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Flying Saucers and Science: A Scientist Investigates the Mysteries of UFOs: Interstellar Travel, Crashes, and Government Cover-Ups Paperback – June 1, 2008
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My response to it was that of a behavioral scientist who's been involved in research for thirty years, though of a kind far removed from that of Friedman, who is a nuclear physicist.
He really and truly believes in his argument that flying saucers are not only real but that they may have been here before, seeding human life on earth, and that they come from some other planetary system, that the data are there to be systematically investigated, that they may have already been thoroughly examined by government agencies, and that the government is simply not telling us all it knows for a variety of reasons -- the stock market would crash (it hates uncertainty), good-bye auto industry if we adopt whatever propulsion system the UFOs are using, and let's not let our adversaries, current and future, know what we know.
In addition he takes on the "nasty negativists," the often famous debunkers, most of whom have not done their homework on the subject. That is, he's read their stuff before debates but they don't know his stuff, nor the stuff he cites as backup for his argument. He also takes on the press for being too lazy to report on this phenomenon accurately.
Well, the last point is indisputable in my view. The media are prone to accept explanations from sources on high without looking beyond the summaries and press releases.Read more ›
UFO researcher/lecturer and former Nuclear physicist Stanton Friedman effectively establishes the reality of UFOs by referencing several large scale scientific studies and declassified government documents that point invariably to the likely hypothesis that some UFOs may indeed be extraterrestrial spacecraft. (As hard as that is to believe)
In addition, Mr. Friedman effectively demolishes dismissive arguments put forth by the skeptical community against UFO reality; from well respected scientists, such as the SETI specialists, to famous science fiction writers, such as Isaac Asimov, Ben Bova, and Arthur C. Clarke.
A common argument in Ufology is that you can't get here from there. That travel between stars is simply science fiction. Skeptics often argue:
"The distances between stars are simply too vast for interstellar travel to be a reality."
"The Voyager probe would take 70,000 years to reach the nearest star."
"Energy requirements for such a voyage would be astronomical."
"Even traveling to the nearest star at the speed of light would take more than 4 years." (A common misconception that is addressed)
Friedman thinks otherwise. An entire chapter is devoted to the feasibility of interstellar travel with a strict adherence to the laws of physics. Friedman effectively demonstrates, in layman's terms, that star travel is by no means science fiction, but a very real possibility -- without faster than light travel.Read more ›
Why do I say this? For one, if a reader knows little about UFOs, this book would merely confuse and baffle him. It hints at many things and skirts around several issues, but other than the still-dubious Majestic-12 controversy, goes into detail about very few. Instead, we are referred to other books if we want to know more - one of which is Mr. Friedman's own "Crash at Corona" which we are referred to several, several times throughout the text. Hint, hint: buy the other book! There is talk of UFOs shooting down aircraft - yet no instances are elaborated. There is no discussion of note regarding the Phoenix Lights sightings and the more recent flap in Texas. There is nothing about the daytime pilot sighting over the English Channel not so long ago. A variety of truly startling NASA footage that I have seen is not even discussed, nor is Astronaut Gordon Cooper's incredible admission in his autobiography that he personally knew people who had filmed a landed UFO and its occupants and that he - Cooper - had seen UFOs during his World War Two pilotting.Read more ›
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Stanton Friedman is probably the best known UFO specialist and this book reflects a comprehensive reference guide to his entire life's work.Published 1 month ago by JOEnSF
Must read for anyone interested in this subject, highlighting our arrogance and shortsightedness in sciencePublished 3 months ago by Jeffrey L Elliott
Stan is a brilliant man who does his freaking homework ,he has been doing his research for over 4 decades,and was at the infamous Roswell crash,AN AMAZING BOOK......Published 5 months ago by john
Stanton Friedman rocks. Physics helps separate the possible from the not possible. Systematic and thorough.Published 6 months ago by A conscientious guy
As someone who grew up both wanting (for a time) to be an astronomer and fascinated by the prospect of "flying saucers," I sincerely wanted to read a concise and coherent summation... Read morePublished 6 months ago by FlyingScotsman
Stanton Friedman is one of the world's most venerated Ufologists, and in Flying Saucers And Science, Friedman delivers! A wonderful book, I truly had trouble putting it down.Published 7 months ago by Earl Grey
Its great to see a book written by a real scientist who knows what he's talking about. There should be a movement to un-ban nuclear rockets. (only used in space, of course.)Published 10 months ago by Marky Mark