Jose Antonio Caravaca’s (brilliant) Distortion Theory
Copyright 2017, InterAmerica, Inc.
I placed my pal Jose Caravaca’s exegesis of his “Distortion Theory” online here the other day. Why?
Because it’s a brilliant hypothesis/theory that explains many UFO sightings, especially those with encounters.
I’ve been promoting Jose’s theory for several years now and find it only wanting in one aspect, and that’s his unidentified “external agent.”
But, for me, there is an answer.
Although Jose’s external agent is likened by some to Jacques Vallee’s “control mechanism” or Jung’s (collective) unconscious, it’s nuanced to the point that it opens the door to a possibility that has great ramifications.
Jose has explained that his “external agent” works uniquely on the percipient, the person who has a UFO event (or sighting).
That is, the external agent provides an experience that is not generalized but applies only to the person having the experience.
Each person has a residue of material in his or her unconscious closet, the mind’s memory bank.
The external agent pulls material from that closet, that memory bank, to create a scenario that becomes the UFO experience.
Jose has provided, often here and at his sites, dozens of UFO events with detailed examples of what is culled from a person’s memory bank that provokes the UFO experience.
I wondered, and have noted that wonderment here (and elsewhere), what or who is the “external agent.”
Is it God? Is it that despicable meme, the Trickster (a concept I loathe)? Is it the input of a omnipotent computer host who injects images into our minds, via his, her, or its matrix simulation? Is it a government/military ruse (akin to what happened with Vilas Boas in Brazil) or Arthur Bryant in England)?
I don’t think it is any of those things. I think Jose Caravaca’s “external agent” is an undiscovered (so far) neurological or psychological glitch that is rampant but unknown to science (neurologists and psychologists).
Jose’s “external agent” is a malfunction of the brain, a biological defect that applies to other known fantasies or hallucinatory experiences.
(I can accept the idea of a psychical glitch or an impairment to consciousness but that takes me to a widely disputed area of thought and discussion that muddies the waters as far as UFOs go.)
In all the examples that UFO researcher Caravaca has offered, there is an undeniable connection to a person’s memory or mental condition prior to his or her experience, and that connection is tangible, insofar as a neurological or psychological event can be said to be tangible.
Freud and Jung and other psychologists along with such neurologists as the great Oliver Sacks have proven [sic] that such events as those described by Jose, and pertinent to the UFO topic, are real, in the sense that their reality is an established fact for the persons aggrieved by the mental glitch, the neurological or psychological malfunction.
Is the “external agent” a genetic defect? Perhaps.
Is it a flawed cluster of brain neurons, like that which afflict persons said to be schizophrenic? Perhaps.
What researcher Caravaca has provided is a body of material that, while applied to UFOs in his concentration, also could b applied to the world of mental illness, generically.
Jose Caravaca has stumbled on an explanation for many UFO tales/reports in the literature, and something more, much more, I think.