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Futurist on UFOs: Time to Grow Up

August 23, 2010

The publication of Leslie Kean’s book, UFOs, seems to have touched a chord with many people. Glad to see it!

Futurist on UFOs: Time to grow up

by Billy Cox

Herald Tribune

August 17th, 2010 02:22pm

http://devoid.blogs.heraldtribune.com/11124/futurist-on-ufos-time-to-grow-up/

Last week’s directive by the Brazilian government ordering its air traffic controllers, as well as military and civilian pilots, to file all UFO reports into a central database runs counterintuitive to U.S. policy. But the announcement didn’t surprise Dr. John Petersen.

The Arlington Institute founder/director John Petersen says the adult conversation could begin if NASA places its UFO photos in the public domain/CREDIT: cherie-beck.com

“I don’t think anything stays the same as it is, and there’s a growing kind of awareness on this subject around the world,” says Petersen, founder of a nonprofit futurist think tank called The Arlington Institute. “It’s inevitable that humans — and Americans — will get to a place where this issue can be discussed openly, in a non-threatening manner.

“It’s demeaning to presume that most people will freak out or somehow panic when this reality is confirmed. When I talk about it with my wife, she goes, ‘What’s the big deal, I don’t understand. Are we going to stop shopping, are we going to go to work in a different way? What?’”

Brazil’s announcement just happened to coincide with the release of UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record, in which journalist Leslie Kean chronicles the accelerating worldwide efforts to address the phenomenon, then lobbies for the formation of a new U.S. scientific study. Among those endorsing the book was Petersen, whose resume includes a stretch with the National Security Council. Citing an idea advanced by author Whitley Strieber, Petersen says it wouldn’t take much for Uncle Sam to join the conversation.

“If NASA would just say, look, we’ve got these pictures, we don’t know what they are, that would give the National Science Foundation something to work with,” says Petersen, who lives in Berkeley Springs, W.Va. “Suddenly everybody follows the money and it’ll be legitimized.

“You wouldn’t have to get into the conspiracy stuff — who knows where conspiracies start and end? Throwing rocks at people certainly is not the way to get people at the top to cooperate. You let the facts lead the way and let people find out what’s there to be found out.”

Petersen, a retired naval flight officer with a background in electrical engineering, describes UFOs On the Record as “a good start” toward that end. With any luck, he says, American mainstream science will take a cue and explore Kean’s book. As far as anticipating professional blowback from putting his name out there, Petersen is unconcerned.

“I don’t worry about that stuff,” he says from a cell phone between airline flights. “The folks I deal with, they come to me because I don’t think the same way as everybody else.”

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2010 11:16 am

    John Petersen, Deb.

  2. August 24, 2010 9:24 am

    Very wise advice here. BTW, who is the picture of? Is it Billy Cox, the writer, or is it John Petersen? Just curious.

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