UFO Conjecture(s)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

A few things, about this 1996 news item....


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A "professor" (and UFO investigator) deigns that alien abductions are caused by memory remnants of birth.


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The professor, Alvin Lawson, is (or was) an English professor, so he has some UFO cachet, right?


And his experiment utilized hypnosis; a good thing, right?


The possibility that "alien abductions" are caused by residual birth memories or trauma can't be ruled out...


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...but cachet by authority -- the idea offered by a professor  -- is flawed. His credentials lie in some subset of   English literature, not psychology or neurology, or even medicine.


This is how media has caused havoc with UFO topics.


And note the in-set story -- about panic in Spain -- during a promotion of the movie Independence Day.


Media has a lot to answer for.


It's not just UFO nuts who have caused cracks in the UFO story, but mindless media constructs.


RR

9 Comments:

  • The largest percentage of alien abduction reports comes from North America, and many of these accounts can sound very much like disguised memories of birth in a North American hospital delivery room. That birth experience can be traumatic and is likely deeply imprinted in the brain.

    In a dream or semi-conscious state it might well be possible birth memories can surface and re-surface throughout a lifetime along with fear attached to them. Misinterpretation of these memories based on widespread cultural beliefs is possible as well.

    That such a phenomenon might have been postulated by a retired English professor doesn't rob it of credence, hypnosis nothwithstanding. As an explanation for alien abductions, it actually seems to be one of the more plausible hypotheses.

    Many in the media assigned credibility to John Mack, about whom I have doubts after viewing footage of him interviewing abductees by asking blatantly leading questions. As a psychiatrist he should have known how to avoid that trap unless the "candid" film was really staged.

    Besides, when it comes to UFOs, who is credible? Give us some names and professions you think best represent UFO research that the media should be covering. Sadly, based on recent, tragic events I wonder if a neuroscientist would have as much credibility with the media and the public today as he or she would have had even a month ago.

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Sunday, July 22, 2012  

  • PG:

    The point of my post was that media gives cachet errantly to make their case, which is often anti-UFO.

    Hypnosis is greatly fallible, as you know.

    As for alleged alien abductions, remembrance of the birth trauma is as good a reason as any, as noted in a previous posting here about traumatic memory shards causing such experiences.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, July 22, 2012  

  • Hello,

    Just sharing this Frederick V. Malmstrom article, topic related imho to such hypothesis linking "abductions" and "birth trauma memory" (here facial visio-spatial memories) ff you dunno.

    Close Encounters of the Facial Kind:
    Are UFO Alien Faces an Inborn
    Facial Recognition Template? by Frederick V. Malmstrom.

    http://www.skeptic.com/reading_room/close-encounters-of-the-facial-kind/

    Regards,

    Gilles

    By Blogger Gilles. F., at Monday, July 23, 2012  

  • Merci, mon ami...

    An interesting piece (Malmstrom).

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, July 23, 2012  

  • Wow! Thanks, Gilles.

    I've read something about this before, although in a non-paranormal related publication. It was a piece about infant face recognition and it just mentioned as an interesting aside that the human face as perceived by a newborn resembles the popular alien face meme. Wish I could remember where the article appeared.

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Monday, July 23, 2012  

  • Yes, the media primarily consists of irresponsible money grubbing incompetents that seldom do any real good at all. Wait just a darn minute! Isn't this the "media" that we are in the midst of participating within? Oh, you mean *that* media over there? I see.

    So it's really a case for good/bad or indifferent journalism within the media. Most of the time it just seems like they're given' the dog a bone to retain their sponsors. It's very frustrating.

    The entirety of all things Fortean are subject to the tremendous power of temporal conscious influence. Our needs as basic instinctive creatures dictate that we must reason our surrounding environment and all it's components to a defining point in a routine effort to best insure our survival. We are perpetually driven to do so. Influence works of the conscious mind much like gravity effects mass. The media is presently the biggest body of mass in motion. Sometimes known as the Death Star of knowledge.

    What this primary UFO/I entry underlines is the absolutely essential need that we all have as individuals to culture and refine the many influences that we encounter with as much critical thinking as is possible.

    With respect to the tangential memory/abduction issue, I maintain in earnest that the real critical missing link in the UFO puzzle is not "out there" but rather is located within us.

    A working comprehensive model of our own environmentally interactive consciousness will hopefully facilitate and serve to bridge what has always seemed so close and yet so far away.

    By Blogger Jeff Davis, at Monday, July 23, 2012  

  • Jeff:

    We've had, the past few days, a brouhaha at our MediaWatch Facebook page about the "whores" of media.

