MUFON Symposium 2010 & UFO Disclosure
UFOs Over Planet Earth
MUFON Symposium 2010 & UFO Disclosure - Several of the speakers at the MUFON Symposium took questions from the audience for an hour and a half to wrap up the 2010 Symposium. Panelists included: John Greenwald, Clifford Clift, Mark D'Antonio, George Filer, Nick Redfern, Stanton Friedman, Kathleen Marden, and Kevin Randle.
Stanton Friedman on UFOs, SETI and Stephen Hawking
Nuclear Physicist Stanton Friedman discusses the problems with the way modern scientists approach the UFO subject. Especially those from the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), and Stephen Hawking.
Stanton Terry Friedman is a professional Ufologist, currently residing in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He is the original civilian investigator of the Roswell incident.
He studied physics at the University of Chicago and worked as a nuclear physicist on Research and Development projects for several large companies. He is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada.
Friedman states that he has reached major conclusions on the basis of his research dating back to the late 1950s. These can be summarized as follows:
1. There is overwhelming evidence that planet Earth is being visited by intelligently controlled extraterrestrial spacecraft; i.e. some UFOs are ET spacecraft, though most are not.
2. A few people in the US and other governments have known the above since at least 1947 and employ a "need-to-know" policy regarding this knowledge; i.e. the knowledge is highly classified largely as sensitive military information.
In addition, Friedman maintains that, although arguments against these conclusions sound plausible, "when one examines them, they collapse, because of an absence of evidence to support them, and the presence of evidence that contradicts them".
Friedman argues that, reproducibility is largely irrelevant to the study of UFOs, essentially because by definition, scientists do not control variables if UFO phenomena involve intelligent extraterrestrial control; i.e. in this case, the study of UFOs does not involve experiment and experimental methods.
This position can be criticized on the basis that experiments can be conducted on materials or technology that are hypothesized to have an extraterrestrial origin. Although Friedman maintains that such materials have on at least one occasion been obtained, he maintains these are highly classified and not available for conventional or mainstream scientific study.
Friedman has characterized the kinds of evidence, scientific and otherwise, that he considers to be relevant, which include evidence such as credible testimony, analyses of documents, video and physical trace evidence; and particularly multiple sources of mutually corroborating evidence of one or more kind.
Regarding testimony, he states that "we must remember that the reason most sightings can be determined to be relatively conventional phenomena, often seen under unusual circumstances, is that most people are relatively good observers. The problem comes with the interpretation of what was observed ... it would be irrational to say that people are good observers when their input allows us to identify the object being observed, and yet poor observers if we can't identify the UFO as something conventional".
In response to criticism on the basis of psychological or other grounds, he refers to the quality evaluation reported in the Project Blue Book Special Report No. 14 and other evidence, such as that contained in the COMETA report.