Preston Dennett – The Life of a UFO Researcher

Preston Dennett has been looking at UFO cases and interviewing witnesses for almost 30 years. In that time, he has interviewed hundreds (and maybe even thousands) of witnesses, investigated OBEs and even had his own close encounters. We began (as one does) with his start in the field and his surprise at how many people he knew had seen flying unidentifieds in his local area near Los Angeles. Next we went back and forth on the “new disclosure” and how truthful and useful it might be. We both believe that the Navy is more involved with the subject than most people realize, and that this has been going on for many years.

I asked Preston why he believes the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis is the best theory for UFO origins, and he made a good case for his opinion, although we both agreed that no one theory explains the vast spectrum of evidence.

Preston has delved into many strange cases where a witness to a UFO also has other paranormal events crop up in their lives, such as haunting and poltergeist phenomena. He also described a very dramatic sighting he had with one repeat witness who seemed to be able to either call up objects or know where they would be beforehand.

This was an enjoyable couple of hours with a veteran, open-minded, boots-on-the-ground researcher. His new book is Undersea UFO Base: An In-Depth Investigation of USOs in the Santa Catalina Channel.

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2 Responses to Preston Dennett – The Life of a UFO Researcher

  1. Corvinus says:

    This was a nice change of pace from the prevailing anti-ETH perspective. I was particularly interested to hear about Dennet’s experiences with UFOs appearing ‘on demand’ – especially in Pasadena where I work! I admit to not having read any of his work (yet) but I did find him to be a bit on the credulous side of things based on this interview. I was also a bit disappointed though that his defense of the ETH did not come across as being particularly strong.
    Incidentally, I’m part of that contingent of UFO enthusiasts that is not so sure that the current fashion of turning our noses up to the ETH is such a good idea. At a fundamental level, we don’t really know what ‘extraterrestrial contact’ even means. ‘ET’s’ are almost always interpreted to be beings who are essentially similar to and of the same nature as us. An example of this is the discussion (after a well deserved bow to Jacques Vallee) of ‘higher dimensional’ beings and the like. It is interesting to note, however, that the way this idea is normally presented is constrained in it’s basic assumptions – namely that ‘higher dimensional’ beings necessarily come from ‘other realms’ to ours. But let’s suppose that there are entities from the 4th or 5th dimension…wouldn’t that imply that they are also present in our familiar 3 dimensional mileu just as we can be said to be present in a 2D space. Think ‘Flatland’ – if we happen to intersect a 2D space, how do we look to 2D beings? Like some projection of a ‘shape’ that may seem familiar to them? Could something similar be happening with how we perceive the UFO occupants and their vehicles? Another aspect of this way of thinking is that it doesn’t actually rule out the fact that they may still need some form of technology or craft – but it could explain why these craft have a mix of both standard and outright strange behavior (like appearing as a nuts and bolts craft in one instance and in others as colored blobs that separate and then reintegrate themselves…
    Anyway, I don’t want to keep rambling on…these were just some things that came to mind as a result of this conversation.

    • Greg says:

      Thanks for your thoughtful comments. Actually, I thought that Preston did a pretty good job outlining his reasons for thinking that the ETH is the best for him. Also, i don’ want to throw out the ETH, I simply wish to explore other viewpoints, as I am starting to entertain the idea that the phenomenon may be literally what we believe it to be. I will elaborate in the next few months as I learn more.

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