UFO Conjecture(s)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Nick Redfern recommends a new book detailing a 1964 UFO encounter

Jose Caravaca and I agree with Nick Redfern that the book pictured here is a must-read in the context of Jose's Distortion theory, and UFOs generally.

Click HERE for Nick's link to information about the event.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Is Technology the Indicator of an Advanced Civilization?

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Revisiting Robert Temple’s The Sirius Mystery (about the African Dogon tribe’s alleged contact with extraterrestrials 5000 years ago), some questions came to mind.

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Why would extraterrestrial visitors visit a small, primitive tribe in the isolated, at the time (and even now), heart of Africa.

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Yes, the Sumerians and other cultures on the rim of the Mediterranean Sea are said by some, including Carl Sagan and I.S. Shklovskii in 1966’s Intelligent Life in the Universe, to have been contacted by extraterrestrials, that left intimations of writing, agriculture, math, and other accoutrements of civilized living.

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Oannes, the being from the sea who supposedly proffered these gifts is not unlike the Dogon visitors who told those peoples about their place of origin, a planet in the Sirius star system.

Click HERE for an online precis of the Dogon story.

But extraterrestrials would have to be significantly advanced to get here from the Sirius planetary environment, and one would think that such emissaries would seek out cultures and peoples who were much more advanced than the Dogon tribe, to whom they would communicate the locale of their home planet(s).

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The chatter between the Dogons and the Sirians would have had to be something beyond difficult.

Even today, the Dogons do not represent an advanced element of Earth’s global society.

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Either the Sirius visitors were inept at furthering the cultural evolution of the Dogons or the Sirius visitors represent a civilization that doesn’t regard technolocial advance as a sine qua non of their existence; technology is a prosaic tool, and other considerations make up the essence of their existence.

Or the visit never occurred at all.

For the sake of rumination, I’d like to address the second option above; that is, civilizations do not need technology to be advanced.

Perhaps it’s the music, the art, or social intercourse that is the high point of “advanced” civilizations, not the attributes of the ships that transport them hither and yon.

This would explain, perhaps, why UFOs have appeared in various guises, some not so futuristic as we imagine: the airships of the 1890s for example.

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This would also explain, perhaps, why flying saucers have had a propensity to crash; they are not technologically refined, nor meant to be.

They are constructed to get here from there, much as Columbus or Amerigo Vespucci did with their rudimentary, by modern standards, ships.

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If visitors sought out this planet, for whatever reason, they would impart elements of culture – music, art, writing, mathematics, and the like – rather than methods with a technological bent.

Technology wasn’t and isn’t their primary incentive or objective.

The artifacts touted by Ancient Alien theorists are esthetic not technological: the pyramids of Egypt and Middle/South America, Stonehenge, the Easter Island moai, et cetera.

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What the Dogon were and are mimics the alien races and beings - the alien cultures –that seem to have visited the Earth in the past and today.

UFO researchers, governments, military constructs have missed the point.

UFOs visit to impart refinement, high culture.

And that refinement or culture is so foreign to our understanding, we humans can’t grasp it, although one might find hints of it in such workings as that of the Dogons, or the Egyptians, or the Inca, the Olmecs, the Mayans.

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The message of UFOs isn’t about nuts and bolts or plasmatic ships.

It’s about existence as a thing rarefied, transcendental, or, shall we say, spiritual?

RR

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Nick Redfern's Keep Out!


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Nick Redfern’s latest opus, pictured above, is, as usual, filled with information that readers of his topics think they know a lot about but find they really don’t; Mr. Redfern always manages to provide details that are rarely known, even to cognoscenti.

The book is a listing of Top Secret places that governments (of the world) don’t want you to know about: high security facilities, underground bases, and other off-limits areas as the sub-title and cover inform potential readers.

For instance, Mr. Redfern’s opening salvo, Chapter One, presents the Area 51/Bob Lazar controversy in ways that make readers, skeptical and otherwise, re-evaluate both Lazar and the secret base in Nevada.

Mr. Redfern notes that a Welsh computer hacker, Matthew Bevan, in the 1990s, broke into the computer system(s) at Wright-Patterson Air Base in Ohio, looking for references to the alleged Hangar 18 of Roswell and UFO rumor.

What Bevan found was e-mail that appeared to confirm some of the Lazar story, about an extraterrestrial craft and a super-heavy element (dubbed Element 115 by Lazar). [Page 28 ff.]

Chapter 5 continues Mr. Redfern’s survey of Hangar 18 its “Little Men”:

UFO researcher Leonard Stringfield recounted an incident, in 1965, whereby a visitor to the United States Air Force Museum, housed at Wright-Patterson, stumbled into an “Off Limits” room, where he encountered a “small, large-eyed, heavy-browed creature, clearly unlike any terrestrial life-form.” [Page 85]

The Stringfield tale is made juicy by Mr. Redfern’s atmospheric description of what took place after the weird and surprising encounter by Stringfield’s informant.

Another chapter covers the secretive area known as the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, where animal and human experiments with nerve agents took place alongside, UFOs, alien beings, and secret aircraft prototypes, which our own Anthony Bragalia reported on here a few years back, as Mr. Redfern acknowledges. [Chapter 3, Page 59 ff.]

The infamous Dulce “underground” base in New Mexico is given the twice-over, in which Mr. Redfern elaborates on the work by Greg Bishop that shines a light on the shameful Paul Bennewitz affair. [Chapter 8, Page 127 ff.]

Paul Bennewitz, a physicist and UFO aficionado, was, allegedly, duped by Air Force personnel at nearby Kirkland Air Force Base, and made to think, by machinations of the Air Force, that UFOs and their alien counterparts were operating from subterranean bases in the Archuleta Mesa of Rio Arriba County, Dulce.

