UFO Conjecture(s)

Friday, August 09, 2013

Ufology: The “Modern” Sorcerer’s Apprentice”

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It’s patently obvious that UFO material of the schlock kind has inundated the internet.

The reams of crazy and outrageous UFO items seem to keep coming forth, like that of the buckets of water in Goethe’s 1797 poem "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (German: "Der Zauberlehrling"), familiar to some of you from the Disney Fantasia film of 1940.

For example, Milton William Cooper was a UFO conspiracist (and more) He died in 2001 (at age 58):

Mr. Cooper provided, as authentic information, this odd and totally imagined (fictive) account in a 1989 paper, THE SECRET GOVERNMENT: The Origin, Identity and Purpose of MJ-12:

In 1953 astronomers discovered large objects in space, which were moving toward Earth. It was first believed that they were asteroids. Later evidence proved that the objects could only be spaceships. Project Sigma intercepted alien radio communications. When the objects reached the Earth they took up a very high orbit around Equator. There were several huge ships, and their actual intent was unknown.

Project Sigma, and a new project, Plato, through radio communications using the
computer binary language, was able to arrange a landing that resulted in face to face contact with alien beings from another planet. Project Plato was tasked with establishing diplomatic relations with this race of space aliens.

In the meantime a race of human looking aliens contacted the U.S. Government. This alien group warned us against the aliens that were orbiting the Equator and offered to help us with our spiritual development. They demanded that we dismantled and destroy our nuclear weapons as the major condition. They refused to exchange technology citing that we were spiritually unable to handle the technology that we then possessed.

They believed that we would use any new technology to destroy each other. This race stated that we were on a path of self destruction and we must stop killing each other, stop polluting the Earth, stop raping the Earth’s natural resources and learn to live in harmony. These terms were meet with extreme suspicion, specially the major condition of nuclear disarmament. It was believed that meeting that condition would leave us helpless in the face of an obvious alien threat. We also had nothing in history to help with the decision. Nuclear disarmament was not considered to be within the best interest of the United States. The overtures were rejected.

Later in 1954 the race of large nosed Gray Aliens which had been orbiting the Earth landed at Holloman Air Force Base. A basic agreement was reached. This race identified themselves as originating from a Planet around a red star in the Constellation of Orion which we called Betelgeuse. They stated that their planet was dying and that at some unknown future time they would no longer be able to survive there. This led to a second landing at Edwards Air Force Base.

Okay, Milton Cooper’s rendering of UFO truth is patent nonsense to most UFO aficionados but it has some fictional support…

And an obscure “legitimate” supporting item: one of Betty Hill’s earliest accounts of how her alleged extraterrestrial abductors looked (if I remember correctly) were said to have had large noses, like that of entertainer Jimmy Durante:

(I can’t find the drawing of the Betty Hill image, although I’ve scoured our UFO library and the internet.)

So a race of large nosed Gray Aliens has subliminal credence of a kind which allowed the wild tale of Mr. Cooper's to be foisted on the public.

That’s part of the problem, with many if not most UFO accounts: they have a smidgen of truth within that allows them to resonate and maintain a nook or cranny of the internet as UFO gospel.

As in Goethe’s poem (or the Disney cartoon – using Dukas’ musical rendition of the poem in Fantasia), it would take a real wizard or sorcerer to correct the messy maelstrom.

That’s not going to happen; there is no ufological wizard. Besides, the amount of UFO dreck is more than ubiquitous, it is perversely pervasive, cancer-like, metastasizing day by day.

We few, who abhor UFO rubbish, can only maintain a safe-zone in our small areas of the internet or web – a safe zone where nonsense or irrelevancies can be subdued, as I tried to do with my review of the Carey/Schmitt book, Inside the Real AREA 51.



