UFOs: Seeing the Light
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Michael Hesemann in his UFOs: The Secret History [Marlowe & Company, NY, 1998, Pages 420-421] provides this about a January 1975 UFO “landing” at the Army exercising grounds of Poligono de Toro de las Mardenas Reales near Navarra, Spain:
“A 4-man patrol noticed 2 bright lights on the northeastern side of the terrain … One seemed to land near a watchtower, whereas the other one rose up … and flew off in a northwesterly direction. The patrolmen radioed to [a] a sergeant on duty who was able to observe the second object through binoculars. He described it as ‘an inverted bowl of the size of a truck, with a cone of light coming out of it, shining down on the ground.’” 
This is an illustration of what was purposrtedly seen [Page 421]:
This is a circulated “photo” of a UFO allegedly sucking water from the Wanaque Reservoir sightings of 1966:
David Richie writes in his UFO book that “Suddenly the UFO rose to an altitude of several hundred feet and … directed a strong beam of light downward onto the ice covering the reservoir. The light flashed on and off intermittently for an hour, after which the object rapidly into the sky and was lost from sight.” [Page 231]
N.B. Our colleague, Anthony Bragalia thinks the Wanaque photo is authentic; I think it’s a fake.
We’ve covered light-beaming UFOs here several times, so I won’t retread that topic.
But I do wish to propose an hypothetical, and it’s this:
In the Psychiatric Dictionary, Fourth Edition [Edited by Hinsie/Campbell, Oxford University Press, London, 1970] under Essential Hypertension is this:
“A fully consummated aggressive attack has three phases. At first there is the preparation of the attack in phantasy, it’s planning nd its mental visualization … Second there is the vegetative preparation of the body for concentrated activity: changes in metabolism and blood distribution … Finally there is a neuromuscular phase … If the inhibition takes place … If the inhibition takes place as early as the psychological preparation for the aggressive attack, a migraine … develops.” [Page 359]
Oliver Sacks, in his book Hallucinations (covered here a short while back), relates how light becomes an intrusive neurological element in migraine headaches.
(Hildegard of Bingen, the 11th Century Christian mystic – also an earlier topic here – had visions of “strange flying objects and phantasies filled with light; she suffered, scholars say, from the “migraine aura.”)
In a review of Sacks’ book, in The New York Review of Books by Michael Greenberg [The Hallucinators Among Us, April 4, 2013] is this:
“People with normal eyesight who find themselves in situations of extreme visual monotony (such as prisoners in solitary … sailors on a long voyage, long-distance truckers, and high-altitude pilots) will often begin to hallucinate. Craving sensory input, regions of the brain become hyper-excited and spontaneously spark to action.” [Page 42]
So, did the sergeant in the Hesemann account see that light from the UFO or did he hallucinate the light? Or even the UFO as he described it.
(The patrolmen saw lights in the sky, setting up a mental premise for the sergeant perhaps. They didn’t see the “cone of light.”)
How many UFOs, or their attendant lights, are neurological?
(Photos of UFOs spewing lights, usually toward the ground, can’t be hallucinations, but authentic photos are rare or non-existent, the Wanaque photo notwithstanding.)
A neurological explanation for UFOs seems, to me, to be a viable, reasonable explanation for many UFO sightings, but can it explain all UFOs sightings and encounters?
What UFO sightings have elements that can’t be attributed to neurological malfunction or migraine?
That might be an area for study.