Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Farewell to a Researcher: Jorge Anfruns (1944-2011)

Farewell to a Researcher: Jorge Anfruns

Our friend and colleague Quique Mario (CEUFO) has alerted us to the passing of one of Chile’s great UFO researchers, Jorge Anfruns. A publicist, commentator, writer and speaker, Anfruns was better known in the U.S. for his role as the founder and director of MUFON-Chile. His approach to research included not only current reports, but his country’s history, stating that the Chilean natives were aware of interdimensional leaps in time – what we have come to know as the Special Theory of Relativity – and which survive as myths and legends handed down to our times. His books include Ovnis Extraterrestres y Otros en Chile, Extraterrestres en Chile – Top Secret and El Ovni-Arca de Noé.

Mario has posted the following quote by Anfruns: “I have a more terrestrial vision of the UFO matter. I refuse to use the word phenomenon, because if I see an unregistered aircraft flying before me, it’s only a flying machine and not a PHENOMENON. If you have any doubts about this, request the aeronautical regulations of any country and be so kind as to read it. In the language employed by aeronautical schools, the aforementioned word is not employed to define the design or style of airplanes or flying machines.”

Agreeing with the late researcher’s perspective, Mario adds: “I think that this is a solid argument to quit referring to UFOs as a phenomenon, and to banish the word from the field of research – a word that is repeated almost mechanically by those of us wander around looking for an answer. UFOs are “there” and have ceased to be a phenomenon, having become yet another artifact of our society.”