UFO Conjectures

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

The Secret Life of [UFOs]

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I’m sure most of you have seen Howard Hawks terrific 1951 movie, The Thing from Another World based on the 1938 novella "Who Goes There?" by John W. Campbell (under the pseudonym of Don A. Stuart). 
In the movie, the Thing, the creature, that crashed near the North Pole, was determined to be a vegetable, a kind of carrot as one of the science characters had it.

Peter Tompkins, whom you may know from his book, Secrets of the Great Pyramid, wrote this book with Christopher Bird [Harper & Row, NY, 1973]:

The book presents the idea that plants think and communicate among themselves and with other biological entities, maybe throughout the Universe.

Citing experiments by various persons, Tompkins and Bird, demonstrate that the plant world has, conclusively, been proven to show emotion and a kind of quantum ESP; that is, plants seem to interact with other biological life-forms over vast distances, as predicated by Quantum Mechanics’ theory of immediate replication of quantum particle movement among and between themselves, no matter how far apart they may be – even galactically.

In Chapter Four of the book – Visitors from Space – the interception of signals in 1971 and 1972 from an area of the sky (Ursa Major), by a man (L. George Lawrence) indicated that something was transmitting messages of a kind, which registered by biological detectors rather than radio gear, even though it seems that there is an electromagnetic component to the signals between plants (and other biologic entities or living matter).

Years ago, I saw a Disney show which offered one of the common experiments of researchers: a plant was wired with electrodes and then approached with fire (or a knife to cut away part of it).

The plant “screamed” and recoiled.

That plants thrive or die at the whim of their owners, despite being watered properly or placed in correct lighting, is known by sensitive botanists, amateur and serious alike.

If a plant is housed by ornery people or troublesome types, even nice people with bad animals or a noisy environment, it will suffer “emotionally.”

This deduces, Tompkins and Bird believe, from the almost paranormal essence(s) of a plant’s being, involving ESP-like qualities.

The book is an interesting read, for those not stifled by imaginative conjecturing and far-out, fringe science.

And it leads me to consider the idea, initially hinted at here, that UFOs could be manned by vegetation – plants that have evolved, like The Thing, into ratiocinating creatures with mobility and abilities not unlike that of carbon life humans.

Is such the idea so far-fetched that it can’t be treated as a viable possibility?

I don’t think so.

It would explain many things in UFO lore: the gathering of Earth’s  plant-life by beings allegedly seen debarking flying saucers; it also would support Jose Caravaca’s “external agent” idea (the ESP part); it would resonate with Persinger’s electromagnetic UFO aura; it allows for the non-harmful effects of those sudden UFO turns in flight which would tear a human’s body to shreds; its would explain the many sightings near or involving water; and it would account for the lack of interaction or communication of an overt kind (verbalizations for instance) but explain the often reported mental (mind-to-mind) communications.

So, The Thing from Another World may have been prescient, and the book, Secret Life…a handbook explaining UFO content.


How little we know about UFOs (and everything else)

Nukes of Hazard, an article in The New Yorker issue of September 30th by Louis Menand, about Eric Schlosser’s book, “Command and Control” tells readers of all the possible nuclear accidents that the world barely escaped.

Many during the Cold War, some as recent as this year.

The article gave me a new appreciation of President Truman whom I’ve excoriated over the years, and the piece clarifies the personality of Curtis LeMay who figures in the Goldwater episode wherein Senator Goldwater was told by LeMay not to ever ask him about the Blue Room at Wright-Patterson Airfield.

But the Menand review of the Schlosser book provides an clear example of how little we know about events that could impact us, government agencies concealing, from us, essential, often do-or-die information.

This is true of the Roswell incident and also points to how little information is actually contained in UFO reports, some as heady and overworked as the Betty/Barney Hill “abduction.”

We, as outsiders to events, never get the whole picture of events we find intriguing or important.

Roswell has been scrounged to the point of banality, but the incident still contains elements unknown even to UFO cognoscenti. (The supposed “slides rumor” tells us that.)

The Mantell incident has been “researched” by Kevin Randle and explained pretty much, but not to the point that makes it dismissible to some UFO mavens; a Skyhook balloon being the thing sighted by Captain Mantell, but not really pinned own as the “object” floating in the area at the time Mantell’s plane took its nosedive.

Officer Zamora’s  Socorro UFO sighting, seen as a hoax by some (Anthony Bragalia) or a misperception of a Moon test-craft (us) or as a bona fide visit from extraterrestrial outsiders by other (Rudiak, Stanford, et al.) is still fraught with missing ingredients that could finally explain the episode: What was the nature of the insignia seen by Officer Zamora? Who else saw what he saw? Where are the alleged hoaxers? What happened to the supposed Hughes/ Raven test-craft that was said to be accidentally downed in Socorro in  April 1964?

The Rendlesham event is still considered unresolved, as militaries have co-opted the sighting with obfuscation and deceit, while participants befoul the “sighting” with discursive and divisive accounts.

You can cite a few UFO sightings, in the lore, that you find wanting, of more information or more detail, but which is not available or forthcoming: Kecksburg, for instance or the Maury Island incident(s).

Even the iconic Kenneth Arnold sighting is missing key information: Arnold’s mind-set during his sighting, what food or drink had he ingested before his flight near the Cascades, et cetera.

No, we don not have, at our disposal, much information about anything: near nuclear accidents, or UFO detritus that might dispose of the mystery,.

That’s how it is…..and we have to live with it…..or do we?