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  • What Did Kenneth Arnold Really See?

    Return of the Flying Saucers: Re-evaluating the Kenneth Arnold UFO Sighting
    ...
    The sighting by pilot and businessman Kenneth Arnold of nine “peculiar aircraft” skimming over the peaks of the Cascade Mountains of Washington in June 1947 has unique significance. The worldwide press coverage that followed defined for all time the public consciousness of “flying saucers”, and we will never understand their historical origins without an understanding of what Arnold said he saw and of how his story was interpreted in the context of the times.

    One aspect of this question concerns Arnold’s fitness to see what he said he saw and to accurately describe it to us in the days and weeks afterwards. Was Arnold a “reliable witness”? What does that mean? What is this quality of reliability? Is there any way of measuring it?

    Another aspect is how the event and the reporting of it changed Arnold himself, along with the world around him. Arnold’s own descriptions of the objects he saw in June 1947 altered over the years. The history of this change is complicated and the reasons for it difficult to extract. Why should this confusion have arisen? How ought we to deal with it?
    ...
    In summary, it appears that Arnold really did originally report what could be fairly described as nine distorted saucers, which he himself described as “saucer-shaped”, “saucer like” and “big flat discs”, not exactly circular like mother’s crockery but (as he drew them multiple times) somewhat round shapes that had “looked perfectly circular” when seen by the reflection of the sun off their mirror-like tops, but which were revealed as roughly shovel-shaped or scallop-shaped when “observed quite plainly” in black silhouette against the snow, having a very shallow, dished cross-section when seen edge on. And the most likely explanation of his later drift towards a crescent description is that he regretted using the “saucer” shape simile, and denied it, because of unintended consequences: He wished to distance himself from the risible cultural stereotype of the “flying saucer”.
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    https://www.dailygrail.com/2018/07/r...-ufo-sighting/
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    • Watch: TV Station Films UFO Again
      ...
      For the second time this summer, a television station in Buffalo, New York filmed some kind of UFO. In a segment that aired late last month, WKBW meteorologist Autumn Lewandowski highlighted the strange oddity which appeared in a time-lapse video of the city skyline. In the footage, an anomalous glowing ball can be seen hovering in the sky and then seems to dip down a bit before zipping past the camera.
      ...
      https://www.coasttocoastam.com/artic...ilms-ufo-again

      UFO again on SkyWatch 7?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmxI...ature=youtu.be
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      • Sorta ...

        9 UFO Sightings No One Can Explain
        https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/...u6A?li=BBnb7Kz


        Last edited by G David Bock; 27 Jul 18, 12:00.
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        • Exclusive: I-Team obtains some key documents related to Pentagon UFO study
          ...
          "You've got these advanced aerospace vehicles flying around, that we don't know where they come from, what the intent is, possibly off-world even," said Dr. Hal Puthoff, physicist.

          In June, physicist Hal Puthoff made the first public presentation about the UFO study. He was the chief scientist for BAASS (Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies), the Las Vegas company which won a Pentagon contract to study UFOs and related mysteries.

          In his presentation, Puthoff listed the subjects explored in dozens of scientific studies initiated by BAASS: Star Trek worthy topics -- warp drive, invisibility, metamaterials but the titles and authors have not been released -- until now. The list made public for the first time includes subjects such as worm holes, antigravity and how to track hypersonic vehicles, and more.

          READ: List of scientific studies for Pentagon made public for the first time

          Puthoff said his group has studied unknown materials recovered from crash sites. Make of that what you will. Elizondo says TTSA (To the Stars Academy) is actively looking for unusual materials so they can be analyzed.
          ...
          https://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/exc...udy/1324250087
          https://www.coasttocoastam.com/artic...roject-emerge/
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          • The Dark Forest theory: A terrifying explanation of why we haven’t heard from aliens yet

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            The Dark Forest solution explains why we haven’t heard from aliens by positing that they are purposefully keeping quiet.