  • This phenomenon is more subtle, complex and deeply buried than I ever could have imagined when I began to "look into it" decades ago. The somewhat humorous side of these books is that putting a fantasy into print legitimizes garbage, otherwise, if the individuals who write these cynical exploitations might be placed on medication. Largely, there is not anything that cannot be bought or sold here, whether it's a politician, or simply outright lies poorly based on inferences. There's no labeling that says "warning: this material is confabulated and may be dangerous to your mental processes" Twain, many years ago, said "All I know is what I read in the newspaper" and the same processes of rote repetition that passes for an education sets many up to "believe any old tale" from any source, whether it's print or television, the internet etc. The bar is so low in this "ufology business" anything is acceptable as an interpretation of a proverbial ink blot. These books, without intending to, point directly into the automatism of our culture that says volumes about the lowest common denominator that sells because we are educated to the point that we cannot think our way out of a paper bag, and "ufology" is a 50 gallon lawn and leaf bag full of supercilious cultural drek as a result.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Friday, August 09, 2013  

  • I'm not familiar with Cooper's work, but his premise followed along the growing movement of environmentalism and nuclear disarmament, much more prevalent in the 1980s.

    ET is here to save our planet from the looming disaster that's of our own making, at least that seems to be the philosophical (and spiritual)angle that permeates some discussions.

    Again, another thesis, we're not spiritually ready for the knowledge that ET possesses due to our infinite primitive nature.

    Though there is a philosophical kernel of truth regarding the behaviors of man, the ET meme brings us no closer to the ultimate answers, yet may in fact hinder some from achieving loftier goals in the honest and intellectual pursuit of those goals.

    Cooper and others merely use ET/UFOs/MJ12 etc as a crutch.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Friday, August 09, 2013  

  • Just read Cooper's bio, now I remember this guy. Not for UFOs, but the tax evasion charges and the shoot out with Arizona deputies.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Friday, August 09, 2013  

  • Tim:

    You are so easily distracted.

    The point of the piece, its gist, is that there is a superabundance of UFO flotsam on the internet....(yes, I know, and lots of other non-UFO flotsam too).

    The Cooper material is an example, from a man who was disturbed or worse.

    That he had a forum for his inner demons -- the internet -- is the crux of the problem, for the UFO topic (and/or many other topics).

    Those of us who pretend to be sane, normal, or moderate need our own sanctuaries from which to operate or pontificate.

    Letting forth spew and thrusting it down the throats of others, at other venues -- their blogs or web-sites -- is unseemly and more than neurotic.

    People who push crazy ideas (as I admittedly do myself) should not drop those ideas on the internet generally, or at the door of another persons' internet venues (Kevin Randle's blog for instance).

    One should present their bizarre views in their own place, and let those who wish to be slathered by those views see those views there.

    Cooper and many others try to foist UFO insanity on everyone.

    It's not only poor taste; it's intellectually obscene.

    The Ufological creep does it, and that vulgar UFO Magazine contributor who has sickened the UFO pot but is now marginalized by his actions and without an audience any longer.

    Cooper was off-kilter, sadly.

    But that's secondary to my point.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, August 09, 2013  

  • Distracted? How so?

    You thrust Cooper to the fore front as an example. He was a good example of the fractured dichotomy of fringe beliefs that apparently found an eager audience.

    But my original comment focuses on my view point that some of the original themes spouted Cooper, and others, by still hold true...UFOs/ET=saviors of the human race...a poor excuse of a theory from my point of view

    The same mechanisms of bombing the general public, the internet, is a two way street, as it also allows me to have a blog site to offer a counter weight argument.

    I'm totally aware that I hold a minority view point. At times I feel that I'm merely small toy dog nipping at the ankles, yet every now and then I get a good hold on that ankle.

    As far as "he who shall not be named" residing at UFO Magazine, that cognitive dysfunctional individual only proves that his nursing home allows internet connection and is inconsequential towards the larger picture.

    Enough said, I've got to go to work because insanity knows no rest...and business has been good lately.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Friday, August 09, 2013  

  • Sometimes Tim, being distracted isn't a bad thing.

