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Thursday, February 23, 2017

UFOs and Cultural Anthropology

Most of us who (still) follow the UFO milieu do so across national and international boundaries; that is, we look at and are interested in UFO sightings or reports from all over.

But that may be the wrong approach, especially for UFO researchers.

There seems to be a cultural element in UFO observations, and particularly alleged UFO encounters where “beings” come into the mix.

For instance, the early 1950s, encounters with small humanoid-like entities, in western Europe (France, Italy Spain), were unique, as far as I can tell, from the accumulated UFO lore in the time-frame.

UFO sightings and encounters in South America have a flavor all their own for the countries in that southern hemisphere, with each country toting different mental flavors from their neighbors.

Mexico’s UFO “events” also take on a specific cast, pertinent to that country and its peoples.

Australia provides a patina of UFO sightings that differ from other countries in the British Commonwealth, just as sightings in Ireland and Scotland resonate differently than those in England.

Scandinavian UFO accounts also have a palette different from (than) that of neighboring Belgium or the Netherlands.

Chinese UFO tales appear slightly different than those in Japan or the Korean peninsula.

Countries in the South Pacific provide observations that speak to UFO investigators differently than observations from Mid-East nations.

Russian reports east of Moscow and the Volga differ form those west of the Capital.

And arctic sightings come in with an overlay that is different than those from Canada or the northern United States.

There are even dissimilarities between northern U.S. observations and those from the southern smear of states, Florida UFO sightings often odder than those from its more northerly neighbors.

And then we have reports from Africa, many from school children, and fraught with unusual details.

Antarctic UFO sightings are a category all by itself, in an area without a cultural substrate.

My point?

That studying UFOs, looking for an explanation, requires taking into consideration the cultural artifacts that impact observations or reportage.

We all like sensational UFO events, sightings, and purported encounters with odd entities.

But a peoples’ mind-set, with cultural elements intact, compromise evaluation, if ignored, and UFO researchers ignore them, researchers inept in most disciplines (such as Cultural Anthropology) that would nudge explanations in scientific ways.

(I'll be providing, upcoming, specific examples of UFO tales, affected by cultural artifacts that do not correspond to a generic overlay.)

RR

Blog Stats: Thank you Anomalist

When my pal, "WM" at Anomalist notes a blog posting here, visitors drop by.

(Now, if they'd only comment; it's the polite thing to do.)

RR

A scientific explanation for ufological ignorance

The current New Yorker [2/27/2017], pictured here, has an article by Elizabeth Kolbert, That’s What You Think, Page 66 ff.

The piece elucidates “Why reason and evidence won’t change our minds.”

Reporter Kolbert provides a number of experiments (psychological and otherwise) that show (confirm) why reasonable-seeming people are often totally irrational.

The “confirmation bias” is cited: “the tendency people have to embrace information that supports their beliefs and reject information that contradicts them.” [Page 68]

Kolbert writes, “If reason is designed to generate sound judgments, then it’s hard to conceive of a more serious design flaw than confirmation bias.” [ibid]

The main argument expressed by Ms. Kolbert, with books referenced to support the argument, is that humans have evolved to scrap reason in deference to this:

“Reason developed not to enable us to solve abstract, logical problems or even to help us draw conclusions from unfamiliar data; rather it developed to resolve the problems posed by living in collaborative groups.” [ibid]

“People believe that they know way more than they actually do. What allows us to persist in [a] belief is other people.” [Page 70]

“As a rule, strong feelings about issues do not emerge from deep understanding.” [ibid]

A book authored by Jack and Sara Gorman offers this Kolbert writes:

“[The Gormans] cite research suggesting that people experience genuine pleasure – a rush of dopamine – when processing information that supports their beliefs. ‘It feels good to stick to our guns even if we are wrong’” [Page 71]

“Providing people with accurate information doesn’t seem to help; they simply discount it.” [ibid]

I provide this watered down account to support my view, and that of some of you, which offers an understanding of why and how some UFO ETH proponents operate and think (or don’t, as the case may be).

