UFOs are strange aerial phenomena that puzzle everyone.
Most people either think they are myths or that they may represent the beginning phases of
what will eventually prove to be contact with advanced forms of life from outer space.
Indeed, UFO reports today are increasingly associated with equally strange
"entities" -- beings that some people also believe represent advanced life forms
from deep in space.
The UFO phenomenon encompasses a wide range of phenomena
and experiences. For purposes of simplification in describing these phenomena, we will use
a broad classification incorporating the following seven categories:
Distant Sightings (DS) involve observations of anomalous
lights in the sky, nocturnal disks, etc., visually or on radar.
Close Encounters of the First Kind
(CEI) constitute sighting
a UFO, with or without occupants, at 500 feet or closer.
Close Encounters of the Second Kind
(CEII) involve UFOs that
leave physical effects on the environment such as "landing" marks, broken tree
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
(CEIII) comprise the
sighting of UFOs with occupants, at very close range, including landed craft with
occupants in or about the craft.
Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind
(CEIV) involve alleged
abductions by UFOs, where people claim to be involuntarily taken on board a UFO for
experimentation, purposes of communication or other reasons. Such episodes are
characteristically "forgotten" until a strange series of events leads to
"uncovering" the "abduction" under hypnosis.
Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind
(CEV) involve what are
termed "contactees," those persons who claim to be in personal contact with UFO
entities, typically through occult means.
Close Encounters of the Sixth Kind
(CEVI) include injuries
or deaths resulting from a UFO close encounter.*
UFO phenomena are so complex that one leading researcher
has advocated a 20-point classification system in order to better analyze the information
(1). Nevertheless, the solution to the UFO mystery cannot be found where most people look
for it -- distant sightings or CEI-III categories. The events do not contain enough data
to properly understand what is behind modern UFOs. Rather, the solution is found in the
key "close contact" categories (CE IV-VI). Why? Because it is here that genuine
details emerge concerning the nature and purpose of the UFO phenomena and the entities
that accompany it.
*This is our own classification modeled after the
typology originated by Dr. J. Allen Hynek.
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