Unidentifed Anomalous Phenomena
Faculty Perceptions of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena
"This study is the first of its kind to offer insight into faculty awareness, perceptions, and experiences of UAP. As faculty themselves conveyed, recent developments might be involved in perception management or propaganda, a ploy for increased military or space funding, testing of secret technology, unfamiliar atmospheric events, a cascade of credulity, or a slow rollout of data points that point beyond consensus anthropocentric bounds to date. Potentially, a blend of factors is possible, which complicates evaluation.
Regardless of the eventual explanations for UAP, most faculty think that academia should be involved in evaluating new information as it becomes public, and most think that more academic research of UAP is important. It is quite possible that explanations for UAP are not mutually exclusive. Eliminating or explaining any one of them is critical. Neither participants nor the authors know the sum of these factors. However, as faculty suggest, they amount to something worthy of academic scrutiny. Meaning for science might pique this necessary conversation. Meaning for society could be what sustains it. Indeed, when asked who gains from the release of UAP-related information, faculty most frequently selected 'All humanity'."
Assessing Academic Credibility, Criticism, and Inquiry:
The Professoriate & the Unknown
If faculty conducted UAP-related research, how do they think their peers would perceive them? What are faculty perceptions of UAP-related research and researchers? What would be the importance of an unconventional explanation for UAP to academia? How capable are individual academic disciplines of evaluating UAP? In this paper, we will discuss challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities relevant to the academy and consider future directions.