Website Dedication

Dr. J. Allen Hynek

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Dr. Carl Sagan

The Paradigm Research Group website is dedicated to two scientists who perfectly represent the intellectual and political dilemma faced by the human race during the second half of the 20th century.

Perfectly because:

                • they are men and reflect the fact that the world’s scientific and political power structures were overwhelmingly male dominated at the beginning of the modern UFO era in 1947. This patriarchal worldview has played, for better or worse, a major role in shaping the process of discovery and engagement.

 

                • both were astronomers: one, little known but accepted by mainstream science, was brought into the field to examine the evidence as an extension of the government’s political agenda, and was later compelled by that evidence to reject that agenda.

 

                • the other, world renown, made mainstream science uncomfortable with his aggressive thinking.  His pioneering work on the issues of extraterrestrial life coupled with his fame posed perhaps the greatest public threat to the government’s posture. Yet, he ultimately rejected the evidence and embraced that posture.

 

                • Both helped to radically change our view of the world and will be rewarded with history’s highest honors.  Yet one must be profoundly wrong on the most important historical event in human history.

They faced each other across an intellectual divide this website is dedicated to bridge.