UFO Conjecture(s)

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

UFO sightings are a reflection of Zeitgeist

The UFO phenomenon, when experienced and reported, is tantamount to an account of the trend and thought of an era, its zeitgeist.

Reports in ancient times, as listed by the Vallee/Aubeck book, Wonders in the Sky, or represented by passages in the Mahabharata, The Hebrew Bible, or other early human texts, can be read or seen as indicative of the patina of human thought and emotion for the period being recorded, mostly rendered with a religious or mythical overlay.
The lacuna of sightings in the Dark Ages or early Medieval era show the mental abyss of the time(s).

With the Renaissance and turmoil (The Church of Rome’s descent) of the Middle Ages is reflected, as I’ve previously noted, in such famous woodcuts as the Nuremberg and Basel.
The ensuing Age of Enlightenment allowed mankind to dwell on human thought, so a need for UFOs in that period was nil, and a lack of sightings show that, just as the Romantic era of art and music indicate that mankind was inclined to harbor thoughts of a creative or transcendental kind, obviating a need for an external phenomenon to be necessary.
The 1890’s Airship wave, like music and art, show the mental construct of the era as steeped in a yen to modernity, which was stoked by the Industrial Revolution.
 The modern era of UFO and flying saucer sightings/accounts came about from the subliminal distress of the World War II aftermath and Cold War, as Jung explains in his flying saucer book: Flying Saucers, A Modern Myth in Things Seen in the Skies.
 The hodgepodge of weird sightings with odd entities reported in Europe in the 1950s tells us that those countries were more distressed than we in the States, although there is a remnant of similar accounts (Flatwoods and Hopkinsville) here during the time-frame.
As the Cold War dissipated, so did UFO sightings, now reminiscent of the foggy human mindset for our era: humankind and society not striving for some connection to things greater than either.
UFOs, today, are without, hallucinatory elements which are prominent in the 1950s or the need to understand life and nature that was a feature of early cultures.

We have settled into a bland substrate of existence and UFOs have virtually disappeared from the superficial zeitgeist that now exists.

The veneer of current human stupidity or obsession with technology has removed, pretty much, the need for a mythical phenomenon.

Thus UFOs are gone from the general human psyche and this era’s zeitgeist is cleansed of such folly.



  • "The veneer of current human stupidity or obsession with technology has removed, pretty much, the need for a mythical phenomenon."

    God needs a sim card these days. That the crux, isn't it, the group dynamics of today's social construct is actually self-imposed isolation.

    Where to we go from here?

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Wednesday, December 03, 2014  

  • Yet somehow the dream factory of Hollywood imagines ET as deus ex machina (Interstellar) or tha threatening Other (any alien invasion movie) or... If, as Barthes proposes, even soap ads and wrestling are "mythologies" (fictions we willingly buy into) then ET if not the UFO persists. (Amazon.ca lists 2,068 entries for books tagged with 'flying saucers'...)

    By Blogger Bryan Sentes, at Wednesday, December 03, 2014  

  • I think you hit upon one of the chief fallacies in the study of UFO’s that they represent objective realities and are placed and studied in that context resulting in “crazy knowledge” based on the normative psychology, which has no basis in objectivity as it does reflect choices observed by Ravi Zacharias that ”“With no fact as a referent, what is normative is purely a matter of preference” I think this explains the evolution of the archetypes created by consensus follow various conceptual models of “other” realities as having an influence on human events, whereas societies fingerprints are all over them. I agree that this has some interconnection with neurology, and imprinting, the patterns are entirely ours.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Wednesday, December 03, 2014  

  • "Yet somehow the dream factory of Hollywood imagines ET as deus ex machina (Interstellar) or tha threatening Other (any alien invasion movie) or... "
    Bryan, the saviors in Interstellar weren't ET...they were supposed to the human race in the future, having evolved to a state where they can manipulate time and space. In that sense, Interstellar is very much a film of the zeitgeist where there is nothing but ourselves in the universe.

    By Blogger Tristan Eldritch, at Wednesday, December 03, 2014  

  • That's what I loved so much about following certain sites, be they skeptical, scientific, fortean or a combination. The 'phenomena' itself, I sure hope that was the correct use of the word (to avoid the wrath of certain other commenters here), but also how the human condition, its environment and zeitgeist will be followed by the subject like a shadow.
    Examining countless amazing tales can be so interesting, but when looking at ourselves and our history, a great deal of the 'phenomena' can be seen as a social construct, whether or not the true vague and ethereal subject ever actually made an appearance.
    Good post!


    By Blogger Woody, at Thursday, December 04, 2014  

  • Oh, thanks for the clarification Tristan: my remark was based on the little I had gleaned from the few reviews I perused. I'm unsure how "we are alone in the universe" is an essential element of our Zeitgeist--I think Trekkies are fans of Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" would disagree!-- though doubtless the mythification of technology is!

    By Blogger Bryan Sentes, at Thursday, December 04, 2014  

  • Another key element that lurks under social scripting is free floating anxiety and the projection of fear as Rich pointed out and this is incredibly pervasive over the centuries.

    The same theme can be found in other categories of
    "paranormal" events which represent deconstructive elements that serve as harbingers or foundations to create experiential anomalies.

    Hawking as courageous and as brilliant as he is.. fears everything from robots to marauding extraterrestrials.

    What I find humorous in all this is the contrast between exobiology and mass media.
    While these specialists predict it is highly probable alien life will be so bizarre we cannot imagine it, at the same time we have carbon copies of ourselves being mischievous, projected everywhere.

    It would certainly be ironic to find that after spending billions of dollars to go off in search of extraterrestrial life, we end up meeting an intelligent sponge.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Thursday, December 04, 2014  

  • Bryan, I agree about the "mythification of technology," but not that all Star Trek fans (such as myself) are fans of Prometheus. Decidedely not! :-)


    By Blogger Eric, at Sunday, December 07, 2014  

  • Eric, mistyped 'are' for 'or'!

    By Blogger Bryan Sentes, at Sunday, December 07, 2014  

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