UFO Conjecture(s)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ufology’s “mission” today should be…….?

UFO buffs/mavens have got to come to the realization that its phenomenon is no longer relevant or important, in the great scheme of things.

It once seemed to be, and obsessively, for some, it is still important.

But, really, it is a “mystery” that no longer matters.

Ufology, as a discipline – which it is not and has never been – should become archaeological; that is, its purpose should be to explain all the UFO stories, reports, and tales in the UFO lore, e.g. Kenneth Arnold’s sighting, what happened near Rowell, those Trent photos, the Flatwood’s monster sighting, Betty and Barney’s episode, Socorro, the Solway “spaceman” picture, the Travis Walton “abduction,” the O’Hare Airport event, or any number of other UFO accounts that still resonate with devotees.

Gathering current UFO sightings, which arguably, don’t have the cachet of the classic flying saucer events, is not exactly a waste of time but it is an effort without value.

The mystery about those old(er) UFO stories is just that, a mystery that itches and needs to be scratched, for many UFO old-timers.

It’s akin to Heinrich Schliemann’s search for Troy, or Stanley’s trek to find Livingston, or the ongoing attempt to discover what happened to Amelia Earhart.

What UFOs are today is meaningless in the context of world as we know it: barbaric militants trying to assert an unwanted world order, diseases and illnesses that can abruptly run amok, financial disasters looming ever so near for countries and individuals, insane crimes without rhyme or reason, et cetera.

Ufology would do well to renew itself by establishing a methodology by which it can take on the old UFO enigmas and, perhaps, tackle any new UFO emergence with real scientific and forensic tools, eschewing the inept and slovenly activities of UFO enthusiasts of the past – need I name them?

UFOs mean nothing to the vast majority of humans on Earth today.

(A cursory query of students and faculty at U of M in Ann Arbor by members of the RRRGroup indicated a sum-zero interest in UFOs; not one person evinced an interest in the topic, something I found out when I asked media persons online at our Facebook page a few months back about UFOs – no one, not one person, expressed a goddamn about UFOs.)

But still, there are a few “outlanders” like me, CDA, and a few others who read here, who are still enthralled by UFOs, mostly the classic cases but also UFOs in and of themselves.

Again, it’s not something we’re proud to announce but, nostalgically, we still want to know exactly what happened or what was seen exactly in those flying disk or UFO reports.

Ufology could serve us by redefining its “research” if only to ease that UFO niggling that still causes some of us to find the topic interesting, even though we recognize that the whole UFO panoply is worthless as a human commodity.

Yes, it’s obsessional and silly, but there it is…


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Another help request....

My academic friend, Bryan Sentes, posted this symbol and quote on his Facebook page:

"There is something like life and mind enfolded within everything."

David Bohm

Both he and I are trying to determine the source of the symbol used by Bohm.

Does anyone have any ideas?


A UFO account masking a psychotic episode

Charles Hall claims to have witnessed and interacted with a race of extraterrestrials he described as 'tall whites' while serving at Nellis Air Force Base as a duty weather observer from 1965-67. In his three volume memoirs, Millennial Hospitality, (2002) he describes his experiences as fiction yet in a series of interviews, he claims that the experiences were real and that the US Air Force were indeed hosting extraterrestrials they had reached agreements with during the 1950's if not earlier. The tall whites are humanoid in appearance. (The first UFO researcher to seriously investigate the Charles Hall story is Paola Harris who interviewed him in July 2003.) 

I found this blurb in an archive our ours, but the site from which it derives and links in the saved web-page are no longer extant.

The account represents a psychotic episode, as I see it, and seems to have inserted itself into the exopolitical community and lore.

Does anyone know what happened to Charles Hall or his "tale"?

(This kind of account represents the core problem with UFO reports: they all have elements of psychological or neurological maladies, even if what is reported is actual or true.)


Martin Kottmeyer: A Skeptic's Skeptic

UFOs exist and people have seen/reported strange objects, sometimes with creatures or beings debarking from them and often interacting with the observer.

But there is also a lot of hooey amongst and within most (almost all?) UFO accounts, from Kenneth Arnold, Roswell, right up to today.

Martin Kottmeyer, a self-sobriquetted debunker has addressed many of UFO's crème de la crème tales.

