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5.0 out of 5 stars Gold Standard of UFO Research, 5 April 2012
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This review is from: UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record (Hardcover)
As a 'professional scientist' and 'open-minded realist' I was initially sceptical of delving into the whole world of UFOs until I came across this book and the glowing reviews it seems to be getting from well respected members of the scientific, political and military communities. Whilst I, like many of us I would imagine, have little time for the generally uncorroborated and insubstantial hype, stories and shaky video footage of what are blanket termed 'UFOs' that seem to litter the internet, Leslie's book stands out as a beacon of hope for rational, measured and scientific research into a potentially hugely significant phenomenon. For those who have perhaps held a sense of resolute and yet apprehensive curiosity towards the subject of these unexplained events and objects, here is a book that allows one access to a great deal of well researched case studies that leave out potentially inane speculation and focuses on what has actually transpired. Leslie has spent over 10 years in research with, amongst others, the Belgian, Peruvian and French military as well as with government organisations from around the world charged with researching UFOs, including a section of the MoD and French Space Agency. In reading this book, one hopes that more people will learn to approach the subject as Leslie and her co-authors have, rationally, empirically and with a sense of honesty and integrity. Whilst it is all too easy to maintain the childish, frightened and overly defensive attitudes that many of us may hold in hastily ridiculing this phenomenon, well documented military evidence (photos, radar tracks, pilot encounters) and credible observer testimony suggests that it is clearly time to start taking this subject seriously. Whilst, as Leslie writes, 95% of all UFO sightings are generally explainable and/or lacking sufficient data to do so, there seems to be a worldwide margin of around 5% that simply defy present understandings of the laws of physics. There was once a time not very long ago when we could be ridiculed and even put to death for suggesting that that the earth was flat or that it orbited the sun. How have we come to the state of affairs where these days we champion the sciences and the questioning of what we are told and yet we refuse to engage in measured, rational study of a phenomenon which is clearly taking place? As Nick Pope, former researcher at the MoD's UFO desk once said, if just one UFO turned out to be an extraterrestrial spacecraft, the implications are incalculable. In a similar vein, if you were to read just one book on the subject, you could certainly do a great deal worse than to start with this one.
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Initial post: 30 Apr 2012 15:33:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Apr 2012 15:37:22 BDT
Retro~Burn says:
Excellent review there :-). I think you made an excellent point there when you question how we don't like to apply the rigourous standards of science to every subject, particularly this one. Unfortunately, there seems to be a hysterical response to the subject on both (extreme) sides of the spectrum. The believers who think E.T is anal probing us and leaving cryptic messages for us in crop circles. Or the 'debunkers' who would have anyone committed to an asylum for merely admitting there may be evidence for extra-terrestrial visitation.

However, despite the book's noble and highly commendable efforts in trying to broach the difficult and now poinsoned chalice of a subject with the U.S government. The status quo will never change until/unless the world witnesses some sort of event/craft of unknown origin that cannot be disputed to be anything other than non-terrestrial. I don't expect such an occurence to happen within my lifetime and we may never know the answer. Still, this book may be first foundation in a long build towards accepting that UFOs/UAPs do not belong in the realm of the mentally disturbed but ought to be shone under the light of scientific scrutiny and dispassionate reason. Surely to believe or discredit without question is to be subject to emotional whim, which is something that has no place whatsoever in modern science.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2012 21:12:31 BDT
Dave says:
I was always a sceptic and for the most part I still am however I don't really belive we are alone I just don't really believe that we have been 'visited' as such. This book will be my first proper look at this subject and I am buying it based on the above review and comment.
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