UFO Conjecture(s)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Moon Men on Earth?

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Mysteries of Mind, Space, & Time: The Unexplained [H. S. Stuttman, Inc., Westport, Connecticut, 1991, Volume 1, Page 54/55] used this picture to supplement a story by Mario Luisi of an alleged alien (extraterrestrial) encounter on a November night in 1980 in a Lake District village (otherwise unidentified):

Jose Caravaca provided this picture from an 1898 First Edition (he owns) of AN UNKNOWN WORLD; Two Years in The Moon, by Pierre Selene (pseudonym: A. Bétolaud de La Drable) and illustrated by Gerlier. [Spanish, Edited in 1896 by Montaner i Simon]:

The images are strikingly similar, and reflect how such representations are either in the universal mind or come from a psychical source whose essence is unknown.

Precognition can be used to explain the coincidental imagery, or elements of the collective unconscious accounts for such similarities in UFO iconography.

Whatever is the derivative for such extraterrestrial depictions, in books, magazines, movies, television shows and other media constructs, the process has not attracted serious research by ufologists (ahem) or persons involved in anthropological or psychological disciplines.

The underlying hypothesis that UFO sightings are primarily psychical in nature skirts the issue of the mental component in UFO events by making the subliminal assumption that psychic phenomena, like the existence of God, lies outside scientific evaluation.

Persons in the Vallee camp throw up their hands and decare, without declaring it, that Fortean phenomena is beyond the ken of human minds, or science, and can only be categorized, not explained or ultimately understood.

While that may be the case, it's a cynical view, one that we eschew.

Everything is grist for human scrutiny, everything...


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Images and the UFO Reality

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Tristan Eldritch provided a link in a comment to our piece, below, about images that prefigured UFO sightings.

Tristan’s image-find was this:


And he proposes that the image influenced how ufologists and Roswellian witnesses depicted the 1947 event from 1980 onward.

Tristan’s suggestion is not without merit.

While the entity and crashed saucer were not archetypal in 1957 when the magazine cover appeared, the images of both (entity and saucer) have become archetypal, as you discover by getting or reading this book:


Man and His Symbols was the last piece of work compiled by Carl Jung, before he died I n1961.

It is supplemented with essays by noted Jungians: Franz, Jacobi, Jaffé, and Henderson.

I imagine that the first host of UFO writers and researchers (ufologists thereafter) were science fiction addicts, who indulged in sci-fi imagery on book and magazine covers, which influenced their thinking and conclusions.

Jung writes:

"…cultural symbols…retain much of their original numinosity or “spell.” One is aware that they can evoke a deep emotional response in some individuals, and this psychic charge makes them function in much the same was as prejudices." [Man and His Symobols, Page 83]

Since, as Roswell skeptics have noted, witnesses didn’t get on board the Roswell mythos until the late 1970s, after books appeared, spurred by Stanton Friedman’s chance encounter with Jesse Marcel Sr., it was the pictorial overlay of ufologists (those sci-fi addicts) that created the Roswell scenario and images that prevail, and which Tristan’s sci-fi cover portrays.

Has such imagery entered the category called the “collective unconscious” that Jung thought was endemic to mankind’s mental make-up?

Jung’s thesis calls for such archetypal imagery to be part of the human mental genetic after a hundred years of prominence.

But the Roswell incident, because it resonated dynamically in the context of the Cold War anxieties and mankind’s possible extinction, one can suggest that the collective unconscious is incorporating images (archetypal symbols) faster than the evolutionary time-frame that Jung indicated.

This allows such images as that which Tristan found to be part of the human mental fabric sooner than the time-frame of Jung’s collective unconscious.

This conjecture fits with the mythic contention that some Roswell skeptics use to explain the incident and its aftermath; that is, skeptics say that Roswell is a self-generating myth, and they have a case.

Of course, for a myth to be promulgated, something has to generate the myth; a “seed” of some kind is necessary for a myth to germinate.

Roswell’s reported “flying disc crash” was that seed.

And the myth is “watered” by science-fiction addled writers and “researchers” – the so-called ufologists who keep the myth alive, much as the disciples of Homer’s Iliad has kept that myth alive.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Jose Caravaca and the Betty Hill Star Map

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Jose Caravaca provided this newspaper image to us:


When I told him that we had an “hypothesis” about the Hill abduction online here (early on), at this blog and at our RRRGroup blog, he sought it out and found the map we contend was displayed at the government offices where Betty Hill worked, and which she incorporated into her “experience” as the alien “star map.”

This is the map:


It is a picture of World War II troop movement.

Coupled with the initial Hill recounting that the Hill’s “abductors” had the appearance of uniformed military, similar to that of the Nazi’s, with a facial feature that contained, in Betty’s first accounts, a Jewish stereotype – large Jimmy Durante-like noses, Jose Caravaca and I think that the Hill UFO episode, including the highly touted “star map,” needs a rehash.

