Monday, November 5, 2012

UFO enthusiasts admit the truth may not be out there after all

Declining numbers of “flying saucer” sightings and failure to establish proof of alien existence has led UFO enthusiasts to admit they might not exist after all.

UFO enthusiasts admit the truth may not be out there after all
Dozens of groups interested in unidentified flying objects have closed due to lack of interest Photo: ALAMY

UFO group members and enthusiasts are questioning whether there really is anybody out there.

With sightings in decline in many areas and with an ongoing lack of evidence for extraterrestrial visitation despite decades of research and investigations, some UFO enthusiasts are beginning to step away from the phenomenon and give up the hunt. Many UFO groups have shut down in recent years and others are contemplating whether or not to continue. Could it be that the field of Ufology is on its way out ?

"The lack of compelling evidence beyond the pure anecdotal suggests that on the balance of probabilities that nothing is out there," said Dave Wood, chairman of the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (Assap). "It is certainly a possibility that in ten years time, it will be a dead subject."

Assap’s UFO cases have dropped by 96 per cent since 1988, while the number of other groups involved in UFO research has fallen from well over 100 in the 1990s to around 30 now.

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