I don’t like small talk. When I found myself sitting next to a retired fighter jet pilot at lunch in Portugal I peppered him with questions about his time at West Point, in the military, the end of the draft, the Vietnam War.
“You have more than the usual interest in the military,” he commented.
Dude, I wanted to say, I have more than the usual interest in EVERYTHING.
Later that day, our friend and traveling companion, Famous Mathematician, made a related observation.
“You’re pretty interesting,” he said, as we walked ancient stone paths in Portugal together.
“Yeah, I know I’m kind of weird,” I responded, knowing that he’s also weird and knows it, himself.
“But you’re interesting over and above your weirdness,” he said. Well, it’s easy to see why he said that.
The conversation we were having had to do with UFOs and whether or not they are actually extra-terrestrials visiting earth from some other planet. It’s not usual conversation on a cruise.
Later that day, I realized that over a year ago, I’d downloaded an audio book on the subject. So, I spent the almost 11-hour flight from London to San Francisco listening to it. The book is UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record by journalist Leslie Kean and includes a number of credible reports written by military officers, pilots and others. Even though it’s long, it’s saved from being dry by the riveting subject matter. It isn’t often that these kinds of professionals go on the record with stories that many are afraid to tell. Why? Because they fear ridicule. Because that’s how governments have hushed up what they know.
If you think this is just another conspiracy theory, think again. While I love me a good conspiracy theory, It’s too well-documented. To my surprise, I found that it’s pretty well accepted all over the world that most governments have kept whatever they have learned about UFOs secret, for fear we’d all panic in the streets. I was surprised to learn that most countries have this in common. And still do, apparently, because this book came out in 2010. Have you ever heard of it? I didn’t think so.
France, on the other hand, has opened its files and made its process completely transparent and the French people aren’t running around in panic because of it. France is the only country to open their process and files to the public. Which is why this book is so interesting.
If the subject of life on other planets interests you, UFOs has some of the best documentation I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a lot because I set out on my own journey of exploration on this topic about 20 years ago and read everything I could find in the library, including many declassified government reports. Here’s an eye-opener: just about every country says that only 10 percent of UFO sightings are reported. So there are far more than we have heard about. Back in the day, before documents were declassified, heavily redacted, but still available, it was hard to find much reliable information. But this book lays out so much information that I simply had to pass it along.
The contribution to the book by a retired four-star general from Brazil was particularly notable because he said what I always say to debunkers of anything:
But don’t take my word for any of this. Take that of Brazil’s Brig. General Jose Carlos Periera (retired). And do read this excellent book. Here’s what the general had to say in Kean’s book, which you should find, buy, read, whatever. His words:
I think from the moment the government opens the subject to debate all the fear people have will disappear.
How do we handle the existence of UFOs?
The evidence shows that unexplained phenomena are occurring. And this leads many of us to believe in the presence of alien space craft visiting earth. However, drawing conclusions…is dangerous since we don’t’ have enough knowledge to do that.
I believe science has much more work to do in order to (identify and explain what is happening)…we need many kinds of scientists…(for this effort.) It must be jointly addressed by many specialists and other nations: the synergistic effect of knowledge is undeniable.
I am a man devoted to science. If you present the hypothesis that extra terrestrials may be here and doing things we cannot understand, your ideas runs contrary to conventional scientific reasoning. As far as we know, our own solar system doesn’t contain life on any planet except earth.
I’m basing my ideas on the knowledge we have today achieved by science as it currently understands the universe.
This is the caveat … if we assume only current knowledge, I am forced to reject every possibility of anyone coming from outer space to earth. And it gets more complex if we go further. Because Alpha Centauri the nearest star, does not seem to have a planet system. We move then to the portion of the universe astronomers call the inhabitable zone, which is many light years from earth.
…I would never assert that no other civilization could have advanced 1 million years ahead of us somewhere else.
I humbly insist that our current knowledge must be inherently insufficient for comprehending everything. After learning about UFOs while in military I became clear, in fact became certain about the high level of ignorance we have about the universe, given the current stage of current human development.
The UFO phenomenon has demonstrated that we have a lot more to learn about physics and other scientific areas. We don’t yet have the final word within science and eventually we will be able to understand what is now unknown.
The General goes on to say:
Obviously an advanced people would not use rocket engines like our spacecraft sent into space… Think about it. Where we’ll be 100 or 1000 years from now?
I don’t have a problem with philosophy (helping) address the issues we haven’t been able to solve: who we are, where we came from and where we are going. Since Aristotle, human beings have been asking these same questions and we still don’t know the answers.
The scientific investigation of the UFO phenomenon in combination with other subjects within science and philosophy might be a way to move toward those answers.
No institution has the right to close the door on the discussion of any matters, be they scientific, political, social or religious. And that includes the subject of unidentified flying objects, which I consider to be in the realm of science.
End of the General’s thoughts. And that’s just one of the contributions in this fascinating book.
Periera, like many pilots and officials, believes that all socially and technologically developed countries should stop denying and hiding and set up public efforts, joint efforts to address the subject of UFOs.
I can’t disagree with the general. Can you?
Want a little more? Here you go. Is THIS so hard to believe? Not for me.