You can find the article online I think.

I excised the political slant and the detailed examples about various aspects of society that make the point(s) Ms.Kolbert suggests to get to my point:

That UFO buffs and hard-core ufologists are rejuvenated by like-minded peers and has been detrimental to UFO research.

It also goes to the heart of the discussion here about Kevin Randle’s plight with non-thinkers and Roswell habitués.

The UFO topic is cluttered with ignorance and non-think; we all know that.

Ms. Kolbert’s astute New Yorker piece provides why that is so,

RR

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

A Nick Redfern UFO article

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2017/02/ufos-no-explanation-has-yet-been-found/

Balsa wood and UFOs (plus a few asses)

Over at my pal, Kevin Randle's blog [kevinrandle.blogspot.com), Kevin put a note about balsa wood that appeared in a military memo that some have tried to tie to the Roswell incident (Kevin included also).

Go and read the asinine comments. They display the ignorance that occupies much of the UFO topic.

Balsa wood is endemic to various tropical countries of this Earth:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ochroma

That an alien species, implied by some of the ET believers that hang out at Kevin's blog, would have access to trees, unique to Earth and its Darwinian evolution is ludicrous; spaceships traveling here from the outer reaches of space built of model airplane construction materials is more than a laugh, it's madness.

And while the commentary about balsa constructed aircraft of Earth may apply -- a "crash" of a test plane near Roswell in 1947 -- the commentary is likewise ludicrous.

The Roswell debris was so sparse that it had to be the remnants of a balloon array or something similar.

That the argument against a balloon as the "prime suspect" for the Roswell hubbub still resonates with many UFO buffs is not just sad, it's a prime example of delusional ignorance.

Some think (as seen in comments here previously) that such foolishness as exhibited by Kevin's followers is cute. I do not think it is.

The ongoing stupidity of the Roswell "arguments" is a madness I keep writing.

That madness is killing the UFO matter, as some of Kevin's regular commenters (PurrlGurrl and Lance Moody among them) keep pointing out.

Balsa wood and UFOs: a not funny or cute addendum to the UFO phenomenon.

RR

Encounters with "Tall Whites" (a vibrant/embedded delusion?)

Image from http://ufothetruthisoutthere.blogspot.com/2014/07/charles-hall-and-tall-white-ets.html
This is a UFO account from the 1965-1967 time-frame, too complicated and bizarre for me to synopsize but it is interesting in its own way, involving entities designated as "tall whites."

Here are links to various sites dealing with the episode(s), which I submit for your "approval" (as Rod Serling use to say during the opening of The Twilight Zone):

From David Coote and Michael Salla:

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/exopolitica/esp_exopolitics_ZZD.htm

From Warren P. Aston:

http://www.millennialhospitality.com/warren_review.php

A YouTube video interview:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqqaCiXyFGI

Google provides this from Michele Bugliaro Goggia at UFOpsi.com (2007), site no longer extant?:
What to make of such a tale?

RR

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Even the Chinese have sexual delusions involving UFOs

From Huffington:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-meyer/chinese-lumberjack-alien_b_6986618.html

RR

Fear and Loathing (in the UFO community?)

Every few days I get an e-mail dealing with UFOs, from persons who don't wish to place commentary online, fearing backlashes from skeptics and internet trolls.

One of my good friends, a true UFO researcher, holds back from leaving comments here, not wishing to be savaged by antagonists.

Some erudite UFO buffs I know have held back from forming their own sites or blogs, some because they're lazy, but most because they can't take the slings and arrows from persons firing barbs at UFO content rather than offering enlightened commentary.

Even with the blog option to prevent adverse comments, which Kevin Randle and I employ, hateful comments take a toll.

(Some of he persons I'm noting have Facebook accounts, where they can gather sympathetic "friends" and avoid persons who cast a pall on anything UFO oriented.)

The situation is getting worse and worse. (Look at Kevin's judicious blog [KevinRandle.blogspot.com] to see what I mean. While he has a core of astute followers, he also attracts asses who misread his coherent postings and ideas.)

