The Twisted Layers Of Ufology
Scott Browne has been studying ufology for over 30 years. The Editor at Universal Digest is delighted to bring the following article to the public eye. With so many conspiracies being perpetrated upon a generally unknowing and uneducated public, his desire to make this information public is truly a breath of fresh air to a true field of study that has been misrepresented and misunderstood for years.
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And now, a critical article in the study of ufology:
The Twisted Layers of Ufology
By: Scott Browne
Much has been said about “The Age of Information” we now gleefully inhabit, but not much has been said concerning the viral spread of dis/misinformation during this breakthrough era.
The total freedom of being able to publish anything on the Internet has given rise to a tidal wave of manufactured news, viral hoaxes and false information posing as facts. An immense part of the problem consists of the average person posting a photo, video or an article that is already been shown to be false or hoax information without taking the time to look into it to determine its legitimacy.
On any given day I can have a dozen or so of these arrive in my Facebook Group Page, many having been passed around for years receiving thousands and sometimes millions of hits or shares.
Sometimes, when a person is set in their ways with preconceived notions, it is almost impossible to present them with the truth. For example, an untouched photo is presented alongside of the fake one. I’ve had people get very hostile with me and call me a disinformation agent or worse.
This type of behavior is very common in many diverse areas, but very prominent within the world of ufology keeping many false legends and mythologies alive. It also allows the numerous hoaxers to derive quite an income by preying on the gullible and the easily swayed.
Some people know me within the community of ufology as the founder of the group known as ITF or “In The Field”. The birth of this group was directly influenced, but what I like to call “The layers of ufology” and what I mean by this is that there exists 3 main layers or levels to participants that involve themselves with facts and information concerning this phenomena. I am well acquainted with all of them because I began my search in the top layer and over the past 30 years have slowly moved into the bottom layer which is where I now make my permanent home when it comes to research.
If you become interested in the subject you will inevitably fall into one of these categories or levels depending on your belief system, level of skepticism and drive for the truth. If a person decides to become involved with the study of the phenomena, it’s best to enter the arena with no pre-conceived notions or no “set in stone” belief system so there is no compromising the search for the most legitimate answers.
The following three paragraphs explain the diagram:
These layers can be applied to just about any subject and don’t necessarily exist within the UFO community alone, but are clearly attributed to individual education about one subject or another.
The first layer is heavily influenced by personal belief and usually involves people who believe in every story, video or photograph that comes down the road. This group does not deal with facts and form their own mythology surrounding the phenomena using bits and pieces or a mishmash of information. This group is set in their beliefs and usually cannot be changed no matter what facts are laid out for them. The reason this layer is on top is because unfortunately, this is the layer that gets the most attention and ends up with millions of views and lots of news coverage. You would assume that the news organizations would be much more diligent in fact checking or verifying information but this is far from the truth. Some are much more interested in the revenue they can generate whether the information is correct or not and this has become highly damaging to the study of this phenomena.
The middle layer consists of people who perform minimal fact checking and usually believe in a mixture of facts and mythology. There are many examples of this, but a great example that many veteran ufologists are familiar with would be the infamous Roswell case and the mythology that was built up around it for many decades. From multiple witnesses that have come forward years later to the alien autopsy film that became worldwide famous just a few years ago, this case has become a giant mixture of fact and fiction. Unfortunately, there are some that still believe the autopsy film was authentic and directly related to the crash at Roswell, even though the creators of this film have come forward and admitted creating it while making a large amount of money from it. Usually a giant red flag for me is if there’s money involved, it’s probably not legitimate and someone’s filling their pockets.
The bottom layer is made up of diligent researchers who will stop at nothing to dig up the facts. It took me a number of years to get down to this level and stop buying the mythologies that were created in the UFO community and are still being manufactured to this day. If you reach this level there are some rules that are very important to follow. Any preconceived notions concerning the phenomena have to be thrown out because we have virtually no actual facts revealing the nature or the origin of the phenomena. It is also extremely important to not let any beliefs guide your search for the truth and steer you in the wrong direction. Stay diligent and when you think you’ve dug deep enough, keep digging and verify everything concerning what you’re looking for. Unfortunately over the years I have witnessed some very respected researchers within the community endorse some of the biggest hoaxes and completely destroy all of their credibility. This is something that we all must be aware and very careful of for obvious reasons.
The following images are further examples of fakes alongside originals:
As I finish writing this article, a perfect example of this situation came along and I feel it’s important to include it here. I have family members who are huge Disney fans and some time ago a post popped up in peoples news feeds listed on a page called Walt Disney World. If you liked and shared it, they were giving away thousands of dollars of prizes and tickets and I, of course, became very suspicious. Not only was this the only post on a Facebook page, but with a fast google search there were warnings against these type of posts going back years clearly stating that they were hoaxes and a form of “Like Farming”. Within a half an hour this page went from 19,000 shares to 35,000 shares of false information manufactured for revenue, even though I had posted information to the contrary and stated it was clearly not the Disney World page.
Here is another classic fake image:
In closing, my advice to you all is, do your homework, be extremely diligent, use information from verified legitimate websites, dig as deep as you can and never, ever let your personal beliefs steer you down the wrong road.
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