Here are two excerpts from his Gauche Encounters: Bad films and the UFO Mythos:

        "Beyond the science concerns, the artistry of the ufo phenomenon is archly phoney [sic]. The aliens are a hokey blend of human chauvinisms. Good aliens are always beautiful fair-skinned Aryan race ideals. Bad aliens are a potpourri of horror movie clichés - Men in Black, Big Brains, Big Bugs, mummies, reptoids, spooky eyes.  Though the aliens supposedly possess a technology centuries in advance of our own, they often appear to be backward and abysmally stupid. They have yet to discover drugs that wipe out short-term memory; something earthlings have already done. There is a case of an abductee who is captured by a mechanical clamp which looks like a gizmo cooked up by a Buck Rogers fan with Alzheimer's. Battlefield meatball surgeons routinely outperform the super-veterinarians of the ufo phenomenon. The aliens don't even appear to update their equipment. In the Schirmer case, aliens are using computers with reel-to-reel tape. Instead of nano-tech robot probes and hand-held smart scanners, they still use needles, knives, and lumbering lab machines. Instead of gene programmers, they still have to harvest ova and sperm on the sly like gothic body snatchers gathering parts for mad Frankenstein style experiments. Their incompetence extends to having restraints so poor that one specimen, Travis Walton, manages to escape and gain access to a saucer control room.

         "The remainder of Betty's nightmares seem to involve distortions of the 1953 alien invasion nightmare classic Invaders from Mars. In her original dream, Betty compares the noses of her captors to that of Jimmy Durante. A glance at the poster to the movie will quickly confirm the mutants in the film have noses that rival Durante's. Betty describes her captors as Mongoloid, itself a mutant genetic form. There are some preliminary tests and then Betty lies down on an examining table. The female abductee in Invaders from Mars also finds herself on an examining table. Needles are placed on various parts of Betty Hill's body including the back of the neck. Some strands of hair are also taken from the back of her neck. In Invaders from Mars, a needle is used to try to implant a device in the back of the neck of the abductee.  Betty Hill then sees a needle, longer than any needle she has ever seen before. It is placed into her navel. She experiences great pain. The examiner puts his hands over her eyes, rubs, and the pain stops. In Invaders from Mars the abductee first struggles when placed on the examining table and then a light is shown in her eyes and she calms down, lapsing into unconsciousness. Then a curious image appears on the movie screen. It has an ambiguous character. Correctly interpreted, it is an overhead shot of the alien surgical theatre which reveals some of the architecture of the saucer. Dominant in the image is a large tubular beam or conduit connecting the ceiling to the floor. It bears a marked stylistic similarity to the needle being used in the implanting operation. A confusion is invited. The tubular beam and its plastic sheath takes on the appearance of the hypodermic needle. The lighting of the floor of the saucer gives the illusion of the curvature of an abdomen. The place where floor and conduit meet is tightly surrounded by a circular indentation. It's the navel. This, I believe, is the origin of Betty's bizarre image of the needle in the navel. Either she misperceived it during the watching of the film, probably on black and white TV, or her consciousness spun out the alternate interpretation in constructing the nightmare."

You might find the whole piece online. It's fraught with more insights that resonate with sensible UFO buffs.

And here's a link to other ruminations that enlighten. (Zoam Chomsky should be ecstatic):


A fair reading of Mr. Kottmeyer will correct, I think, any over vivid belief in the UFO tales we have all come to love or loathe.


A "sphinx" on Mars?


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Robert Torres: his UFO encounters and new book

Robert Torres is an author and former technical and music writer.

He's been good enough to provide a succinct of some UFO experiences he's had via a WORD doc.

You can read about his experiences by clicking HERE.

He also proves a link to his bio, which you can find here:


Here's his new book:
I find both his UFO encounters and book interesting. You may agree.


I need some help here......

A few months back I pulled a book from my collection (picture 3), about history's methodologies, hoping to compare those methodologies with ufological "methodologies."

I mentioned it in a comment here (somewhere.)

The title eludes me. as does the book itself.

I kept it near my bedroom desk (picture 2). shuffling it from one book/magazine pile to another, but always in proximity with other things I planned on using for debate here.

For two weeks, I and one of my guys have scoured the whole place, trying to find that damn book.

