SECULARITY, SYNCHRONICITY, AND UNCANNY SCIENCE: CONSIDERATIONS AND CHALLENGES
by Hussein Ali Agrama
Abstract. In this essay, I discuss the reports and results of re-cent ofﬁcial studies of UFOs, and argue they may pose a challenge to contemporary science, religion, and secularity. While the question of UFOs has been well addressed with respect to religion, this essay, which is also a report on current research, highlights the challenge to secularity and some of its constitutive practices. It aims to show how current knowledge on UFOs renders both science and religion uncanny, placing them in a domain where they become irreducibly strange while unshakably familiar, pushing us to (re)consider some of the secular premises of the social sciences (e.g., anthropology) and the humanities (e.g., religious studies), and the possible need for new analytics.