            The reasoning is laid out best in the science fiction novel The Dark Forest, by Liu Cixin. The plot of the book, the second in a series, concerns questions of how to best interact with potentially hostile alien life.

            In the novel, the argument is laid out like this:
            • All life desires to stay alive.
            • There is no way to know if other lifeforms can or will destroy you if given a chance.
            • Lacking assurances, the safest option for any species is to annihilate other life forms before they have a chance to do the same.

            Since all other lifeforms in the novel are risk-averse and willing to do anything to save themselves, contact of any kind is dangerous, as it almost assuredly would lead to the contacted race wiping out whoever was foolish enough to give away their location. This leads to all civilizations attempting to hide in radio silence.
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            https://bigthink.com/scotty-hendrick...rom-aliens-yet
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            • EXCLUSIVE: Discovery Channel treasure hunter claims he’s found evidence of an extra-terrestrial spaceship while exploring ancient shipwrecks beneath the Bermuda Triangle

              • Explorer Darrell Miklos has been using secret maps created by famed NASA astronaut Gordon Cooper to find shipwrecks in the Caribbean
              • Diving at an undisclosed location near the Bahamas he found what he believes is the first evidence of an extra-terrestrial visit to earth hundreds of years ago
              • What he thought could be an ancient shipwreck turned out to be huge USO (unidentified submerged object)with 15, 300ft long obtrusions jutting from its sides
              • 'It was a formation unlike anything I've ever seen related to shipwreck material, it was too big for that,' Miklos tells DailyMail.com
              • Miklos' discoveries have featured over two seasons of hit Discovery Channel docu-series Cooper's Treasure

              By Ryan Parry West Coast Correspondent For Dailymail.com

              Published: 12:56 EDT, 8 August 2018 | Updated: 22:01 EDT, 8 August 2018
              http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ial-visit.html

              While "flying"(UFO) and "submerged"(USO) are often both displayed in an event, this one might be more mundane (?).
              Would be interesting if a sonar or radar scan of what is beneath the coral encrustation could be made. A lot of interesting to unusual "sightings"/objects have come out of the Bahamas.
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              • Given wide span of the OP ...

                WATCH: Can You Affect Another Person's Behavior With Your Thoughts?
                https://www.npr.org/sections/health-...-your-thoughts

                a.k.a. - The Power of Expectations
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                • ....
                  " One US-based betting company has taken UFO enthusiasm to the next level by producing an interactive map that reveals every alien sighting across the country in the past 78 years.

                  The map has been released ahead of Global Space Week that kicks off on Thursday. "
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                  https://www.news.com.au/technology/s...78df2a60743bb7
                  ....
                  https://www.casino.org/ufo-odds/
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                  • FWIW ... The WWII ghost bomber that mysteriously landed itself

                    http://www.history101.com/foo-fighters/1/
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                    • The Forgotten Legend of Silicon Valley’s Flying Saucer Man

                      Alexander Weygers, a Renaissance man in the mold of the tech industry’s stated ideal, inspired an art dealer to become an acolyte.

                      ...
                      The sculptures came with an incredible story. Weygers spent close to half a century as the valley’s hidden da Vinci, crafting his home over the years from reclaimed wood and junkyard scrap metal, using tools he made on the premises. In separate workshops he produced sculptures, highly stylized photos, wood carvings, and home finishings. He also wrote books on blacksmithing and toolmaking and shared his talents firsthand with youngsters willing to camp on the property. He taught them to make their own tools, sculpt, and embrace his minimalist, recycling-centric philosophy. And amazingly, Weygers was a world-class engineer who in the late 1920s designed a flying saucer, a machine he called the Discopter.
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                      https://www.bloomberg.com/news/featu...ing-saucer-man

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                      • ‘Bob Lazar’ Film Presents the Man Behind the Myth of Area 51: Exclusive Interview with Director

