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Monday, January 23, 2012

Brain Waves and UFO Encounters


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My foray into the psychology of UFO encounters and Jose Caravaca’s implication of mental interference causing UFO “events” have to be tempered by the findings of neuroscience.

The brain is always awash in interferences, some sensory, some electrical, and some extra-sensory.

There are also other interferences, at the fringe of exploration and understanding that haven’t received the exposure that takes them from the obscure and arcane.

Dr. Michael Persinger has touched on such interferences. (Google him.)

To clarify, I’m linking readers here to this interesting paper…

The Science Behind Holosync® and other Neurotechnologiesby Bill Harris (Director of Centerpointe Rsearch Institute A Revolution Institute) subtitled A Revolution in Neuroscience: Tuning the Brain

Which contains such statements as these:

David Krech, Ph.D., a University of California at Berkeley psychologist, predicted almost twenty-five years ago: “I foresee the day when we shall have the means, and therefore, inevitably, the temptation, to manipulate the behavior and intellectual functioning of all people through environmental and biochemical manipulation of the brain.”

There are four categories of brain wave patterns. The most rapid brain wave pattern is that of beta, from about 14 Hz to more than 100 Hz. This is the pattern of normal waking consciousness, and it is associated with concentration, arousal, alertness, and cognition, while at higher levels, beta is associated with anxiety. As we become more relaxed, the brain wave activity slows into the alpha range, from 8 to 13.9 Hz. These are the brain wave patterns of deep relaxation, and of what has been called the twilight state between sleep and waking, while the higher end of alpha represents a more relaxed yet focused state. Slower still are theta waves, between 4 and 7.9 Hz. This is the state of dreaming sleep and also of increased creativity, super-learning, integrative experiences, and increased memory. The slowest brain wave pattern is delta, that of dreamless sleep, below 4 Hz. Generally people are asleep in delta, but there is evidence that it is possible to remain alert in this state—a very deep trance-like, non-physical state.

Other scientists have noted that these slower brain wave patterns are accompanied by deep tranquility, flashes of creative insight, euphoria, intensely focused attention, and enhanced learning abilities. Dr. Lester Fehmi, director of the Princeton Biofeedback Research Institute, has said that hemispheric synchronization represents “the maximum efficiency of information transport through the whole brain” and “[it] is correlated experientially with a union with experience, and ‘into-it-ness.’ Instead of feeling separate and narrow-focused, you tend to feel more into it—that is, unified with the experience, you are the experience—and the scope of your awareness is widened a great deal, so that you’re including many more experiences at the same time. There’s a whole-brain sensory integration going on, and it’s as if you become less selfconscious and you function more intuitively."

Other scientists have noted that these slower brain wave patterns are accompanied by deep tranquility, flashes of creative insight, euphoria, intensely focused attention, and enhanced learning abilities. Dr. Lester Fehmi, director of the Princeton Biofeedback Research Institute, has said that hemispheric synchronization represents “the maximum efficiency of information transport through the whole brain” and “[it] is correlated experientially with a union with experience, and ‘into-it-ness.’ Instead of feeling separate and narrow-focused, you tend to feel more into it—that is, unified with the experience, you are the experience—and the scope of your awareness is widened a great deal, so that you’re including many more experiences at the same time. There’s a whole-brain sensory integration going on, and it’s as if you become less selfconscious and you function more intuitively."

Budzynski and psychobiologist Dr. James McGaugh of the University of California at Irvine have both found that information is also more easily processed and recalled in a theta state. Noted researchers Elmer and Alyce Green, of the Menninger Foundation, have also studied this phenomenon, finding that memories experienced in a theta state “were not like going through a memory in one’s mind but rather like an experience, a reliving.” Individuals producing theta waves also had “new and valid ideas or synthesis of ideas, not primarily by deduction but springing by intuition from unconscious sources.”

As you can see, there is room here to interject such comments, as those above, into most, if not all, of the UFO accounts we (me and Jose Caravaca) have presented recently.