We have looked in every nook and cranny, and re-looked every where I might have (mis)placed that book, a pale green paperback.

Now here's where you come in -- this is how desperate I am to locate that book:

The photos below are where the book was last, or where I might have moved it.

If any of you have psychic abilities (or have a friend with same), or even if you only are a good guesser, tell me in which room (which picture) where I may locate the missing book/

First is my bedroom:
Second is our office space (excuse the messiness, I'll get to the room eventually):
And here is the book collection from which I originally pulled the book (thinking I may have placed it back for some reason):
You may think this odd, my asking for some psychical help, but the matter has become a real (personal) mystery. I have moved things around several times now, checked drawers, even my travel bag, and our plane. Nada.

So, give it a shot, won't you, and help out a frustrated guy, who hates to lose a book to the ether.

(And don't tell me it's TheTrickster at work. That will just make the frustration worse.)


Monday, October 27, 2014

Earth-size UFO orbiting Sun?


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Beware the robots (Artificial Intelligence), especially the UFO kind?


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Communication between UFOs

In Gerald K. Haines “The CIA's Role in the Study of UFOs Between 1947 and 1990” (which can be found online perhaps at http://www.ufoarea.com/) has this account which some of you may be familiar with:

“The Agency was … involved with Davidson and Keyhoe in two rather famous UFO cases in the 1950s, which helped contribute to a growing sense of public distrust of CIA with regard to UFOs. One focused on what was reported to have been a tape recording of a radio signal from a flying saucer; the other on reported photographs of a flying saucer. The "radio code" incident began innocently enough in 1955, when two elderly sisters in Chicago, Mildred and Marie Maier, reported in the Journal of Space Flight their experiences with UFOs, including the recording of a radio program in which an unidentified code was reportedly heard.

 The sisters taped the program and other ham radio operators also claimed to have heard the "space message." OSI became interested and asked the Scientific Contact Branch to obtain a copy of the recording. Field officers from the Contact Division (CD), one of whom was Dewelt Walker, made contact with the Maier sisters, who were "thrilled that the government was interested," and set up a time to meet with them. In trying to secure the tape recording, the Agency officers reported that they had stumbled upon a scene from Arsenic and Old Lace. "The only thing lacking was the elderberry wine," Walker cabled Headquarters.

 The Air Force … confirmed that the recording contained only identifiable Morse code which came from a known US-licensed radio station.

… the tape and the notes made at the time had been destroyed to conserve file space.”

Although the paper and this segment within it deals with the CIA’s involvement in the UFO milieu, this little tale, of the Maier sisters brings to mind a thought…

There seems to be a death of UFO or flying saucer reports in which communication takes place between such alleged craft or between a UFO and a (possible) mothership.

Since UFOs seem to act like Earthian reconnaissance aircraft, and are usually reported by ufologists as having intelligent control; that is, UFOs act like Earth-craft in many ways, one would expect that there must be or should be a means of communication between them.

Did the Maier sisters actually pick up such communication, or was their dalliance with the topic a total silly hoax or misplaced adventure, as seems to be the conclusion of UFO buffs (and the CIA/Air Force, or so they said)?

Whether the Maier tale is authentic or not is not my point here, but rather whether there is any evidence or anecdotal accounts of anyone (the military included) picking up what might have been signals or communication of some kind from UFOs.

I find no UFO stories indicating such.

And while we all agree, I think, that we may not be able to fathom an alleged extraterrestrial mind, one would think that any vehicle coming here from outer space, time, or another dimension would have some kind of intercommunication between itself and its command operation, home planet, or other craft from its civilization also here, unless, as I intuit in my “UFOs are piloted by plants” thesis, the things inside communicate telepathically, and can do so over long ranges, as Quantum Mechanics allows.

Your thoughts?


The Reverend Gill "event" [1959]

           From David Icke's site: Gill's drawing of the event

Many ufologists have provided much information on the 1959 Reverend Gill UFO sighting; here's Richard Hall's take:


But few UFO writers have zeroed in on the psychological aspects of the sighting, preferring to cite Venus as a possible instigator, even though the planet was seen elsewhere in the sky Gill reported.

The sighting might be a case of induced hallucination or folie communiquee where a delusion is shared with or by others.

