The Challenge of Flying Saucers Involves Saving our Civilization Without Science or Religion.

In the past I have suggested that UFO intelligence is not only totally telepathic, but also is capable of monitoring communications on social media. In a light-hearted way one reader commented that if an ET were monitoring our online discussion that she essentially wanted to be beamed up.

Here is my reply in edited form.


The wish dream of an alien rescue mission for selected individuals reminds me of other hopes for deliverance from a higher power offered by conventional religions. Alas I strongly suspect that such popular notions won’t help us to focus on the tasks of working for change here and now on Earth. In a passive mode we often hope for a solution to our personal and societal problems from a “higher power,” in this case aliens.


The ET hypothesis may be the best and most popular explanation for UFO phenomenon but it is certainly not proven yet. In my judgment it will only become established as fact when our culture evolves to the point where we can seriously contemplate joining some kind of galactic civilization (if such a thing exists). That happy day is long off and will require in my opinion the establishment of world peace based on social justice. Otherwise we are probably correctly viewed by any advanced ET civilization as merely technologically advanced savages.


In many ways UFOlogy is not only a pseudo-science but is also a pseudo-religion. Since many readers of these pages are believers in the concept that science will deliver meaningful answers to the UFO challenge, I should reiterate statements that I have offered repeatedly that science should not be confused with scientism. UFOlogy in my opinion is a secular based belief system that has unfounded faith in science as the highest arbiter of truth. Yet how can it apply to a non-human force that not only in my experience is totally telepathic, smarter than any human scientist but also deliberately chooses to confound those that attempt to study it under “controlled conditions”?

As far as the “pie in the sky” notion of an alien rescue, let’s have no illusions here as well. We the people of the Earth are going to have to save ourselves through a series of monumental tasks to protect the environment, and end the causes of war. If not in my view there will be a series of catastrophes that will threaten the existence of our civilization. I am talking about the distinct possibility of a massive “die out.” In the not too distant future when we will be faced with a runaway green house effect, rising oceans, markedly increased droughts, floods and resultant famines in which billions of us may very possibly have to “ go to see God together.”

So let’s put aside childish notions of alien rescue although I must admit on occasion I have contemplated such a fantasy of being “beamed up” to safety. Let us work to inform people about the UFO phenomenon not as if it were religion or a “nuts and bolts” engineering problem, but rather as a potential vehicle for personal and societal enlightenment. If we fail in the tasks of healing our wounded planet and ourselves then my guess is that for any possible ETs present on Earth we won’t be worth saving.

About the Author:: Joseph Burkes MD volunteered as a Working Group Coordinator for the CE-5 Initiative from 1992 till 1998. He has continued to study the flying saucer phenomenon working with MUFON and the Peruvian based contact network now called Rahma. He is co-author of the book “Paths to Contact” edited by Jeff Becker. Dr Burkes retired from the Southern California Pemanente Medical Group after thirty years service in 2008. He is a board certified internal medicine physician and is licensed to practice in California.