Brian Allan is a prolific author of exceptionally researched books on the paranormal and new science and a passionate and uncompromising investigator and commentator on all things mysterious. A formidable and true Elder Statesman of paranormal research.
He is the editor of the fabulous, free online magazine, Phenomena: www.phenomenamagazine.co.uk
I have been involved with the subject of Ufo’s and Ufolgy almost since the very beginning of the phenomenon, which from our perspective was the early 1950’s, although the origins of Ufology seem to date back to the beginnings of the human race. In that time I have witnessed almost seismic changes occur in how it is viewed by the public.
This has included everything from the assumption that anyone who believed it possible was certifiable, to puzzlement, then cautious acceptance and eventually indifference. My own views have changed markedly as well: where originally I was all for the extraterrestrial hypotheses (ETH), over time this altered to the psychosocial hypothesis, then finally that it is all part of the much wider subject of the paranormal with all that implies.
I say that based on my own ‘hands on’ experiences in both Ufology and the paranormal and have encountered many examples where there was absolutely no difference in what was being described other that in the circumstances surrounding the encounter and the inclinations of the person(s) involved. In addition to my own investigations I have discussed both subjects and how they overlap with many knowledgeable people and experiencers, but, as is the nature of the subject, there are still parties in both camps unable to see the connections between the two and make no mistake about it, they are there if you look!
In this article I consider a few of the anomalies presented by both the extraterrestrial and psychosocial hypothesis. I also try to make the case that even if ETs are viable, they might not even originate in this universe. From the perspective in this article I play Devil’s Advocate and ask a few rather awkward questions.