    It's been lively.

    But I want to zero in on your "UFOs come from within" view...

    Yes, many UFO sightings and events, such as those provided By Jose Caravaca, come from neurological malfunctions.

    But there is a stimulus out there that brings on the malfunction.

    Even schizophrenics don't create the voices and visual imagery from nothing; something stimulates their "hallucinations."

    UFOs have a "tangible" reality. That reality interacts with human senses....the eyes, sometimes the nose, sometimes the ears.

    People do see things, and those things are dubbed, rightly or wrongly, UFOs.

    Lonnie Zamora saw something in Socorro in 1964.

    He wasn't hallucinating, nor drunk as some might have it.

    He saw something bizarre.

    It was tangible; it left marks, residue, and flew away noisily.

    What was it?

    No one has resolved the issue.

    But it wasn't a figment of Zamora's mind, nor a gross misinterpretation of what he experienced.

    So finding an answer to the UFO mystery will not come from dredging up memories from UFO witnesses nor trying to find a moment of insanity that caused their sighting or experience.

    Alien abductions, maybe...but not UFO sightings themselves.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, July 23, 2012  

  • Rich,

    Apologies for the late reply. I have truly been inundated of late.

    I do not contend that UFOs come from within, nor do I believe that they are a figment of the imagination, a lapse of reason, or a form of temporary insanity. I believe they are both real and separate from our physical selves. What I believe however is that we consciously project our present levels of established technological achievement and cultural indoctrination onto what we only perceive a portion of to begin with. IMO, this is why one man's UFOs are flaming chariots, later air ships, while other temporally displaced historic figures just as capable witness flying saucers and egg shaped landing craft. The same is the hypothetical case with the occupants and their visitations. This is why in former European settings it was fairies, trolls, leprechauns & elves that abducted people, whereas within the newer settings it's space aliens of one sort or another.

    IMO, the missing link to understanding the UFO phenomena, and indeed almost the entirety of all Fortean phenomena, lies within a greater working understanding of our own consciousness (not to be confused with Psychology) and it's extremely complex and powerful cognitive mechanical means to a defined end. This is my "within" reference to UFOs as opposed to "out there". The power that human awareness represents is only now embryonically starting to be disclosed within the sciences. We primarily have small particle physics to thank for initiating this. It's what we and the rest of universe are defined by wherein everything we observe as reality is post the consciousness' participation in interpretive energy conversion. In other words, consciousness acts as a reality interface that converts energy to rationalized definition. It gives matter substance using our neural network as it's relative template. Remember here, as this is very important and keeps this all from being just another science fiction comic book, this does not mean that reality is a dream, an illusion, or "not real". It just indicates that reality is specific to consciousness and depends on it to be defined as such. Think of it as an ultimate in relativity. The elements within consciousness that represent identity, and indeed temporal reality itself as pertinent to us, are grains of defined sand on the beach of a much larger picture, yet undefined. The environment represented by this bigger picture may in fact be the seemingly infinite host environment that facilitate what we catalog and describe as UFOs. Our only link to facilitate access, or a working understanding of this extratemporal environment is located within us via the consciousness we possess and are possessed by.

    In a fantastic sense, UFOs may be arbitrarily programed singularity machines that interface their occupant's consciousness with whatever reality envelope it is they choose to navigate. We think of it as "flying" because of our own technical and cultural predispositions, and in fact, they very well may be temporally (pun intended) flying for the time being, until they shift gears, or better put, shift realities. They would just go away as they are quite often declared to have done when witnessed.

    Are these reality environments or native consciousness generated perception envelopes what mathematicians have been defining on paper for years now in what is theorized as being a multiverse or multiple dimensions? More conciouness research please.

    By Blogger Jeff Davis, at Tuesday, July 24, 2012  

  • Thanks, Jeff...

    A nice summation of your views.

    Yes, the cognitive perception and descriptive aftermath of UFO sightings are impacted by our mental conditioning.

    But, for me, the similarity of sighting parameters (details) indicates bona fide "things" cavorting around and those who see these things come close to accurately describing them and how they behave (maneuver).

    The interpretive results may be different superficially but, in essence, are pretty much in agreement -- or the same, indicating a phenomenal artifact that can be classified, then, perhaps, understood (explained).

    Consciousness is not marred, usually, by aberrational quirks.

    But if there are some quirks, real UFO investigators should be able to discern them.

    That they have not done so up to now is why we're still ruminating about UFOs and some of the more notable sightings.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, July 24, 2012  

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