The UFO Iconoclast(s)

Friday, April 14, 2006

The MJ-12 Diversion

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The Majestic Twelve documents have not been documented; that is, their provenance hasn’t been determined in a way that authenticates them.

Fraudulent or real, the MJ-12 papers have taken some key ufologists (Stanton Friedman for one) for a ride outside the phenomenon. And MJ-12 is actually peripheral to the UFO mystery.

Ufologists who see the documents as the smoking gun of government cover-up (the Cosmic Watergate that Friedman alleges) miss the point, as usual.

Whether or not MJ-12 existed or exists, that determination does not resolve the UFO enigma; it merely provides circumstantial evidence that UFOs (or flying saucers actually) have been captured and studied by the government of The United States. It doesn’t go to the heart of the UFO mystery: what are they, and why have they shown up in Earth’s skies, for many years preceding the government that appears to hold their secret(s).

Ufologists (like Friedman) have been diverted by those MJ-12 documents. If ufologists can’t prove they are a hoax or real, what chance do they (ufologists) have in solving the UFO riddle?

How is it not possible to track down the originator of the documents if they are a concoction by one person or a few who made them up to dupe the UFO community?

Are the hoaxers that brilliant that they have been able to elude the FBI and supposedly astute ufologists (like Friedman, Hall, Clark, Randle, Maccabee, et al.) for all the years since their appearance?

If the documents are real, how is it that no one has been able to definitively authenticate them? The UFOs themselves are harder to discern, so if the MJ-12 papers avoid authentication, how much harder will it be (and has been) to discern what UFOs are?

The study of UFOs, as a psychologist sees it, is an escape from reality – even for those who maintain that UFOs represent a mega-reality.

The study of MJ-12 is an escape, as a psychologist sees it, into reality: the escape from real reality to a contrived reality, one established to pretend a person is dealing with some aspect of real life but who has actually escaped into a fantasy world that has nothing to do with the reality of everyday living.

MJ-12 is a diversion, and has been a diversion, but it continues to consume ufologists, who won’t, or can’t, fathom the thing that MJ-12 purports to deal with: UFOs.

The Socorro/Zamora Insignia

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This is the vital clue that explains the Socorro episode of 1964: the insignia that Lonnie Zamora saw (and drew).

That ufologists haven’t solved the sighting, while this explanatory clue has been right in front of their noses since day-one, goes to show how deficient the UFO community, and those who profess to be UFO investigators, are.

The explanation? Should we cast pearls before swine?

The Quantum factor and UFOs

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Modern observations of UFOs (flying saucers also) have not impacted and do not impact observers of the phenomenon.

Even some ancient sightings and events, many of a profound nature, did not impact those who were part of those sightings or events.

We surmise that only those who are astute enough to understand the significance of what they have experienced will alter their lives because of their experience.

For instance, the ancient Hebrews, if Biblical accounts are true (and we think they are, generally), saw strange objects in the sky but were unaccountably not affected by those observations.

On the other hand, some Biblical dignitaries were affected by the things they saw or encountered.

In Exodus, Moses was led by a UFO during the days and nights while he searched for the Promised Land. [Exodus, 13:21-22]

He performed “miracles” under the aegis of those UFOs or the occupants of them. But his Hebrew followers ignored the sightings, choosing to rebel against Moses in several instances, as they were not impacted by the UFO appearance(s).

Some Hebrews became prophets or accentuated their religious zeal after their encounters with UFOs or the beings inside them: Enoch, Ezekiel, Elias, St. Paul.

Roman Emperor Constantine, after a sighting of a UFO during battle [312 A.D.], saw his UFO as a sign of the cross and connected it to Jesus/Christ, making Christianity the state religion of Rome, a complete overthrow of the mystery religions that permeated the Empire and the many deities reflected in the rites of those religions. The rest is history as they say.

In Quantum theory (mechanics), the observation (measurement) of an event (experiment) is said to alter that event (experiment).

The Schrodinger Cat analogy doesn’t clarify the point but examples what the Quantum interpretation means somewhat.

When a person sees a UFO or experiences one dramatically, or is even “abducted” by those who supposedly inhabit those UFOs, they should be altered by the event, significantly altered by it. Virtually all are not.

And the UFO (or occupants) should be altered by the human observation.

UFOs seems to be affected by affected by heir measurement/observation – radar causes them to alter course or seven structure. Photography makes them disappear. Pilot sightings make UFOs vary their seeming flight plans….the Washington D.C. sightings of 1952, the Gorman episode of 1948, the Coyne encounter of 1973, et cetera .

