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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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Too little science and too much repetition of non-scientific material. Disappointed in the author who usually has a better presentation.Published 15 days ago by Paul Polansky
What a great book, he is quite the expert but can explain it all in easy to understand terms. This is truly amazing. I am reading slowly to savor each and every chapter. Read morePublished 2 months ago by rescueAdog
The book is good
It is very informative, and has a lot of solid information, regarding star travel and that is is not hard to get close to the speed of light. Read more
Cogent, fact-based arguments. Solid reasoning. Nothing new here, but clear presentations on a variety of UFO-related subjects including Roswell, arguments about why and how ETs... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steve Wehba
Stanton Friedman is probably the best known UFO specialist and this book reflects a comprehensive reference guide to his entire life's work.Published 7 months ago by JOEnSF
Must read for anyone interested in this subject, highlighting our arrogance and shortsightedness in sciencePublished 10 months ago by Jeffrey L Elliott