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A new national survey has been done, a unique look at examining academia evaluations, explanations, and experiences regarding Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP) across 14 disciplines at 144 major research universities.

Survey results found that the academic evaluation of UAP information and more academic research on this topic is important. Curiosity outweighed skepticism or indifference, the research indicates.

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“Faculty perceptions of unidentified aerial phenomena” appears in the Humanities and Social Sciences Communications journal.

Marissa Yingling and Charlton Yingling of the University of Louisville, led the effort, along with Bethany Bell of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.

What is occurring?

“The authors are unaware of a scholarly source that estimates the proportion of people who witness or report UAP in the United States or internationally,” the researchers explain. “More specifically, the authors are unaware of any thorough scholarly investigations about faculty thoughts on explanations for UAP.”

a Response to question, “Have you or anyone close to you ever observed anything of unknown origin to you that might fit the U.S. government’s definition of UAP?” b Response to question, “For you, what best explains UAP?” c Response to question, “Which of the following offers, or would offer, the most compelling evidence that UAP represents an unknown intelligence?
Image credit: Marissa Yingling, Charlton Yingling, Bethany Bell

The future of the UAP topic remains unclear the research team reports.

“Faculty reported average confidence in information released by the federal government. Without opening a discussion about UAP, academia will not have the vocabulary necessary to contribute to the conversation. Without a vocabulary, academia might relinquish a much-needed voice on a topic already complicated by classification, stigma, and perception management.”

In closing, the paper explains that by offering their results on faculty perceptions regarding this fraught subject, “we ask our capable peers across a range of disciplines equipped with unique methods and insights to consider not only answers to these inquiries but to form even better questions about what is occurring.”

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