It's a kind of societal madness that has become exacerbated by the political environment extant.

RR

Monday, February 20, 2017

Words I should live by, but don't.....

From HERE

RR

From my Facebook feed: A planet where any life could mimic ours?


From my Facebook feed: Quantum messaging (mentioned here often)


The 1993 Kelly Cahill "abduction" Case

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Eminent Australian UFO researcher Bill Chalker provides extensive details of an alleged UFO sighting and apparent alien abduction of a woman, Kelly Cahill, "near Narre Warren North, in the foothills of the Dandenongs, Victoria, between Belgrave and Fountain Gate, during the early hours of August 8, 1993."

The image above and the story appears here:

http://www.ufoevidence.org/cases/case187.htm

Mrs. Cahill relates that she saw a figure alongside the road:

"It started coming towards us, only slowly, and it had big red eyes. It sounds stupid, but it had great big round red eyes, like huge flies' eyes and they were red like, not like a reflection of red, but like burning red, like . . . fluorescent stop lights, I suppose, that sort of real burning red." [UFOevidence.org/Chalker]

TheNightSky.org has this drawing of entities related in the account:
And Mrs. Cahill, herself, has written a book about the purported encounter:
Another take on the incident can be read here:

http://www.ufocasebook.com/Cahill.html

Now many of you know I generally eschew UFO  "abduction" stories, but this one baffles me, as it does or did Bill Chalker, when he wrote his account. [See UFOevidence link above]

People who relate abduction events actually experience something that they interpret as an alien or extraterrestrial kidnapping (and more).

What that experience really consists of is open to question I think, and it's not an ET-oriented event.

Mrs. Cahill's encounter could be psychological or neurological. Note the smell of "vomit" that she remembered. The Psychiatric Dictionary [Fourth Edition, Hinsie/Campbell] on Page 805 informs that vomiting (the smell of, also) derives from an unconscious hostility to a repulsive condition, exampled by a mental approach, "I cannot stomach this situation."

I (and others) have promoted the idea that there is a substrata of sexuality that underlies abduction accounts.

But I'm not so sure that's true in all cases, this one being an exception perhaps.

Other witnesses to the event(s) confirm the sighting, and the "encounter" along with the UFO description bespeaks a paranormal experience or an actual extraordinary experience, such as contact with an inter-dimensional intrusion of some kind, unique but not impossible for those of us who believe in the existence of other dimensions/universes.

The case file is meaty and complex. One can't dismiss it, out of hand, as a delusion or hallucinatory event.

RR

UFO sites and their abominable ads!

I went to The Black Vault via an Anomalist link and was stunned to see that fine site cluttered with sleazy ads.

Is John Greenewald so hard up for money that he has to mimic Paracast's Gene Steinberg by begging for funds, Greenewald's plea as blatant as Gene's, just less personal?

I'm surprised that UFO sites, such as Frank Warren's UFO Chronicles, Mysterious Universe., and dozens of other UFO venues, resort to crappy ads from which their owners can certainly be receiving a few pennies each month in exchange for a diminution of respect and credibility for the UFO information they impart.

I looked at Greg Bishop's Radio Misterioso site and found it free of such abominations: classy, witty, and full of unadulterated UFO information. (There were a few dopey photos, with my pal Paul Kimball, but that was the only mis-step.)

The UFO topic is iffy enough on its own. Does it need the addition of chintzy ads and the products or services promoted by (often notable) UFO buffs to take it further down in the cesspool of economic frivolity and grunge?

If some of you UFO fellows need a few bucks to survive, contact me. I'll send you a check. (Not you Gene; you've already milked the UFO crowd for an ungodly amount of cash that has been wasted or blown on personal exigencies.)

