It is rather automatic. When someone mentions the term "UFO," do you immediately envision a flying saucer from another planet? Is the word "kook" not far behind or perhaps even first? How about "Jonny?" Never mind.
I read an article today wherein a retired US Army colonel stated that UFOs are indeed real, but that there is no government cover-up. A unique position to say the least, but Col. John Alexander is in a unique position to state it. He is a former Green Beret and A-Team leader (no, not the TV show. C'mon, Ghost Dogg!) and weapons developer at Los Alamos. He bases his claim that disclosure has essentially already happened due to the statements made by former US presidents, going as far back as Truman and as recent as Carter and Reagan. Additionally, it is difficult to term a subject as "above top secret" when there are entire television shows devoted to it.
While I'm not entirely sure whether to invest in that claim or not, it is the following statements that Col. Alexander issues that really got me:
-"The problem is, when you discuss UFOs, we are talking everything from little balls of light to hard craft a mile or more across, and everything in between. So what is it?"
-"I suspect that consciousness is a piece of the puzzle. We talk about UFOs, saying it's a technology that's 1,000 years in advance, but it really isn't. If you follow the history of these things, usually it is somewhat in advance, but not beyond our comprehension by any stretch of the imagination."
-"The point is there is something out there that is sentient. When I say precognitive, it knows -- whatever it is -- not only what it is going to present, but how we are going to respond to it."
Again, I go back to the familiar equation of UFO=alien spacecraft.
While I do not discount by any means the notion that aliens are visiting Earth, I believe that that theory has become too pat, too narrow. It has been propagated in part by "contactee nuts" on the UFO lecture circuit and con artists who videotape "aliens" at their kitchen windows. They say they have met "space aliens," so that is what they must be.
Not necessarily, but if it's not aliens traversing our skies and causing the number of unexplainable UFO sightings, what else could it be? There are additional theories.
One school of thought is the Interdimensional Hypothesis (IDH). Proponents of IDH, including legendary UFO researcher Jacques Vallee, maintain that their theory solves the mystery of how UFOs seem to at times suddenly manifest and then disappear into thin air, escaping back into a parallel dimension that exists on a plane of reality separate from ours. Sound crazy? Well there are physicists who are seriously entertaining the idea that there is not simply one universe, but thousands...perhaps millions, all floating together in a membrane like Cheerios in milk.
There is another notion that Col. Alexander alludes to in his statements when he mentions "consciousness" and the "precognitive" nature of the objects being observed. Could we be creating UFOs within our own subconscious and projecting them into reality?
Take a look at the timeline. In primal days, people attributed strange aerial phenomena to "the gods." Moving through the Middle Ages, angels and demons were blamed. In the very early 20th Century, there was a flap of rather steampunk-ish airships seen in various locales and by all accounts, they were worthy of a Jules Verne novel. Finally, there was Kenneth Arnold's sightings in 1947 that kicked off the modern UFO era.
Funny thing about that latter case. The craft Arnold claimed to have sighted were never flying saucers. They were wedge or boomerang shaped. A newspaper reporter picked up on Arnold's description of the flightmotions of the craft as "saucers skipping over water." After that, everyone started seeing saucer-shaped UFOs. Those who claimed to have met with the occupants of the craft described them as being very human in appearance, but wearing futuristic spacesuits, not all that dissimilar to those described in pulp science fiction. And their technology was so advanced, it had to be from outer space. Then came the popular image of what we now call "an alien:" big eyes, big head, small mouth, and gray skin. It's almost what we've all come to expect.
Tie this in with what Alexander said about UFOs always seeming highly advanced, but never beyond the realms of our imagination...or our understanding, really. I really have to wonder, is all of this being created by our minds and being willed into form? John Keel talks about this in his book, The Mothman Prophecies, which I hope to review shortly.
Again, I am not dismissing the extraterrestrial hypothesis. It may very well be happening. Nevertheless, I don't believe that it should be accepted as a having a solid lock on the truth in the eyes of Ufologists. Both IDH and the psychological angles cry out for serious examination. Or weirder still...the phenomenon is really a combination of all of the above...plus perhaps even more.
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