UFO Conjectures

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

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.



  • RR,

    You bet, phenomena. As we have discussed before there are just so many and differing observations. -The sightings of cylinders, for example have been repetitive and I find them intriguing while of late it's the triangles although thoughts of military technology comes into play there.

    Shift gears to encounters of humanoids and I get skeptical quickly and indeed makes me consider psychological aspects. I'm just more receptive to the UAPs.

    Back to mental issues there's the single observer issue where one would think there would be other independent confirming observations.


    By Blogger Bryan Daum, at Wednesday, March 08, 2017  

  • Following up, I'm not convinced of the less educated or rural sightings being an issue(s). Open rural areas with less lighting and uninterrupted sky may come into play and, without innuendo, more educated observers could be more in fear of professional mockery.


    By Blogger Bryan Daum, at Wednesday, March 08, 2017  

  • Nope Bryan...

    The weight of evidence (data) is that it's the lower classes who have moved the UFO story along, abetted by uneducated UFO researchers, or maybe I should say, inept researchers.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, March 08, 2017  

  • Good afternoon,

    In my opinion, we are definitely talking of phenomena. Too much diversity.

    I am concentrating myself on studying rare natural phenomena because of the recurrent nature of these (in time and space) because they are more amenable to instrumental observation. But these are rare and patience is required.



    By Blogger Rare phenomena lover, at Wednesday, March 08, 2017  

  • Dont forget the great mystery Airship Wave: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystery_airship

    Maybe the ETs have the technology to transform their Spaceships. Onboard the airships were human people like humans from earth so i think the ETs have also the technology to transform into humans from earth.

    By Blogger Michael Loengard, at Wednesday, March 08, 2017  

  • Michael,

    We've heard this too! The implication from this, "if it were true" would be staggering! The first thought in reality, would be: Who's - Who??...

    Don't even go there!:)................?

    By Blogger Daniel, at Thursday, March 09, 2017  

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