                        Robbie Graham December 1, 2018

                        ...
                        The reason you know about Area 51 is because Bob Lazar came forward and told you about it. When Lazar blew the whistle on what he’d seen at the then-unheard-of top secret facility in the Nevada desert back in the late-1980s, his world was turned upside-down. For this reason, he has never let any filmmaker into the private world of his daily life… until now. In Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers, investigative filmmaker Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell paints an intimate portrait of a man who has experienced worldwide fame and notoriety, but who has always been something of an enigma. In this — his only long-form written interview about his film — Corbell discusses truth, lies, belief, disinformation, aliens, and the human being at the centre of one of the biggest controversies in UFO history…
                        ...
                        https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2018/...with-director/
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                        • Before Lazar: UFOs at Area 51 (Or Not…)

                          Nick Redfern December 8, 2018

                          In a recent article here on Bob Lazar, UFOs, Area 51 and Russian spies, I noted how the whole UFO angle of Area 51 might be a big game; an operation chiefly designed to try and reel in Russian spies. In my new book, Area 51, which will be published on January 1, I tell the story of another man who found himself in a very similar situation to Lazar, but close to two decades before Lazar was on the scene. The entire story is way too long to tell here, but here’s a summary: To demonstrate that the connection between Area 51 and UFOs goes back a significant number of years – and long before Bob Lazar almost became a household name – we have to go back to the dawning of the 1970s. The story comes from a man I’ll call John, and who I met back in the mid-2000s. It’s a story of incredible proportions and which clearly demonstrates that when it comes to the matter of aliens and the legendary secret base, nothing is as it seems to be. In fact, it’s much weirder.
                          ....
                          https://mysteriousuniverse.org/2018/...rea-51-or-not/
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                          Though not always referred to as Area 51, the site was in use decades before the 1970s. One claim to fame being the location for developing and testing the U-2.
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                          • Standing at Ground Zero for
                            UFO Believers


                            A Scientist Studies Our Need to Believe in Aliens

                            https://lithub.com/standing-at-groun...ufo-believers/
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                            • Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D.

                              This Is America


                              Taking UFOs Seriously

                              UFO sightings are unsubstantiated, but testimonials should be taken seriously.

                              Posted Feb 05, 2019

                              ...Review of American Cosmic: UFOs, Religion, Technology. By D.W. Pasulka. Oxford University Press. 269 pp. $24.95.

                              Polls indicate that more than a third of Americans believe in extraterrestrial life and UFOs. The percentage of believers is much higher among people between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five. And among people who think aliens are “out there.”

                              In American Cosmic, D.W. Pasulka, a professor of religious studies at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, draws on a six-year ethnographic study and the work of Carl Jung (Flying Saucers) and Jacques Vallee (Passport to Magonia and The Invisible College) to explain the widespread belief in aliens. Pasulka identifies three aspects of UFO inquiry: physical evidence (crash sites and artifacts); testimonials made by experiencers; and the persistence of belief whether or not there is verifiable evidence to support it.

                              UFO sightings, she argues, often change lives, in ways akin to religious conversion experiences. Like some religious traditions, including Zen Buddhism, UFO logic is not always rational; at times, it relies on nonsensible narratives and mystical experiences to tame normal consciousness and stimulate enlightenment.

                              Pasulka also challenges the view that UFO believers are uneducated, fringe members of society. Some very well-regarded scientists, she indicates, are convinced that non-humans have visited Planet Earth; they have chosen to remain anonymous to protect their professional reputations. And American Cosmic examines the ways in which the media, for good and ill, operates as a UFO cultural authority.

                              Using a method common among anthropologists, Pasulka maintains she neither believes nor disbelieves but insists that testimonials are, in important ways, “real.” This approach allows her to gauge the impact and internal logic of a “thriving belief system.”
                              ....
                              https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/b...x_tgR7yAH_MZm4
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                              • NASA BOMBSHELL: How ISS feed was CUT after 21 anomalies appeared during Discovery mission

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                                https://www.express.co.uk/news/weird...ry-mission-spt
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