UFO Conjecture(s)

Monday, August 29, 2016

The end of Physics (as we know it)?

Click HERE.


From Yahoo: A (free) NASA publication for you -- SpinOff

NASA's free publication of some of its offbeat activities and news is available online for download (as PDF, for your iPad, et cetera).

Click HERE to access site and content.


Sunday, August 28, 2016

UFOs in context?

For many years I didn’t add dates to newspaper clippings or magazine articles about UFOs.

And way back when, I was chastised by an I. Davis for not adding dates to UFO sightings I included in a magazine piece I sent to him/her (and others) from our little magazine, at the time, Clod & Pebble (after the Blake poem).
(Anyone who may know who I. Davis was would do me a boon by letting me know who that was or is.)

Reading an article in the current Archaeology magazine…
Timelines by Zach Zorich about the DNA proof of interbreeding between Neanderthals, Denisovans, and Homo Sapiens [July/August, Page 33 ff.] was this: “The ins and outs of evolution … are sometimes a matter of context.” [ibid, Page 35]

"Context is everything" has been a meme for years but I eschewed the idea, obviously, when I wrote the UFO piece for C & P, and also committed the same sin when I put together a raft of UFO clippings and government documents in a booklet and sent it off to UFO buffs for free in the mid-1970s and in 2006 to readers of UFO UpDates.

UFOs, seemed to me, to be a phenomenon that was removed from context, a mystery which eluded context, but now I’m not so sure.

As the Archaeology article made clear, to me, environment, survivals needs (mating), and general living conditions, et cetera, contributed to how primitive man existed, and evolved.

This approach also seems important to the understanding of the whole UFO phenomenon.

What was the zeitgeist of the time when UFOs were seen and reported [early times, 1896, 1947, the 50s, 60s, 70s, today]?

Is context needed to understand or explain UFO sightings?

Context complicates the phenomenon of course, but without context, are we missing the essence of the thing(s), as psychologists, sociologists, and cultural gurus think may be the case?


Some of you will find this little video interesting



Thursday, August 25, 2016

The odd MegaStructure [Tabby's Star] isn't a source for UFOs

Click HERE for recent information on Tabby's Star, that odd mega-structure that some (including cosmologists) see as an alien (intelligent) construct.

Of course, it's far away, and Earth is so inconsequential that one can't imagine an extraterrestrial civilization foraging or exploring for life in the hinterlands of space where we are.

(And remember, that we are receiving light from the "star" generated billions of years ago. Is the thing still extant?)


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

An Earth-like planet not that far away (but read the caveats)

Click HERE for Washington POST story.

For the NY Times take, click HERE.

And CNET's [?] two cents worth HERE.


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Consciousness will remain inexplicable?

My pal, academic Bryan Sentes, provided a link (on Facebook) that indicates some think consciousness is not explainable or resolvable by cogitation.

Click HERE to read the article.


From my Facebook feed

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Maybe few comments but heavily looked at, even read perhaps


UFO Miracles?

I’m reading Lives and Miracles by Gregory of Tours [Edited and translated by Giselle de Nie, Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2015].

Gregory of Tours was a Frankish Prelate who lived from 538 to 594 A.D. and you can read about him via Wikipedia:

Gregory recounted in several volumes the “saints” of his time and the (alleged) miracles they performed.

The “miracles” are, in my estimation, are like those of Jesus of Nazareth, a pathetic lot, mostly tales of cured illnesses and madness, along with reclamations of “dead” flora and punishments laid upon those who committed evil deeds by acts from Heaven or God: sudden deaths or vile illnesses.

No one brought a tree from the ground in a flash nor did anyone create a building from scratch in a moment of time.

The “miracles” are rather shabby, often the result of natural occurrences that sometimes take place without divine intervention. No one parted the Red Sea, nor raised a person from the dead, although Jesus bringing Lazarus from his (Lazarus’) tomb can be explained, perhaps by a medical etiology.
My point is that miracles need to be miracles: an extraordinary event that belies natural or physical laws as we know them.

In the UFO chronology there are no miracles either.

We have a few mythic tales – Roswell, the Hill’s “abduction,” Socorro, Travis Walton’s “kidnapping” -- but nothing resembling an extraordinary event, witnessed by credible others.

The primary UFO tales that hold our interest are made up of confabulations, hysteria, outright fraud, and human misperceptions. None have the weight of evidence that makes them stand out from prosaic happenings, like those events recounted by Gregory of Tours, who read into mundane activity, natural, often only unusual activity, intervention by God or his Son.

Those UFO tales that continue to resonate have a patina of myth like those of Heracles [Hercules] or Beowulf, a lot of foo-faw but nothing so fantastic that it could be called special or extraordinary.

Many have fallen into disrepute – Rendlesham (the Brit attempt to have its own “Roswellian incident’) – or disinterest – The Phoenix Lights and Stephenville.

There are no miracles, and no extraordinary flying saucer/UFO events, in the literature or held in secret files by governmental militaries. None.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Kevin Randle provides an index for his new Roswell book

Kevin Randle has provided, at his blog (kevinrandle.blogspot.com) an index for his new Roswell book.