The Air Force did this, ostensibly, to keep Mr. Bennewitz’s UFO pursuits from, inadvertently, leading others (Russian agents et al.) to Kirkland where some of the United States' most secret and advanced aircraft were tested and flown.

The actions of the Air Force operatives eventually drove Mr. Bennewitz into a paranoid psychosis and death is how the story goes.

Mr. Redfern supplements the sordid tale with little-known information culled from Greg Bishop and personal investigation that involves cattle mutilations, nuclear tests, and reptilian aliens.

Chupacabras, a pet interest for Mr. Redfern, are discussed, in the context of their Puerto Rico venue: the El Yunque rainforest. [Page 199 ff.]

The Philadelphia Experiment is reprised [Page 210 ff.] as is the Montauk (New York) Air Force Station where research involving time-travel, teleportation, mind control and invisibility took place, and even Bigfoot makes an appearance. [Page 209 ff.]

Facilities in England, Australia, China, and Russia are addressed, as is the Shaver mystery, and NASA’s plans for an eventual moon base.

What I’m noting here is only a taste of the bizarre “goodies” that Mr. Redfern offers in his 288 page book.

And it’s not just the information that is imparted that will thrill and enlighten readers, it’s also how Mr. Redfern writes; he makes hackneyed tales come alive again for those surfeited by their telling, and he brings oft-told tales to life for newbies.

The paperback book is a buy at $15.99 and can be had from Anomalist.com, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powell’s and other bookstores, online and off.

It’s a Career Press New Page book (Pompton Plains, NJ) from which you can find out more by accessing their web-sites:

http://www.careerpress.com

http://www.newpagebooks.com

RR

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

A Mysterious Beam of Light


Spanish UFO researcher Jose Antonio Caravaca provides an intriguing account in Spain from 1976 that mimics, in some ways, the 1966 Wanaque Reservoir sightings that Anthony Bragalia recently reported upon.

Click HERE to access Senor Caravaca's blog with the story.

UFOs: Hallucinations and Delusion

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That strange “objects” appear and have appeared, to humans, in the sky and on the ground for millennia is a given, an observable truth, as it were.

(Ufologists should abandon their defensive posture; that is, ufologists needn’t continue to try and prove UFOs exist. UFOs are a premised reality. The evidence is palpable and has been verified beyond doubt in any number of ways, and by credible witnesses.)

But what of those “insane” perceptions that Spanish UFO researcher Jose Caravaca provides at his blog, The Caravaca Files or Jacques Vallee has documented in several books and lectures?

Sẽnor Caravaca attributes the bizarre UFO events he lists as a product of witness minds, controlled and used by an alien intrusion, yet to be explicitly defined, for purposes also not explicitly defined, but suggested by sẽnor Caravaca to be an expression of a reality that the intruders wish to display, by their staged images and activities.

Sẽnor Caravaca’s hypothesis is interesting, and defended by his observation that the “mental machinations” he documents aren’t ubiquitous, as they would be if they followed the suggestions offered by some; i.e., electromagnetic effects on the mind (Persinger) and psychic projections by elements of a concomitant spiritual reality that exists with humans (Vallee).

However, one has to consider the idea that some UFO accounts that include strange beings doing equally strange activities are hallucinatory or delusional constructs brought about by an initial event that triggers the images and perceptions recounted.

Still, the initial, triggering event – a UFO sighting or landing – is yet to be explained or understood.

But the descriptive accounts, after the initial event, may be attributable to hallucinations, hallucinations caused by a number of psychological triggers as delineated in papers about how the body and mind reacts to traumatic [sic] encounters and affects:

The Interpretation of Intrusions in Psychosis: An Integrative Cognitive Approach to Hallucinations and Delusions by Anthony P. Morrison (2001)

And, importantly, Visual Hallucinations in Psychologically Normal People: Charles Bonnet’s Syndrome by Robert J. Teunisse, Johan R. Cruysberg, Willibrord H. Hoefnagels, André L. Verbeek, and Frans G. Zitman.

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The Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS) can account for the descriptive renditions that witnesses have provided over the years for what they experienced.

Such descriptions as those of Betty and Barney Hill, Father Gill in Papua (New Guinea), which represents a “mass hullucination” example, the Hickson/Parker Pascagoula incident, and others that you’re familiar with can all be attributable to the “CBS.”

Click HERE for a table of when and during what activity the Bonnet Syndrome takes place.

Applying what we know about psychopathological pathogens helps winnow many UFO events, but not all, unfortunately.

Some UFO experiences can be traced to psychological operations by various rogue constructs in governments and the military as recounted by me in Nick Redfern’s book, Contactees [Chapter 20] and actual “alien” encounters of a still unexplained kind.

(The word “alien” is used here in its psychological context.)

But looking for more exotic explanations for obvious human mental configurations is stretching human fact into contrived fiction which has, as its downside, a loss of premise stability and subsequent logic – resulting in a wayward search for what UFOs are.

Again, UFOs are real, some strange UFO encounters are actual encounters; it’s the descriptive aftermath that has thrown the topic into a disarray that dissuades science from pursuing UFOs as a topic for scrutiny.

Once the psychological parameters are outlined and clarified, science might be able to tackle the phenomenon itself.

One can only hope…

RR

Sunday, December 04, 2011

The "Distortion" Theory


Spanish UFO researcher Jose Antonio Caravaca continues to develop and explain his theory of "Distortion" during UFO events.

We find much merit in his hypothesis which you can follow at Senor Caravaca's blog by clicking HERE.