UFO Conjecture(s)

Thursday, December 30, 2010

UFOs’ Attendant Mysteries


Armakan, in a comment for Anthony Bragalia’s posting here (below) about the myth of man-man flying saucers, bemoans such topics as he (Solway Firth) Cumberland “spaceman” photo taken by James Templeton in May of 1964.

This, for us, is the problem with “ufology” and those who think they are researchers in the scientific tradition, no offense to Armakan particularly.

The Templeton “spaceman” photo provides a slew of mysteries, some of which have nothing to do with UFOs per se.


There is the “image” that looks like a spaceman, of course, but one mystery, aside from the obvious one – Is it really a “spaceman”? – has to do with the photo itself. How did the photo occur; that is, how did it capture photographically? What caused the image? A photographic anomaly? A flaw in the camera? A flaw in the film? A flaw in the processing?

Then there are the “witness” mysteries: why didn’t Templeton or his wife (or daughters) see the image-maker – the so-called “spaceman”? Why didn’t others in the area see anything or anyone that could have been the cause of the “image.”

And what about the story that in Woomera, Australia, where Blue Streak missiles, like those launched near Solway Firth, two beings, similar to that in the Templeton photo, were spotted during a launch of a Blue Streak missile in the Solway Firth time-frame, May 24th, 25th, 1964? Is the story apocryphal? Or is it substantial?


(For us, the one-month – to the day – earlier sighting by Lonnie Zamora in Socorro, New Mexico, of two beings, clothed like the Templeton “spaceman,” outside a craft is interesting, mysterious.)


This just an example of elements in a UFO event that may have meaning, of various kinds, but are eschewed by UFO mavens and investigators, because the mysteries seem – and we accent the word “seem” – to have nothing to do with the ufological and debunker mind-sets – that UFOs are extraterrestrial in origin or just a lot of hooey.

If an episode, like the Templeton excursion, is not rife with clues to an ET explanation or is not an outright hoax or fraud, it should be dismissed some UFO aficionados say, while other incidents should be kept on the front burner, because they allow debates where those who want notoriety or a stab at 15 minutes of fame can try to acquire either by showcasing some kind of faux knowledge about things UFO related.

The UFO phenomenon opens inquiries of many kinds. In the Roswell event, one can study the mental faculties of witnesses, long-term memory loss or the mixture of reality with false memory for instance.


The phenomenon also allows a study of government intrigue and waywardness.

The phenomenon also provides insight to the ufological mind -- the hubris, the insanity, the fanaticism, the need to be noticed.

That some, like those who visit this blog, would compartmentalize the UFO phenomenon, goes to the heart of why the phenomenon remains unresolved and devoid of details that other sciences pile up to augment hypotheses or theories.

No, we won’t dismiss the Templeton “spaceman” photo or Roswell or Rendlesham or Socorro, among other interesting, mysterious events.

They are, in the Sherlock Holmes scheme of things, curiosities that intrigue the baffled mind, of which we are a collective example.