UFO Conjecture(s)

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Jose Antonio Caravaca’s (brilliant) Distortion Theory

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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.


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A tale told by an idiot? (As Shakespeare might have put it)

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In the magazine pictured, True Flying Saucer & UFOs Quarterly [Spring 1976], is a featured article (without byline) about an alleged UFO encounter in Wellington, Texas, April 1st (yes), no year given.

It seems a farmer, Carroll Watts, saw a light about 10:30 p.m. while driving home from his father’s house.

He turned on a dirt road to drive “toward the strange glow” when he saw an “object which ‘appeared to be about 100 feet long and eight to ten feet high.” [Page 49]

He walked around it and “about 20 feet down the side [he] found a port, or door” and “knocked on it three or four times and it opened mechanically. Then a voice began speaking to [him] – it was an unemotional voice neither masculine nor feminine. It asked [him] if he would be willing to submit to a rigorous physical examination.” [ibid, italics mine]

He asked them why would he want to take a physical and they told him that he’d be able to make a flight with them.

After a short colloquy with the voice, he still declined to have a physical, and left, getting back into his car.

As he pulled away, the ship “rose slightly and turned to the south. There was a light, about 20 inches across, on the tip of the nose. As the ship was sitting, it gave off a clear fluorescent light. When it began to move, the light took on a reddish cast.” [ibid]

Farmer Watts proclaimed he saw other ships on March 31st and April 11th and took a photo of a cylindrical object floating 18 inches off the ground.
Inside he found machinery and heard a voice asking him to submit to a physical.

He “fled from the craft" ... But “in April [he] came in contact with it again and allowed the creatures inside to probe him with wires. He described the space creatures as about five feet tall, muscular, and clad in white coverall suits… they had wrap-around eyes, superficial ears and noses, and slit-like smiling mouths which did not move when they talked.” [ibid, Page 50]

The Air Force and Associated Press got involved and farmer Watts took a polygraph, at the suggestion of J. Allen Hynek, which he [Watts] flunked.

The whole thing was a hoax, fostered, supposedly, by an unidentified artist who was visiting the town, hooked up with farmer Watts, hypnotizing him, and thus encouraging him to make up the story. (To what end, the piece doesn’t tell us.)

The article ends with this…

“After examining Watt’s photograph [pictured above], Hynek concluded:

‘If this is a hoax, it’s a very, very clever one. In fact, it would be almost as interesting as what this farmer claimed actually happened to him.’” [ibid]

Okay, what do we have here? Another instance of UFO madness, but one steeped in some interesting details.

Watts got the wrap around eyes and probe scenario from the Betty Hill tale and the white coveralls from the Zamora/Socorro incident probably, but what about the five foot tall beings?

They didn’t become a popular item until after the 1978 influx of Roswellian stories that burst forth from the Stanton Friedman/Jesse Martel conversations, and the many books from which the little grays exploded as an ET meme.

At any rate, I hope that some of you can see that there is an inherent madness at the base of the UFO “reality” or mythos, as skeptics have it.