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The Flying Saucers are as real as they were

50 years ago, when Major Donald Keyhoe, director of the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena, was interviewed by Mike Wallace.

It’s dismaying how little our knowledge about UFOs, also known as “ufology", has advanced. In fact, it probably got even more confusing. There, in 1958, was a public figure representing the first civil UFO research group, with clear arguments, admitting they didn’t have "absolute proof" of the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis, discarding the nonsense of the contactees, backed by high-ranking credible witnesses. At that time, UFOs were officially investigated by the USAF. Later, congressional hearings on the subject would be conducted, even a symposium on the AAAS is part of what has been done. You would assume everyone seriously interested in ufology knows that.

But half a century later, we can’t even use the term "flying saucer" without immediate association with Greys, Area 51, MJ-12 and all those kitsch pop culture elements. Abductions are taken seriously. There are still contactees and even those who take them seriously. People keep trying to prove not only UFOs, but Zeta Reticulli spaceships are real by presenting credible witnesses, exactly like Keyhoe decades ago, and claims that this or that case are "absolute proof" of the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis, much unlike Keyhoe, saluting every Larry King show as a "great advance".

Fact is, the flying saucers are still as real as they were more than 50 years ago. But the spokespersons for them, it seems, got a lot more unreal.

The remaining two parts of Keyhoe’s interview after the jump below.

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  1. […] After seeing Leslie Kean on the Colbert Report, I immediately remembered this interview by Donald Keyhoe I commented a couple of years ago: […]

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