(the late Dr. J. Allen Hynek, 1910 – 1986)
by Trevor Wozny, the Angry Ufologist
In UFOlogy there exists a battle of ideologies.
Two camps as-it-were.
They are not divided by race, religion, color, politics, or sexual orientation.
Nothing as grand as those examples but a modest distinction of sourcing.
One side firmly believes that all UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon)/UFO cases are examples of spacecraft from some far off inquisitive planet, i.e., advanced alien technology is what we are seeing.
The other side has a wider view of what is possible in our believed Multiverse over the other.
They believe that the UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon)/UFO enigma has several different sources.
Interdimensional and possibly Intra-Universal origins are not off the table.
It comes down to either if you believe that all UAP/UFO’s are nuts and bolts spaceships or that UAP/UFO’s origins come from far more bizarre places than 46 billion light years of real estate can accommodate.
The major reason for this divide is what has become to be known as “high strangeness”.
The more one contemplates and studies the UFO phenomenon, the more paradoxical it becomes.
The term “high strangeness” can be attributed to Dr. J. Allen Hynek who addressed the United Nations on the subject of UFOs on October 27th, 1978:
“Mr. Chairman, there exists today a world-wide phenomenon. Indeed if it were not world-wide I should not be addressing you and these representatives from many parts of the world.
There exists a global phenomenon the scope and extent of which is not generally recognized.
It is a phenomenon so strange and foreign to our daily terrestrial mode of thought that it is frequently met by ridicule and derision by persons and organizations unacquainted with the facts.
I refer, of course, to the phenomenon of UFOs – Unidentified Flying Objects – which I should like to define here simply as “any aerial or surface sighting, or instrumental recording (radar, images, etc) which remains unexplained by conventional methods even after competent examination by qualified persons.”
Lifting J. Allen Hynek’s definition from his book, “The Ufo Experience”:
“The Strangeness Rating is, to express it loosely, a measure of how ‘oddball’ a report is within its particular broad classification.
More precisely, it can be taken as a measure of the number of information bits the report contains, each of which is difficult to explain in common sense terms”.
Especially puzzling are the reported strange alleged UFO encounters of various kinds by people from diverse occupations and educational levels from all corners of the world, which appear to defy logical explanation.
The phenomena consist of reports of strange flying physical craft that demonstrate an ability to suddenly appear and disappear, change shape, accelerate at a tremendous speed, and to merge and split apart.
Such reported incidents suggest that the UFO phenomenon’s maneuverability may defy laws of gravity and inertia, which seem illogical given our current understanding of scientific principles and physical laws.
Additionally, among a group of people, some may see a UFO while others don’t, some report gaining psychic ability after a UFO encounter, and some believe to have telepathic communications with the UFO occupants, among other incidents characterized as incidents of “high strangeness.”
While bizarre UFO incidents may lend hints to their possible nature or origin, a number of UFO theories have been proposed which include the extraterrestrial, extradimensional, atmospheric phenomenon, paranormal manifestations, advanced secret technology, a manifestation of a psycho-cultural phenomenon, and time travel to explain the nature and origin of this perplexing phenomenon.
I believe the high-strangeness aspect has more to do with how our brains perceive these events than it does with the events themselves.
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