Welcome to this site, envisioned as an online class engaged in what I am calling Cosmic Pluralism Studies but includes what is more commonly known as “ufology”.
This post will serve as the menu of site content.
Any and all material here, that has been written by me, is free and okay for anyone to use without restriction or conditions (including attribution). The purposes here are to provide an online course of study and also provide a model for academic institutions who have finally recognized that this subject (as of 2019) just got “real”.
SHORT ESSAYS and TOOLS
In Lecture number 1, an outline of this course of study is introduced:
In Lecture number 2, we jump to the subject angle that is now bringing significant public attention onto this field of study:
LECTURES and PAPERS GROUPED BY SUBJECT
Additional material (such as youtube clips, news articles, etc) beyond the lectures and papers by me for each subject are identified in the next section, “Additional Course Resources”.
General Overview and Hypotheses
The United States Government and UFOs
Close Encounters of the Third and Fourth Kind
Civilian UFO Groups and Efforts
Additional Course Resources
—The Hypotheses and Overview: lectures #1;
—Civilian UFO Investigation Groups and Efforts: Historical overview article ; List with links of active researchers and analysts; Field of UFOLOGY flow chart by J. Randall Murphy
—Close Encounters of the Third and Fourth Kind: lectures: #9; #10; #11; South American cases from Lorenzen 1976 files; NY Times 2011 article/obituary on Budd Hopkins, artist and abduction research pioneer; A blogger’s review of Ardy Sixkiller Clarke’s 4th book;
—The US Government and UFOs: lectures #5; 6; #7 ; #8 ; #13; KB article on NRO references in UFO lit; PJD on AF 2017 reporting guidelines ; Bryan Bender/Politico–9/11/19–Congressman Frustrated by Navy Response ; Michio Kaku, Sept 20 2019, excerpt quote Fox TV news interview:
—Schools and UFO events: Fox News repost summary of Aussie news article on 1966 Westall event ;
~~From this site:
Resources for studies in this arena of focus necessarily must come from many other disciplines and fields of study (nearly an endless list!).
~~Background and context from off-site:
The songs played at our Operation Right To Know White House demonstration, July 5 1993:
UFOLOGY NEWS LINKS
—Billy Cox, reporter for Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Florida) who has active UFO blog with fresh reporting:
—The VAULT, “Virtual Analytical UAP Learning Tool” hosted by To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences:
—National UFO Reporting Center, managed by Peter Davenport:
Tracking UFO reports in my region using above database:
Den of Geek articles:
Opem Minds TV:
—UFO news from Politico (byline mostly Bryan Bender):
—Joe Murgia of Las Vegas ufo news with many interview transcriptions by him:
—Steve McDaniel has compiled a good 1 stop resource site:
UFO LORE DATABASES
—J Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies
This largely inactive org now does have an extensive archived online database of cases and more, available via the sidebar links here:
—Manuel Lamiroy’s Exopaedia:
(Here is his article re: the organization I co founded with Ed Komarek: http://www.exopaedia.org/Operation+Right+To+Know )
—Albert Rosales: Humanoid Contact Database
Note: the compiler informs us that he took an unfiltered approach and therefore he says readers need to take care to discern cases known to be hoaxes.
—Archives for the Unexplained
ACADEMICS & INSTITUTIONS OF INTEREST
Online UFO courses, $75 for Continuing Ed certificate, $50 without:
Richard Dolan’s 9 online UFO courses, each $197, hosted by International Metaphysical University (link to 1st intro course). Update:
I see you link to Richard Dolan’s Introduction to Ufology course. This has been moved to UfologyWeb.com and the price has been reduced to $97
Would you be so kind as to update your link? Here’s the new home for the course: https://www.ufologyweb.com/introduction-to-ufology
Five psychology academics’ Extraterrestrial Enthusiasts Research Project:
“The Extraterrestrial Enthusiast Research Project (E.E.R.P) is a team of psychological researchers interested in how belief in life beyond our planet influences individuals in a number of unique ways and viewing that influence from several different perspectives. Asking psychological, anthropological, and sociological questions, and as we interact with members of the community, our team is examining UFO and extraterrestrial believers to help both believers and non-believers to better understand the community as a whole.”
David Pares, modern-day model for Emmett Brown (Back to Future fictional mad scientist) or Zephraim Cochrane (Star Trek fictional mad scientist)? Article good description of localized warp drive potential:
MESSAGE TO EDUCATORS
I am writing to educators, academics, and academic institutions to encourage the adoption of a course of study related to the issue of “ufos” (the most commonly used term though the United Stated government and many others today prefer the term “unidentified aerial phenomenon” or “uap”).