The paper, as you will find, when you access it, is heavy on the electrical aspect of brain interference or manipulation.

What is missing from the UFO accounts that have been gathered by UFO investigators, over the years, are informational needs such as what electrical facilities were close by the sightings they gathered, as well as other pertinent information and data, perhaps.

That is, we are missing important ingredients that are needed to evaluate UFO sightings and encounters properly, even “scientifically.”

We are slipshod in our hypotheses here, not because we wish to be so but because those who have provided UFO accounts have given us emasculated renditions.

Those who’ve garnered UFO tales have been remiss, mightily so, in gathering all the forensic information that one needs to adequately get at an explanation for what really occurred when someone saw a UFO or encountered entities and scenarios that evoke incredulity when we examine UFO reports.

I think that neuroscience is a discipline that can explain many UFO accounts.

As a step in that direction, I invite you to access and thoughtfully read the Harris paper.

Click HERE for the PDF.

RR

11 Comments:

  • Good post, provocative.
    Thanks for the link to the Monroe Institute's research via the PDF which is related to EM field theories of consciousness. EM stands for electromagnetic brain theory, which folds into quantum brain theories. I am not a shill for the Institute but they do sell some intriguing materials, written and otherwise. Worth a look.
    I think you left the nuts and bolts folks back at the scrapyard for a change of pace. Kudos for exploring leading edge theories.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Monday, January 23, 2012  

  • I found the paper a little haphazard and it reads, in parts, like the spiel pre-empting a sales pitch. Right through to the end, I was expecting a ‘10% discount’ and a signature slip; they quote scientists (Candice Pert) who were quoted in someone else’s book. Why not quote them directly unless the authors are subtly using an appeal to authority? The Lozanov claims are likewise pretty extraordinary to lie there without reference. Is ‘thirty times more learning’ new-fangled technical jargon?

    Still, I guess it’s the notion of brain waves creating hypnagogic imagery that deserves the attention. Dang if the paper sources the test results in the pages of the same book referred to above. I guess if Hutchison says so then it must be so? The authors need to be taken on trust that their quotes and references aren’t taken out of context or even that the mighty Hutchison, whom they source so heavily, is an honest writer.

    That aside, brainwave activity could well be key to some sightings reports; potentially the answer to humanoid encounters when no physical evidence exists. Organic changes, for example by encephalitis, caused by too much heat can cause rather vivid hallucinations (auditory and visible). Likewise PTSD and epilepsy are known, in some cases, to generate hallucinations.

    Unfortunately, so far, I haven’t found anything that begins to explain ‘humanoid encounters’ in psychological or physiological terms, exempting the psychology of hoaxers and liars. The coherence of narrative is absent in seizures and many percipients of hallucinations are aware that are indeed hallucinations.

    There’s an oldish paper that follows along similar lines and speculates on infrasound being a cause of ghost sightings. Seeing a ghost may not be too far removed from the same mental stimuli and conditions that led to the incidents in 50s France. The research was inconclusive and yet remains, I think, an idea worth holding on to. Infrasound, increased theta waves etc could be responsible for elements of sightings.

    http://www.hauntmastersclub.com/files/ghost-in-machine.pdf

    http://www.richardwiseman.com/resources/Something-in-the-Cellar.pdf

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Tuesday, January 24, 2012  

  • Kandinsky
    I would dig a little deeper as some of their research is in conjunction with University of Virginia's Division of Perceptual Studies. My read was that this was not a scientific paper, it was an introduction to the concept of hemispheric stimulation.
    When I looked into this, it was not with CE in mind, but it was applicable theoretically to "abduction" accounts as in Robert Monroe's "Journeys Out Of The Body". Rightfully or wrongly, this phenomenon has been attached to hypothetical UFO activity. However if similar states can be induced without a ET "presence" ( which has no measurability) we might gain a foot hold on beginning ( emphasize beginning) to understand the phenomenon. Otherwise we are left with spurious abduction researchers with no credentials whatsoever. A final thought, this research has to fund itself.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Tuesday, January 24, 2012  

  • Kandinsky...