N.B. The image above came from http://www.deezar.net/

RR

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Evolution of Madness in Roswell’s Populace, 1947-2017

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No one doubts, not even skeptics of the Roswell incident, that something out of the ordinary happened near Roswell, New Mexico in the summer (June/July) of 1947.
I’m not going to discuss the alleged Roswell flying disc crash, but the metamorphosis of the odd media accounts of a flying disc capture that died out soon after the media stories appeared only to rear itself in 1978 when the forgotten “events” of 1947 were exhumed by ufologists, among them Stanton Friedman, a UFO advocate of daring and desire.

One of the Roswell sticking points, for me, arises from the “fact” that if something as extraordinary as the later-on stories made it – military deployment of an extensive kind and a general societal hubbub – no one noted the activity in their personal diaries, which were popular in usage in the time-frame nor did anyone take a Brownie photo of the unusual activity, noted by after 1948 “witnesses.”

Brownie cameras and photos from them are still extant for the period. Citizens were anxious to document their routine daily activities and always quick to snap photos of extraordinary daily life.

Even photos of mundane life, as early as 1870 – Jewish activity in Jerusalem [in the March/April 2017 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review, Page 13] – shows the desire of people to document their daily activity.
But not one photo has surfaced for the period of the so-called Roswell incident in 1947, and UFO researchers have looked for some, Kevin Randle informed me.

So, either nothing of significance, even remotely so, took place in June/July 1947 Roswell, or the population was too hysterical to take photos.

For me, Roswell’s 1947 “minor incident” planted the seed of hysteria that was nurtured by Berlitz, Moore, Friedman, (even my friend Kevin Randle and his cohort Don Schmitt), et al.

The seed sprouted in 1978, with the Stanton Friedman colloquy with Jesse Marcel and exacerbated by The Berlitz/Moore 1980 book pictured here:
Other books followed in the wake of the interest spurred by the Friedman and Berlitz efforts and this is where the madness began all out.

The madness is a kind of hysteria, which is defined by Wikipedia thusly:


Many of you are familiar with the madness (hysteria) that engulfed Salem, Massachusetts in the 1600s:


“The episode is one of the Colonial America's most notorious cases of mass hysteria. It has been used in political rhetoric and popular literature as a vivid cautionary tale about the dangers of isolationism, religious extremism, false accusations, and lapses in due process. It was not unique ...”
And a few of you might know about the madness (hysteria) that took control of a nunnery in France also in the 1600s:


“Adding to the hysteria prompted by the public exorcisms were the stories told by both nuns and Father Grandier's former lovers.”

Then there was the economic craziness of the 1637 tulip frenzy popularized in 1841 by the book Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of  Crowds, written by British journalist Charles Mackay.

Hysteria comes in spurts and quickly dissipates or goes on for a period of time as outlined in the Psychiatric Dictionary [Fourth Edition] by Hinsie/Campbell, Page 366 ff.

The raft of witnesses and confabulators outed by Kevin Randle and others shows not a deviance of ethics but a deviance of psychopathology, one where people adopted an hysterical (mad) fiction and came to believe it or exploit it, for various reasons, some egomaniacal, others from self-delusion, and a few beset by sociopathology: a lack of a moral or ethical compass.

Yet, the madness of the 1978 period continues apace in Roswell, with its Roswell Museum and ongoing conventions and other Roswellian activities based in the 1947 minor-event.

That one locale is beset by such madness is adduced by the Loudun and Salem examples.

Let’s not excoriate ufologists who brought forth the hysterical/madness – they didn’t know better -- but we can offer opprobrium to those ufologists still flogging Roswell and the citizens of Roswell who continue to bathe in their town’s persistent madness.

RR

A 1978 alleged UFO abduction (with a sexual element?)

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Readers here know that I see a sexual underpinning (or overlay) in UFO abduction cases.

(But that just may be me, a Freudian advocate, still.)

In the 1978 Elmicin case (Poland) there is that “undress” request or command from the supposed UFO abductors:

“Wolski then claims that he was taken aboard the ship with two additional entities he met near the flying object. He was then gestured to "dress down" (take off his clothes).”

That’s from the Wikipedia account:


The sexual implication aside, the tale is interesting.

