UFO Conjecture(s)

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Van Gogh's UFOs

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Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh shot himself on Sunday, July 27th, 1890, and died from that gunshot the following Tuesday, July 29th at 1:30 in the morning.

Van Gogh’s mental state has been the topic of many articles and book chapters; not just for the period leading up to his suicide attempt, but for the whole of his life.

(Some have postulated that Van Gogh became deranged by the use of absinthe, a narcotic that was popular among artists. Others suggest Van Gogh was troubled by bi-polar etiology -- manic-depression. And one Ph.D – Wilfred N. Arnold, in Science, May 12th, 2006 – wrote that Van Gogh suffered from an inherited disease, AIP or acute intermittent porphyria. There are other diagnoses.)

But Van Gogh wasn’t psychotic, not at first anyway. He was subject to observations of UFOs after 1888, maybe before, and those observations affected him, as they would affect any hyper-sensitive person: an artist with the nature that Van Gogh had fro example.

Here are three paintings that show, not exaggerated stars but UFOs, all done in the year 1889.

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Was Van Gogh subject to more than observation of UFOs, like an abduction for instance?

He often painted alone, at night, as this except from an 1888 letter to his brother Theo recounts:

“One night I went for a walk by the sea, along the empty shore….”

And this from “Van Gogh: The Man and His Work” by Pierre Cabanne [Prentice-Hall, N.J. 1963, Page 160]:

“Night fascinated him….He would settle himself on the bank of the Rhone, sticking candles on the brim of his hat to give light, and paint the stars [our emphasis], his nocturnal sunflowers…

He was taking visible things as a starting-point from which to attain to the heights of revelation.”

This is what mystics do and have done. It’s also what abductees, real abductees, and UFO observers would feel, after an actual UFO incident.

And abductees would go mad, as Van Gogh did, if they were actually kidnapped, or even just had a vibrant UFO experience.

Van Gogh saw UFOs, painted them, and had psychotic episodes because of them.

Then he shot himself, in the stomach.

What do UFO observers and abductees (experiencers) do? They go back to business and life, as usual. No wonder we (and others) discount their anecdotes.

Rejection of the UFO Hypothesis

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Click here for a paper (PDF) that explains why the UFO Hypothesis doesn’t work.

(More papers on this subject will appear here shortly.)