UFO Conjecture(s)

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Linear Knowledge (Information) and its Footnotes

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For me, the study or reading of subject matter has always been enhanced by the relevant or often quirky insertions of footnotes, which I’ve found to harbor real knowledge, quantum packets of information that truly enlighten. 

For instance, that Freud may have been sexually abused/molested by his father, or that Beethoven and Schubert may have met (because they shared a common theme in their Ninth Symphonies), or that George Adamski was bisexual (in the Orthon book I’m reading) et cetera.

This approach – finding truths in footnotes – applies to UFOs also. 

It’s those offbeat, queer encounters that Jose Caravaca and Jacques Vallee, among others, have noted or highlighted that intrigue.

Odd lights and seeming tangible objects observed flying overhead are interesting, surely, but the presence of beings, little and large, interacting with humans, with bizarre accoutrements and behavior really cause one to pause.

But even non-encounter cases offer side-bars that titillate.

For example, in Paul Kimball’s favorite UFO sighting -- the 1957 RB-47 incident – this note, which is similar to that found in other UFO reports says something:

The luminous source had moved with great rapidity from their 11 o'clock to about their 2 o'clock position and then blinked out.

The RB-47 event, which involved trained airmen using sophisticated radar, also included a visual element, confirming that the episode wasn’t the result of equipment (radar) failure or misinterpretation.

While the Caravaca encounters may be attributed to psychological or neurological mishaps, an account like that of the RB-47 incident can’t so be judged, which gives UFO buffs something to chew on that is technological rather than pathological.

Inside each UFO report resides such, usually, unattended “information.”

And that’s where, I think, one will find a clue to what UFOs are.

The linear history of UFO sightings, as found in one of my favorite books – Wonders in the Sky by Vallee/Aubeck – offers a chance to determine what the essence of UFOs is.

Even Roswell, which is a blunder of misinformation and distortions, can provide something relevant about flying saucers or UFOs, or maybe the erroneous mind-sets of what appears to be normal human beings who get swept up in an hysteria many years after what normally would produce an hysterical reaction.

Roswell contains a wealth of seeming peripheral minutia which has substance of some kind or other.

Dismissing Roswell as a fount of important things would be and is intellectually feculent.

In the Colin Bennett book about Adamski – Looking for Orthon – that Lance Moody found unreadable (and it is in many ways), one will find such things as this:

Silas Newton, that Aztec con-man some say, had a connection with and association with Adamski that increases a possibility, as Bennett tells the story, that Newton was used by the Air Force and government agencies to distract UFO investigators from Aztec (or, rather, Roswell, which is the source of the Aztec tale).

This “information” lies within the Adamski story but is relevant or important in the context of two other popular UFO stories: Roswell and Aztec.

It doesn’t impact the Adamski “foolishness” so is almost dismissed by the casual reader.

Yet it impacts Roswell/Aztec, and should be pursued accordingly for those who are into the Roswell incident, such as Kevin Randle’s Roswell “Dream Team.” It may lead somewhere that is helpful.

I’ll bring forth more “footnotes” even if such supplemental material seems to you to be inconsequential.

After all, what else have I got to do?

RR

8 Comments:

  • Crosswords and puzzlebook perhaps?

    A word to the wise

    Retain in ceramic your citric rain enema.


    It's like acid rain, but lemony

    By Blogger Ross, at Thursday, August 29, 2013  

  • "After all, what else have I got to do?"

    Look at your copyright date before doing anything else!

    By Blogger cda, at Thursday, August 29, 2013  

  • Thank you Christopher...

    (I was trying to protect it in perpetuity.)

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, August 29, 2013  

  • Glenn Campbell was the original Area 51 investigator in the early 90's. He has a very interesting take on UFO's which can be seen here:

    http://area51looseends.blogspot.com/2013/08/area-51-element-115.html

    The key observation being the following:

    "The only thing I can say with confidence is that investigating UFOs is not the best use of my time compared to other things I could be doing. The truth is, I'm dying! I have only a few decades left on this planet and I want to make the most of them. Chasing UFOs with little chance of reward isn't completely meaningless to me; it's just not high enough on my current priority list to actually spend my time on. (See My Position on UFOs and Area 51.)

    Those who have chosen to dedicate their lives to UFOs have made a religious choice, based on their own emotional needs, and it is not my place to question people's religion. Everyone has to find their own source of meaning. They just shouldn't expect to make any actual progress in the investigation. Since the 1950s, a whole generation of UFO believers has lived and died without making the slightest movement toward proving that UFOs are real."

    By Blogger solarity, at Friday, August 30, 2013  

  • Solarity - I would posit that focusing exclusively on the 1940s and 1950s guarantees no progress will be made toward finding an answer.

    But, maybe finding an answer isn't the purpose of the quest at all. Maybe its real purpose is the camaraderie of the quest. Finding an answer would put an end to that.

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Friday, August 30, 2013  

  • You wrote: The RB-47 event, which involved trained airmen using sophisticated radar, also included a visual element, confirming that the episode wasn’t the result of equipment (radar) failure or misinterpretation.

    I like how ufologists like you, Rich (sorry), use the word "confirming".
    There exists in IFOlogy complex mesinterpretations, where subjects corroborates sighting (visual) with instruments, physiological effects, radio out, compas out, etc. despite the one(s) and the other(s) are totaly independant.

    There exist an infinite prosaic/conventionnal possibilities for the RB-47 case...

    But you choose the extraordinary ones...

    Allow me to ask you to see this extract of one my famous moovies. That's better than my broken English:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtQEXW0lVts

    Best Regards,

    Gilles

    By Blogger Gilles Fernandez, at Friday, August 30, 2013  

  • Everything I'm reading lately PG seems to be saying that there is no answer to be found for the UFO enigma, whether we examine old sightings or new.

    The mystery is the essence of the phenomenon.

    As for camaraderie, count me out.

    Except for a few people who drop by here, you among them, I'd prefer to avoid the whole UFO clique.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, August 30, 2013  

  • Gilles,

    Confirming that there wasn't a radar malfunction, that's all, not that the UFO was an ET craft or anything else.

    That crew members saw a luminous light means, simply, that the radar was working, as it picked up the thing on its scope also.

    I can't be hesitant to use words like "confirming" in a context for fear you skeptical louts will rub it all over the rest of my copy.

    I know that certain words make you guys crazy, but you have to read them in context, not jump to erroneous understandings.

    I know you have trouble with our language, but geez, don't use that shortcoming to address a fault that isn't there.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, August 30, 2013  

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