Here is an image of the UFO that farmer Wolski says took him for a ride and examination:
That image comes from:


And a drawing of the UFO occupants comes from Lon Strickler’s notable Phantoms and Monsters site:
What sparks such accounts, psychological yearnings, actual sexual molestations that are repressed (initially), or actual UFO kidnappings?

RR

A NASA Coverup?

From Google UFO Alerts:

http://www.inquisitr.com/3991890/six-ufos-sail-by-iss-as-nasa-cuts-live-feed-seen-on-fox-and-friends-weekend/

RR

No Skeptical Rebuttal?

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A 1970 observation of a UFO with occupants, by a nurse at a hospital in British Columbia, Canada, is fascinating in its simplicity and reportage.

Here are several links to sites about the sighting. (There are many more.):


(The image above comes from the ufoevidence site)






Looking for a skeptical response or retort, I found none,

RR

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Malevolence/Survival Underpinnings of Life and UFOs

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Watching nature programs on the Smithsonian, National Geographic or BBC America channels one will see examples of malevolent, intelligent thinking of sea creatures, the survival maxims of land animals, the creative instinct (thinking?) of the insect kingdom, and the survival exigencies of plant life.

That a kind of profound malevolence underwrites sea life is blatant, obvious, which shows that the intelligence overlaying existence has a malignant streak that also inserts itself in the animal kingdom, sometimes subverted by a drive to procreate or satisfy orgasmically.

For humans, sexual proclivities, the thrust of libido (as Freud saw it), predominates; the omnipotent intelligence wallowing in the sexuality of mankind, as delineated in The Hebrew Bible (The Old Testament) and mythical tales of the ancients.

Freud had a brilliant insight: sex is the driving force of humans; one sees examples of that driving force, that obsession, in everything people do: mostly, compatible pursuits, not for procreative purposes but for orgasmic purposes, and the underlying motivation for rapes, murders and other despicable travesties of behavior.

But life is ephemeral. Humans disappear in the maw of time, generally forgotten, unless one leaves a creative or malicious legacy.

And UFOs? Like a bad cold, UFOs are merely a nuisance, things that have no relevance to survival (procreative or destructive) or any importance of any kind…ephemeral like human life itself.

RR

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Thenightshirt.com: An oasis of intellectual brilliance

Eric Wargo's site thenightshirt.com is a go-to place for those of you inclined to be intelligent, intellectual even.

The matters presented there, by Eric, are resplendent with erudition, and Eric is absolutely brilliant, without compromise or trepidation.

When I need to dip into things above my head but necessary for mental survival, I visit Eric's site where I always get a whiff of things that truly matter.

RR

Artificial Intelligent UFO Probes?

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On Page 65 of Nick Redfern’s latest book, 365 Days of UFOs, Nick provides an episode from February 23rd 1975 in Rugely, England where a woman, Mavis Allen, while walking her dog, in the woods near town, came across “a circular, black-colored object rolling along the ground.”

The object was “around six feet in circumference and had four protrusions (that Allen referred to as ‘spikes’) that stuck out from equal points around the middle … the object rose slowly and silently, to a height of around fifteen feet and …then shot away at a fast pace.”

Compare that to the 1979 Robert Taylor incident, which I often tout here:

Then there is the allegedly 1871 hoaxed account of William Loosely, which I noted on February 8th here, wherein something quite similar was imagined by the hoaxer:

“Loosley discovered in the underbrush a ‘20-sided metal object about 18 inches high, with small rounded nubs projecting from its mirror-like surface.’”

I’ve suggested that such events may be hallucinatory, or evidence of some kind of von Neumann-like probe from elsewhere: time, another dimension, or even an advanced AI-dominated extraterrestrial civilization.

There are other UFO-themed events such as these, and I’ll bring them to your attention as they represent a ufological element that UFO buffs tend to ignore or dismiss, while I think they are an explanation, of some kind, for a few UFO sightings or reports.

(Get Nick’s book for a raft of bizarre accounts that open the UFO vista to something other than or more than ET visitations.)

RR