UFO Conjectures

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Morphic Resonance?

The Anomalist bemoans [10-13-2013] the status of (non)discussion about Rupert Sheldrake’s idea of Morphic Resonance, Anomalist taking to task skeptics and others for not even giving the topic an iota of attention.

Our recent posting here about the possibility of plants being the flyers of UFOs, and the PSI experiments regarding botanical life in the book The Secret Life of Plants allows one to conclude that we (I) find the idea of Morphic Resonance a possibility.

The Sheldrakian idea that all of biology is connected  in some way by a “force” or “resonance” and affected by that “resonance” in beneficial (or debilitating perhaps) ways.

But why, Anomalist asks, isn’t this a subject for discussion or debate in the circles that Anomalist pays attention to?

Out recent posting, after our Secret Life if Plants efflort, Ufological Bozos, tells Anomalist why there is no discussion of Morphic Resonance or anything else that requires intellectual ratiocination.

We get visitors here who get irked when we post things fringy or take them to task for comments that don’t address our posting – the off-topic syndrome.

We find ourselves dealing with UFO prima donnas, who think their views should be ours or that their views are magnificently created and should get attention by us directing our visitors to their blogs.

We (me mostly) are elitists.

We eschew the bumpkins who tried to insert their views and their egos here.

That Morphic Resonance and Rupert Sheldrake, among others, are ignored or their ideas are not explored doesn’t surprise.

The concept is edgy and complex, difficult for the simplistic minds of most (if not all) UFO aficionados.

UFOs attract a kind of person bereft of deep thought – us included sometimes.

The topic is a joke and treated as such by thinkers, academic and otherwise.

Trying to thrust deep-thought and rational discussion on the UFO crowd is like trying to capture the ocean with a bucket.

So, Anomalist….your distress is ours, but neither you nor us will have that distress assuaged by addressing it. UFO mavens are incompetent to comprehend their own stupidity and ignorance.

That’s just the way it is…..truly.



  • Without touching the main thesis of this post -- which appears to be that there's a connection between morphic resonance and the UFO phenomenon -- I thought I'd chime in and concur with the author's broadly negative assessment of those in UFOlogy.

    The sociology of UFOlogy would be a fantastic topic, and I'm surprised there's isn't somebody out there right now writing a dissertation on it.

    It's seemed to me for a long time that the main draw of UFOlogy is that it's an area where you can make your own name, become a 'self-made man', so to speak.

    When we look at the individuals who enter into and then rise up in UFOlogy, we don't find as many pure fraudsters and con men (the classic view) as we do people who want to be taken as authorities.

    It's this reason you see so many inflating their resumes. On the one hand, to be sure, it's good for selling books. But on the other: in what other field can you on the basis of writing a book become an authority in the field?

    People like Schmitt, Imbrogno, and others have lied about their backgrounds. But the reason is not as obvious as we might think. Plenty of people, even complete nutjobs, sell books in UFOlogy and get interviewed on radio shows with credentials as poor as Certified Hypnotherapist or Founder and Director of the Astral Plains Institute of Hoboken, NJ.

    You don't need an authoritative resume per se to be a success in UFOlogy. People are willing to believe anything. (Indeed, cult leaders are hardly chosen for their degrees.) So why fake it?

    I would submit that it is precisely because part of the UFOlogy pathology is to want to be taken as an authority. To be sure, there's desire for authority in all fields, since authority equals power, and power is needed to maintain your position, control others, etc. But in UFOlogy, it's special: people want to be taken as knowledgeable, as experts, for its own sake. They can't become expert scientists or expert academics. But they *can* becomes experts in UFOlogy or related fringe or discredited subjects.

    It's possible to have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, it's on its face absurd and occasionally hilarious. On the other hand, these are people who actually may be otherwise sincere; people who want to develop theories about the world, who occasionally hit on some good ideas, and who are lacking something in other parts of their lives.

    By Blogger Lord Jim, at Monday, October 14, 2013  

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