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Every day it seems as if someone else spots a UFO There are also those of us who although we haven’t spotted one ourselves believe in the existence of life on other planets. But for the most part, this is the general public right, most scientists and even the medical community don’t believe in UFO’s, or do they?
Doctor who Studies Ufology Shares Theory
It turns out there is an actual study of the existence of UFO’s know as Ufology that is an organization of individuals who not only believe there is life on other planets they know in their hearts there is. Some of these individuals are highly educated individuals including doctors and scientist. One such doctor by the name of Dr. Bob Davis, a retired neurosurgeon has chosen to take Ufology one step further. He wants to change the viewpoint that many in the scientific community have about Ufology that it’s just a pseudoscientific study that isn’t taken seriously. His goal is to make those who don’t take Ufology seriously to change their minds.
In a recent interview. Dr. Davis admitted that he had always believed in Ufology but chose to remain quiet due to the fact that he wanted to be taken seriously in his chosen field. However, after a visit to Arizona where he witnessed two bright orange orbs in the sky. He started to feel that he could remain silent no longer. He would go on to write a book called, “The UFO Phenomenon.” He would then go on to become a member of the Dr. Mitchell Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters.
While working on research, he made an unusual discovery. It seems that a large percentage of individuals who had been documented as encountering UFO’s seem to have a positive and happy outlook on life. Those who studied Ufology had believed that just the opposite was true, that such an experienced could be traumatic and cause the person to become maybe hysterical or depressed. In other words, a negative experience but instead the opposite seem true; it was more of a positive one.
As to why this is true, Ufologist is still looking into it. But some believe that it could have to do with individuals feeling as if there is more to the existence of life than what they thought. Perhaps it also had to do with some feeling vindicated because they always suspected there was life on other planets but had no proof till they saw the UFOs for themselves. Whatever, the reason for many the experience of seeing a UFO seems to be an uplifting one.
As for Dr. Davis and other Ufologist changing the viewpoint of the scientific community about their field of study. There are plans to present all their research to the public. One way is through publishing the findings in both The Journal of Consciousness and The Journal of Scientific Exploration. Being able to publish their findings in The Journal of Scientific Exploration is a huge step toward achieving the goal of Ufology being taken more seriously as this publication is acknowledged a reputable by most in the scientific community. Whether or not this is enough to get Ufology the credibility that Dr. Bob Davis and other ufologist want remains to be seen. But, Dr. Davis remains diligent in his efforts both in his research and in getting Ufology to be taken seriously by the scientific community.
Here is the full interview:
Hey Bob! You’re a retired neuroscientist, but most scientists don’t take UFOs seriously. What gives?
Bob Davis: I’ve been a closet ufologist my whole life, I guess because of the fear of ridicule by others. When my wife and I visited Sedona, Arizona a couple of years ago, we happened to see two orange orbs in the night sky. I’m not entirely sure what that was all about, but that motivated me to start writing a book: The UFO Phenomenon. Now I’m a member of the Dr. Mitchell Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters, which is exploring the essence of that phenomenon.
What kind of research does this organization do?
Bob Davis: We have studied 3057 individuals who have claimed to have conscious, explicit memory of contact with a physical craft associated with some form of non-human intelligence.
What did you find based on this research?
Bob Davis: Ufologists have always thought that this phenomenon was a negative or hostile experience, but we’re finding just the opposite. What we’ve found is that about 85 percent of the people who are experiencing this phenomenon are being transformed in a very positive behavioral or psychospiritual way. Generally, people become more humane, experience a oneness with the world. They become less interested in organized religion, they become more spiritual, they have less interest in monetary values, and become more sensitive to the ecological welfare of our planet, among many other psychospiritual outcomes. It is a real and powerful outcome that is generally ignored by the UFO community.
Any idea why?
Bob Davis: We believe, but we don’t pretend we have the answer, but we feel that the quantum holographic theory of consciousness outlined by Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the co-founder of FREE, provides a possible explanation of the essence of the phenomena. We base that again, in part, on the transformative aspects the experience has on the individual. People are reporting that they become aware, based on their interaction with the phenomenon, that there is indeed a multi-dimensional reality, that there is life after death. We’re trying to apply, in other words, is a scientific explanation, but not claiming we have the answer.
