UFO Conjecture(s)

Thursday, April 13, 2006

The UFO cultural and religious lacunae


Nowhere in the UFO literature resides any cultural references when UFOs (flying saucers) are described, by sighters or abductees particularly.

No art. No music. No sculpture. No fashion.

This lack of cultural elements belie the UFO stories or are indicative of a pragmatism that bodes ill for humans should UFOs be the vanguard of an alien race.

The lack of religious iconology is also significant, showing either a race, or races, that have no or different religious links than human beings have. The Jesus event may be unique to the Earth but a metaphysical God or gods would not be.

If UFOs are paranormal, as Jacques seems to believe, where are the religious accoutrements? That is, if UFOs represent and interactive or parallel reality, why do not religious elements or symbolisms appear, since religion is the substrate of human existence?

The cold, analytical scrutiny of abductees, such as Betty and Barney Hill (and others) is without the generally compassionate approach of those who perform medical or scientific procedures on humans and animals in this world.

The lack of any visible or aural artifacts that would signify something humane is troubling, unless…

…unless UFOs are a benign phenomenon, or something uniquely hallucinatory.

But if UFOs were hallucinatory, there would surely seem to be room for hallucinations that incorporated religious symbolism since the persons experiencing the UFOs (or abducted by them) would be under a kind of duress that would evoke a cry for help from one’s God, a panic-oriented prayer at the very least.

If UFOs are benign, or fragments of a parallel reality, then one might attribute the lack of cultural elements to a radically different existence, since Beethoven, Michelangelo, and Shakespeare all derive from their profound humanity.

But this lack of cultural artifacts in the UFO litany of sightings and encounters is one of the factors that make the UFO phenomenon so strange. UFOs do not follow proscribed behaviors or appearances, whether they are alien or man-made.

Symbols allegedly seen on flying saucers/disks have always had a human-like similarity about them; none have been so strange as to warrant a conclusion that the symbols were made by extraterrestrial entities.

The occasional sounds reported by some about the beings they supposedly encountered (in situ or by abduction) are never described as musical or inflected.

Aside from Betty Hill’s “Star Map,” no one has reported an image hanging on a UFO wall or seen a design attached to uniforms that could be called esthetic. Moreover, the uniforms described have always been couched in prosaic terms.

No one has heard what could be called a musical refrain or instrumental sound, just the mechanical whirring of a UFO landing or taking off, or the high-pitched noise of a probing device.

It’s this lack of esthetic and/or religious configuration that confounds, but could prove worthy of investigation should some ufologist take it upon himself or herself to pursue the matter….since it’s always the little things, the circumstantial things that provide proof of reality, mundane or otherwise.


  • Though I agree that time-traveling UFOS are unlikely in the extreme, your polemical statement saying that there is no evidence of a civilization capable of high technology in earth's past, (i.e., time-traveling UFOS " . . . don’t fit the evolutionary patterns or fossil records that exist . . .") is weak. Iron, steel, plastic, and such, all decay. Stone, and fossilized bones are the only things with the longevity to be preserved for the future. In addition, there are numerous anomalies in archaeology and paleontology that do not support your sweeping statement and give an indication that the theory of linear evolution should be seriously reexamined.

    By Blogger Mahone, at Thursday, May 24, 2007  

  • Mahone:

    While your comment appears here, rather than above, at our 5/23/07 posting, let us say that the birth of this planet, and the period from then until the life forms we're able to identify (from fossil records) don't allow an intervening rise of a previous civilization, an advanced civilization.

    There's just not enough evolutionary time.

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, May 24, 2007  

  • Travis Walton's interview is wrong from the get-go and the interviewer, if they had any savvy as an investigative reporter and had done their basic homework, would have known this. Walton says the first thing he remembers after he blacked out was waking up inside the space craft with three beings looking at him. That doesn't jive with the first reports, i.e., he went missing for several days and remembered nothing UNTIL HE UNDERWENT A SO-CALLED REGRESSIVE HYPNOSIS experience. That's when, as usually happens, the aliens showed up and his memory mysteriously reappeared. As has been proven over and over, hypnosis is not a key to the recovery of 'pristine memory', but a device which, even under the most benign attempts at objectivity by the hypnotist, leads the person under going the trance state to 'confabulate' an answer.

    PS. referencing the ITT group's response to my last comment about evidence of ancient civilizations, your rebuttal doesn't hold water. The history of homo sapiens provides enough time for several civilization to have come and gone; as well, recent findings suggest that man and ape diverged from the evolutionary tree as much as ten million years ago. Hence, bold statements and sweeping hypothesis about human civilization, either yours or mind, should not be set in stone (pun intended).

    By Blogger Mahone, at Saturday, August 25, 2007  

  • Mahone:

    Since your Travis Walton observation wasn't near that post, we'll reply here....

    The Walton incident, like all UFO incidents, is iffy.

    That's part of the problem -- or the primary problem -- with UFO reports, abductions and otherwise.

    We're in agreement with the current ufological thrust: to start over from scratch.

    This would include a discussion about parallel human societies and/or civilizations that may have not exactly disappeared.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, August 25, 2007  

  • Some of this is nonsense. The idea that the Gulf Breeze was explained by Ed Walters model shows me you have you one case in the Gulf Breeze and forget the 100s of people some of whom showed up on the "Unsloved Mysteries" This is done again and again. Also Travis Watson story is inaccruate. They called in two professionals who could not hypotise him and they feed him and his brother booze and declared them crazy becasue of what he said. Why he still could have been in a state of shock why you put this and he failed it. Which could have been reasonable since, if he went through a real remembering it quick like that could have tramatized him. I fault UFO investagators for that. His parters all passed accept one, which was iffy a Lie detector test.
    What did they say? They saw a ufo. he ran up to it got zapped and they ran away.
    And what was the statement that Watson made orignally that really meant he was crazy...that his whole family had incidents before ...that is why he ran toward the UFO.
    You didn't mention that Watson and three of his friend all took lie detectory test and passed. It was given by one of the best "who was a skeptic" and they all past high in the ninty percent range which was surpriseing to him and why he changed his mind. Now we know there are multiple sightings and flaps around certain people. If you want to cherry pick don't do it in my back yard.
    Joseph Cappp
    UFO Media Matters
    Non-Commercial Blog

    By Blogger Joseph Capp, at Sunday, April 20, 2008  

  • Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the examples given here:


    Forgive me for bumping such an old topic. I have only just discovered your blog and enjoy your posts. I will most probably be annoying you more often with these old posts as i dig through your history.


    By Blogger Adam, at Saturday, October 02, 2010  

  • Adam:

    YOu might try to catch up with the current discussions, so others can enjoy your erudition.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, October 02, 2010  

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