Senor Caravaca worked on our WWII map, overlaying it with the drawing of Betty Hill’s star map.

Here are his (progressive) renderings:




With the Nazi association, the (maybe) Jewish stereotype, and the World War II map, one can make a (hypothetical) case, which we have already done, some time ago, that the Hill “abduction” is based on a traumatic event, perhaps a racially motivated attack – the Hill’s were a mixed-marriage couple (he, African-American, she white) as you know – and the event reconfigured by Betty Hill, mostly, deriving from internalized images she garnered from her science fiction interests.

Jose Caravaca believes that the Hill “abduction” is an example of his “Distortion Theory” which you can find at his blog – The Caravaca Files (http://caravaca-files.blogspot.com).

Here’s how he put to me, in an e-mail:

I understand that the Hills had "live" experiences induced by each other, reliving psychic material belonging to both.

I bet the Hills, one or both, saw a report on the 2nd World War in the days or weeks before their "encounter."

Reviewing the atrocities committed by Nazi medical teams in concentration camps, many for pregnancy -- there was an experiment similar to that described by Betty Hill -- I do think that the experience of the Hills may have been the result of an "hallucination."

Both experienced a phenomenon of distortion.

I think all cases, if analyzed in depth, contain details as we have found in most UFO experiences and are built on human psychic material.

For example, the case of Juan Gonzalez Santos, the witness seeing a television documentary on the Apollo XI mission a week before his UFO event. Hence, his experience has details of a space mission. It is all due to distortion.

At any rate, the Hills had a bizarre experience, certainly. I don’t think Betty Hill concocted and maintained a fabricated hoax.

But what she and Barney Hill was subjected to is (still) open to interpretation, regardless of the categorical imperative – an extraterrestrial encounter -- that persons such as Stan Friedman apply to the “event.”


Anthony Bragalia challenges Red Baron UFO shoot-down

Anthony Bragalia finds the Red Baron UFO shoot-down story (noted here, by me, below, from Mack Maloney's book, UFOs in Wartime) at the online tabloid, Weekly World News.

The 1999 story derives from Richthofen fellow pilot, Peter Waitzrik, who was 105 years old when he told the story...

Mr. Bragalia doesn't demean the Waitzrik tale because it comes from a very old man but, rather, because The Weekly World News was prone to create bizarre (untrue?) stories, such as this one:

Whether the Weekly World News gathered a made-up story from a Red Baron compatriot or not isn't for me to say.

I like the account, as rendered by Mr. Maloney in his book (Page 15 ff.)

Mr. Bragalia wants the record to be accurate and true. He assumes, sensibly perhaps, that all Weekly World News stories are bogus, and maybe they were (and are -- the tabloid maintains a web presence).

Moreover, Mr. Bragalia assures me that old people (whom I often find to be senile-prone) still maintain adequate mental faculties, and Mr. Bragalia relies on them for his continuing scrutiny of Roswell and Socorro.

If Mr. Bragalia's old witnesses provide valid information, it's possible that Captain Waitzrik's account is valid also.

At least, the Red Baron UFO shoot-down is a juicy UFO tid-bit, true or not, and I'm accepting it, for what it is -- a mythical truth of some kind.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pseudo/Fringe Science

A paper by Cornelis de Jager -- Science, fringe science, and pseudo-science -- from 1989 addresses some errant efforts disguised as "science" (including a segment about flying saucers).

Those interested in supplementing their skepticism about things that some think are valid scientific efforts can click HERE to access the erudite paper (a PDF).


A 1947 Precognition of UFO sightings to come?

This Science Fiction book [Dorrance & Company, Philadelphia, 1947], with a flying saucer-like craft and three entities emerging seems to pre-figure a number of UFO events, some of which we have highlighted here as has Jose Antonio Caravaca at his blog (The Caravaca Files).

Do such images (from book covers, movie posters, advertisings, et cetera) form a sub-text in the collective unconscious, which manifests itself when there is an existential crisis in the body politic or a societal pathoneurosis (caused by other factors)?

That UFO sightings, en masse (generally), might be a result of a techinical imago dei should be addressed, seriously, by UFO buffs.

Such an "investigation" won't resolve all UFO sightings, but it may help explain some notable sightings; i.e., the 1890s airship observations, Roswell, the 1954 European wave, and the late 1950,early 1960 abduction accounts...among others.


Monday, November 14, 2011

Source(s) for real UFO buffs!

Mack Maloney provides many interesting UFO sightings, some well-known, and many more not so well-known, as noted in my slight review earlier here (below) of his 2011 book, UFOs in Wartime (Berkley/Penquin).

But I’d like to note a few that fit with our single-minded efforts to find details that show up, consistently, in early UFO sightings, but not so much in current sightings.