While that seems unlikely from accounts of the "event," the possibility is acute, considering Reverend Gill's position or status among the natives whom he served and with whom he saw the apparition.

I've posted, recently, other sightings that are similar to the Gill observation, and note, here, that there is, as far as I know, no recent sightings that emulate the Gill event. This, and a few others in the 1960s, seem to be unique, and intrigue.

The hallucinatory elements of the sighting stand out, certainly, but aren't all UFO sightings, especially those involving alleged creatures or beings, hallucinatory in nature?

This sighting, the Gill event, has not been fully testimated and remains, like Socorro [1964], a fascinating observation that is not unlike many seen in earlier times as noted in the Vallee/Aubeck book, Wonders in the Sky and Richard Nolan's new book: UFOs for the 21st Century Mind: A Fresh Guide to an Ancient Mystery.


Suggestion(s) for keeping an open mind about UFOs

A paper by Jonathan E Adler about the "argument from ignorance" and how to keep an open mind (for a few readers here):



Thursday, October 23, 2014

The 1947 Flying Disc Panoply (by way of the FBI)

If you don't have or haven't seen the gathering of the FBI papers dealing with "flying discs," I suggest you get your hands on the PDF. (We have it in our archived files, and will provide it, if there is a real interest by some readers here. (Isaac Koi also will have a PDF is you have access to him via Above Top Secret.)

The picture above is one of several provided in the FBI papers; it's the Urie sighting of August 1947 at the Snake River Canyon.

What's interesting, to me, is that in all the witness accounts, none refer to the "things" seen  as flying discs or flying saucers. (UFO was not coined yet for flying objects reported by persons.)

The FBI consistently uses the term "flying disc" or "flying discs" derived from the Roswell reportage and in a time-frame devoid of the saturation of the term "flying saucer" that came from a reporter's sobriquet for Kenneth Arnold's observed gaggle of objects near Mt. Ranier earlier in 1947.

More importantly perhaps, is the sincerity of the reports, all coming well before the lunatic-like reportage in the 1950s and afterward. Flying discs were yet to be knickered by buffoonery.

One might find the 1947 witness descriptions extremely intriguing, smacking of intelligently controlled vehicles which would, sensibly, seem to be from somewhere beyond Earth.

What happened to sightings after 1947 may be attributed to the foolishness of Adamski and other "contactees." (See Nick Redfern's book Contactees for an overview of the milieu and persons involved.)

But for a pure rendition of the flying disc phenomena [sic] -- that's how the FBI referred to the sightings -- find the PDF, or ask me for it, and take a refreshed look at the subject matter of this blog.

You shall be enlightened.


Klass vs Maccabee on the Trent/McMinnville UFO photos

Okay you "serious ufologists" -- have at it, or shut up.


Huge UFO on Mars? (Sorry CDA)


Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bruce Maccabee's (brilliant) Exegesis of Sheridan Cavitt's Roswell Debris Recollection

Here is UFO researcher Bruce Maccabee's paper on what Sheridan Cavitt (a Roswell officer in 1947) recounted about his accumulation of the Brazel/Roswell debris:


And here is Kevin Randle's take on a National Geographic airing of the Cavitt tale:


(For Roswell neophytes mostly)


An elongated skull spotted on Mars? (This is getting silly)


Monday, October 20, 2014

Can Brain Science Adequately Address Mystical and Spiritual Experiences (or UFOs)?

From our archives comes a Chapter from William Braud's Brains, Science, and Nonordinary and Transcendent Experiences: Can Conventional Concepts and Theories Adequately Address Mystical and Paranormal Experiences?


William Braud writes in his abstract that the Chapter "provides a balanced account of both the strengths and limitations of conventional cognitive science and neuroscience."

Citing William James and other notables, Mr. Braud offers the suggestion that the human brain (or consciousness) is capable and incapable of dealing with paranormal events, of which UFOs may represent such events:

Our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness . . . is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different. We may go through life without suspecting their existence; but apply the requisite stimulus, and at a touch they are there in all their completeness, definite types of mentality which probably somewhere have their field of application and adaptation. No account of the universe in its totality can be final which leaves these other forms of consciousness quite disregarded. (Varieties of Religious Experiences, Page 388)


A lions' den on Mars?