The alleged alien and UFO sightings have almost always been sidelined as conspiracy theories and hoaxes with little or no scientific investigation, but Dr Erol Faruk claims to have changed that.
Dr Faruk claims that the alleged UFO and alien sighting at Delphos, Kansas, was indeed a UFO and alien visiting Earth and this he claims to prove using scientific methods. Dr Faruk has published a book titled The Compelling Scientific Evidence for UFOs wherein he has claimed to have scientific proof of the landing.
According to Dr Faruk the material left behind when a UFO landed at Delphos, Kansas, gives away scientific evidence that a UFO did land on Earth. The landing left a circular mark on the grass.
The samples of the soil, claims Dr Faruk, have a profound water repellent nature from within the ring were sent for analysis and stored in a number of laboratories. Dr Faruk hasn’t been able to fully identify the soil compound, but he claims to have detected a highly water-soluble organic compound which is potentially chemiluminescent. This chemiluminescent property may have been responsible for the alleged glow seen at the time, he claims.
In a review on the book by Dr Faruk, Red & Black Online notes to have gone through the book with a description of what was reported, the evidence to support this, an overview of Faruk’s analysis of the material and a series of attempts to get his paper on the subject published in a non-specialist journal, including Nature. It does no benefit to Faruk’s argument to show us a series of email exchanges with journals where they reject a paper for what seem to be perfectly sensible reasons, but which are taken to be something close to suppression.
Finally if we go through the scientific paper we can see why it was rejected by major journals around the world. The ‘science’ part of the paper is fine, but the long opening background section with links to Wikipedia as sources would put off any mainstream scientific journal.
As for the analysis, the problem is the leap from the genuinely interesting chemical analysis to the assumption that this vindicates the story of a UFO landing. The other evidence is mostly a family’s testimony, plus a single Polaroid photograph said to show the ring where the UFO landed glowing in the dark. (It just looks like a ring of white material in the photo as printed – hardly useful evidence.) Faruk suggests that the existence of material he analyses could be the result of a hoax, a fungal ring or a UFO, and comes down in favour of the third option. But of itself there is no reason to make the leap to UFO other than the witness testimony – there are plenty more possible reasons for the existence of this material. It’s strange, for instance, that Faruk doesn’t mention the suggestion easily found online that a galvanised iron chicken feeder used to stand where the ring is, and that the ring is where chicken droppings accumulated for years.