And some of the persons having a UFO sighting (or related event, such as an otherworldly appearance or abduction) were profoundly [sic] affected by that sighting (event): Ezekiel, Elias, Jesus/Christ (the Transfiguration), Emperor Constantine (as mentioned above), Mohammed, Joan of Arc, Mormon founder Joseph Smith, et al.

Were the UFOs or “intruders” impacted/affected? We do not and cannot know.

But we do know that modern recipients of visitations or sightings have not been affected in a serious way by their experience. Virtually all of those abducted or viewing a UFO,
such as Reverend Gill and his cohorts in Papua New Guinea. April 1959, were not or have not been unduly, existentially impacted.

The Gill encounter/sighting was described in a way that indicated something truly alien and bizarre took place, but the good Reverend and his minions went back to their daily routine, at one point even going to supper as one sighting was still ongoing where occupants of the craft seen by Gill and others actually waved back at those observing them.

While UFOs seem to be affected by their observation or measurement, those doing the observation or measurement are not affected, not in an appreciable way.

Abductees go back to their humdrum jobs, some lightly proselytizing about their experience, but none becoming prophets (like those Old Testament observers) or warriors (like Joan of Arc).

The observation of UFOs – the measurement of them as it were – should change them, and seems to. And those who are being observed by UFOs (or “abducted” by those who pilot them) should concurrently be affected or changed by their being observed (or measured, as is the descriptions of the “medical” procedures performed on them in situ), but this is not the case.

Abductees and UFO sighters, like those ancient Hebrews or the disciples of Jesus, are not affected, in a profound way, by their unique or strange encounter/sighting.

The Quantum maxim doesn’t seem to be operating when it comes to UFOs, at last not as far as the human part of the maxim is concerned.

So one can, it seems to us, discount abductee stories, which may be real however, or the visualization of strange lights and objects in the skies since, like Schrodinger’s cat, neither phenomena really amounts to anything worthwhile apparently.

The Alien Abduction Problem

Abductees, those who say and think they’ve been abducted by alien beings and hosted (or hoisted) aboard a flying saucer, are not, generally, fudging the truth. They have been subjected to an actual, physical “kidnapping.”

The essence of that kidnapping is what is in question.

The abduction phenomenon is not, in most cases, a matter of sleep paralysis or other mental anomaly. It is a real event, one that may be explained by inter-dimensionality.

Persons who seem to be taken from their beds, cars, or dining room tables are, indeed, taken someplace, and taken there in toto, not psychically or “spiritually.”

The fly in that ointment, however, is that only the members of the hoi polloi are abducted; no one of stature or fame has reported an abduction, unless one assumes that such noted individuals are taken but not returned: Judge Crater, Amelia Earhart, Ambrose Bierce, et alii come to mind.

That aside, those who are elements of the lower class get taken away rather frequently, and returned intact – shaken by their “experience” but no worse for wear evidently since most go about their normal living routines, unencumbered by the thing that has happened to them.

(That routine, by the way, belies the events that these people describe, but that for another time.)

What is happening, and this is just an hypothesis, is that some interactive entities have access to thee dimension(s) we as human being find ourselves restricted to.

The have entered this dimension from time immemorial, and interacted with humans, many of significance in the past, which doesn’t appear to be what is happening nowadays.

For example, Socrates was visit by an otherworldly being shortly after his sojourn in the Greek military. Moses was also visited, as were many others mentioned in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). St. Paul, Thomas Aquinas, Dante, Joan of Arc, Napoleon, Malcolm X and dozens of others had visitations from these unearthly beings. But these notables weren’t abducted as such. Just talked to.

That’s what is strange about the modern spate of visitations: those confronted by these beings are taken away, and not talked to.

Why the difference? Because the current raft of individuals allegedly being abducted are without the mental acumen of those noteworthies mentioned above?

Or the intruders have become less selective of late, for reasons unfathomable to us.

The change in the modus of the intruders took place in the 17th century, when The Old Hag appeared. Or there are several distinct manifestations, and the most recent examples of intrusion derive from either a different inter-dimensional race of beings or entities who didn’t make themselves so overtly known in the past.

Jacques Vallee’s Magonia beings can account for the past and present encounters pretty much, but that doesn’t explain the why.

The earlier encounters seem to have been purposeful: messages and helpful (or destructive) instruction was imparted.

The current spate of abductions or encounters impart nothing. The beings are mute and without clear purpose.

And those who’ve been “abducted” can report nothing worthwhile or significant after they are brought back; episodes are totally useless and without obvious meaning.

So, can we learn anything from the abduction scenarios that have taken place and are taking place? We don’t think so.

Just as with the UFO phenomenon, abductions offer nothing of value and to continue ruminating about them is futile.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

The UFO cultural and religious lacunae

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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.