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My Night With MUFON

November 13, 2008 2 comments

Last friday, I attended my local paranormal Meetup group, where the New York state director of MUFON (Mutual UFO Network), James Bouck, was to give a talk.

MUFON was officially founded in May of 1969, by Walt Andrus, and MUFON’s official mission statement simply states:

“The scientific study of UFOs for the benefit of humanity”.

And their goals are:

I. Investigate UFO sightings and collect the data in the MUFON Database for use by researchers worldwide.

II.Promote research on UFOs to discover the true nature of the phenomenon,with an eye towards scientific breakthroughs,and improving life on our planet.

III.Educate the public on the UFO phenomenon and its potential impact on society.

When I arrived at the meetup location there was a few men dressed in suits who looked very UFO investigator-ish, who I assumed to be from MUFON since they had not been to the meetup before. I found I was wrong when about 10 minutes later an old, shaky, casually dressed man walked in and identified himself to the meetup organizers as Mr. Bouck. He walked up to the front of the room and perched on a chair a tattered, crudely slapped together looking display board which a preschooler could have better constructed in arts and crafts (Fig. 1). Its hard to see in my camera phone picture, but the edges were full of dents, the papers were aged, damaged and the scotch tape holding them to the board was brown and coming off, and the photo of the Albany Airport UFO (top right) had badly handwritten scribble on it to describe the photo. Not exactly what I expecting from an international UFO organization, which is consulted for just about every TV show on UFO’s you’ve ever seen.



To no surprise, my expectations were lowered considerably and the ensuing “talk” was even more sad and disappointing.

The first part of Mr.Bouck’s “talk” simply consisted of him standing in front of the room and reading local UFO reports, with the papers literally held up directly in front of his face about 3 inches from making contact with it. He did lower them from his face a few times to tell some personal anecdotes, like how he and a group got all excited about a bright UFO on the horizon for more than an hour, only to finally figure out it was Venus rising in the morning sky. I’ve found it to be a trend when attending paranormal talks or classes, that even though the people giving them claim to be doing scientific research, all they ever do is just tell anecdotes. I want to hear the scientific breakthroughs, but all I ever get is stories.

As disapponting and lame the first half was, at least he came off as being somewhat reasonable. Well, that didn’t last long as he dove off the deep end in the second half.

The second half consisted of talking about nonsense such as extra-dimensional vortexes in caves, repressed memory therapy, and a quite impassioned rant about the government covering everything up and lying to us. He even ranted about how it took over a decade for the government to “fess up” about the Stealth Bomber.  The stupidity of that was overwhelming, as if the government should tell us everything they do, especially when it comes to the military.

All in all the night was a let down, as I was expecting much much more from the largest and oldest UFO “investigation” group in the world. It was still very informative in that it was further proof that this stuff is much worse when you go see it for yourself, rather than just what you see on TV.

Categories: Skepticism, UFO