UFO Conjecture(s)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The UFO/Matrix “Gods”

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Let me be clear, or try to be….

There is a phenomenon that has a reality; it is known as the UFO phenomenon.

What the essence of that phenomenon is remains a question for this interested in the esoteric topic.

For me, and a few others who visit here, the phenomenon is, in part – in part! – derived from neurological and/or psychological mischief – mental maladies. [My inclination]

For others the UFO phenomenon represents visitations or intrusions by extraterrestrial beings or cultures, maybe even humans from our future (or past).

For some, UFOs just do not exist; they are a figment of society, brought about by confabulation, fraud, or media mischief, even government disinformation.

Then there are those who believe UFO accounts are the diary entries of persons who have been selected to receive input from an external force or entity who wishes to enhance human-kind by providing, seemingly insane scenarios, from which humans can derive evolutionary intelligence to advance humanity, to bring humans to a better life and understanding of reality, the real reality.

This external presence, called upon by Vallee, Jose Caravaca, Kimball, and others, is not unlike God; yes the theological or religiously oriented God that many, even those cited here, are loath to believe in.

This external force – God – (or the Trickster for those inclined to use a concept that irks) is palpable, an understandable (if one really tries) and omnipresent element in UFO lore.

But God – The [real] God – is ineffable – a thing beyond knowing, as philosophers and even theologians have it.

Why would the True God be mucking about with petty beings who have no qualitative import in the great scheme of things?

Even if one were to ascribe the interacting UFO force or entities to an aspect of God, like the Holy Ghost, how does that make sense to Cabalists or the 13th Century Scholastics and a raft of philosophers before and after the 1200s?

It doesn’t.

When we UFO buffs get into a mysterious presence at the heart of the UFO phenomenon, we are entering a theological-like mind-set, and I don’t think UFOs are worthy of such.

UFOs are a manifestation of an odd, as yet unknowable series of things-seen or interacted with, a phenomenon for the quirky.

That anyone thinks they are the result of a push by and external force or forces, making us co-creators with it or them, to enhance mankind with some obscure, irrational machinations, is a bit much, for me.

I’ll stick with the God of Old, as dead as He/It may be.

That makes as much sense or more to my mind than a playful, giddy entity having fun with ignorant humans, out for a night stroll or a ride home from vacation.

RR

UFOs: Alone in the woods with your thoughts and a wish-fulfillment

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Steeped in Freud’s Psychoanalytic oeuvre – everything remains tinged by human sexual drives (it’s obvious to me: TV shows and ads, books – 50 Shades of Gray – movies, music, and crime) – I find it not surprising that the grand old man’s psychologic take is having a renaissance among thinkers.

But it’s Freud’s non-sexual material(s) that apply here, to what I’m about to propose.

Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams never really registered with me. Nor does Jung’s theses of the unconscious archetypes.

Dream analysis and explanation still elude science and psychiatry.

Neurology is having a hard time with dreams also.

Philosophy’s approach, like neuroscience’s and psychology’s, with an accent on what is consciousness, leaves much to be desired too.

However, Freud’s theory of wish-fulfillment in his dream book, although not applicable to dreams, does offer a possible explanation for some (many?) UFO sightings and UFO encounters.

As an advocate for the psychological/neurological stimuli as a cause or elaboration for some (many?) UFO accounts, it’s a small step, for me, to see wish-fulfillment as an ingredient or base for what some UFO observers think they have seen or encountered.

Drab lives, with sexual frustration, could easily spark a wish to see or experience something unique or unusual.

Today, the public (the masses) with their need to have fifteen minutes of fame – that damn Andy Warhol perquisite for life – could evoke, and often does, a wish-fulfillment, and in some, at the edge of geekiness, would use UFOs to bring that about.

We often find, don’t we, that those who’ve seen a UFO or had an experience are people with a prior-to-their incidents interest in science fiction and its accoutrements (movies, TV shows, books, magazines): Kenneth Arnold, the Trents(?), Desvergers, Betty Hill, Travis Walton, the Mothman sighters, et al.

That would be the basis for their wish-fulfillment, the underlying material(s) for their claim to unique human experience.

Freud’s book, although scrapped for its dream analysis, can be and is a useful tool to explain or delineate how UFO wish-fulfillment works: the psychological mechanisms applicable to a UFO sighting/encounter.

My thesis, here, requires an understanding and acceptance of the unconscious and how it works, not for dreams, but for other things that pop up from the human psyche.

Nick Redfern’s paranormal entities (Bigfoot, Nessie, ghosts, et cetera) likewise often derive from wish-fulfillment.

Sure, there are real, tangible, odd things that appear in the human arena, but those things, themselves, are spurs to unconscious or even deliberate elaboration(s) which would account for the diversity one finds in UFO reports and such recountings as those of Spanish UFO researcher, Jose Antonio Caravaca.

If we could lie UFO sighters and experiencers on a couch, eschewing hypnosis, but applying psychoanalysis’s technique of “free association,” I bet we’d find the underlying cause – or need – for UFO (and paranormal) sightings: a wish-fulfillment.

But who in “ufology” wants to do that? UFO buffs either want to deny a UFO reality or any inclination to attribute mental configurations to the UFO phenomenon or they want to see UFOs as part of an ongoing, ubiquitous extraterrestrial intrusion.

Anyway, wish-fulfillment explains, to some of us, what’s going on when someone has what they ostensibly report as a UFO sighting.

(Even a Thomas Mantell could have been afflicted by a need to see hat Skyhook balloon as a strange aircraft above his airplane; did anyone or has anyone really scoured Captain Mantell’s background and interests?)

Wikipedia’s curt page on wish-fulfillment shows how the idea is not really dealt with.

RR