The index will appear in future printings I suspect, but for those who'd like to reference specific Roswell people and issues now, the online index is a godsend.

(Me? I liked everything in his book, so I didn't need an index.)


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Dreams, the Multiverse, and UFOs

Pictured are a most of my books on Dreams and/or Dreaming. (I’ve read others and have Jung’s books on the topic and, of course, Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams).
It seems possible to me that dreams, still not explained by psychologists, neurologists, or anomalists either, might be our unconscious minds accessing those parallel universes or dimensions where our “other selves” reside.

Dreaming gives us a glimpse of what we’re doing in parallel existences, according to the hypotheses of those who think reality consists of many universes, or the multiverse theory.

The concept intrigues me.

This opens the door to the possibility that UFOs also sneak into our “reality” – outside of dreams – and then disappear or are taken back to the “other dimensions” or “universes” from which they come.

Why they appear or why they may be “called back” can only be addressed by wild speculation. There are no scientific parameters that can approach the matter(s).

Even mathematical disciplines are stumped, just as have been the theorizing of philosophers, psychologists, and neurologists.

But examine your dreams and you’ll see that they often include you doing things that somewhat resembling what has happened to you in your “real” daily life, even as contorted as the dream content is. After all, the dream represents another life or another reality to which you are connected somehow.


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cosmologist finds evidence for Parallel Universe

Link from my Facebook feed

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

A truism from the great Carl Sagan

The Many Universes Scenario (and UFOs)

Our friend Terry the Censor wrote in a comment for my posting about Madness and the Multiverse (wherein I noted that an episode of Global Transient Amnesia I had might be, actually, an intrusion by another “me” from a universe or dimension next door) “thatbefore we invent exotic, cosmic entities to explain down home medical events, we read up on similar cases in the neurological literature and see what we already know.”

Interestingly, I stumbled upon a review by Andrew Scull in the March 11th, 2016 issue of the Times Literary Supplement, Page 21 ff., Conversion.

The review was a look at neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan’s book It’s All in Your Head: True stories of imaginary illness. [Chatto and Windus, £16.99].

Dr. O’Sullivan confirms that certain maladies that have no discernible biological etiology have often been lumped into psychological categories, such as hysteria.

But psychological analyses do not really explain illnesses or complaints, yet Dr. O’Sullian writes: “It is possible, of course, that there is some real underlying physical pathology producing symptoms, something that modern medicine has simply not grasped as yet … in many cases the physical findings are so unambiguous, the disconnect between the observed pathology and the patient’s subjective complaints, and the physiological findings so clear, that it is virtually certain that one is confronting a conversion disorder, a product of the subconscious and not a physical disease.” [Page 21, italics mine]

Reviewer Scull, whose book Madness and Civilization I’ll be covering here upcoming, wrote in the review “There are disorders that simply don’t obey the rules, as modern medicine understands them.” [Page 21]

The gist of the book and Mr. Scull’s review is that certain odd physical complaints are neither explained by neurology nor psychology; that is, no one knows what causes people to feel or act in certain ways. Assumed physical illnesses are often ascribed to psychological etiologies because they (the illnesses) have no origin in physiological (or neurological) conditions.

This is what allows me to speculate that perhaps so-called “alien abductions” through walls and partitions of various kinds are actually intrusions by our counterparts in another dimension or universe that abuts ours.

Also, those niggling “beings” often experienced by witnesses to “landed saucers or odd vehicles” (thought to be extraterrestrial spacecraft) may be intruders, not from the Id, as depicted by the movie Forbidden Planet, but rather intruders from a multiverse next to ours.

And UFOs themselves, unreal to some, may be insertions from a concomitant universe (or dimension) which would explain the often ephemeral appearance and subsequent immediate disappearance.

The other-dimensionality of UFOs and all the attendant oddness of such sightings makes more sense to me than the idea UFOs are coming from a spate of extraterrestrial voyagers, linked to civilizations at the outer regions of our galaxy or observable universe.

Terry thinks, I believe, that if we consider all the options, new and old, that supposedly explain mental illness or neurological illness, we shall find an explanation for the plaints of mankind.

I think the plaints of mankind may lie in intrusions by our other selves who sneak into our plane of existence now and then, wreaking havoc in our brains and on our bodies too.


Monday, August 15, 2016

The next step to Artificial Intelligence?

Computer in brain?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Definitive Book on Roswell?

Kevin Randle has provided a link to the print version of his new book on Roswell (which includes his take on the Roswell slides fiasco that still enthuses some UFO buffs apparently).

Click HERE to access Amazon, where the book may be bought.


Madness and the Multiverse

The Science Channel’s Space’s Deepest  Secrets that aired Saturday night [8/13/16] dealt with the theories of a Multiverse, that compendium of ideas that there are many universes in play and ours is only one of an infinite number of them.

I’m an advocate of the many universe ideas, which includes the hypothesis that we’re living in a Matrix, a computer simulation. (I’ll explain shortly.)

The problem, for me with the show and those cosmologists and physicists who appeared on it, is that here is something funky or not quite right about the narrators: one fixated on Legos, two with anxiety-ridden laughter, and another vacillating on his views.

