Course Author & Lecturer: Richard Dolan
Course Proxy: Ben Lovegrove
A proper study of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) is a broad undertaking, involving many separate disciplines. Unfortunately, there are very few college-level courses that deal with this subject at all. Fewer still that make an effort to cover it in a balanced manner, and probably none that address the full spectrum of issues related to it.
This is a comprehensive overview of the UFO phenomenon for people of the 21st century. It provides up-to-date information and analysis relating to the full history of UFOs, from ancient times to our own era, focusing on the most significant and instructive cases.
But there is much more to this course.
We will be dealing with political issues, such as the history of the U.S. government and military/intelligence community in relation to UFOs. That is, we will analyze the cover-up. In so doing, we will find that UFOs pose a serious problem to that community, one that its members may not be handling as well as they would like. We may also conclude that at least some of the UFOs people are seeing are made by "us.”
We will also study philosophical and investigative problems brought about by UFOs, including how ordinary objects and events might fool us, and how they differ from "true UFOs.” Moreover, in an age of Internet, of Facebook and Youtube, when information practically overwhelms us, we will discuss how to separate fact from fiction, legitimate issues from fear-mongering or fantasy-peddling.
Then there are issues pertaining to science and technology.
- To the extent that these objects are craft, how do they operate?
- How is it that these beings often seem to have a mind-to-mind communication with us?
- What does that mean about human consciousness?
- What can a study of UFOs teach us about physics, dimensions, and the structure of our reality?
We must not forget the beings behind the phenomenon, whoever and whatever they are. For this course, we will assess the history and claims of contact, try to understand the nature of that contact, and perhaps puzzle out just who and what we are dealing with.
Finally, this course will try to peer into the future. We will look at the recent history of the "Disclosure” movement, analyze the difficulties and opportunities of ending UFO secrecy, and try to see what a post-Disclosure world might look like -- the ultimate revolutionary experience.