Has the psychological community acknowledged this research?
Bob Davis: Our results will appear in two journals later this year, the Journal of Consciousness and The Journal of Scientific Exploration.
Journal of Consciousness isn’t peer reviewed, and The Journal of Scientific Exploration is considered pretty fringe by most scientists.
We’re not saying we have irrefutable evidence of what this phenomenon is about, we simply want to present our results and increase public awareness, especially that of the mainstream so they can take this topic much more seriously. Once we publish our results in these journals, hopefully it will stimulate more interest and attention, and hopefully research that builds upon our preliminary findings.
Did you notice any similarities between people who were reporting these experiences?
Bob Davis: The obvious question is whether these individuals might be having an illusion or a fantasy proneness, some aberrant psychological pathology that might give rise to their contentions that they’re behaviorally transformed. That’s discounted to a large extent because if they were in fact having some type of psychological aberration to begin with, it would be very unlikely that they’d report such positive behavioral outcomes as a result of their interaction with this phenomenon. The fact that so many, about 85 percent, say the same thing, also diminishes the possibility that there is an underlying psychological aberration associated with it. Unfortunately we didn’t have the time and money to screen all individuals for some psychological problem. Future research should look at that component of the individual who is reporting this kind of experience.
It sounds like a religious experience that these people are describing.
Bob Davis: Many of these positive transformations are similar to a spiritual awakening. Call it psychospirtual, call it religious, call it whatever, but the vast majority of these people are transformed in a very positive way.
Do you think UFOs are extraterrestrial in origin, or unexplained earthly phenomenon, like a military craft or something?
Bob Davis: Most ufologists claim that this phenomenon is extraterrestrial in nature, but science has to look at other explanations. Unfortunately it will probably still continue to be viewed as a pseudoscience by the general scientific community, which is highly unfortunate because this phenomenon is valid and is impacting of thousands of people worldwide. Without question we have to make it more scientifically rigorous. The confounding variable is that we don’t, at the present time, have the scientific principles to apply to help answer the underlying essence of what governs and regulates this phenomenon. We’re probably not going to ever have irrefutable evidence to what this phenomenon is all about. We can only indirectly make conclusions. Maybe over time these principles will evolve, and that can be more specifically applied as a means to qualify and quantify largely anecdotal evidence which is what we have from thousands of experiences. Anecdotal evidence can’t be measured in a laboratory and most scientists want tangible data.
What would that look like in this case? Actually capturing a UFO?
Bob Davis: That would be the smoking gun. Many contend we do have UFOs being housed wherever. People contend they have the answer, but we don’t know who or what to believe. Ufology is littered with such disinformation, people that make up conclusions without sufficient evidence. It’s very hard to separate fact from fiction, sense from nonsense, which is largely why most scientists consider it at best a pseudoscience and don’t want to become involved. Plus there’s no granting agency that is going to provide funding for scientists to engage in this type of research, so that also turns off a lot of the scientific community, especially in the academic setting.
You spent 30 years as a neuroscientist, but now you don’t doubt ufology as a legitimate area of study. What would it take to convince other scientists to take this seriously?
Bob Davis: There are many scientists who are interested in the phenomenon and take it seriously. But it needs to be more so, a research effort by researchers from many scientific disciplines working in a collaborative fashion to study this phenomenon with much more serious intent. There’s an obvious fear of ridicule, so people don’t reveal interest in this area. It’s unfortunate because the scientific community should be more engaged rather than being largely dissociated from studying the phenomenon. Although Organizations like the Mutual UFO Network devote a lot of time studying UFOs, but continuing to analyze this phenomenon in the manner that they do, which is a retrospective analysis of prior events, is not going to advance our understanding of the phenomenon. We need to apply more rigorous scientific protocols, using a multi-disciplinary approach. I believe that’s going to be the only way we’re going to gain greater insights into the phenomenon.