Term coined by ufologists to denote a field of study that examines
a wide range of reported phenomena and events for
which there appears no acceptable scientific explanation, such
as astrology, ufology, and occultism. A more popular term for
such apparently inexplicable events is ‘‘Fortean phenomena,’’
deriving from the research and books of Charles Fort
(1874–1932), who first classified reports of unexplained phenomena.