Rip Parker
3 min readSep 12, 2022


It seems to me that since the studies of UFO/UAP are beginning to take on a public appearance of legitimacy, I’m seeing more and more back bitting and conflict between the folks who are considered “stars” in the research profession. Perhaps some of these “stars” are stars only in their own eyes.

At any rate, though we would hope for better from our professionals, whatever the profession, all seem to have their little egocentric dustups.

I’ll mention only two well known names that are typical of many more childish conflicts — Dr. Stephen Greer and Lou Elizondo. Listening to them speak separately, there seems little to fault. Both are intelligent, well educated in the field, likable, and sincere, or at least that is the way I hear them. But, they seem to disrespect each other to near the point of verbal hostilities. Why is this?

Troubling, these two gentlemen seem to represent a virus of jealousy in this profession, if that is what it is.

In this writing, I am complaining about negativity by presenting negative comments. Such is my catch 22.

I could make a long list of “stars” complaining about other “stars”. How childish, and how damaging to an authentic, respectful dialogue come dialectic some of us would like to see.

We are the product of an egocentric, competitive society which has not gained the maturity to learn the values of ego-less cooperation, with the willingness to discover and admit we may have been wrong to some extent in our previous public pronouncements, but currently are too proud to admit it.

This infant science of UFO/UAP will have difficulty getting off the ground,, much less growing in productivity if we cannot get our “stars” to uncross. We, you and I, can do little to fix this unfortunate situation. Perhaps you can think of action that I, at this time, cannot.

Fortunately, I am not involved in the subject of this complaint about complaining. I’m not a star, and happy to be a non player, invisible on the public scene. This nobody easily hides in the shadows.

If it twere otherwise, I might just shut up, knowing no one would miss me, everyone being too concerned about their personal public image to have much concern about other potential partners now competitors who seem to evaporate. “What ever happened to ‘what’s his name? Did he die?”

Rip Parker

Geophysicist, lawyer, mediator, student of Jung, phenomenology, semiotics