For instance, a strange object spotted by World War I ace, von Richthofen (The Red Baron), in the spring of 1917, was shot down by von Richthofen, according to fellow pilot Peter Waitzrik, crashing in the woods below.

Two occupants of the craft climbed out and ran into the forest.


Two occupants? Again?

The craft was said to be saucer-like, according to Waitzrik. [Page 15 ff.]

And if some UFO buffs think that the mysterious airships of the 1890s went dormant shortly thereafter, Mr. Maloney recounts found in a 1925 book (German Air Raids on Great Britain, 1914 –1918 by Joseph Martin) that indicates the airships were still being seen many and event years later.

On January 31st, 1916, a British Royal Navy Air Service sub-lieutenant J. E. Morgan espied, during one of his nightly reconnaissance flights, what he thought was a German zeppelin over London.

The ship had a row of lighted windows and an under-carriage with drawn blinds.

Despite its weird appearance, Morgan thought is was a German blimp on a mission to bomb England’s capital, as Germany had done earlier in 1915.


The object was about one-hundred feet long and Morgan drew the only weapon he had, a pistol, and shot at the thing, which “shot straight up at tremendous speed and disappeared…”

The airships departure was so fast that Morgan thought his plane was losing altitude. Disoriented by the airships action, Morgan crash-landed in a marsh.

Another pilot sighted, fifteen minutes later, something unusual caught in the searchlights scanning the London skies. Others, on the ground, also said they saw the strange object. [Page 17 ff.]

Just as the Vallee/Aubeck book, Wonders in the Sky, provides sightings from which important clues about the UFO enigma can be culled, Maloney’s book does likewise, and I suggest that those who really are serious about finding an explanation for UFOs or UFO sightings get both books and peruse them for details that might evoke an epiphany of some sort.



Sunday, November 13, 2011

UFOs in Wartime by Mack Maloney

Mack Maloney has written the 294 page book pictured here [Berkley Books/Penguin, NY, 2011].

The $7.99 paperback can be found at fine bookstores, and online at Amazon, Powell’s, Barnes & Noble, et cetera, and should be in every UFO maven’s library.

It is a compilation of UFO encounters during armed conflicts, from Constantine’s history-changing vision to the Iraq war.

Along the way, readers also get a general UFO sub-text that underwrites Mr. Maloney’s exegesis of wartime UFO sightings.

Most UFO aficionados think they know every UFO sighting that counts, but Mr. Maloney presents some sightings that have not made the upper layer of referenced sightings, such as those recorded by servicemen in the Pacific arena during World War II, along with numerous sightings over Europe that are subliminal or unknown.

Several World WAR I sightings are recounted, along with a segment about the 1917 Fatima apparitions.

Foo-fighters during WW II are noted, of course, and the ghost rockets over Scandinavia too, plus other UFO sightings that seem to have been submersed in most of the UFO literature.

The United States Air Force’s Project Blue Book is taken to task for its lax responses to such sightings at the famous 1952 Washington D.C. intrusions during the Korean conflict, and Mr. Maloney doesn’t pull any punches about the tepid reactions to UFO sightings at or near U.S. nuclear missile bases.

Of course there is the intimation that governments have covered up or suppressed many sightings, but Mr. Maloney’s book now shines a spotlight on some of those set-aside UFO events.

There is a bibliography, but no Content listing or Index, which I would have liked for ease of skimming.

But this isn’t a book to be skimmed; it’s a book to be savored.

Mr. Maloney touches most of the UFO bases that buffs are familiar with, including, unfortunately the odious Rense site, but that’s a minor misstep.

I suggest that readers here would do well to supplement their UFO acumen by getting Mr. Maloney’s book so they have a fuller picture of how UFOs have been spotted by credible persons, during wartime, when the stress of war normally obliterates outside considerations, but didn’t when something as strange as a UFO shows up.


The 1924 Mars Telegram -- Addenda

An earlier posting here provided a telegram from the Navy to astronomers in 1924 about signals from Mars.

Jose Antonio Caravaca, who provided the telegram has found supplemental material.

Click HERE for a 1949 article about the telegram (in Spanish).

Click HERE for a pertinent paragraph (in Spanish).

A translation:

SIGNS OF OTHER PLANETS (by Morrison Colladay. International Digest. Published in Spain in February 1949 in Revista Meridiano, Meridian Magazine)...

"In 1924, when Mars was very close to the Earth, radio engineers were trying to connect to the red planet, to hear signals that could not be identified with anything terrestrial." The New York Herald Tribune said, on August 23, 1924 that these unexplained signals were received simultaneously in London, Vancouver and Newark (New Yersey). Engineers at the station WOR, Newark, insisted that they had heard and believed regular signals that were not due to static electricity. Several Newark appliance operators heard signals simultaneously for several hours,and said it appeared as if someone was playing a low key of a piano."

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