UFO Conjecture(s)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The 1961 Simonton UFO Event

Jose Antonio Caravaca has provided an analysis of the Joe Simonton Eagle River UFO encounter (in 1961), and his (Caravaca's) "theory" of such encounters and the UFO phenomenon, in general.

Click HERE to access Jose's blog -- The Caravaca Files


  • Here is a funny little zen koan.

    Pancakes do not occur naturally.
    The ingredients do.
    The ingredients must be gathered into a single location.
    They must be processed.
    They must be presented.
    The aim of pancakes are they to be eaten, then digested.

    He was handed a pancake.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Sunday, November 13, 2011  

  • One question regarding the "lucid dream while preparing breakfast" hypothesis: was any attempt made to establish if the ingredients to prepare the pancakes were present in Simonton's kitchen at the time, and if he was in the habit of making pancakes for breakfast?

    Simonton's reaction to the whole thing seems particularly odd. He seems to except the idea of giving water to, and receiving pancakes from, otherworldly visitors, as though it were the most normal thing in the world. This makes the encounter particularly dreamlike: we except the logic of the dream while in the dream-state, and only upon waking are struck by its oddity. This would seem to confirm that some kind of altered state of consciousness was involved in the experience.

    By Blogger Tristan Eldritch, at Sunday, November 13, 2011  

  • Tristan:

    Jose Caravaca's "theory" intrigues but I lean toward your view that an altered state of consciousness was the cause of this event.

    There might have been a mental configuration or aberration involved or something as simple as carbon monoxide, which we've dealt with regarding the abduction phenomenon.

    Of course we're too far away from the experience to do much more than conjecture, and recent UFO sightings don't have the "cachet" that some of the earlier sightings, like Simonton's has.

    But there might be clues inside the account; clues we should keep in mind if other UFO sightings like Simonton's should recur.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, November 13, 2011  

  • Good to see Jose mentioned the salt angle - or lack of salt angle.

    The fairy tie-in is an interesting one. I don't believe for one minute he had an interaction with literal aliens, anymore than I believe in the existence of literal fairies.

    But there's no doubt that there's a very real phenomenon that has interacted with us for just about as long as we have been around, and which has manifested in the form of our many mythological and paranormal entities, including aliens, demons, angels, goblins etc etc.

    I would suggest with the slightly lucid dream state etc, Simonton experienced this very phenomenon.

    By Blogger Nick Redfern, at Monday, November 14, 2011  

  • I agree with you Nick, the phenomenon we face interacts with the witnesses created all sorts of experiences cataloged in different aspects of the mystery. The theory of distortion, is related to the lucid dream state, somehow these "intelligences" contribute to the construction of the experience.


    By Blogger jacarav@ca, at Tuesday, November 15, 2011  

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