UFOlogy is a discipline that is associated with the study of reports of Unidentified
Flying Objects, with a goal of determining if a given sighting can be explained by
way of an atmospheric or man-made set of circumstances. While the ultimate goal
of UFOlogy has been to provide irrefutable evidence of the existence of visits to the
earth by the residents of other planets, too much of time has spent in investigating
purported UFO activity as extraterrestrial and not to discover that there may in fact
be a a logical and earth-bound explanation for the sighting.
It is important to recognize that while UFOlogy is not considered a valid science by
the majority of the scientific community, there are a number of scientists with
impeccable credentials in various fields of science that do engage in the
investigation of UFOs. At the same time, many dedicated UFOlogists hold expertise
in fields other than science, such as in various forms of technology. While many
UFOlogists are very slow to accept eyewitness reports and other types of sightings
as possibly being of extra-terrestrial origin, there are many people involved with the
studies who do not demand a great deal of evidence before accepting a sighting or
encounter as valid. This has made it easier for the general public, and the scientific
community in general, to create a low opinion of the study and pursuit of UFOlogy.
UFOlogy generally follows two different types of classification for investigating
sightings and visitations, although no one system has emerged as being dominant.
Because the nature and methods of so many different UFO study groups vary
widely, there is no one cohesive manner of pursuing the collection of evidence, the
evaluation of first hand accounts of sightings or visitations, or physical evidence that
could suggest the landing point of a UFO. This makes it possible for one group to
consider a particular case valid, while another would consider it to be a hoax or
easily explained as of human origin.
Currently, there is not any accredited institute of higher learning that offers a degree
program associated with UFOlogy. While it is possible for the budding UFOlogist to
find a number of resources and organizations that engage in the study, care should
be taken before choosing to accept the claims of any one of these organizations.
Many of the groups who claim to seek evidence of the reality of the Unidentified
Flying Object have no tight guidelines for research, and may be set up more to prey
on the wishful thinking of many people who hope we are not alone in the universe.
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