UFO Conjecture(s)

Sunday, August 28, 2016

UFOs in context?

For many years I didn’t add dates to newspaper clippings or magazine articles about UFOs.

And way back when, I was chastised by an I. Davis for not adding dates to UFO sightings I included in a magazine piece I sent to him/her (and others) from our little magazine, at the time, Clod & Pebble (after the Blake poem).
(Anyone who may know who I. Davis was would do me a boon by letting me know who that was or is.)

Reading an article in the current Archaeology magazine…
Timelines by Zach Zorich about the DNA proof of interbreeding between Neanderthals, Denisovans, and Homo Sapiens [July/August, Page 33 ff.] was this: “The ins and outs of evolution … are sometimes a matter of context.” [ibid, Page 35]

"Context is everything" has been a meme for years but I eschewed the idea, obviously, when I wrote the UFO piece for C & P, and also committed the same sin when I put together a raft of UFO clippings and government documents in a booklet and sent it off to UFO buffs for free in the mid-1970s and in 2006 to readers of UFO UpDates.

UFOs, seemed to me, to be a phenomenon that was removed from context, a mystery which eluded context, but now I’m not so sure.

As the Archaeology article made clear, to me, environment, survivals needs (mating), and general living conditions, et cetera, contributed to how primitive man existed, and evolved.

This approach also seems important to the understanding of the whole UFO phenomenon.

What was the zeitgeist of the time when UFOs were seen and reported [early times, 1896, 1947, the 50s, 60s, 70s, today]?

Is context needed to understand or explain UFO sightings?

Context complicates the phenomenon of course, but without context, are we missing the essence of the thing(s), as psychologists, sociologists, and cultural gurus think may be the case?



  • Patrick Huyghe informs about I. Davis:

    HI Rich,

    Isabelle Davis was on the staff of NICAP. She worked closely with Dick Hall. She wrote with Ted Bloecher the CUFOS report entitled "The Kelly-Hopkinsville Report.” She also co-authered the NICAP report entitled "UFOs: A New Look.” She was very well respected.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Sunday, August 28, 2016  

  • Yes I think I also recall her name from the 60s period. She obviously did not consider you to be much of a researcher at the time. By "trashy books" I assume she meant the contactee tales. NICAP was heavily opposed to them. Keyhoe and his gang belived NICAP to be well and truly above that sort of thing. Somewhere in my archives I have a booklet written by this Isabel(le) Davis, having a big blast at the 'contactee' stuff, but I am not going to try and look for it now.

    By Blogger cda, at Sunday, August 28, 2016  

  • I think Patrick is right here although I think the spelling is 'Isabel". I first ran across Isabel L. Davis during my research on Otis T. Carr. Davis was a panelist on the Long John Nebel program.

    By Blogger Lance, at Sunday, August 28, 2016  

  • Yes, context is everything. Try to imagine the mood and PTSD of not only the American people but the world in 1947, the year that brought us Kenneth Arnold's sighting and Roswell (the "summer of saucers"). After all, almost the entire globe had been at war from 1939 to 1945, and "Peace" was only two years old.

    Meanwhile, here's just the briefest of lists of that had relatively recently taken place prior to and during 1947. Really, would it be very surprising if people at the time over-reacted to anything even slightly out of the ordinary seen in the sky?


    Between 1939 and 1945, the Nazis invaded and occupied:
    British Channel Islands
    A portion of Italy
    The Netherlands
    The Ukraine
    A portion of the Soviet Union

    The Nazis relentlessly bombed Britain using traditional aircraft beginning in 1940 (The Blitz) and in 1944-45 bombing was carried out by V-1 and V-2 rockets

    The liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and the documenting of the horrors that were inflicted upon inmates took place between 1944-45

    The most widely publicized Nuremberg trials took place between November 1945 and October 1946

    The end of WWII saw the rise of nationalist movements in European colonies around the world, with India and Pakistan gaining Independence from Britain in 1947

    It was clear that countries "liberated" from the Nazis by the Soviet Union would remain occupied by it, with Churchill making his famous Iron Curtain speech March 5, 1946

    The Truman Doctrine was implemented in 1947 in response to Soviet threats against Greece and Turkey (and initially proposed to Congress in March). President Truman's announcement address to the nation was a de facto declaration of Cold War against the Soviet Union, calling it the center of all communist activity and movements around the world; warning that communism could attack through either outside invasion or internal subversion; and stating the United States would provide military and economic assistance to protect nations from communist aggression


    Between 1931 and 1945 Japan invaded and occupied:
    A number of islands in the Western Pacific
    Dutch East Indies
    Hong Kong
    Manchuria (in China)
    The Aleutian Islands of Attu and Kiska
    The Philippines

    Japan launched a successful surprise air attack against the US at Pearl Harbor in 1941 despite the fact the countries were not at war

    In 1945 two watershed events that would forever change the world and unleash a never ending balance of terror took place, the atomic bomb attacks by the US against the civilian populations of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and August 9, 1945. To average citizens around the world, including the US, it was a weapon almost beyond comprehension. When I was a child, elderly relatives spoke of being both overwhelmed and frightened learning of this new bomb, even though they were glad it ended the Pacific war.


    By Blogger purrlgurrl, at Sunday, August 28, 2016  

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