Extraordinary claims. Ordinary investigations.

Recommended reading: Heflin, UMMO, Adamski…

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Above, Ufofu reproduces the famous Rex Heflin photos: Reconstitution des photos de Rex Heflin (in French). Can you see the string? Also from Ufofu, below, an analysis of the too-good-to-be-true Maslin Beach photos: Les OVNIs de Maslin Beach.

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And if that wasn’t enough, ufofu also takes a look at Marian Apparitions. But back to classic cases, you can’t get more classic than Kenneth Arnold’s sighting. Eric Maillot suggests an explanation in L’ESCADRILLE D’OVNIS DE KENNETH ARNOLD ET L’HYPOTHESE OUBLIEE (PDF). And Marc Hallet has George Adamski. Biographie critique. All in French.

But you can also enjoy some Spanish in this adorable comic about the UMMO myth. Click on the image for the whole lot, even if you don’t understand the language, you may get an idea of the myth promoted in this fascinating piece of the UFO controversy (the symbol has even made an appearance in LOST):

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If you really enjoy that English language though, you cannot miss “Xenology – An Introduction to the Scientific Study of Extraterrestrial Life, Intelligence, and Civilization”, by Robert A. Freitas Jr. It’s a lot to read, Freitas has just made the whole book available online.

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“Topics include the history of the idea of extraterrestrial life; comparative planetology, stars, and galaxies; xenobiology (definition/origin of life, exotic biochemistries, and possible alien bioenergetics, biomechanics, sensations, reproduction, and intelligence); extraterrestrial civilizations (energy sources, biotechnology, interstellar travel, alien weapons, planetary and stellar engineering, xenosociology, and extraterrestrial governments and culture); interstellar communication techniques; and the sociology, legal issues, and appropriate interaction protocols pertaining to first contact.”

When you see all these words together, you may have a bad feeling from all the dubious stuff that is usually presented about these topics. One more reason to read Xenology: it’s a serious, sober approach that separates fact from speculation, but which also doesn’t fear to speculate.

Good reading! [hat tip to Manuel Borraz and José Juan Montejo Aguilera]

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  1. Craig York March 25th, 2009 12:41 pm

    I’ve never felt my lack of languages more. Though I’ve read
    enough about the UMMO business not to be too bothered, the
    Heflin photographs are something else. I noticed Greg
    Bishop’s name in the text, so I’m guessing there is some
    reference to a post at UFO Mystic from a awhile back. I
    remember it being about a new analysis of the Heflin
    polaroids, which reversed earlier conclusions. ( That they
    were hoaxed. )

  2. Mori March 28th, 2009 3:27 am

    Hi Craig, my French is terrible, but from what I could understand they mention a comment left on Bishop’s post that clarifies that what was interpreted as a dust swirl in the ground is actually weed growing around a water irrigation pipe. Indeed, that is a very reasonable interpretation, as Bishop himself replied in another comment.
    Regarding the French article as a whole, well, I gathered that they do suggest the Heflin photos could have been a hoax. A simple string would not show up in the photos — as it didn’t in the reproduction.
    Best,
    Kentaro

  3. Imshadi July 31st, 2011 11:03 pm

    OMG! I had no idea my analysis had been translated to french! I have contributed something to the world!

    I did the 3D analysis part. My original article in English is at http://ufocasebook.conforums.com/index.cgi?board=video&action=display&num=1035492108&start=105#1193830861 for those of you who like me can’t totally enjoy it in French.

    My article was a bit optimistic at the beginning, but the more I delved into it the more problems I found. Later on I got a hold of some new scans of the Maslim UFO pictures, and the weird lines became nylon strings beyond a shadow of a doubt. I promised HubCap I would continue the article with those latest findings, but my work doing visual effects just hasn’t left me enough time…

    Some day!

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