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While some us think that UFO encounters – not UFO sightings per se
– may be hallucinatory in essence, others (Jose Caravaca, Jacques Vallee, and some visitors here) believe that witnesses to UFO or UFO-like landings and encounters are dealing with real tangible or near-tangible events.
Who or what creates those “events” is up for grabs – some saying the “who” are extraterrestrials and others (Caravaca and Vallee) thinking the who or what is something a bit more esoteric than ETs.
My contention that mental aberrations account for some if not all of the events is questionable by virtue of what one finds when they look for aberrational images from those who can be said to be on the cusp of insanity or actually insane.
That is, if one examines the output -- writings, drawings, art and other “creative” outpourings by those adjudicated by psychiatry or commonsense to be off kilter mentally – one can only conclude that those who’ve reported UFO encounters are not mentally incapacitated in the same way as those who are permanently hallucinatory.
However, one can make the case for temporary insanity, but that seems, to me, to be a stretch too.
I think that UFO encounters may be exactly what they appear to be: interactions between something absolutely bizarre, maybe even other-worldly, and normal human beings.
For example, here are drawings and art work by people on the fringe of reality, mentally.
These images come from these two books:
(And one can find many more examples of hallucinatory art via a Google search using “outsider art” as the search criterion.)
Now here are some paintings by Henri Rousseau, who wasn’t insane, surely, but had an immature, naïve imagination when it came to his artistic output:
Would someone, with a similar mental make-up, have visions that made him or her think they had an other-worldly encounter?
Perhaps. That angle might be profitably pursued.
There was one drawing, by a six-year-old, Sasha Powers of Truro, Massachusetts, that I find interesting:
That is not outsider art but, rather, an example of some imagery that influenced this child, or a recounting of something she experienced perhaps.
But, all-in-all, one has to consider that UFO encounters differ significantly, from the images of those who have aberrant mental conditions, and therefore UFO encounters need to be taken at face value rather than be evaluated psychologically or neurologically.
I hate that that may be so, but mental quirks don’t seem to apply, at least not in the psychotic arena.
But there is the possibility that something else, besides a total mental break-down, is at work, something less than paranoia but something not quite right either – something that only a few experience while the whole of mankind doesn’t.
What that mechanism is may be Caravaca’s Distortion explanation, but why distortion at all?
It doesn’t make sense, logically, aberrantly, or in any other way….so far.RR