UFO Conjecture(s)

Monday, January 23, 2012

Brain Waves and UFO Encounters


Copyright 2012, InterAmerica, Inc.

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