The UFO Iconoclast(s)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Missing UFOs

UFOs seem to have appeared to early man, as portrayed in cave paintings and other petroglyphs, and a UFO presence is palpable in Sumerian and Biblical accounts about 10,000 B.C.

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Sporadic UFO accounts may be found in Biblical literature right up into the time of Jesus/Christ and for a period shortly thereafter.

Constantine’s UFO observation of 312 A.D. appears to be the last significant recorded sighting until the Nuremberg UFO “battle” of 1561.

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UFOs remained rather quiescent until about 1890; that is, nothing blatantly unidentified is reported for the lacunae between 312 and 1561 and 1561 until 1890.

Our concern here is the dearth of UFO-like accounts in psychiatric circles for the period between 1890 and 1963, when psychoanalysts and other practitioners of the mental arts, including Freud and Jung, among others, were treating patients for hallucinations and perception anomalies, even dreams where one would think a few abduction-like anecdotes would have surfaced.

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But no persons seeking psychiatric help recounts a UFO experience or anything resembling an abduction event.

Scouring the extant psychological literature for the period mentioned, we found no references, not one, that resembles the early UFO accounts in the Bible and none mimic the classic accounts from the modern era of UFOs.

It wasn’t until Betty and Barney Hill’s scenario was outed by their psychiatrist, and taken up as a template by hypnotists and pseudo-psychologists thereafter that UFOs got the on-the-couch treatment.

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UFOs were not visible or recorded for those long periods we cite above, but during the heyday of psychoanalysis, 1890 to the early 1960s, flying saucers were prominent in he public/media mind.

Yet, no one under treatment for mental aberrations or emotional problems presented flying disks or UFOs as the progenitor of their plight.

After the Hill episode, however, one can a raft of UFO accounts that seem ideal for psychiatric scrutiny, many brought forth by amateur and professional hypnotists, seriously and haphazardly.

Where were UFOs during the open-spaces from during the Dark Ages and after the Renaissance?

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And where were UFOs in the psychiatric arena when they were prominent is the public psyche, especially after 1947?

Something doesn’t add up. But it never does where UFOs are concerned.

That’s one reason why science and/or media won’t deal with UFOs seriously.

4 Comments:

  • The problem may lie with the literature, or rather how it is described in the literature. Here are just a few...

    August 7, 1566 - Basel, Switzerland bore witness to a "battle" between black spheres that appeared before dawn. Samuel Coccius, a student of liberal arts, wrote "many became red and fiery, ending by being consumed and vanishing".

    December 5, 1577 - Locals of Tubingen, Germany claim to have seen tall, wide "hats" in various colors (but mostly black) that came out of unusual "fiery" clouds.

    December 9, 1731 - Sheffield England was the location of sighting by Thomas Short. He wrote about a "dark red cloud, below which was a luminous body which emitted intense beams of light. The light beams moved slowly for a while, then stopped. Suddenly it became so hot that I could take off my shirt even though I was out of doors". The object remained stationary for approximately 2 hours. This same phenomenon was witnessed over Ireland later that same day and a similar sighting cropped up from Romania the day after.

    January 2, 1878 - The Denison Daily News ran a report from a local farmer, John Martin. This man claimed to see a dark object - roughly spheroid in shape - high in the sky where it appeared the size of an orange (from his perspective) but later descended as near to him to seem as large as a large "saucer" but still very high off the ground.

    It may be that the reports are there but that they are obfuscated by the perceptions of the day. This, unfortunately, requires us to "read" into them, posing a host of new problems with which we must wrestle.

    By Blogger Cullan Hudson, at Monday, April 28, 2008  

  • Yes, Cullan,

    There are the sporadically recorded sightings, like those you present.

    But in the few confessional notes for the few hundred years between 1561 and 1890, and the psychiatric records, no "crazy" UFO anecdotes show up, as happened in the 1950s, 60s, or early 70s.

    And only the Irish leprechaun stories that mimic UFO abduction tales appear in some instances.

    What's missing are persons seeking therapy who relate troublesome instances caused by UFO-like sightings.

    The neurotic etiology always was attributed to sexual "problems" and not to bizarre encounters with strange lights or strange beings.

    (The wolf or other animal accounts in dreams and encounters were described as sexual symbology that the repressed mind created.)

    We're scouring the psychiatric literature for sessions where someone related a UFO or abduction story but the therapist misidentified the event because it was too foreign to do otherwise.

    So your "how it is described in the literature" may well be what we need to fathom, but so far we've come up empty.

    RRR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, April 28, 2008  

  • The incubus and succubus phenomenom could be UFO related, could it not?

    By Blogger UFO Pilgrim, at Monday, April 28, 2008  

  • Pilgrim...

    Sure, the Incubus and Succubus "intrusions" could be abductions of a medieval kind.

    The problem is finding an account of such an event that has enough information to link it to UFOs or UFO abductions.

    But that doesn't mean there aren't any elaborate accounts. The Vatican Archives must have some.

    But even if we could link the eerie sexual predators to UFOs, how does that help us explain the phenomenon?

    The Incubus/Succubus connection merely adds more detritus to an already muddled UFO history.

    RRR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, April 28, 2008  

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