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Science and the UFO phenomenon:

About the "extraterrestrial hypothesis":

This is the abstract of: Bramley, William, "Can the UFO Extraterrestrial Hypothesis and Vallée Hypotheses Be Reconciled?," Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 6, No. 1, 1992, article 1, pp. 3-11, a scientific paper. The full text may be ordered as back issue of the Journal of Scientific Exploration.

Can the UFO Extraterrestrial Hypothesis and Vallée Hypotheses Be Reconciled?

William Bramley, 5339 Prospect Road #300, San Jose, California 95129-5020


The phenomenon of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) presently affords analysts only pieces of a hereto unknown whole reality. Because the whole is not seen or understood, the visible pieces often appear to be irreconcilable with one another and lead to hypotheses which are in conflict. The Extraterrestrial Hypothesis (ETH) and the hypothesis of Dr. Jacques Vallée (the "Vallée Hypothesis")(VH) represent two such divergent hypotheses. Through analogy to processes and realities that we do not understand, it is possible to begin reconciling the evidence of those who support the ETH and those who support the VH. In doing so, we find that the evidence presented in support of the VH does not necessarily compel exclusion of the ETH; but it does demand an acceptance that the UFO phenomenon presents analysts with something of far broader scope in its scientific, social, and historical dimensions than many supporters of the ETH have acknowledged.

The ETH and Jacques Vallée:

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