UFO’Real? A Historical Review

By William Pullin, UFO Historian


Greetings! Questions. In the course of UFO investigations, and when consuming or examining data, claims, or testimony, it pays dividends to ask questions, while maintaining a dispassionate point of view. Some valid questions are as follows; Is it reasonable to assume that all testimony is valid? Is it wise to overlook “red flags” when conducting background checks? Does the alleged witness have an ulterior motive for coming forward? Does the physical evidence gathered lead to any legitimate conclusions? Why does testimony continue to be accepted even after the alleged witness admits to making misleading or potentially invalid statements? Such questions are usually not posed in today’s environment, and that is totally unacceptable. The modern history of the UFO phenomenon is littered with the testimony and claims of individuals that have been proven false, or hoaxed. Larry Warren, Frank Kaufmann, Gerald Anderson, and Clifford Stone, among others, have all given testimony or made claims that have not held up under scrutiny, yet each has a dedicated following. Personally I find the situation embarrassing, while professionally the situation is extremely distressing. Each and every one of us, researchers and laypersons alike, should always strive to examine the UFO problem dispassionately, and objectively. What we believe does not matter, what we can definitively prove does!! Thank you for your precious time.

Author: Gail Hodson Shirk

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