UFOs: Phenomenon or Phenomena? The Distortion Theory
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Dominick and others have looked at Jose Caravaca’s "Distortion Theory" and have tried to pigeon-hole the theory, but they miss the point.
Señor Caravaca’s theoretical hypothesis applies to those UFO events that we call “encounters” where beings (humanoids) interact with those allegedly observing them.
Those kinds of UFO events make up for a sparse reportage (nowadays) but were a significant batch in the 1950s forward to more recent times.
Jose’s explanation is unique and applies to that specific range of UFO reports.
But what about all the other kinds of UFO sightings and reports: cigar shaped things flying in the sky, or lights that maneuver or flicker, and apparent metallic-like craft that make up a wider category in the UFO literature?
This goes to the heart of the UFO/UAP dichotomy where Unidentified Aerial Phenomena replaces the UFO sobriquet.
UAP encompasses more correctly the observation of weird things seen in the sky, but the epithet UAP doesn’t ingrain itself within the UFO encounter events, those that Jose’s theory addresses.
Jerome (Jerry) Clark, in the UFO Update era always got livid when someone used the word phenomena for flying saucers or UFOs, Mr. Clark insisting, vehemently, that UFOs were a categorical phenomenon, not a multi-layered phenomena.
(I don’t know what his current view is. He, like encounter cases, has become sparse.)
But for all practical and common sense reasons, UFOs consist of a bundle of phenomena, one of which could be (but is unlikely as I see it) ET spacecraft.
There are lights, there are “objects,” there are round things and cigar-shaped things, egg-shaped craft (that sometimes land), and there are those events where a UFO debarks creatures or beings who interact with some select human beings.
Those encounter events are what Jose Caravaca is dealing with, and I think he opens the door to a discussion or discussions about whether such events are neurological, as I believe them to be, or psychical, as I think he believes.
They might even be a mixture of both: phenomena, not a phenomenon.