UFO Conjectures

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Movies and TV have created the UFO phenomenon

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While watching The Twilight Zone marathon on the SyFy network over New Year holiday weekend, I noticed how the idea of extraterrestrial visitors suffused the series and, as I see it, impacted or influenced the unconscious minds of viewers.

As most of you know, those who’ve had UFO experiences – (somewhat) blasé encounters, abductions, and bizarre interactions (those listed by Jose Caravaca in his Distortion hypothesis) – recount those experiences in ways that mimic scenarios that one finds in movies – Invasion of the Body Snatchers, This Island Earth, et cetera – or television programs – The Outer Limits, said Twilight Zone – and some old radio shows – The Inner Sanctum, for example.










Colin McGinn’s 2007 Vintage book, The Power of Movies: How Screen and Mind Interact, provides a non-psychologically afflicted approach to the influence that one will find in UFO encounter accounts and reports.



Although Freud is mentioned, McGinn uses little or no psychobabble to present his views.


Serious visitors to this blog know (or should) that human kind is subliminally impacted by ads and media presentations, and now images and offerings on YouTube, Facebook, and the internet generally.

Vance Packard, in his 1957 best-seller, The Hidden Persuaders, presented his substantive views on how media (ads in particular) seeped into the societal mind and influenced buying and attitudes that marketing people and companies exploited.


A Columbo program from 1973 with Robert Culp delved in the how subliminal messages in film and TV ads could influence behavior.


While Columbo’s airing and Packard’s book insinuates that all classes of people, and in particular, intelligent folks could be influenced as easily as the mentally deficient (and I don’t mean those with inferior brains), those who have lower I.Q.s than the population generally.

But UFO aficionados know that those who’ve reported and report UFO encounters (Hickson and Parker, the Hills, and those noted by Jose Caravaca at his blog, et al.) are not at the top of the intellectually sophisticated file; the encountered are common folks, generally: persons prone to be influenced by social and cultural elements.

When has a MacArthur Grant person experienced a UFO landing, or a Hawking assistant, or one of Einstein’s associates come face to face with UFO occupants?

When has a Tolstoy, or Fitzgerald, or Pynchon type had a UFO encounter?

My point is that persons with lower mental abilities have UFO encounters – and that includes Ezekiel in the Hebrew texts; he was prone to believe in things and people from the skies.

I’m not taking about UFO sightings, per se, here. Many of us have had UFO sightings, but those sightings stop at the observation.

When a UFO sighting triggers an “encounter,” one has to consider the Caravaca “theory” that a kind of oneirism takes place, and this is what McGinn covers in his book (see above).


We are dealing with something a little more complex than an hallucination, arguably, but something that is palpable enough to be studied or researched by those hoping to get a handle on the meaning of UFOs – those at ground level anyway.



  • really, really, there is more proof that they are real and here among us. wake up world.

    By Blogger nightcrawler, at Sunday, January 01, 2012  

  • Your presentation on the relationship between fantasy, imagination and bias projections in terms of creating non existant markers that are structural in nature, none the less, illustrates that little if anything observed in close encounters exists outside of the framework of these forms of predetermining referents.
    The possibility of the thought forms of dreams made empirical by neurobiology, triggered by the rare occurrences of environment that allow them, is the true mystery of the phenomenon. There have been many cases studied arising from cultural hysteria that is tensioned by uncertainty.
    Exoplanetary multiphasic somatic influences are not unknown as well as solar injections into the stratosphere, and the role of the levels in thyroid in dictating the probabilities of conflict, etc, etc.
    Until I see the causal chain of evidence that extraterrestrials are aware of and utilize these relations for an unknown purpose, there is more evidence in my reading, that a "they" are not required to potentially produce these effects.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Monday, January 02, 2012  

  • Bruce:

    I'm supporting Jose Caravaca's Distortion hypothesis, but the "they" aspect troubles me also.

    Even he isn't clear about who "they" might be.

    That aside, the "distortion" aspect fascinates because of the possible neural cause or meddling.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, January 02, 2012  

  • I just wrote a post on the pathology of our species to superimpose non existent structures by projection on a ambivalent nature.
    I suspect these constructs reflect our own weaknesses of behaviorism that are steered by external societal controls as a self regulating survival machinery of the whole.
    Not surprisingly, most ufologists create conceptual paranormal models of control from without via proxies. Our dream of the inviolate super humanoid with will and power we lack that manipulates us. The other side of the mirror.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Monday, January 02, 2012  

  • Lay this on an ETH proponent.

    "A total of 9,383 global encounter reports were compiled by Albert Rosales for the period 1946-2006..." (citation at bottom)

    All those alien encounter reports but not a single scrap of hard evidence, not even a photo.

    It's an old argument but when you join it up to the numbers, it has real impact.

    in CE reports, 1946-2006 by Ahmad Jamaludin
    International UFO Reporter, v 32, #4, p 5

    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Monday, January 09, 2012  

  • For whatever it's worth:

    ca. 1976, a local NYC station (WOR) aired reruns of the 1950's show "Science Fiction Theater." I distinctly recall one particular episode because,
    though I was interested in UFOs at the time, it seemed ridiculously over-the-top even for science fiction. The plot revolved around a crashed flying saucer in the Mexican desert: note Mexican, not New Mexican.

    Also note that Roswell was not as yet in the public consciousness, though
    it soon would be.

    When SciFi Channel ran the series years later in the 90's, this episode (for whatever reason) was not shown. I clearly remember Gene Barry played an American scientist, but the role is not credited on his IMDB page.

    By Blogger will27, at Sunday, April 06, 2014  

  • @will27
    > I distinctly recall one particular episode

    Memory is a tricky thing.

    Gene Barry played a scientist in the episode "Spider Inc." A couple months later, William Bishop and Lynn Bari starred in the episode "Hour of Nightmare," which features flying saucers and alien bodies in Mexico.

    You seem to have conflated elements of two episodes.

    > When SciFi Channel ran the series years later in the 90's, this episode (for whatever reason) was not shown.

    You can watch "Hour of Nightmare" on YouTube:

    Here is "Spider Inc."

    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Sunday, April 06, 2014  

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