Fwd = UFO UpDate: Terminology
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Originally from: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@...> (by way of UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@...>)
Original Subject: UFO UpDate: Terminology
Original Date: Sat, 02 Nov 2002 23:21:56 -0500
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From: Wendy Connors <FadedDiscs@...>
To: UFO Updates <ufoupdates@...>
Date: Sat, 02 Nov 2002 10:12:16 -0700
Now that Ufology is undergoing a massive campaign through the
SciFi Channel's media arm, it seems apropo to consider changing
the terminology of Ufology to better reflect how Ufology has
evolved over the last 55 years.
There is little doubt that the field of study, commonly referred
to as "Ufology," has become muddied over the decades, as many
Fortean areas have unfairly been assigned to the UFO phenomenon.
As an example: Chupacabras, crop circles, Mothman, spook lights,
etc. have been inserted into the category of Ufology. Although
it is possible that some of these may touch on the phenomena of
UFOs, they are not actual parts of the UFO phenomenon as
conceived by early Ufologists.
Astute researchers realize that Ufology is the study of unknown
aeronautical crafts that defy known aeronautical theories and
rules and the theories of possible origin of these manufactured-
appearing machines, appearing under intelligent control.
However, over the course of 55 years, everything Fortean has
been added to the mix, sparking a lot of redundant discussion
and massive confusion among both researchers and those
interested in the phenomenon.
I believe it is time to rework the terminology for the field of
Ufology. Although it is not certain, enough documentation exists
to suggest that the acronym, "UFOs" was brought to prominence by
Capt. Edward J. Ruppelt during the early Project Blue Book
investigations. At the time the acronym was being used the USAF
was collecting reports of any and all unidentified aerial
objects, including such things as lights in the sky and
In order to cement the historical base of Ufology that is being
laid, new definitions seem mandatory, thus clearing the way for
the next step in making Ufology a legitimate science. In other
words, scientists, researchers, historians and the general
public needs to agree on what constitutes Ufology.
As many List members know, I have been working on the
terminology issue for a long time. The following terminologies
and acronyms are ones I use to replace the aged terminology of
the early days of Ufology, which leaves much to be desired.
Crypto-Aeronautics: This term removes most astronomical and
Fortean elements from discussion. It denotes that the field of
Crypto-Aeronautics is the study of unknown manufactured craft
that are seen in our atmosphere and in near space. To qualify as
a research case an object must appear to be manufactured, appear
intelligently controlled and exceeds currently known aerodynamic
principles. Crypto-Aeronautics replaces the older term,
Crypto-Craft (UCC): An unknown flying craft that appears
manufactured, under intelligent control and defies current
aeronautical maneuvers and known propulsion systems. Replaces
the old acronym: "UFO(s)."
Crypto-Aeronautist (CCA): A person who studies, researches and
investigates Crypto-Aeronautics. This term only refers to those
who maintain more than a passing or general interest in the
field of Crypto-Aeronautics by actual research and/or on-site
investigation and follows academic and scientific protocol.
Replaces the term, "Ufologist."
Crypto-Aeronautic Historian (CAH): A person who devotes their
research efforts to document and preserve the history of Crypto-
Aeronautics without prejudice. The CAH maintains Crypto-
Aeronautic archives for the benefit of researchers. Replaces the
old terminology: "UFO Historian."
Crypto-Aeronautic Specialist (CAS): Researchers who specialize
in one area of Crypto-Aeronautics. For example a Crypto-
Aeronautic Trace Specialist would be designated by the acronym
(CAS-T). Photo Analyst (CAS-P), Database Specialist (CAS-D),
Crypto-Entity(s): CE(s) denote cases involving the appearance of
unknown entites with a crypto-craft (UCC). There are two types:
CBE(s), which denote biological entities and CRE(s), which
appear to be robotic or mechanical in appearance.
In order to update the types of cases first designed by Dr. J.
Allen Hynek, I propose the following types of cases:
CA1: Case involving UCC(s) that are observed in the atmosphere
or in near space.
CA2: Cases involving witnesses that are within 50 yards of a
CA3: Cases involving witnesses who come into contact or enters a
CA4: Cases involving observation of CBE(s) or CRE(s).
CA5: Cases involving witness(s) who encounter and interact with
CBE(s) or CRE(s)
CA6: Cases involving people who have been abducted by a UCC and
CA7: Cases involving UCC(s) that leave evidentuary traces
CA8: Cases involving UCC(s) that have been recovered.
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