UFO’Real? A Historical Review
By William Pullin, UFO Historian
Greetings! Insincere Questions. A recent blog posting on this page contained some questions and statements which seemed insincere and somewhat baiting. The individual who posted the image attached to this blog post asked a simple and honest question, “What did I capture on this photo?” That question is very common in the UFO field, since so many people are witnessing things they cannot identify, and some of those same people may be witnessing something truly anomalous and potentially extraterrestrial. Only a while after asking the initial question, the individual in question stated that, in his words, “I know that is a ship, but I want to know more.” Red Flag. I immediately got the distinct impression that this individual was fishing for a certain kind of response, or possibly, a declaration which would validate his own belief structure. This is not the place to hunt for that kind of uninformed validation, or any sort of biased, subjective declaration. After not embracing his claims, I was sent a series of attacking emails and messages which unfortunately confirmed my suspicions. I have spent years with UFO witnesses, collecting sightings data, reports, and testimony, while attempting to help them feel comfortable and respected, and I have found the vast majority of them to be honest, sincere, and intelligent individuals. The vast majority of them have no idea what they have witnessed, and are simply searching for answers, not validation. If I embraced every claim that comes down the beaten path, I would be doing a disservice to all the UFO witnesses I come across in the future. Objectivity and professionalism are the best way I can help UFO witnesses, not blind acceptance or biased embracing of all claims or content. Thank you for your precious time.