    I see the paper, haphazard as it may be, in the vein of Tesla's thrusts to get his enterprise(s) going/funded, and also in the ilk of Velikovsky's theses.

    That is, the paper introduces us to thinking that offers a possibility of explanations for neural effects (and UFOs too) that haven't been proffered so far, at least not in ways that are mainstream.

    We really need New Think (de Bono) to attack the UFO phenomenon, so I'm open to a lot of far-out concepts.

    One can critically evaluate such papers and ideas as those of Harris or Persinger, of course, but one should also be open to "hints" in such ideas that might lead us foward, into new realms of thought.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, January 24, 2012  

  • Hiya guys,

    I'm in step with both of you as it relates to looking at new ideas and science.

    The reason I mentioned the infrasound idea was because it's been suggested that visual/auditory hallucinations might be caused by the frequencies altering perception.

    I've also explored the apparition literature for some kind of parallels.

    It's hard to avoid the role of perception and consciousness at the heart of some of these accounts.

    If there's a technological sibling to these incidents - a partial match - then it's worth looking at. Let's say a similar experience could be induced (and accurately related) by pioneer tech/ theories? It would only have to conform to the broader themes to become an avenue worth exploring.

    A problem is identifying what the *subject* is in the first place. Zamora's encounter is different in flavour to, say, the Valensole or Michigan accounts. Likewise Carl Higdon's incident seems a different breed to many others.

    In short, brainwave activity could account for exotic hallucinations, but not the ones with physical traces (eye-redness, sore throats etc). I'm not sure the classification systems already used are up to that task.

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Tuesday, January 24, 2012  

  • It has never made the least bit of sense to me that the UFO phenomena is the result of human perception alone. That's insane. You do not get solid radar imagery from hullicinations that pilots are chasing and witnessing are observing from the ground simultaneously. You don't point your camera at a hallucination in the sky, take a photo caturing precisely what you saw with your own eyes and call that an halluciantion either. The notion that the UFO originates solely in the mind is MORE absurd than the wildest of humanoid encounters.

    By Blogger Jeff Davis, at Wednesday, January 25, 2012  

  • However, Jeff, there is much hypothesizing about how quantum observation creates reality, maybe even tangible artifacts.

    We've dealt with macro-quantum here, in earlier posts, and I think that one would be remiss, intellectually, by dismissing the possibility that radar raturns or photo-opportuned images are mentally created.

    Yes, the ideas are almost incredulous but not outside the realm of possibility.

    Yes, we'd all like, or most of us anyway, to think that we are being visited by another race of beings from outside the Earth, and that may be happening.

    But, like the belief that God is still intervening in human affairs, the ET scenario is more wish-fulfillment and desire than
    a real fact of reality, thus far anyway.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, January 25, 2012  

  • Rich
    I believe, if I am not mistaken, that what you are referring to is basically this:

    http://www.mindreality.com/observer-creates-reality-simply-by-observing

    If it is not, please point me to what you feel is the best example of what exemplifies the creation of reality that you are referring to.

    If what you are referring to is represented by the first link, then that is literally where a great deal of what I am all about hypothetically comes from.

    The difference here being that we do not "create" new reality as much as our observation of reality changes it so that it behaves differently as we observe it. That's what makes us truly "sentient" IMO. We assuredly influence reality via our observations of it. That does not mean that material is being created, what it means, if my guess is correct, is that we are naturally entrained by our relevant space time much like DR. Michael Persinger's research shows, albeit his impetus is achieved with artificial stimulus whereas ours is environmentally derived. It would seem that reality is precisely the way it is with respect to physical law (wave/particle) because we are relatively entrained within it. This is the "leash" I have referred to many times in my ramblings. This is also where I am coming from as far as my comments relating to friction in the universe. It's all relevant to us, the human being, and possibly does not exist without us. It's not reality's reaction to us, it's our reaction to it and the subsequent changes due to our observations are in effect, human translations of what is the only language constant in the known universe, energy. It's the tree in the forest thing I have mentioned before. Nothing would be as it is, without us.

