UFO Conjecture(s)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Ah, two resurrections, sort of…

The other night History 2’s Ancient Astronaut airing, listed as “new” with a 2015 production date, included comments by two Philips…

Philip Imbrogno, whom Lance Moody showed a while back as having faked his educational credentials:
And the wonderful writer, Philip Coppens, who died too soon and too young, two years ago:

With such cavalier use of “experts” – one a little loose with his academic achievements and one who hasn’t been with us for a while now – History 2 undercuts whatever journalistic cachet it pretends to have.

It’s depressing to find that such programming is often full of canards when there are so many odd and unusual things to look at, with experts, many living and many with authentic credentials available to be heard on the topics the Channel likes to air.

Pressure should be brought to bear on the owner(s) of History to get in line with truth and transparency before a whole raft of millennials take away (more) “facts” that aren’t and information that is corrupt and intellectually demeaning.

RR

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Paranormal elements are real, tangible (including the Men in Black)?

Kevin Randle, at his blog, noted a 2008 Fortean Times piece by Jerry Clark [Experience Anomalies] in which Mr. Clark speculates on various paranormal experiences implying that, maybe, those experiences are not intangible, evanescent events but, rather, manifestations with a touchable, tangible reality.
Mr. Randle provides an extensive excerpt, and also pointed his readers to the whole paper (sending me an internet copy to use here):


And Tim Brigham, at his Facebook page, promoted a video about Gray Barker, whose 1956 book, They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers, where Curt Collins asked me to elaborate on my comment about Barker:

“A matter of controlled paranoidal schizophrenia or an actual meddling by government agents.”

Mr. Barker’s books introduced the idea of The Men in Black, with which you are all familiar and Nick Redfern’s books and internet postings have delineated and explored better than anyone else.
I happen to concur, somewhat, with Mr. Clark (and Jacques Vallee, among others) that there is a reality with paranormal experiences which indicates that reality is not hallucinatory or illusionary, even though usually transient.

Lewis Spence, in his book An Encyclopedia of Occultism [University Books, New Hyde Park, NY, 1960, Page 199-200] wrote, “ …the sensory nerves produce(s) an effect of sensory vividness – normally, a true perception – the impulses thus diverted give to the memory images an appearance of actuality, not distinguishable from that produced by a corresponding sense-impression.”
Neurological doctor and noted author Oliver Sacks has dealt with such “effects” in his many writings, but hesitates to say that such effects are tangible.

The topic is confused and convoluted by the ongoing debates about consciousness; what it is and what it isn’t.

My impression is that hallucinatory images, sounds, and manifestations, while usually ephemeral, have a reality that is absolute in the same sense as that reality we can touch, hold, or interact with on a daily, regular basis.

In the case of UFOs, I don’t think they are paranormal but actual physical entities, either an unusual phenomenon or an intrusion of something odd from elsewhere (another dimension or possibly, not probably, from other galactic cultures – extraterrestrial civilizations).

But those entities that show up, for witnesses, in an interacting UFO event, nay derive from a mental, neurological glitch, or hallucinatory contrivance caused by food, drugs, or biological malfunction.

However, some interactions that UFO witnesses have, such as The Men in Black confrontations may be actual contact by real agents or duplicitous individuals operating within the UFO framework, or …
The Men in Black may be paranormal intrusions that become bona fide realities for a moment in time – as Nick Redfern’s accounts of them seem to indicate.

That is, The Men in Black come from a reality outside our normal one (as Jerry Clark’s thesis might have it) or are created by the mind of those afflicted by their intense involvement in the UFO experience.

The demons that afflicted or afflict Christians, removed exorcism(s), are similar in nature as The Men in Black, but removed ceremoniously whereas the MIB often go away with documents or substantive materials in a less vivid departure,

Those having a MIB contact may unconsciously remove or misplace documents and other materials as part of their created “reality” or the MIB actually take with them such “evidence” that subcontracts their reality.

Gray Barker’s experiences were a product of “insanity” by his intense association with UFOs or he was an actual recipient of visits by “agents” from his id or the government or some other concrete, hidden agency,

Either way, Jerry Clark’s “manifesto” should be read and dialogue exacerbated by it.

I thank Kevin Randle for generating links to Clark’s paper and thoughts.

RR

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Alien “Ants” pilot UFOs?

I didn’t catch the “ant” comments at Kevin Randle’s blog after the May 5th debacle, so this has nothing to do with that I hope.

Myrmecology has always fascinated me, and the two books pictured here have been instrumental in maintaining that interest.
But a week or so ago, while I was sitting on the back balcony of our office, I noticed that holding something in front of ants walking the balcony, or swiping them off, caused a serious, rather immediate diminution – actual halt – in ants roaming the balcony and deck, for a prolonged period of time.

