UFO Conjectures

Saturday, April 02, 2016

UFOs: Manifestations and Madness

Micah Hanks has a piece online at Mysterious Universe about the various shapes of UFOs as reported over the years:

Accounts of UFO shapes have appeared often in UFO literature, which obviates the idea that alien (extraterrestrial) civilizations are visiting and have visited this planet in various configurations.

But the idea that UFO multiplicities stem from alien scouting removes the concept (alien visitation) as such: that there are a number of extraterrestrial civilizations interested in backwater Earth is, objectively, ridiculous.

Or that one alien culture is patrolling and has been patrolling, with many kinds of craft or ships, this place we call home is, itself, a kind of madness or delusional belief.

UFO manifestations are not far removed from recorded instances about the appearance of gods or angels in religious writings or the apparent presence of ghostly beings.

The spate of incidents where humans think they’ve seen The Virgin Mary fall into a like category: manifestations that have all the aspects of hallucination or madness.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that people have not seen the images or things they’ve reported as seeing.

It just means that what they saw are manifestations of something, from without or within (their mental framework).

We can’t know for sure which one it is – from without or from within (a neurological glitch).

Yet, we have to admit that something is experienced, either by way of human madness or the insertion of a manifestation from without, as Jacques Vallee suggests or the “Distortion Theory” of Spanish UFO researcher, Jose Antonio Caravaca (which we’ve presented here over the years and which you can find online via a Google search).

As Mr. Hanks implies, UFO shapes of such variance might indicate the “[possibility] that much of the literature supporting various UFO shapes and varieties, and thus also interpretations of the UFO phenomenon itself, have actually been built around presumptions and misrepresentations.”

Yet, I’m of the belief, as you know, that people record, rather accurately, given the vicissitudes of human observational flaws, what they see or think they have seen.

So a plentitude of UFO shapes and sizes appears to remove the view that alien visitors [ETs] are coming and have come in droves to Earth.

The vastness of the shapes and sizes rule out, by reason, any idea that space beings show up in Earth skies with a host of travel devices that are configured as bizarrely as reported.

It’s ludicrous, or one would have to don the idea that ETs are flying around the Universe or this galaxy in all kinds of machines, some unfit for such travel (causing the alleged Roswell and Aztec crashes).

It’s easier to contemplate that UFOs fall into the category of delusional observations (madness) that has afflicted human kind through the ages (as recounted in Foucault’s tomes on human madness).

Obtuse manifestations have been many, some accepted as paranormal intrusions while many seen as elements of insanity, or madness in those reporting such manifestations.

However, we who follow the UFO phenomenon can’t rule out that something tangible is at work here: things unknown and real.

Or we have to conclude that such observations are manifestations of mad minds, and can be disregarded accordingly.



  • You make excellent points. But if we rule out (for the moment) that these are not (all) "manifestations of mad minds" and that it is, as you say, something unknown and real, what are the likely possibilities? I DO like your AI hypothesis. It could account for some variety in shapes and certainly for some of the flight characteristics reported and documented with radar reports. It would also explain the historical and continuing interest displayed in the phenomena by the U.S. military and intellegence community over the years. I'm not sure what competitive hypothesis fits any better than that one.

    By Blogger Dominick, at Saturday, April 02, 2016  

  • The AI hypothesis, Dominick, intrigues me, as has von Neumann's "probe" conjecture.

    It explains much....the scrutiny of Hasting's nuclear facilities, as noted and the Robert Taylor or Michalak encounters.

    I'm waiting for Nick Bostrom's newest book, not out until May, which may have more insight about how AI machines might account for UFOs.

    "On Intelligence" by Jeff Hawkins (a computer whiz) doesn't think the AI approach, as it stands, is on the mark, offering that proponents of machine intelligence have to map how the human mind works first (or rather than) instead of how computers might address consciousness before intelligent machines can evolve.

    That approach is human species oriented, whereas Bostrom's technological advances would allow for an alien civilization to create AI machines without having the same brain (mental/neurological) configurations unique to our species on Earth.

    One might even speculate that an extraterrestrial race might be a totally different kind of living/intelligent species devoid of human frailties or technological (machine-like) elements: pure electricity for example, or quantum beings, released from the constrictions of Newtonian physics (classical physics), meaning they can travel back and forth, via quantum entanglement, instantaneously.

    There are possible speculations for UFOs, many not addresses by UFO buffs (ufologists) because they are stuck in the prosaic, sci-fi patina of ETs.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, April 02, 2016  

  • Quantum Entanglement does not allow information to exceed c, so I'm unsure as to how this instantaneous travel will be possible? Also, I'm unsure as to what you mean by "quantum beings."

    I find the idea of Plasma lifeforms intriguing; especially if they were discovered to be inhabiting a star. Futurama touched upon the subject in 'The Inhuman Torch.'

    By Blogger scherben, at Saturday, April 02, 2016  

  • Scheben...

    I don't want to rehash my much earlier postings here and at the RRRGroup blog (and others) about macro-quantum and entities created within the concept, but quantum beings would be life-forms able to interact with duplicate quantum beings instantaneously by way of quantum entanglement.

