I'm re-posting this to start a new thread. I believe the subject of UFO's - after 50 years of more ridicule than seriousness - is ready for the limelight. My personal opinion. Would really like to know how others feel about it.
I think the recent bestseller by Leslie Kean brings great sobriety to the subject of UFO's.
The book title is "UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record". A most fascinating read. John Podesta, White House Chief of Staff to President Clinton and co-chair of President Obama's transition team, provides a foreword. Published by Crown, a division of Random House.
Before the extraterrestrial hypothesis can even begin to be approached scientifically, the formal scientific study of "the UFO phenomenon" is necessary.
From worldwide reports in her book by credible airline pilots, both military and commercial, and high ranking military personnel, including many generals, and government officials, British, American, and others, there is a basis for scientific study - with physical evidence such as ground markings, radar data, and photography.
But this fertile area for research is all held back due to the stigma associated with "UFO's" in the scientific community. Part of the stigma is deserved because of the mistaken assumption that UFOs are, by definition, extraterrestrial spacecraft.
That extraterrestrial-based correlation has not been proven in any believable manner. Yet.
But the evidence does seem clear that it is worthwhile studying scientifically globally-repeated flying patterns of objects that seemingly defy laws of physics, such as silent hovering, and rapid acceleration.
Once that has begun, then and only then, can the extraterrestrial hypothesis begin to be explored, as one possible explanation.
I recently went through emergency open heart surgery, with a quintuple bypass.
Not a clue anything was this wrong for my whole life, although I probably had blocked arteries for DECADES, according to my surgeon.
My conclusion is that, with certain risk factors like mine, i.e., family history, age, high blood pressure (treated well), and high cholesterol (treated well), an angiogram was necessary long, long ago.
An angiogram seemed to be the only test that ever revealed my condition. I had taken all the recommended GP and cardiologist-recommended steps faithfully, stress tests, ultrasounds, EKG, etc., year after year.
But an angiogram was the only test that revealed my condition!
I suspect that there are millions of "walking time bombs" out there in a similar condition, i.e., many people with undetected but dangerous arterial plaque buildup.
The only reason the angiogram was done was because I went to the ER complaining of chest pain. Only 2-3 minutes' worth. I didn't even feel it necessary to go. My wife insisted.
Why can't an angiogram be given more routinely, before someone with risk factors like mine has serious trouble, like the chest pains that I had, or worse, a heart attack...often when it's too late!?
What finally prompted this post was an email that a friend of a friend died suddenly last week at age 55, in the gym, someone who did everything "right", nutrition, diet, exercise, lifestyle, etc. I don't know if there's a correlation to my angiogram concerns, but it made me stop and think (again).
My 27 yr old son (a bright mathematician, musicologist and linguist) is looking for (in his words) "a physics book that describes the subject's development historically (both theoretically and experimentally), while maintaining scientific rigor and honesty (admitting to leaps of faith or necessarily vague explanations)."
Any suggestions would be greatly welcomed and appreciated!