Monday, March 19, 2012


I will be using this site to focus on the relationship between science and UFOs.  I will be highlighting the controversial history of science's interaction with the UFO controversy.  I am a strong advocate of the need for a serious and comprehensive engagement by science with the UFO mystery.

My background is in science.  I did an honours science degree at the University of New England at Armidale, New South Wales, Australia, majoring in chemistry and mathematics.  My working career has been in industry as a chemist, laboratory manager and quality assurance manager.

My interest in UFOs began in the mid1960s. By the time I was doing my university degree I was actively engaged in the so-called "forbidden science" of UFOs.  My background has served me well in focusing on a critical but open minded enquiry into the UFO subject. Science has always been an important reference point in my engagement with this controversial subject.

I plan to focus on the international story of science and the UFO controversy in this forum and will be promoting the position that a potent and well funded UFO science is a responsible and legitimate response to the extraordinary UFO phenomenon.  I will be also focusing on science and the UFO controversy with an Australian perspective in a regular column in the Australian newsstand publication UFOLOGIST.  Aspects of that column will appear here from time to time.

Mainstream science has not satisfactorily engaged with the UFO mystery.  The disappointing history of that engagement will be discussed here and what can be done and should be done will be covered here.

A number of recommended books are important primers for the focus of this site.  Each of these will be described in more detail in posts to follow. Join me in the exploration of this critically important focus - SCIENCE and the UFO CONTROVERSY.


  1. My latest article is up at The UFO Chronicles:

    Science and UFOs:
    Part 4—Sincere but Uninformed Skeptics
    Have Been Duped by Skeptical Inquirer Magazine

    By Robert Hastings

    In this fourth and final installment of my article regarding scientific ignorance and presumption about the UFO phenomenon, I discuss the intriguing, almost completely unpublicized connections between the leading organization of UFO “skeptics” and the U.S. government. Because this group, the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, has had significant influence on scientists’ attitudes toward UFOs over the years—by constantly promoting the idea that there is nothing worthwhile to study—a closer examination of its role in debunking the phenomenon is warranted.

    Those who missed Parts 1, 2 and/or 3—including physicist Dr. James E. McDonald’s Prepared Statement before the U.S. Congress, in which he summarized his UFO research and asserted his position that UFOs are probably extraterrestrial craft—may read those here:

    Part 1—The Condon Committee Con Job

    Part 2—Occam’s Rusty Razor

    Part 3—Deep Denial Disguised as Rational Skepticism