    Quantum counterparts would explore the Universe, like von Neumann probes or AI machines and react, simultaneously with duplicate entities "back home."

    The "beings" would evolve in the same way that AI proponents suggest AI machines will evolve.

    It's a highly speculative conjecture on my part and meant only to be speculation not a riveting of fact.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Saturday, April 02, 2016  

  • Thanks :)

    I knew it was conjecture, I was just unsure as to the meaning. Interesting concept.

    By Blogger scherben, at Sunday, April 03, 2016  

  • Rich; I think you're making a straw-man here.

    People don't have to be mentally ill to have false beliefs about the world and misidentify something mundane as extraordinary--especially under unusual circumstances or social climates. Nor do people have to be mentally ill to create wish-fulfilling stories about themselves and the world to satisfy normal human desires. And neither do people have to be mentally ill to simply lie for a moment of attention and hope of monetary gain.

    These are the reasons people have made thousands of "UFO" reports over the last century; all that was required was the creation of the IDEA "UFO" in the minds of the population by the mass media, first newspapers and magazines, books, then movies, radio and television.

    That's the only place where the mere IDEA "UFO" subsists, a latent false belief in the collective mind of the population, continually refreshed by the mass media through decades, the mere static of the airwaves, a myth manufactured solely to sell newspapers become a social delusion.

    The PSH explains completely the origin and history the IDEA "UFO" and why people make reports--no other explanation is required. They're all unnecessary hypotheses beginning with the "secret advanced technology" of wizard inventors in 1896 and then the ETH, to many other more fantastic, wildly speculative and fantastically ridiculous explanations. They are simply wild imaginings about a thing that never existed.

    That might be the only "mental" aspect of this social delusion--the mad obsession of some believers with wilder and wilder speculations about a fundamentally absurd and dead myth.

    By Blogger zoamchomsky, at Sunday, April 03, 2016  

  • That MH's article is typical believer goobledegook trying to sound rational when it's nothing but a rationalization for continued belief in the "UFO" delusion.

    The best "UFO" stories are the most explicable because they contain the most information. That's the kind of real-world logic to which mindless belief in the "UFO" myth makes believers like MH immune.

    Then he compares Scientific-realist debunkers with ETH nutters because he considers them extremists. (How many times have we heard that idiocy?) As if belief in the Null and Psychosocial hypotheses was in any way comparable to credulous belief in visitation by ET spacecraft. He's simply repeating nonsense he's heard.

    By Blogger zoamchomsky, at Sunday, April 03, 2016  

  • Zoam:

    I'm insisting on human madness, in the context of Foucault's (and Scull's) ideas about it (madness, that is), and my observation of what one gathers from news and social media.

    People are nuts, intrinsically, and always have been (generally).

    You adhere, it seems to me, the patina of folly, which Erasmus covered, and which Foucault also touches on his earlier book about madness.

    I agree, that a false belief system has arisen about UFOs (or flying saucers) but that belief is exacerbated by the madness that clouds men's minds (as The Shadow use to have it).

    I bet Tim Hebert sees it similarly to me: there is madness loose in the land, and UFO witnesses and buffs are examples of that madness.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, April 03, 2016  

  • Rich,What is the title of the forthcoming book by Bostrom on AI scheduled for release in May? Thank you.

    By Blogger Ralph Dancey, at Sunday, April 03, 2016  

  • Ralph:

    Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

    I have it pre-ordered from Amazon.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, April 03, 2016  

  • Thank you Rich. Keep up the great work with this blog! Ralph

    By Blogger Ralph Dancey, at Sunday, April 03, 2016  

  • Thank you Ralph.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, April 03, 2016  

  • "I bet Tim Hebert sees it similarly to me: there is madness loose in the land, and UFO witnesses and buffs are examples of that madness."

    Yes, madness abounds due to numerous factors:

    1. Sedate population with short attention spans.
    2. Too much free time...time that is not spent wisely.
    3. Constantly looking for the quick fix...remember when patience was a virtue?
    4. Obsessive and compulsive behaviors in the context of our eroding social structure.

    Number 1 and 4 goes hand in hand, so to speak. Notice that none of the examples has any psychiatric component to it, but represents a paradigm shift in our culture's psyche. Unacceptable to the older generations, but the norm for the younger generation.

    I've come across a peer reviewed article by Joseph Laycock (Penn State University Press):
    "Carnal knowledge: The Epistemology of Sexual Trauma in Witches' Sabbaths, Satanic Ritual Abuse, and Alien Abduction Narratives."

    The key word, IMO, is "narratives." As Laycock does a decent job of showing the morphing of the witchcraft stories of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, Satanic Ritual Abuse, and the plethora of UFO abduction stories. The similarities are astounding, but the extraction of the narratives are different based on past and present social norms.

    I hope to have it up on line via my blog this week...plus other journal articles that delve into the abduction delusion.

    By Blogger Tim Hebert, at Monday, April 04, 2016  

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