Unidentified Flying Objects

I like Mac’s perspective on UFOs.   I find the issue intriguing, but much of the literature and discussion full of unadulterated bullshit, speculative conjecture, and undue skepticism.  His emphasis on agnosticism is much appreciated.  Here’s a metapost of his that discusses various aspects of the issue:

The problem with the above scenarios is the unwelcome (and often deliberately ignored) complexity of the UFO phenomenon. We seem to be dealing with an intelligence every bit as “paranormal” as it is “technological” — but then again, isn’t that what we might realistically expect from beings thousands or perhaps millions of years more advanced than us?

Discerning UFO researchers have noted the failure of “nuts and bolts” hypotheses to adequately address the weirdness that accompanies so many UFO-related events, calling the conventional interpretation of UFOs as spacecraft into serious question. Sizing up the phenomenon from the early 21st century, it would seem that visiting ETs could do a much better job at concealing their presence if they truly desired. Far from constituting a paradox, this begs us to reconsider the motives of a truly alien intelligence, even is that means casting away much of the ufological conventional wisdom (to say nothing of SETI dogma) in the process.

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