UFOs: Deconstructing Sereda
"Some times a cigar is just a cigar" Freud
The UFO community is full of skeptics who believe UFOs are indeed something important, but who are very rigid in their interpretations of evidence and witnesses. You know my stance on how they treat some of the good UFO witnesses. But honest skeptics are very important as a balancing act for those who accept almost any report even when it has been disproven. For me, to disprove a report you have to cover all the bases of the report. If you cherry pick data in your analysis then you are proving nothing in my eyes. If someone reports a UFO and lives near an airport, and a skeptic proves that one part of the report fits the description of a plane but then he/she leaves out those portions of the report that challenges that interpretation, you’ve become a debunker in my eyes.
But, what if a skeptic disproves, rather conclusively, a report you were emotionally attached to, a report you thought would never quite be explained? Well for me, one measure of a person is how he responds when what he believed turns out to be probably wrong. I was a strong supporter of the Sereda interpretation of the objects witnessed around the famous “NASA Tether Incident”. NASA had touted, before the release of a twelve mile long tether into the atmosphere, how this experiment may herald a source of powerful energy which could be used instead of rockets to raise the orbit of the shuttle in the future. Of course, the tether broke and caused even more controversy when it was filmed. After the NASA film was analyzed (thanks to the now departed Martin Stubbs) by David Sereda, a UFO researcher, David found some striking anomalies around the drifting tether. There, on the NASA video, was what looked like a swarm of round objects moving in different directions behind the tether. The tether was so far away, the objects would have to be huge. These objects seemed to be propelled on their own, and unlike ice crystals, had a spinning pattern to them. They all had the same notch. Light seemed to be emanating from the objects, not from tumbling reflections of “ice crystals”.
Below is a clip of the tether incident and David Sereda’s theory:
As you can see there are a great deal of question surrounding these objects. Sereda went on to try to build a possible new physics around the these objects’ appearance and behavior. But when I was at the 2009 International UFO Congress, Mark D’Antonio an astronomer, and chief MUFON video analyst, made a presentation of the Tether Incident and other anomalies . He had his own close encounter and I don’t think he is in any way an unbeliever
. “UFO Hunters” program had demonstrated how an object zoomed in on “can appear to be behind an object when in fact it is really in front of it”. Mark from MUFON’s analysis and his natural explanation, along with the UFO Hunters demostration has satisfied all of the questions I had on the tether incident so now it goes into my “explained basket” (sorry, Stanton). What do you think?
Finally, I wanted to put a clip from Sereda’s investigations that show what I believe may be real UFOs.
All of us have a love/hate relationship with skeptics. But honest skeptics help us stay focused. There are many people at the conferences selling smoke and mirrors, turning off the all but the most ardent believers. This has to be countered with a touch of reality. The most important item for me to remember is some UFOs are real craft and are not from here. I’ve not read or heard any argument that stands up to scrutiny against the overwhelming, independently verified, evidence of UFO crafts, for the last sixty years. Isn’t a person like Mark helping us say to the world (“we don’t need no stinking debunkers”) “ we have in our midst objective honest scientist which check the UFO data received and filter out was is not UFOs.”
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