This goes to something I’ve noted here before: physicists (scientists generally) are a little infantile when it comes to their speculations. They get giddy and seemingly mad, just as they have often been pictured in fiction, the movies, and television shows.

Mathematics is their argot, math looking like the sputterings of schizophrenic madmen.

There was one exceptional insight, by physicist Laura Mersini-Houghton who found a cold spot in the heat map of the infant universe composed from three years of data from NASA’s WMAP satellite.
Scientist Mersini-Houghton comes to the fore by inter-working String Theory and Quantum Physics. (I’m not a string theory advocate, as I wrote in a review of several books on the topic at my book-review blog.)

Mersini-Houghton contends that the cold spot she found indicated that another universe had attached itself to our (observed) universe.
The other scientists, speaking in the program accented that in the other conjectured universes we (all of us) are duplicated, acting out a multiplicity of actions in every conceivable way imaginable.

These speculations are okay with me. They are possible. Probable? Even that. And here’s why I think so.

Several years ago, I had an episode of what is called Transient Global Amnesia, that I’ve written about before here and which you can read about from Wikipedia:

An oral surgeon who is a neighbor of ours at our island lake home had recounted to me his occurrence of GTA a few years before I had my own episodic event.

During my “event,” one of my fellows was in attendance, and witnessed the whole episode, telling me about it when I recovered (after a few hours of being not me).

During the time when I was not me, I, in my “normal” consciousness, was not present. A new me had taken over my being and treated the existential moments as his, but still within the context of my (real) existence.

That is, the verbal responses were contextual but not responses that I would have made if I were in control of my being during those moments.

The new me was aghast at things that the real me accepted as part of my daily life: the pile of books I had in a corner of my office, the wood pile next to the fireplace in my den, and the bags of leaves that we had collected that morning from our yard for pick up by the city.

The new me eventually went away and the real me came back to consciousness and my actual being, but my associate was nonplussed by the whole episode.

(I have no recollection of the episode, only a brief recalled respite from it as I was put in bed.)

As the Wikipedia and medical literature has it, GTA is a neurological glitch, unclear in its etiology and bizarre.

I see such episodes, like mine and our oral surgeon neighbor (whose account was not dissimilar to mine), as a momentary take-over by those beings which are us in and from another dimension.

Why or how they access us, in our universe, is a matter for discussion surely.

But, more importantly for me, such episodes – the take-over of our being, for a short period or longer – might account for what psychiatry sees as madness: paranoid schizophrenia, schizophrenia individuam, hallucinatory incidents, et cetera.
That is, what psychiatry sees as mental illness or neurology sees as a brain glitch may well be a momentary or permanent (in some cases) absorbing of psyches by our duplicate beings from another dimension or another universe that abuts ours, as delineated in the Science Channel program,

Does this impact so-called alien abductions or out of body experiences? Perhaps.

But it may be a matter for consideration by those who have intense UFO experiences, as seeing a UFO may be an observation incurred by our other selves, momentarily, before we are returned to normalcy.

What do you think?


Saturday, August 13, 2016

À la recherche du temps perdu (and UFOs)

With apologies to Marcel Proust, let me indulge in an observation or two….

At my Facebook Media page, where I cope with local news media staffers and radio personalities, I found a raft of camera photos taken by many of them at a KISS concert Friday [8/12].
TV newsies and radio deejays, plus a few newspaper journalists gathered for the concert, many dragging their children along.

Why do they do this, aside from enjoying the heavy metal music?

They are trying to re-live a time when they were younger – most are now 40 to 50 years old.

They hope to recapture a time that is lost to them but was, apparently a happier time or a memorable time.

This is also the modus for most UFO buffs; they try to re-capture the allure and excitement of that time when flying saucers or UFOs invigorated their imagination and curiosity.

For old-timers [me, CDA, Kevin Randle, Stanton Friedman, et al.], the thrill that the phenomenon brought (as possible evidence of extraterrestrials) continues to enrapture us.

While most of us have abandoned the idea that UFOs are ET vehicles, we still yearn for that heady period when the possibility was rife.

We stick with the topic, often resorting to obsessive recall of those early sightings or events that sparked something transforming or transcendent in us: Ken Arnold’s vision, Roswell, Adamski’s Venusian, the Washington D.C. “invasion,” the Trent photos, the Hills episode, Socorro, et cetera.
We can’t get the thrill of those tales out of our heads, just as the local newsies here can’t get the long-lost thrill of KISS performances out of their heads and memory banks.

But it’s really time to move on, to forget the ET patina of UFOs, and hunker down to see what created the phenomenon and why it continues to fascinate, even showing up still, mysteriously and unaccountably, with no resolution in sight.

We can’t recapture our youth, with music or a re-iteration of classic flying saucer stories.

We may hope to do so, but as Proust’s masterpiece tells us, that time is lost, those remembrances are interred..

They only reside in the backwash of our lives.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Energy as life-forms: UFOs as energy life-forms?

Neil de Grasse Tyson discusses, with caveats, the possibility that life-forms could be made of energy (and energy alone):

Click HERE.