The UFO Iconoclast(s)

Monday, December 11, 2006

The Peterson Perturbation

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Robert Peterson, PhD. proclaims in his 1997 dissertation, The Quantum Parallax [footnote 63], that “so-called unidentified flying objects may well be intrusions from a parallel quantum universe, brought about by flux or rifts in the atmosphere.”

Peterson’s footnote relates to Ilya Prigogine’s hypotheses outline in the 1984 book, Order Out of Chaos and the suggestion, as we understand it, that UFOs are intangible and/or tangible depending upon the observer’s length of time observing (“measuring”) the UFO.

A synopsis of Prigogine’s thought may be found in Beyond the Quantum by Michael Talbot, [Macmillan, 1986].

Elaboration of the non-local aspects of quantum “reality” and UFOs can be found in Fred Alan Wolf’s 1984 book, Star Wave: Mind, Consciousness, and Quantum Physics.

Douglas Hofstadter’s Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid [Basic Books, 1979] and Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern [Basic Books, 1985] illuminate the idea of how the mind produces or alters reality; both books going to the heart of the quantum mystery, and concomitantly UFOs (in our estimation).

Peterson’s “perturbation” is grist for further research, but ufologists – the ones we’re familiar with – are more consumed with consolidating their beliefs and positions or, in one case, remembering the 1980s where they nostalgically were more than they are now.

Being inane seems to be what “ufology” has devolved to, although “ufology” has never been much more than a pile of inanities.

To break away from old-thought to new-thought, about everything, not just UFOs, would be helpful. Unfortunately, ufologists are locked into a decrepit, unproductive mind-set, and thus have killed UFOs as a viable study for those who still believe in the things.