UFO Conjectures

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Paglen Pictures – But where are the UFO/ET Pictures?

The October 22nd, 2012 New Yorker magazine had a profile of Trevor Paglen by Jonah Wiener [Prying Eyes, Page 54 ff.]


Mr. Paglen is a fellow who is noted for his artistic photographs of highly secret places like Area 51.


Mr. Paglen hopes to enlighten the population about such clandestine venues by making aesthetic images of those venues.

I don’t get the point exactly but found an effort by Mr. Paglen to be worthy of extrapolation.

That effort is this: Mr. Paglen has gathered a group of images that he, along with help of researchers at MIT and astronomer Joel Weisberg, will be launched on a satellite, the Echostar XVI, late in 2012.


The intent is to provide the images, called The Last Pictures, for intergalactic aliens.

This is similar to the images that Carl Sagan helped create and gather for Voyager 1 which is at the outer edges of the Solar System and meant to enlighten galactic civilizations about the Earth and its inhabitants.

These “notes in a bottle” are interesting and projective; that is, they assume that life exists in the Universe and that life will find the images informative about another existence, us.

But questions arise…

If there is life elsewhere, why hasn't it tried to communicate with us, via such imaged projectiles or something similar?

After all, UFO ET advocates would have us believe that flying saucers contain thinking humanoids.

And haven’t UFOs and their witnessed occupants mimicked humanity, in clothing and appearance, even appurtenances (such as belts, weaponry, footwear, helmets, et cetera)?

Even UFOs or flying saucers haven’t been more exotic than Earth’s aircraft designs.

So there would seem to be a similar engineering mind-set at work in the UFO phenomenon.

But even without UFO entities like us, science thinks that galactic civilizations would have the same mathematical sensibilities as our own, or even an evolved mental (or societal) ability not unlike ours so they would understand the images attached to Voyager 1 or Paglen’s satellite insertions.

Implicit in the Paglen and Sagan thrusts lies a belief that life isn’t unique to Earth.

But science refuses to accept visitations here from those outer lives.

And UFO buffs have got to ask themselves why UFO occupants haven’t tried to provide images of their cultures or civilizations.

That is one of the enduring mysteries of the UFO phenomenon: the lack of identification.

Your thoughts?



  • WAAYYY back when I worked the Shuttle missions, we offered incredibly inexpensive 'Get Away Specials', which were these flip-top garbage can sized canisters that allowed real scientists (and HAM radio types and BSA, etc.) to place experiments in Earth orbit.

    I am saddened that in USA 2012 Astronomer Weisberg must use other means to place his experiment in an orbitally advantageous position.

    By Blogger Tony Stark, at Tuesday, October 23, 2012  

  • The biggest flaw in our whole view of and approach to ET civilizations is that we anthropomorphically assume that an intelligent species must depend on technology (and the same terrestrial technology) as we do. We can't conceive of a superior intelligence or advanced civilization that is essentially non-technological in nature.

    We are so firmly cemented in place inside the box that we can't imagine anything lies outside it.

    UFOs have nothing to do with alien technology from outer space. But, that's just me.

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Tuesday, October 23, 2012  

  • PG,

    There must be alien civilizations that are techno-free.

    But those that supposedly visit us, as the ET proponents would have it, have to get here via technological advance.

    Or they would have to come via mental teleportation or something.

    The UFO patina is one of a technologically superior culture slipping in and out of our air passages and our lives.

    That's a possibility...isn't it?

    Or are UFOs a massive hallucinatory projection that mankind has been afflicted by for all of its (our) existence?

    It's surely a conundrum.

    (The Sagan and Paglen thinking is, I believe, that alien cultures either exist now or will emerge over time, and our messages will be accessed by them accordingly, if all goes well.)


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, October 23, 2012  

  • If a civilization were non-technological and could make contact only through, say, telepathy and induced hallucinations, wouldn't it be likely the images invoked would be something they believe we would be able to understand (they would be mining images about alien life, or even fairly land, contained in our own brains to signal they are not us)?

    However, since they are alien (with all that implies about their thinking processes and symbology and the gulf very likely to exist between their "thinking" and ours) any mental communication from them would carry a very high risk of being confused and confusing, nonsensical, and misunderstood and misinterpreted by us.

    BTW, there's a great line that I love in the 70s remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, "Whey do we always expect them to come in metal ships?"

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Tuesday, October 23, 2012  

  • PG...

    You write:

    "However, since they are alien (with all that implies about their thinking processes and symbology and the gulf very likely to exist between their 'thinking' and ours) any mental communication from them would carry a very high risk of being confused and confusing, nonsensical, and misunderstood and misinterpreted by us."

    Isn't that what's been happening with UFO encounters?


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, October 23, 2012  

  • My point, sir.

    I don't buy that UFO encounters involve alien technology as we know, love, and understand terrestrial technology.

    For those who advocate the idea of tulpas, which isn't all that out there . . . UFO encounters could not only involve mental images, but also physical manifestations of alien thought communication, which would not be "nuts and bolts" hardware per se, but rather would be purely "mental" constructions that exist in space, time, and three dimensions.

    Again, the nonsense factor comes from the overwhelmingly strong likelihood that alien thought processes could well be even more different from ours than are ours from those of cockroaches.

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Tuesday, October 23, 2012  

  • I must concede that there is a great deal of assumption going on re: the nature and development of alien species. A fine example of this was a news video (unfortunately, the source escapes me at the moment) that reported a cadre of scientists petitioning the UN for protocol as to future contact with aliens. These scientists supposedly cautioned that the development of an alien species would most likely be Darwinian and therefore hostile and self-centered. I'm not certain I agree with that entirely as species development must depend upon environmental and other circumstances we probably can't even imagine at this point.
    So the development of a sophisticated, non-technological race is an idea worth exploring. Or as you accurately point out, the UFO visitations could have far more to do with psychological, perhaps spiritual factors.

    By Blogger Jon Nichols, at Tuesday, October 23, 2012  

  • A brief Google search has uncovered a seemingly new book(!) by that Roswell Dream Team reject, Professor Swords:


    Ignoring the contradiction of the CUFOS website last being updated in 2007, it is curious, is it not, that as seemingly Roswell relates to BOTH UFOs and the US government, that the other Phd's of the Dream Team: Dr. Randle, Dr. Carey, Dr. Bragalia, and Dr. Rudiak will not admit Swords into their inner circle...

    By Blogger Kurt Peters, at Wednesday, October 24, 2012  

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