UFO Conjecture(s)

Friday, May 25, 2012

Nick Redfern's The Pyramids and the Pentagon

I've just started to read Nick Redfern's fascinating latest effort, pictured above.

A full review will be offered upcoming, but I can tell you that Nick has, again, provided a zippy insight to the machinations of government and how UFOs and other weird things are obsessional with those governments, in this case the United States military.

Don't wait for my review. Get the book now. You'll find, as usual, things that you never knew and some you did, but with insights that only Mr. Redfern offers.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Horus -- Flying Disk God?

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 “Horbehûdti (Horus) flew up to the sun as a great winged disk; therefore was he henceforth called the Great God, the Lord of Heaven. From heaven he saw the foe; he pursued then as a great winged disk.”

[Legend of the Great Winged Sun-disk – Wiedemann, Religion of Ancient Egyptians, Page 69]

Setting aside the proclamations of the Ancient Astronaut theorists, can we assume that, at some point in the history of mankind, flying disks were prevalent or, at least, operative as aerial vehicles for a subset of humanity or even craft used by dimensional or galactic intruders?

And do those disks slip in and out of our vision or atmosphere even today?

Are flying disks mythic, or something technically advanced but prosaic when compared to the theologically induced mythos that religions have subsumed?

And while religions have co-opted flying disks, militaries of the world and most UFO mavens have also usurped flying disks/UFOs to bolster various belief systems and/or agendas, most, if not all, of which, have nothing to do with the essence of flying disks/UFOs.

That is, flying disks/UFOs are representative of something profound, transcendental, as indicated by the excerpt that opens this posting.

If flying disks/UFOs are, indeed, manifestations of something transcendental, they are removed from examination or cursory intellectualism.

They reside in the realm of theology or a kind of theology..

And observers of the phenomena, as well as abductees (experiencers, if you like), -- actual abductees – may be likened to the revered Saints of the Church.

That those simple folk – abductees, generally – can’t or don’t comprehend what they’ve experienced goes to how humanity has moved away from a religious context to a modern, technological or psychotic context.

The early Egyptians, Sumerians, Herbrews, et al. viewed flying disks in a transcendental or religious context.

Modern mankind views flying disks/UFOs in a materialistic, worldly context, while ufologists and their minions view flying disks/UFOs, generally, in a science fiction context.

UFO-atheists can be equated with religious atheists; they are the same ilk.

So, should we be taking a theological approach to UFOs?

Or should we continue to misunderstand UFOs and their mythic meaning, and continue to spin our wheels as we muck around with the misconstrued phenomena?

The choice is an intellectual one.

How many UFO hobbyists are up to the task, able to make the intelligent choice?


Monday, May 21, 2012

Chiles-Whitted 1948 UFO sighting

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Do UFO sightings spring forth from the mind, something along the lines that Carl Jung postulated in his book Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies?
At a time (1948) when flying saucer-shaped UFOs were inundating the skies (or minds) of Earthlings, pilots Clarence Chiles and John Whitted spotted, not a saucer shaped craft but, a cylindrical-shaped craft like this one from a publication antedating 1948:
Carl Jung suggested, in his book, that flying saucers were unconscious projections of the mind, images of the archetypal mandala symbol:
That Jungian proposal flies in the face of the flying saucer/UFO sightings of the era (1950s and 1960s) and skews psychical and psychological projections.

But the germination of the idea offers an hypothesis that flying saucers and now UFOs are generated by mental images embedded in the human psyche – some human psyches.

Of course not all UFO sightings then (1947-1948 onward) or now (2012) are psychically created,

(That’s why we keep insisting UFOs are phenomena rather than a phenomenon.)

Spanish UFO researcher Jose Caravaca’s formulating Distortion Theory touches on the psychical ramifications of UFO sightings, mostly those that involve landings and interactions with “beings” or images of beings and their craft.

But what if sightings, like the Chiles-Whitted sighting and others, that don’t involved “interaction” but merely the visual of a strange craft “seen” in the sky, are remnants of an image picked up along the way, visually, by certain individuals who are predilected to project that image during times of stress or during conditions amenable to force the image from the unconscious?

That a companion or fellow-traveler also sees the image can be accounted for by the psychological condition labeled folie à deux (et alii).

Such projections account for present-day UFO sightings more than those of the earlier flying saucer era when objects sighted had a kind of tangibility.

Today’s “flying saucers” -- UFOs – are amorphous rather than material in nature. Thus the projections are easily manifested whereas the early flying saucers needed a more imaginative or severely warped creative mind-set.

That mind-set developed during a time of the Cold War and the open-ended, less sophisticated restrictions on what one might conjure up mentally, imaginatively.

George Adamski and his fellow contactees exploited that early mind-set, which they surely couldn’t do today with the cynicism of most human beings.

The wonder of flying saucers has given way to a cynical outlook of most people today.

Yet, a few bona fide UFOs still prevail, but they are not the projections that provoked what Chiles-Whitted saw, or what created the Betty/Barney Hill episode, and dozens of other “classic” UFO events and sightings.

(They are remnants of another category of UFOs, which I’m not dealing with in this posting.)

That UFO researchers were and are unable to cope with the psychological (or psychiatric) elements of past and present sightings goes without saying; UFO researchers are untrained in the disciplines necessary to address UFO manifestations, whether neurological, psychological, or technical.

This is why UFOs remain unexplained.

And it’s too late to go back and study the mental conditions of a Chiles or a Whitted or anyone else who provided a UFO report that we keep mulling over.

But an effort might be made to do a psychological evaluation of current UFO witnesses, if the field of UFO study can muster competent investigators.

(Chiles-Whitted-like space craft image, above, provided by Jose Antonio Caravaca)