Talk:Psychosocial UFO hypothesis

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Tone and Presentation[edit]

This whole article reads much more like an essay than an encyclopedia article, and has a huge amount of editorializing and subjective opinion. There also should be a consistent standard as to whether to capitalize UFO. -- (talk) 23:14, 27 October 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I suspect that their may be plagiarism of source 44, but I don't have the time to look it up right now. - Fishgibblets (talk) 00:59, 31 March 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I added:

It is equally interesting that a similar psychosicial hypothesis has been a part of UFO-enthusiasts' argumentative arsenal in the dispute over the alleged misconduct by the official society towards witnesses in several cases, stating the opposite: that the UFO scepticism is a psychosocial trend conditioned by the authorities.

..but I think it too NPOV.. Anyway, I was looking for Jimmy Carters quotation from the Jimmy Carter sightings as a "back up" for this "counter-theory". I think I spotted it at, but now I can't find it. Anyone? - 10:20, 8 Nov 2004 (UTC)


This article seems nuetral to me Puddytang 20:49, 3 February 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

needs reorganization, editing for grammar[edit]

The section on SF is problematic. It would seem that science fiction anticipating later abduction events, along with the point that after the Ken Arnold sighting subsequent UFO sightings conformed to media misrepresentations of this case, would support the hypothesis that UFOs are a psychosocial phenomenon conditioned by mass media.

The line of reasoning in the article at present is confused. Assuming that the above is in line with the sources cited, this section should be reorganized along these lines. (talk) 04:54, 15 July 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Can someone provide a definition of what a "flap" is as used in this article? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:35, 17 October 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Yes, please. --ExperiencedArticleFixer (talk) 08:33, 20 August 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Problematic quote[edit]

Ufo historian David M. Jacobs, phrased things somewhat differently in 1987: "there was no precedent for the appearance or the configuration of the objects in 1947" in popular science fiction films, popular science fiction or popular culture in general. They did not resemble the fanciful rocketships or earthly space travel contraptions in the SF literature.

We know that is not true. There were many examples of flying saucers prior to 1947, particularly between 1912 and 1928, the most famous of which was the one drawn by Frank R. Paul.[1] This needs to be trimmed, altered, or deleted. I'm currently working on an article from 1908, and I was surprised to discover intense discussion about extraterrestrials going back to the 19th century. Viriditas (talk) 09:34, 23 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Great catch, I've cut the quote and added images of disc-shaped craft that predate 1947. Feoffer (talk) 21:18, 23 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]