    This is why I am hedging my bets presently on the consciousness mapping attributes of science being the "microscope" that may just afford us a much clearer understanding of the reality juncture that is the UFO experience.


    I will state unequivocally that in our studies of the perception of UFOs, it sure does seem to indicate the involvement of an intelligence apart from the observer. It seems to anyway because we are not setting up any experiments, and really can't logically lay any claim to the spontaneous events apart from their witness. One things for certain and it's frankly nice to be reminded once in a while, actually I am reminded of as much at least once a week here on the UFOI, LOL! nothing's for certain, so yes Rich, it would be down right dumb of me at this point to dismiss anything. Oh the pain.

    Have you ever stopped to think how much Ufology has in common with the mechanics of the S&M movement?

    By Blogger Jeff Davis, at Wednesday, January 25, 2012  

  • Ah, Jeff...

    The S&M Movement?

    As for reality, I'm from the old school, the very old school, of Platonic ilk: that we are in a subset of reality, and the Real reality lies outside of us.

    Sometimes we get a glimpse of the Real reality, as Thomas Aquinas did, and others, which is where I refer readers here, again, to Richard Bucke's masterpiece, Cosmic Consciousness.

    That someone is controlling that Real reality is troublesome for me.

    I'll be interjecting some of Nietzsche's views about this upcoming.

    We, each of us, has the ability or the luck, to perceive the Real reality.

    And as Jose Caravaca sees it -- I just got word from him about this -- it's a person's intellectual ability or imagination that determines what is seen or experienced about that Real reality.

    Socrates got a glimpse, but in the context of his soldiering, not his philosophizing.

    St. Paul got a glimpse in the context of his conversion to something he purportedly hated but actually loved: Christianity.

    The Real reality lies nearby and some access it, by accident -- those listed by Jose -- and some access it by their mystical tendencies -- Joan of Arc for one or St. Theresa.

    We mere mortals can access it by altered states Tim Leary hinted.

    He was wrong essentially, but not by much.

    Once the Real reality is chanced upon, one's life should change as it did for Aquinas and St. Paul, and the others mentioned here.

    Jose's people went about their lives as usual because they got a perverse view of the Real reality, and Jose thinks that's because they had limited mental capabilities and were not able to grasp the Real reality, which he believes was presented to them by an outside force or presence.

    He may be right.

    Something or someone intervened in what Jose's group experienced.

    Or their chance to see the Real reality was marred by their limited intellectual abilities -- my view.

    The latent ability to perceive the Real reality was a mainstay of Jung's Analytical Psychology, and that ability doesn't need outsiders to bring it forth.

    But Jose's view has as much merit as everyone else's, those of us who eschew a presence of others, ET or Vallee's fairies notwithstanding.

    Now I'm bordering on Duensing's abstacted and abtruse thought without his brilliance, so I'll stop.

    But you get the gist: there's a Real reality and somehow humans get a chance to experience it, before they die...

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, January 25, 2012  

  • Rich,
    What GREAT insight into your own thoughts. They are thoughts that I personally find VERY palpable of mind.

    Ultimately, as far as we're (humans) concerned, there is unquestionably the larger and far more potential reality of pure energy. This may be our natural destination that we are merely evolving closer to temporally. (Sentient Evolution)Much like we human beings eventually evolved from life in the sea. (theoretically)

    This is why I have always referred to our environment as possibly being much larger than we imagine our Earth bound limitations as being.

    By Blogger Jeff Davis, at Wednesday, January 25, 2012  

  • Jeff,

    Get your hands on Lecomte du Nouy's book, Human Destiny.

    It's tangential somewhat but also pertinent too, if that's possible, and it is...

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, January 25, 2012  

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