The term, "Unidentified Flying Object" means just that and only that. A bird in the sky that you had incorrectly identified as a robin as opposed to a jayhawk--is a UFO. All it means is that there's something in the sky and you don't know what it is.
UFO has been used synonomously with spaceships from other worlds for years. It's time to stop.
Now, do I believe that there are spaceships from other planets visiting us? Well, most reports I've read tell me no one was reporting these things until the 1950s...you know when they began to make lots of SCIENCE FICTION movies. And reports sky rocketed after the X FILES hit the tube.
I guess I'll believe it when I see it. NO ONE has EVER offered proof.
Youre absolutely right that the term needs to be used correctly. Youre absolutely wrong when you say that "UFO sightings" didnt start until the 50s, coinciding with science fiction movies. Unidentified flying objects have been identified as far back as Columbus and biblical times. Also, there was no spike of sightings during the 9 years that X-Files ruled the airwaves.
I notice from reading the posts on this site, that believers and non-believers alike have a rabid tenency to spout off their opinions as fact when they are certainly not fact. Simple research on your part would have removed your false notions.
You'll notice that my reply doesnt neccesarily say I believe or dont believe. Science, people. Let's look at this objectively and scientifically. Let's leave our pre-conceived notions at the door.
Scullyhubby (I wish)
Lan Fleming 12/21/2003 12:58:51 AM
[[Now, do I believe that there are spaceships from other planets visiting us? Well, most reports I've read tell me no one was reporting these things until the 1950s...you know when they began to make lots of SCIENCE FICTION movies.]]
Reports of aerial phenomena virtually identical to moder UFO reports go back as far as the early 1900's, including things that looked like "fly saucers," although they weren't called that. Jerome Clark's "UFO Book" gives a good description of these earlier reports. There were objects sighted by both Allied and Axis pilots during World War II that US pilots called "foo fighters."
[[And reports sky rocketed after the X FILES hit the tube. ]]
I've never read any reports that suggested that was the case. The largest "waves" of UFO sightings in modern times actually occurred in the 1950's. But the sightngs continue to the present day.
12/23/2003 4:11:07 PM
Bob please don't tell us to stop calling them UFO's when you yourself don't know what to call them. Just because your name is Bob doesn't mean I have to call you Bob. Maybe I should call you a Volute instead.
Erica 12/23/2003 8:47:27 PM
UFO...flying saucer...flying disk....whichever...who cares if they use the term "UFO" correctly or not, uknows what they r talking about generally...so that is all that is necessary.....argue about something else
robert 7/24/2004 4:17:07 PM
hey pal take a look at some of the carvings in the pyramids..thats right the ancient pyramids. both ufos and by ufo i mean alien looking ships and carvings of alien like creatures are on the pyramid walls. Forget about 1950s.. : /
LJ 7/24/2004 8:20:45 PM
The fact that extraterrestrials haven't held a public press conference just isn't a basis to justify that only 'hardcore' evidence acceptable/believable. You're certainly entitled to your views, though.
But, had you been a bit more thorough in your research, you might have gained a better appreciation of the history of this phenom.
Most observations do refer to something unknown. Objects of such appreciable size, shape and performance that clearly defy simple, conventional explanation.
Bird misidentifications are hardly reasonable comparisons (unless you believe that birds can exhibit similar behavior and/or that people can't distinguish between such things). The AF tried that explanation, at least once, and it didn't 'fly'.
The reference 'ufo' is fitting; one is free to add any further interpretations as they wish. Call 'em what you want, but most relate it to describe the objects I mentioned.
like it matters 7/24/2004 8:51:10 PM
it's a question of semantics, what do you mean when you say ufo ? i agree.
ufos have for millenia appeared in many forms and most defy observational descriptions, what is interesting is that cultural background seems to have a bearing on experience, well documented in our collective historical development at pace (or in our imagniations at least) with our own technological development; a clue. the religious aspects and common links to parallel extranormal experience another.
although many identical accounts appear to give grounds for investigation of the commonalityof experience, a closer look at what people actually report and how the experience is digested within the psyche, its' local effects on the subsequent life and personality of the individual, whether positive or neagative outcomes occur, etc whether change is affected, how does the person integrate the experience, is there loss of reinforcement of the individualitys sense of empowerment. all phenomena could have multiple origins, we know only as far as space and the sky is where many ufos are seen, hence..we put 2 and 2 together and get 4 when as mathematicians know we could make that 5, 6 or even 7.