UFO Conjecture(s)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Kites as UFOs?

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Tony Bragalia thinks that kites are fun, and insinuates that some of those flown in the past may have provoked UFO sightings.

Click HERE to read his take on kites and UFO sightings.

RR

Having fun with UFOs

The U.K.'s Mark Marrington

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has provided a Press Release about his musical creation that is a tribute to the 1950's era of flying saucers:

http://others.homestead.com/fso1.pdf

And here is his musical ditty, that is amusing and cute, just for your offbeat pleasure:

http://others.homestead.com/fso2.mp3

RR

Thursday, November 15, 2012

UFOs as Hallucinations

Copyright 2012, InterAmerica, Inc.

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It is imperative that UFO buffs read Oliver Sacks latest book, Hallucinations, as it provides support for the hypothesis that (some) UFO events can plausibly be explained as hallucinatory.

For example, Sacks’ Chapter 2 The Prisoner’s Cinema: Sensory Deprivation has this, which I think explains Kenneth Arnold’s iconic 1947 flying saucer sighting and some UFO sightings in the literature:

“Total visual deprivation is not necessary to produce hallucinations – visual monotony can have much the same effect…

Sailors have long reported seeing things (and perhaps hearing them, too) when they spent days gazing at a becalmed sea…

Soon after World War II, …visions were recognized as a special hazard for high-altitude pilots flying for hours in an empty sky [italics mine], and it is a danger for long-distance truckers focused for hours on an endless road. Pilots and truckers, those who monitor radar screens for hours on end – anyone with a visually monotonous task is susceptible to hallucinations.” [Page 34 ff.]

And here is an account from Michael Shermer, who is director of the Skeptics Society (known to many of you), which appeared in Shermer’s Scientific American column, relating a UFO abduction (yes!) he experienced, after a grueling bike marathon he participated in:

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“In the wee hours of the morning of August 8, 1983, while I was traveling along a lonely rural highway approaching Haigler, Neb., a large craft with bright lights overtook me and forced me to the side of the road. Alien beings exited the craft and abducted me for 90 minutes, after which time I found myself back on the road with no memory of what transpired inside the ship….My abduction experience was triggered by sleep deprivation and physical exhaustion….I was sleepily weaving down the road when my support motor home flashed its high beams and pulled alongside, and my crew entreated me to take a sleep break. At that moment a distant memory of the 1960s television series “The Invaders” was inculcated into my waking dream. In the series, alien beings were taking over the earth by replicating actual people, but, inexplicably, retained a stiff little finger. Suddenly the members of my support crew were transmogrified into aliens. I stared intensely at their fingers and grilled them on both technical and personal matters “

After a nap Shemer recognized this as a hallucination, but at the time it seemed completely real. [age 43 ff.]

Yes, Arnold had an hallucination. Shermer? Was he actually “abducted”? His SA article didn’t provide details about his 90 minute absence, if there was a 90 minute absence.

That Shermer is a vocal debunker of the paranormal invites inquiry, about his disbeliefs and this experience, which Dr. Sacks accepts as a hallucinatory event, as Shermer believed it to be, and which is plausible to me.

I mentioned in my earlier note here about the Sacks book that Lonnie Zamora’s 1964 Socorro sighting was as he described it. It was a real sighting, of something strange, but it had elements that were hallucinatory-like: the two white cover-all beings that looked like clothing on a line, the insignia, and the blue-flame departure of the craft.

Dr. Sacks deals with hallucinations of those kinds.

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In Chapter 7, Patterns: Visual Migraines, Page 128, Sacks recounts hallucinations from migraine auras:

S. A. Kinnier, in his encyclopedic Neurology, described how a friend of his, who suffered migraines regularly saw “a figure clad in white.”

And how a patient of his colleague Mark Green, during migraine attacks, had a hallucination of a worker emerging from a manhole in the street, wearing a white hard hat with an American flag painted on it. [Page 127]

Klaus Podoll and Drek Robinson, in Migraine Art, cite dozens of lexical hallucinations, one from the nineteenth–century literature:

“A patient of Hoeflmary’s saw words written in the air; a patient of Schob’s had hallucinations of letters, words, and numbers, and a patent reported by Fuller et al. ‘saw writing on the wall and when asked what it was said he was too far from it. He then walked up to the wall and was able to read it out clearly.’” [Page 128]

In Chapter 8, The Sacred Disease (epilepsy) Sacks provides examples of colored lights, spinning balls of blue, “great lights, round lights, side by side which got nearer and nearer with a jerking motion,” [Page 147]

Men in Black are copious among those who suffer from the Charles Bonnet Syndrome which is the opening chapter of the book and is a compendium of attributes that are unmistakable for possible UFO explanations.

Alien abductions are found in the Chapters on Narcolepsy (12) and Chapter 10, Delirious, offers citations that, with some emendations, could come from a litany of UFO reports in any magazine or book about the phenomenon.

If you think you’re a UFO intellectual, you will get the Sacks book and use it to fortify your non-belief in ET UFOs or to explain some classic and present-day UFO sightings which have gotten cavalier scrutiny by the bevy of UFO “researchers” who have mucked up the study of UFOs for self-aggrandizing reasons and ineptitude. (They are ill-read and ill-equipped to interview UFO witnesses, then and now.)

But the Sacks book may be a curative. (It was, for me.)

RR

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Orphan Planet

I found this interesting...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49823152/ns/technology_and_science-space/#.UKPWR-Qs7ao

RR

Monday, November 12, 2012

Can you see me now?

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/11/12/tec-invisibility-cloak.html

TV Plea for Abductees

Have you witnessed something truly extra-terrestrial? We’re seeking subjects for the first season of a new TV show for a leading US cable network. If you live in the USA and have had an extra-terrestrial encounter, seen a UFO, been abducted or witnessed something that has no rational terrestrial explanation then please email us atencounters@hotmail.co.uk. This is your chance to have our experts help explore your experience, and bring that experience to a wider audience.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

UFOs and Oliver Sacks new book: Hallucinations

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Oliver Sacks new book, Hallucinations, tells us, by inference, that some (many?) UFO events and sightings are hallucinatory.

A cursory reading so far indicates to me that some classic and iconic UFO cases were and are the result of an hallucinatory etiology:

Ken Arnold's 1947 sighting
Some Roswell witness accounts (post 1947)
The Betty/Barney Hill "abduction"
The Travis Walton "abduction"
The Pascagoula "abduction"

Ans others, which I will delineate further, upcoming, according to the precepts outlined in Dr. Sacks' opus.

Let me be clear, that some UFO accounts, such as Lonnie Zamora's Socorro sighting were not hallucinatory initially but ended up containing hallucinatory elements.

The resurrected Robert Taylor event in Scotland was fraught with hallucinatory aspects created by several contingent and/or confluent happenstances. It was not a UFO event.

Dr. Sacks' book is a must-read for those who want to be well-versed in the neurological possibilities for some UFO sightings -- not all, but some.

I know that many visitors here write that they will get or have read some of the material and books listed but, in fact, do not do so, as is evident by their commentary.

The ignorance of UFO mavens is palpable and shameful, but as French psychologist Gilles Fernandez often says, That's ufology.

RR