Here are several excerpts from his statement that relate to issues in this article:
- (‘Kibitzer’is a Yiddish term for a person who offers (often unwanted) advice or commentary. This term is used for a non-participant spectator … or idle chatting or side conversations.)
“I really don’t like the word “ufology” because there is no general scientific consensus about the facts or investigative methodology that we could all use to validate some hypotheses about it; as is done in other sciences. Therefore this subject is ripe for much speculation and quackery. Herein lies the root of the problem. People who are inclined to speculate, elaborate, amplify and confabulate have rushed through this open door. As a result, we are confronted with a full spectrum of ethical and unethical kibitzers, researchers, and witnesses. And, because it is a popular subject it is also ripe for those that would see it as a way to make money … it serves the Cabal and sceptics and presents the public with an example of poor research, gullibility and greed among us.
Unfortunately, then, most UFO conferences are a mash-up of speakers from all of the above … One of the unfortunate outcomes of the current state of affairs is that there seems to be many more non-witnesses speaking at these conferences than actual witnesses to the phenomenon. It is a real shame that many credible witnesses have not been invited to speak at these conferences. These seem to be dominated by the same array of kibitzers posing as researchers.
Witnesses, like the rest of us have jobs, friends, relatives, and reputations. Why risk any of that to be a part of a community that seemingly values showmanship, speculation, innuendo and opinionated chatter over substance?
You can also help by demanding a change to the community environment I have outlined above. Don’t let the kibitzers pollute the pool of solid witness testimony that is available.
I think Robert’s statement speaks for itself.
The Trivialisation of Contact
A noticeable trend in more recent years is New Age ‘intrusion’, and this presents a conundrum for serious UFO researchers, in the contact area in particular. New Age-inclined conferences and internet platforms have largely replaced serious UFO conferences, and many UFO-related speakers are choosing these venues to reach a wider audience and ‘income stream’. Unfortunately this is having a diminishing effect on legitimate UFO research, and the important unique aspects of contact/witness accounts and testimony are being marginalised in the process.
Researcher Richard Dolan (and others) has been vocal about how this trend to New Age influence is affecting the UFO field. (Readers can listen to Dolan’s and Dave McGowan’s interviews about this on YouTube). What better way for the Cabal to dilute serious UFO research? The result has been to some extent that the UFO/contact phenomenon has become trivialised, watered-down and diffused – lost within a much larger New Age information-fest.
Robert Salas also raised issues of disinformation, contamination, infiltration, and manipulation applicable to this situation:
“There is no question in my mind that an international secret group that I call ‘The UFO Cabal’ is working diligently to insure that the UFO community is dysfunctional, ineffective, and in disarray. With the (intentional and/or unintentional) help of some individuals within the community, they are definitely succeeding. As in the past, agents of the Cabal have infiltrated groups, associations and organisations within the UFO community.”
I think we can all recognize the fact that UFO, New Age, and other ‘alternative’ topics often attract people who succumb to the ‘cult’ mentality, where ‘followers’ gather around a ‘leader’, blindly accepting and defending their every utterance as ‘fact’.
This situation brings to mind the scene from the movie Independence Day, where ‘blind believers’ are on top of a sky scraper, dancing and calling out ‘Welcome!’ as an alien craft cruises overhead. It stops, and the ‘followers’ wave ecstatically, but in response the aliens shoot a laser beam down, obliterating them all.
It is an unfortunate quirk of human nature that we are often attracted to a ‘guru’ who influences the thinking of the time, positively or negatively. I have observed this kind of status creeping into the contact field, where some researchers attain almost celebrity status through slick self-promotion, appealing to what the crowds want to hear, buying into trendy topics and memes (an element of a culture or system of behaviour passed from one individual to another by imitation or other means).
These elements de-focus serious research and inhibit public access to the legitimate, currently known facts of the phenomenon. Today, many current UFO contact researchers and communicators have almost entirely aligned themselves with the New Age community, and the uniqueness and complexity of bona fide UFO-related contact data may eventually cease to exist in its purest forms.
