Inaugural Edition of Limina: Foundations, Frontiers and Future Prospects of UAP Studies.
Evidence and Explanation
The UAP phenomenon, while a topic of interest and concern for many governments for many years, and also an ongoing research concern of both amateurs and professionals alike, has only recently reentered popular consciousness, driven first by a series of seminal articles in the New York Times, and then by the stunning admission of the US military that leaked UAP videos are theirs, and are authentic. Still, many remain unconvinced even about the objective reality of the phenomenon. This issue of Limina tackles the question of what physical evidence there is beyond the UAP reports themselves, and, for the first time in recent academic press, addresses the much more challenging question of how to explain or even to understand what evidence there is.
The ETH And Its Alternatives
The Extraterrestrial Hypothesis or ETH is the working assumption of many who study and think about the UAP phenomenon. But is it a good one to make? Is it justified? What does it involve? What are the social, political and cultural implications of ETH if true and accepted? This issue of Limina takes up these challenging questions.
The UAP phenomenon is often said to be associated with what has been called "high strangeness". This has led some researchers to divide the UAP problem into at least two problem areas: the strictly physical and the 'psychical' or psychological. Some claim the two are intimately linked, but it is the supposedly 'psychical' aspect of the UAP phenomenon that would seem to present science with its most intense challenge. But what is "high strangeness" and what's the evidence? Is there really a correlation between UAPs and "high strangeness"? If there is, what's the link? What explains the correlation? Limina takes up this difficult question, which has challenged UAP studies from almost from its inception.
Special Sciences and the Study of UAPs
How do the special sciences approach the UAP problem -- or more importantly how would they? Limina asks key thinkers in a variety of special sciences to ruminate on this question in the interest advancing of human knowledge about so fraught a subject.
History of the UAP Phenomenon
Limina invites philosophers, anthropologists, political scientists, historians and others to reflect on the history of engagement with the phenomenon.