Despite the “breaking news” on this subject since the NY Times report of December 2017 (when they identified a Pentagon UFO study program and released Navy pilot film), signs of a continued avoidance to addressing this subject remain.
Nevertheless, there are beginning signs of a growing recognition of the need to address this, no matter where this leads. In September 2019, Politico’s Bryan Bender noted an interesting statement by the Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Matk Walker (R-NC). Walker had been making inquiries in a partially frustrated attempt to determine whether the Chinese or Russians have made an extraordinary and dramatic leap in technology. It appears he may be realizing something else may be happening:
“In a recent interview, Walker, a former pastor, also acknowledged that he is open to the possibility that there are no easy explanations—or the answers could change how humanity perceives the known universe.”
Since preparing a course of study for a long-ignored subject may be a difficult and confusing process at the start, I want to identify a resource that can serve as a good starting point for that:
THE UFO ENCYCLOPEDIA, 3rd Edition, Two Volumes, edited by Jerome Clark. (Make sure you get the 2018 released 3rd edition; published by OMNIGRAPHICS.)
There are very limited UFO courses in a very small number of academic institutions; these may serve as helpful models.
There are also a few expensive online UFO courses of study.
Since I have had 50 plus years of intermittently engaging in a concentrated study of the subject, I began in late May 2019 to write educational content for different aspects of this subject:
As stated there, the material can be freely adopted, or utilized in any way, without attribution.
Finally, it would be great to see academic institutions as a safe refuge for encounter experiencers to relate their experiences in a setting that adheres to strict standards in research, something often lacking in the uncredentialed arena of ufology.
Thankyou for considering this.
Suggested Public Survey
Survey: Addressing Potential Extraterrestrial Visitation and Contact
1 Gender ______
2 Age _____
3 Vocation ___________________
4 Religion ___________________
5 Political Orientation _______
6 Education Level _____________
7. Location (State and whether rural, urban, or suburban) _________________________________
Are homo sapiens the crown of creation, or most intelligent living species, in the universe?
Don’t know ___
If YES above, do at least primitive life forms exist elsewhere in the universe?
Don’t know ___
Have you ever witnessed what is commonly known as a “ufo” or “uap”
(Unidentified flying object or unidentified aerial phenomenon)?
Not sure ___
If YES above, was the nature of sighting subsequently explained to your satisfaction?
If NO above, did you form an opinion, or somehow conclude, on what the sighted ufo was?
Different opined possibilities ___
Is earth currently being visited by beings from one or more advanced alien civilizations?
It is something else unknown ___
Don’t know ___
Has such visitation occurred in the distant past?
Something else unknown ___
Don’t know ___
Are you aware of the Alcubierre equation or at least the basic notion of possibly warping space locally?
Have you read ufo literature?
Very little ___
Please check the phrases, completing the partial sentence set off in quotes, that fit you or that you are in agreement with. Check as many that do.
“The idea of a generally unacknowledged covert ET presence here…..”
>> arouses mild anxiety ___
>> arouses moderate anxiety ___
>> makes me very nervous ___
>> is a very boring subject ___
>> is plainly crazy ___
>> is something I never think of ___
>> is awesome to contemplate ___
>> is something I think is so ___
>> is just not credible ___
>> is maybe reality ___
>> means, if true, that we face a threat ___
>> means, if true, that there are beings who may overtly intervene to save us or the planet ___
>> means, if true, that we are being passively observed without interference ___
>> means, if true, who knows what ___
>> conflicts with my religious beliefs ___
>> should, if confirmed by a government, be kept under wraps ___
>> should, if secretly confirmed by a government, be revealed to everyone ___
>> is a wrong idea based on incorrectly interpreting what are instead the signs of a demonic presence ___
>> is a wrong idea based on incorrectly interpreting what are instead the signs of an angelic presence ___
>> is a wrong idea based on incorrectly interpreting what are instead the signs of both angels and demons present here ___
>> is a wrong idea based on incorrectly interpreting what is instead signs from non physical or subtle dimensions of existence ___
>> is a wrong idea based on incorrectly interpreting what instead are actually signs of secret and advanced government projects ___
>> is a wrong idea based on incorrectly interpreting what are instead the signs of an as yet unknown advanced species, one or more, native to our planet ___
>> is a wrong idea based on incorrectly interpreting what are instead time travelers in action ___
>> is delusional because interstellar travel is impossible ___
>> is an idea we are now ready to address ___
Location of survey interview:
Respondents remain anonymous. Names are not asked for by interviewers doing the face to face interviewers.
If this survey is filled out by copy and pasting in an email, where you can then fill in the answers, no record of sender names will be kept.
Surveys completed that way can be sent to: