UFO Conjecture(s)

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Paranormal Priority: UFOs?

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For those bewildered by or obsessed with things at the fringe of reality, do such things as Sasquatch/Bigfoot/Yeti matter, or Nessie and Champ, or chupacabras, or ghosts?

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Why do UFOs have more import, in our estimation, than those other “entities” listed above?

UFOs have a longevity that the listed items do not have.

What UFOs are or may be seem to have more importance in the great scheme of things.

UFOs have paranormal cachet that Bigfoot doesn’t, and certainly more than chupacabras have.

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Even “ghosts” don’t impact observers in the same way that UFOs do.

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And the Loch Ness monster or Lake Champlain’s Champ don’t provide any great ripples in the paranormal panoply.

UFOs have a cosmological underpinning or a metaphysical ambiance of some kind, deservedly or not.

If UFOs are extraterrestrial in origination, that is very important, for all the obvious reasons: what’s the ET culture? The intelligence? The theology? Et cetera.

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If UFOs are an example of someone or something playing with the evolution or mind of mankind, that too is very important. (Need we tell you why?)

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If UFOs are merely the fallout of secret military aircraft testings, that isn’t too important but it would quell the ongoing mystery assuredly.

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UFOs may be observational trickery or real substantive craft, which is what we believe them to be.

Either way, they present a phenomenon that ranks up there with some of the best mysteries of history and time, like who really parted the Red Sea, or did Jesus really rise up after his crucifixion (and if so, why), or what caused Hitler’s megalomania, or does the Universe have a edge, or can we travel back or forward in time.

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As a matter of fancy, UFOs may have something to do with time-travel, whereas Bigfoot doesn’t, nor Nessie, nor those other elements of the imagination.

UFOs get a priority because at the heart of the phenomenon lies a meaningful essence, it seems to us.

Time spent on the other paranormal or Fortean elements is just a waste of time, thought, and effort.

UFOs go to the top of our list of mysteries but do not replace more important issues, such as man’s inhumanity to man, or is God truly dead?

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The pursuit of UFOs is, after all, only a hobby of sorts……

16 Comments:

  • If any of the cryptozoological critters prove to be real, then they just become real animals. If something ET proves to be at the heart of the UFO phenomenon, that really is something.

    By Blogger Frank Stalter, at Wednesday, June 22, 2011  

  • Indeed, only a hobby.

    However, by cutting off inquiry into or interest in other potentially paranormal phenomenon, or their possible relationship to / with UFOs, you run the risk of missing the forest for the trees.

    PK

    By Blogger Paul Kimball, at Wednesday, June 22, 2011  

  • Paul,

    Frank Stalter has it right.

    And it's all about focus and specialization, which you seem to eschew lately.

    (Being a Renaissance man has its limitations.)

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, June 22, 2011  

  • I'm more of a Baroque man.

    By Blogger Paul Kimball, at Wednesday, June 22, 2011  

  • Hahahaha....

    I agree, wholeheartedly.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, June 22, 2011  

  • What is interesting in this was the arrival of existentialism tied to a second global war, the disclosure of the inhuman Holocaust along with the decision to drop two atomic bombs on Japan versus an unprecedented slaughter of armed civilians in the face of an invasion..Where is God as the architectural monarch in all of this?

    At the same time the equally unprecedented arrival of unknown craft in the skies appeared..at the same time the dominance of air vehicles as a dominate weapon of destruction arrived, B27's circling the globe armed with nuclear missiles...mutually assured global annihilation.

    As Rachel Carson and "Silent Spring", and the deterioration of the environment became recognized, mass extinctions of species, here comes Yeti, Sasquatch etc.

    Global warming arrived and the threat of our own extinction became a possibility suddenly the afterlife became a pursuit arriving with 2012. The second coming of spiritualism which last grabbed hold during the mass slaughter of the Civil War...

    Causation..is it A or B..or a combination of AB=C?

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Wednesday, June 22, 2011  

  • Frank:

    I would agree, except for one thing. As someone who has done a lot of field research into Bigfoot and countless other "cryptids" (as they are known) over the years, there's little doubt in my mind that Bigfoot and all the rest are not just unknown/unclassified animals, or animals that have survived presumed extinction.

    I had a big debate about this recently over at Cryptomundo.

    Bigfoot has proved - with a jaw-dropping 100 percent success rate - to be overwhelmingly elusive in terms of yielding a living specimen, a body, or undeniable proof.

    No other animals - cryptids aside - achieve this.

    So, IMO, research into Bigfoot etc is incredibly important (and as important as Ufology), simply because the discovery of Bigfoot will not demonstrate a real animal (again, IMO). Rather, I believe it will be shown to be (or something like) a Tulpa.

    And if we can understand the nature of Tulpas this will be a profound scientific development, not just a zoological mystery resolved.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Wednesday, June 22, 2011  

  • Nick:

    You know I luv ya, more than a brother, but Bigfoot is a tulpa?

    You diminish the concept.

    Tulpas are a bit more complex in their rendering -- literally or figuratively -- than "sightings" of Bigfoot or Sasquatch allow.

    I won't take us down the road that Cryptomundo has gone with this, but I really think you've made tulpas more minor than they are.

    Again, Frank Stalter has it right.

    Oh, and if Bigfoot is a tulpa, who gives a good goddam?

    That "reality" doesn't take us anywhere in human evolution.

    It's retrograde...

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, June 22, 2011  

  • Rich:

    Well, we will have to differ on this one!

    The point I was making (see, specifically, my final paragraph) is that it's not just so much that I think Bigfoot is a tulpa that matters.

    Rather, as I note, if researching Bigfoot helps us (as I said) "understand the nature of Tulpas," then this WILL be a significant breakthrough.

    People may not care (or even agree) that Bigfoot is a Tulpa, but if we can prove (by investigating and studying Bigfoot) that Tulpas are real and we can develop some profound understanding (rather than just have a theoretical concept - which is what, even I admit, Tulpas are right now) of the science involved, this (the ability to birth/externalize a mind-monster) has to be significant in human development/evolution and our understanding of why so much of Forteana is so overwhelmingly elusive and paradoxically as tangible as it is also intangible.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Wednesday, June 22, 2011  

  • Nick:

    I agree with your purposes of trying to determine what is the real reality.

    But is the constant search for Bigfoot or the endless debates about Roswell (as Paul Kimball hates) getting us closer to the truth of existence?

    Fortean escapades seem a bit shabby to me, in the search for or understanding of what the whole panoply of existence is or means.

    Cryptomundo is an example of a futile escape from reality.

    The practitioners are, to me, a creepy lot -- composed of bearded geezers who don't want to contend with the here and now, and its problems but, rather, wish to pretend they are in the search for human meaning in the swamps and woods of the backwaters.

    They are foolish men...

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, June 22, 2011  

  • Hey Nick,

    Man does have a pretty long track record of giving supernatural powers to even the most ordinary critters. It's always had tremendous pull, still does. See Walt Disney or companies that use anthropomorphism in their marketing.

    I don't want to minimize what's behind the legend, it's essential whatever it is. Even the schism between cryptozoology and UFOs is essential . . . crypto=natural world and our past (Paradise/wisdom lost?) and UFOs=science, tech and our future (Apocalypse/Utopia?).

    By Blogger Frank Stalter, at Wednesday, June 22, 2011  

  • Rich:

    Well, it's debatable to what extent researching Roswell or Bigfoot is getting us closer to the truth.

    But, what I would say, is that following a conventional approach to both (and many more) Fortean puzzles has really not got us anywhere...except cluttering up more and more filing-cabinets with more and more reports, but certainly not with more and more answers.

    So, if the conventional approach does not work (which, as history has demonstrated, it clearly does not), then I'm totally cool with what I do - namely, look at things from those alternative angles that many sneer at or roll their eyes at.

    But, hell, I don't care!

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Wednesday, June 22, 2011  

  • Yes, Nick...

    That's what I like about you and your writing: you take an oblique view, which others don't.

    It's the New Think approach of Edward de Bono -- a highly recommended approach to thinking and thought, in my estimation.

    The usual methodologies of the old-school haven't got us anywhere, and the Cryptomundo web-site and comments there example that old-school.

    Phooey.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, June 22, 2011  

  • Even “ghosts” don’t impact observers in the same way that UFOs do.

    How can you make such a claim? And how would you begin to set forth proving it?

    My reality wouldn't be the least bit shaken up if I were to look up in the sky and see something flying which I couldn't identify. I can't say the same thing about a ghost.

    By Blogger Parakletos, at Wednesday, June 22, 2011  

  • Parakletos:

    UFOs impact at a collective unconscious level (Jung) whereas ghosts affect observers at a personal level.

    UFO impact our humanity. Ghosts affect our (personal) existence.

    The observations are apples and oranges, as it were.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, June 23, 2011  

  • I'd be freakin' ecstatic if anyone could prove anything. The frustration is to have a ton of seemingly viable evidence that is flippantly dismissed by everyone from the national media to the average Joe. If you can show that yeti, or ghosts, or UFOs are realities, it opens minds to possibilities on a range of fringe topics. If we can't bust down the doors on any of these mysteries, we'll always be sentenced to kooksville, with all your topics of research rejected. It seems ridiculous to rank these topics in terms of their importance to man as long as they're no more than informed speculation. If Mothman is captured, and UFOs are still disproved, then Mothman wins. Then when you prove he's an alien creation, UFOs can move up a rung.

    By Blogger Laurie, at Tuesday, June 28, 2011  

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