We are witnessing a lot of ‘magical thinking’, exotic ideas and ever more sensational claims, but we need well-grounded objective or scientific-based research to inform the public. Vital critical thinking skills are sadly in decline. Evidence in the form of unbiased documentation, scientific support, or substantial corroboration and testimony is not considered by many to be necessary. Although I concede as an experiencer myself, that much of what communicators describe of onboard craft environments is so far in advance of our current understanding of physics and consciousness, that it appears ‘sci-fi’, ethical behaviour and procedural standards of investigating and documenting that information should still be paramount.
The ‘Star Child’ theory and its related successors ‘Indigo Children’, ‘Crystal Children’, ‘New Humans’ etc, are perfect examples of how some researchers have successively claimed ‘new’ information, which has often been derived from old theories. New researchers entering the field over time have not done their homework concerning historical data and theories. None of this is ‘new’ at all. It has been theorized about for decades, within a variety of professional disciplines and with a multiplicity of rational attributions.
In fact, based on experiencer survey statistics, the majority of communicators do not agree with the concept of ‘Star Kids’ in general and report they have not been given information by ETs about Star Kids and Indigos, or a ‘New Earth’, or claims that ETs are upgrading our DNA etc. The tendency of some researchers to encourage almost anyone who has had paranormal experiences to believe they are a Star Kid, Star Seed, New Human or hybrid, etc, often without grounded evidence of any kind, has as Robert Salas stated above, allowed people to “rush through this open door.”
The ‘Star Child’ theory and its related successors ‘Indigo Children’, ‘Crystal Children’, ‘New Humans’ etc, are examples of how researchers have successively claimed ‘new’ information, much of which has been derived from a variety of decades-old theories within the contact field (but also in mainstream science and psychology concerning a new type of human evolving as a result of radical new technology, behaviour, and natural selection, rather than alien intervention).
Interestingly, based on the results of experiencer survey statistics, it seems the majority of communicators report they have not been given information by ETs about Star Kids and Indigos, or a ‘New Earth’, or claims that ETs are ‘upgrading our DNA’ etc.
The tendency of some researchers to encourage almost anyone who has had paranormal experiences to believe they are a Star Kid, Star Seed, New Human or hybrid, etc, often without evidence of any kind has, as Robert Salas stated above, allowed people to “rush through this open door.”
My colleague Bryan Dickeson (NZ/Aust) made a statement relevant to the tendency of people to accept everything at face value:
“Knowing the history of ‘the UFO movement’ material is key to our understanding of it … There is a tendency for new arrivals to dismiss all that ‘old stuff’ as irrelevant; to only concentrate on the ‘smoking gun’ that will be found tomorrow. This form of collective amnesia means that we keep wasting time reinventing the wheel; so much ‘new’ stuff is in fact old stuff, rebadged and repackaged. It’s been discussed ad nauseum and often found wanting. Newbies don’t want to consider the shortcomings – everything and anything ufological must be good and must be ‘believed’.”
Coming Full Circle: Professionalism and Respect
Some researchers/regression therapists espouse ‘honour and respect’ for experiencers of contact, the very people who provide the information upon which their research ‘careers’ are based, and yet often their behaviour towards these people has not matched such lofty aims. Any truly qualified professional working with vulnerable people will know there is a ‘duty of care’ to be respected, to ‘do no harm’, to work with positive intent, and certainly never to engage in unethical behaviour and practices against their clients. We are in service to others (the bigger picture), not service to self (ego based).
My own experiences suggest that communicators will come forward with their accounts en masse over the next few years, and I would like to think fellow communicators and ethical researchers will be there to support them. What is necessary now is for us all to do our part to ensure this happens. But first we must work to challenge and change that small kernel of ‘negative culture’ that exists in research, by modelling positive appropriate behaviour and exemplifying balanced investigative research.
Essentially, we are documenting a complex, but phenomenal era of human history and it behoves us to do so with ethical commitment, humility, and respect towards each other. My thanks and respect to Robert, Keith, Bryan, Sherry, and many others for speaking out. It is important to the credibility of the UFO community that contact research data is not hijacked and indeed ‘abducted’; carried away and morphed by the ‘kibitzers’ into something that it originally was not.
Suzanne Hansen, author, researcher, experiencer, NZ