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Forbidden Science: Journals 1957-1969

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Known principally as an investigator of the UFO phenomenon and a science fiction novelist, the French-born Vallee (now a resident of the U.S.) has also worked as a computer scientist in both academia and industry. UFOlogists will not find the answers to all of their questions here, for although Vallee believes that UFOs exist, he has no idea just what they are. Therein lie ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published January 12th 1993 by North Atlantic Books
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Michael Jandrok
Apr 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jacques Vallee is one of the most important figures in the history of ufology. He was the first to popularize the idea that UFOs might not be nuts and bolts mechanisms from other planets. His penultimate work, "Passport to Magonia" instead theorizes that UFOs are a phenomenon of other dimensions, possibly as constructs of the shared consciousness of the entire human race. AS such they cannot be differentiated from other paranormal phenomena, such as ghosts or fairies or leprechauns. It was a hea ...more
Allison Thurman
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not a dry read as so many diaries can be! Vallee's journals provide a moment-by-moment glimpse of both the early days of computer programming and UFO study. The 1950s and 1960s were an exciting time for both and it's rare to find someone professing interest in both, especially at a time when UFO study was increasingly seen as the province of cranks.

The journals reveal that Vallee's cautious approach to UFO studies started early and that he's always been critical of researchers who allow their pe
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Karl
Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vallee gives a seminal oversight of the UFO research done in the US and abroad during the 1960s through a series of journal entries. Rarely if ever myopic, his journals are filled with compelling insights into the actual scientific direction of the research conducted on the UFO phenomenon, the stubborn resistance from science and the government, and a dramatic illustration of who the players were throughout this time. Not only a thoughtful scientist, but a compelling writer, the work has the rea ...more
Sausagecreature
Apr 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
I found the prose enjoyable, and liked the style of Vallee's narrative. At times his style reflects many mid-twentieth century British writers, Greene, Golding, Fowles are a few that sprang to mind as I read Vallee's descriptions of St Germain and other places and events.

The story has little in the way of revelation against today's understanding of the problem, and it is difficult to discern what is truth, and what is contrived in order to make the book appealing to a wide audience. There are r
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Justin
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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No shame... In a certain mood this is my five star kind of book because it leaves me wanting to be friends with Jacques.
Michael Klein
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will read anything by Vallee, but this is not just for the completest. This is for any scientist who ventures to the fringes.... I cannot wait to read the other two volumes.
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Excerpted from wikipedia: Jacques Fabrice Vallée (born September 24, 1939 in Pontoise, Val-d'Oise, France) is a venture capitalist, computer scientist, author, ufologist and former astronomer currently residing in San Francisco, California.
In mainstream science, Vallée is notable for co-developing the first computerized mapping of Mars for NASA and for his work at SRI International in creating ARP
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