    Footnotes often provide more substance than the article or item footnoted.

    But in this instance I didn't want to get sidetracked by the meaty waywardness of Cooper.

    It was his MJ-12 excerpt that I had hoped to address, that's all.

    (I'm glad that business has been good lately.)


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, August 09, 2013  

  • Unfortunately, the nameless UFO Magazine blogger is merely one of a large number of Internet posters of unsubstantiated paranoia, fear mongering, borderline psychotic thinking, and all around UFO/paranormal foolishness.

    There's an ever diminishing number of UFO/anomaly blogs left that are run by at least semi-serious students of their subjects.

    Most are run by shameless self promoters who post all manner of lunacies about UFOs and anomalies. One of the more egregious (IMO) appears to be run by a Hollywood studio PR shill for promoting upcoming SciFi films.

    I wonder if some of these bloggers actually read what they post and have any idea how raving crazy they sometimes sound?

    Logic and reasonableness were the first victims of the World Wide Web. And that fact is most evident in many UFO/paranormal sites.

    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Friday, August 09, 2013  

  • Yes, PG, the internet has gone the way of television, that proposed medium meant to raise the common culture.

    It (TV), with its reality shows (Big Brother, Wipe-Out, et al), was a harbinger of what the internet would become, has become, only the internet is worse (perhaps).

    It's entree is free and so madmen and madwomen use it, unsparingly, as a vehicle for their psychotic outpourings, the UFO areas madder than any hare.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Friday, August 09, 2013  

  • ...Betty Hill, huh?...

    ...so..,after you read this:


    ...ask yourself why John Fuller edited the text of the 'sacred' Betty letter in his TMZ tome to remove the fact that sweet innocent Betty DEMANDED to be hypnotized?

    By Blogger Kurt Peters, at Friday, August 09, 2013  

  • Kurt Peters wrote:
    > why John Fuller edited the text of the 'sacred' Betty letter

    Yes, Betty brought up hypnosis in her 1961 letter to Keyhoe. That was edited out of Fuller's book, though it is in Webb's 1965 report (I don't think this excision became known by others until 1994, when Mark Rodeghier revealed it in the IUR).

    My hypothesis is that lay enthusiasm for hypnosis was in a bad way after The Search For Bridey Murphy fiasco in 1956. Fuller and Marden both make the case that the Hills' interest in hypnosis came about only after a long period of entreaties by several people, including Barney's therapist. Of course, this is pure propaganda meant to shield the Hills from criticism.

    > Betty DEMANDED to be hypnotized

    Sadly, most UFO books repeat the myth that both Hills were recommended to Benjamin Simon for hypnotic psychotherapy. Not true at all: Barney was referred to Simon by a psychologist; Betty was never referred, she went along with Barney and imposed herself on Simon. Barney was being treated for a psychological condition, Betty was searching for something. UFO proponents most definitely have wanted to ignore that one true fact about Betty's motivation.

    The question remains: what got Betty interested in hypnosis? Just today I finished reading Rebel Without a Case by Robert Lindner. In structure -- and presumptiveness -- it seems to be the model for Interrupted Journey: hundreds of pages of hypnosis transcripts laying out rather dubious recovered memories of a petty thief, bookended by some professional notes (Lindner is much more certain than Simon about hypnotic truth telling -- he regresses the subject to six months of age!). The differences are these: Rebel is very repetitive and quite boring; also, Lindner blatantly shapes the subject's memories and interpretation to fit preconceived notions about psychic disorder (Simon was careful not to do so).

    Betty was a social worker. Had she read Rebel Without a Cause to learn about troubled youths? Had she read the much-serialised articles about Bridey Murphy, or perhaps the book, or seen the movie?

    I don't believe I have yet read anyone in ufology (or skeptical circles) wonder where Betty got her interest in hypnosis and its magical powers of memory recovery.

    The Hill case is still waiting for a proper investigation.

    By Blogger Terry the Censor, at Thursday, August 15, 2013  

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