What is an UAP (Unidentified Atmospheric Phenomenon)?

For many people, an atmospheric phenomenon is either explainable through our current knowledge, or it is necessarily of extraterrestrial origin.

This irrational dichotomy has hindered any serious, open and non-dogmatic discussion about the existence of not-understood aerial phenomena from happening.


This has prompted me to create a new blog on this topic and in the following post, I go into the possible nature of an UAP which merely means something in the sky we cannot account for at the moment.

According to this definition, some religious miracles such as the Wonder of the Sun in Fatima are UAPs as well.



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My other blog on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP)


4 thoughts on “What is an UAP (Unidentified Atmospheric Phenomenon)?

  1. I remember reading somewhere, a plausible article which stated that UFOs/UAPs were in the vast majority a very recent phenomena. This linked the vast increase of observation closely to the vast increase in man-made wotsits flying all over the place and the new literature of “science fiction”, E.g, if society has no concept of something it won’t see it.

    This doesn’t prove or disprove anything about what may be going on in the atmosphere but does raise the point that there is a strong “sociological link” to interpreting what may or may not be happening, and does seem to indicate that much of the interest and observation is very recent. Although reports of things in the sky go back over millennia.

    My own view is that nobody really knows, but the extreme viewpoints are more likely to be wrong, unless they are right.

    • There are intriguing similarities between modern UFO sightings and sightings of spiritual beings such as fairies, elves, angels and demons in the past and even the present.

      The hypothesis we’re being visited by space aliens is indeed extremely naive.

      But on the other hand, there are cases involving reliable and mentally sane witnesses which are often corroborated by the testimony of other persons and/or material evidence.

      As I explained in two case studies in my new blog (I’m currently preparing a third one about an interesting incident having happened in the former Easter Germany), if we had the SAME EVIDENTIAL SITUATION in mundane fields, we’d conclude that the encounter was real.
      Skeptics can only force-fit those intriguing sightings to the null-hypothesis by resorting to strongly far-fetched ad-hoc hypotheses which would be unanimously laughed at if they concerned (say) drug trafficking or military intrusion.

      I think that a good proportion of the <unexplained cases are actually secret military experiments using purely earthly advanced technologies.
      Others might be utterly unknown natural phenomena.

      But other well-documented cases do not fall as easily within that category and remain a true riddle.

      If as Christians we believe that there is more below the sun that we could ever imagine, we should study this topic with an open mind. I’m sure this is what C.S. Lewis would do, were he still alive.

      Anyway, I’m sick of all these people (both Debunkers and True Believers) assuming that EITHER a case has causes we can understand OR it is extraterrestrial.

      This dumb dichotomy needs to be overthrown.

    • But I’m not sure when I’ll publish this, owing to ADHD I’ve much of passion and energy for countless things but it’s always hard to keep focused on one of them 🙂

      I’m also interested in debunking a widespread probabilistic mistake made by both theistic and atheistic (armchair) philosophers.

      As we say in German: “Wer die Wahl hat, hat die Qual” (who has the choice also has the embarrassment of choice).

      I hope you’re doing well on a personal level!

      • I’m good thanks, hoping the same for you.

        In a similar vein I am very interested about many other phenomena which are often dismissed, such as experiences of “spiritual beings”, whether interpreted as angels or demons or ghosts or what-ever. Generally the modern Western view is to deny or blame these experiences on “mental health issues”. Having spent a number of years working with often “delusional” people, I did notice that much of the traditional culture, particularly within the standard medical services failed to connect with or understand much of the real lived experience of people who’s experience was noticeably different from “the norm”.

        In other non-western cultures, the nature of these “spiritual experiences” are not considered “wrong” or “delusional” but actually fit in quite well to the general experience of most people.

        Personally I think we in the West have actually “explained away” quite a lot of human experience and the reality of the universe, so we now “fail to see” some things which we used to see and other cultures see.

        Many people are actually “delusional” so on the whole I am fairly skeptical of most supernatural experiences and don’t take them on “face value” but there do seem to be a fair number of things going on which actually cannot be “explained away”.

        I agree very much that all these phenomena, like so much in the World, need to be explored with a truly open mind, though I’m not sure if we can really get to the bottom of much of it let alone come up with a coherent and accurate view on them.

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