High Strangeness: Money Isn't Everything

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Money Isn't Everything

I've been reading about the interview with hotel entrepreneur, aerospace pioneer and UFO enthusiast Robert Bigelow that was aired on CBS's 60 Minutes the other night, and it's got me thinking.

I love the fact that when the question of the existence of intelligent alien life forms came up in the interview, Bigelow was very straightforward and unapologetic: When reporter Lara Logan asked, "Do you believe in aliens?" Bigelow responded, "I'm absolutely convinced. That's all there is to it."

It should always be this simple. Despite Logan's sometimes clumsy and sarcastic questions about aliens and UFOs, Bigelow's answers were short and unambiguous, giving her very little room to ridicule his beliefs. I appreciated that.

But here's my big takeaway from the interview: Bigelow claims to be worth close to $290 million. If a guy who's richer than God can't get anywhere with his UFO research, what hope do any of us have? Who knows how much of his personal fortune Bigelow pumped into his "National Institute of Discovery Sciences," with nothing to show for his efforts (at least nothing that we know of)?

Part of me suspects that he has failed to learn anything new about UFOs after investing many millions of dollars because he has relied on outmoded research models, and actually purchased UFO case files from amateur UFO research organizations. Why would you rely on sloppy, superficial, unscientific case reports filed by bungling wannabe "investigators" when you have the money to completely transform UFO research single-handedly? I don't get it. If you're not worried about what people think about you, which Bigelow clearly isn't, then what's holding you back?

In the 60 Minutes interview, Bigelow claims that private industry will be the key driver in space exploration, which seems to make a lot of sense. But then wouldn't that same logic apply to UFO research? Bigelow must realize that one of the best ways -- maybe the only way in this day and age -- for UFO research to get anywhere is if guys like him start putting serious money into it, and use the leverage that would give them to transform the way UFO sightings are investigated and reported.


purrlgurrl said...

Like Paul Allen (compared to whom Bigelow's fortune is just chump change), who originally funded a large array of radio telescopes targeted to searching for alien signals, maybe he doesn't want to throw good money after bad (Allen chose not to fund upgrades to or a replacement of the array since it's never born fruit). Since these guys have made fortunes one has to assume they have the savvy to know when to walk away from an investment that will never pay off.

My gut feeling is the UFO mystery someday will be inadvertently solved by a branch of science that is totally unrelated to and disinterested in UFOs. A major discovery will be made that will just happen to also explain the phenomenon. And the answer will have nothing whatsoever to do with extraterrestrials, extra-dimensionals, spirit orbs, or time travelers.

Mark UFO'Connell said...

That's a really interesting thought, that the key to the UFO mystery could come from some other seemingly unrelated branch of the sciences... I'm going to have to think about that.

peterxdunn said...

The ufo/extraterrestrial 'question' will be answered when extraterrestrials disclose themselves, as they did back in 1913:http://cognizantnationhq.weebly.com/blog/et-disclosure-1913-case-proven. Or 1952 over Washington DC. What we have seen so far over places like Mexico City are just precursor events to prepare us for what's coming - something much more spectacular. BE READY!

Bill Pilgrim said...

There's also the possibility Bigelow has been handed a few tidbits of classified info. by military sources.
Now that his inflatable modules are being taken seriously by NASA, he's no doubt gained some cred. in military circles.
But, unlike the dilettante Tom DeLonge, Bigelow isn't broadcasting his sources.
There's also all the weird incidents occurring at Skinwalker Ranch, which he bought years ago.