under our very noses without affording any actual evidence of their presence? That might explain why those supposed UFO entities, when allegedly communicating with Earthlings, express deep concerns over the perilous state of the environment. Why would they care unless they had a vested interest in Mother Earth?

Altruism? Concern for fellow intelligent beings? I rather doubt we'd exhibit such compassion, and it's hard to see why ET would give a damn. Unless, of course, it's not ET that's visiting us.

Gene Steinberg
Co-Host, "The Paracast"

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