The Science of UFOs : An Astronomer Examines the Technology of Alien Spacecraft, How They Travel, and the Aliens Who Pilot
If they are real, then UFOs function under laws of physics we as yet do not understand: If they've come from distant parts of the galaxy, they must travel faster than light, or somehow circumvent that limitation on the upper limits of speed. UFO flying maneuvers that have been reported as "sightings" defy what Earth sciences say is possible."The Science of UFOs" will objectively examine some of the themes, reports, and claims that have been made about the behavior of purported alien spacecraft and their occupants, evidence of ancient visitations on Earth and other planets, the meaning of species and hybrids in the context of modern genetics, and non-spatial methods of interstellar travel. Current knowledge and theories in physics, biophysics, and space sciences will be used in a clear and entertaining way to test and discuss the idea that aliens have arrived on Earth -- or at least are maneuvering in our atmosphere -- in a manner that defies our current understanding of the universe.
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St. Martin's Press
August 02, 2002
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Excerpt from The Science of UFOs by William Alshuler
Say the word "UFOs" or the phrase "alien abductions" in some circles, and there is a knowing snicker. In others, there is an emotionally charged silence. These days the words carry heavy baggage in western industrial societies, especially in the United States. There are now at least three industries that have grown up around them: an entertainment industry in the form of science-fiction books and movies; a second entertainment industry in the form of made-for-TV movies that purport to examine the reality of the associated phenomena; and a small industry that consists of support groups and therapists who counsel those who say aliens have abducted them, in some cases for non-consensual experiments. This goes to show that, among other things, in America one can commercialize almost anything, including what is often delusion or lies, as well as the pain of innocent victims (self-inflicted or not).
If you think the above statement means that I have a closed mind toward the phenomena of UFOs and alien abductions, you are wrong. I am just skeptical of them. I have been enthusiastically interested in UFOs since the time in childhood when I began to consume science fiction and science fact in great gulps. The number of sci-fi stories I have read on the subject is quite large, and I went on to train in astronomy up through getting a doctorate, in part inspired by all that science fiction. I believe it is highly likely that extraterrestrial beings of great intelligence populate our galaxy on many planets and talk to one another across the immense distances between the stars. I am extremely doubtful that they visit one another or that any have visited Earth. But if aliens arrived on my doorstep I would be thrilled, and assuming they didn't flash weapons, I would try to touch hands or any other appropriate organ or limb.