It seemed to me that the blocked or swept ants had communicated with their colony of ants, letting them know that something was blocking or stopping them from roaming the balcony area.

As you can see from this photo, the balcony is high off the ground and about half an acre away from our ground’s ant hills (colonies) which exist at the far sides of the office and in the front grassy area.
This means, to me, that the ants had “telepathically” communicated my barriers to their ant societies. (There were several species of ants involved.)

Wilhelm Goetsch in his book (The Ants, above) tells how he experimented with ants’ intelligence (mental faculties) and communication [Page 98 ff.] which he posits come from their sense of smell via their antennae.

He varnished antennae and mixed various species, which evinced a distrust of intermingled species. Using scents from each he tried various scenarios, noting that when the scents of one species was lathered on another species, things were rather fine but as the scent wore off, the ants “engaged in the wildest battle.” [Page 99]

He also noted how ants tried to escape from a concocted nest, but always tried to return to that nest foregoing their seeming desire to escape and be free, subject to their desire to work and construct more territory. [Page 123 ff.]

Rémy Chauvin, in his book (The World of Ants: A Science-Fiction Universe), deals with brain sizes and the senses of ants and other insects. [Page 163 ff.]

Chauvin provides various experiments, of elaborate kinds, showing that ants transmit sounds and messages and work their way through mazes with alacrity and skill, the behaviour of the ant [resembling] that of the ‘maze machines’, crude robots constructed about 1930, before the cybernetics era.” [Page 181].

(Chauvin also presented the similarities of ant behavior to that of bees, which were suggested by Gerald Heard, in The Riddle of the Flying Saucers, as the pilots of the flying disks reported in the 1950s, and noted at Kevin Randle’s blog by CDA but dismissed by Mr. Randle, who prefers the nonsense of Roswell to the idea that an insect species on another planet might have evolved to the point of intergalactic travel.)

Okay, I’ve gone a bit too far into the possible “thinking” of ants, whether it stems from instinct or actual thought.

But, in my observations of the ants at our office, I can’t discard the feeling that the ants were, somehow, communicating that they were being blocked or swept away by something, and got that message to the colony mates, which, by their measurement, quite out of the range of smell or sensory output.

The ants got messages to their colony instantaneously, halting the activity of roaming for periods of hours, only resuming, somewhat, after a duration that indicates to me that the ants became cautious or warned by way of thought transmission.

So let me consider that an alien society, an extraterrestrial culture/society, while not insect-like itself necessarily, might have been able to determine the ability of their planets insects to transmit thought over long distances, via the quantum models of Bell’s Theorem.

They could, this alien society, have inserted their insects “DNA” into members of their society or constructed automatons, using algorithms derived from the “minds” of their “ants” or other viable insects with the ability to transmit thought, telepathically.

This extraterrestrial society would then send out scouts to scour their galaxy or the Universe itself, much in the way that Earth’s ant colonies (or bee colonies!) do.

The automatons or “re-engineered” alien beings could be flying what have been reported  as flying saucers or UFOs since before mankind awakened from its primitive sleep.

I thought my hesitation to accept alien infestations (by way of UFO or space vehicles) because of the plentitude of “things” seen over the years would prevent me from allowing extraterrestrial visitation.

But seeing how a colony of ants (or bees) send forth its members in mass, one can envisage an alien society doing likewise.

The ant brain is more than instinct it seems to me and, thus, I can see an advanced insect society, or one attuned to insect proclivities, as possible pilots of UFOs.

RR

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Canticle for Ufology

Most of you are familiar with (or should be) Walter M Miller Jr.’s A Canticle for Leibowitz.

That three-part sci-fi novel should be a template for what to do with the dying, sloppy discipline, ufology.

Ufology is moribund, and virtually dead as far as the public is concerned, but a coterie of UFO die-hards insist and maintain interest in UFO lore (Roswell, in particular).

The reports and tales of UFO visitations (sighted and interacted with) need to be held in “sacred archives” not unlike the manuscripts detailed in Walter Miller’s book.

The reason? UFOs may be a harbinger of a necessary phenomenon that elucidates the devolving human condition, exemplified by such things as the ISIS onslaughts, Facebook, and Twitter, and the diminution in the arts: music, literature, and painting for instance.

Science isn’t prepared to salvage the edifices of humanity; science is protective of its domains, and cares not whit about human beings, as such – beings.

Ufology is rife with dolts, admittedly, but those few who understand the ramifications of the lore, its mythos too, know that UFOs, which have been with us since time immemorial, may offer a kind of salvation to humanity, once the phenomenon’s mystery is unlocked.

I’m not saying that UFOs contain aliens (extraterrestrials) ready to offer aid and comfort to a declining humanity, far from that.

I am declaring that UFOs harbor a secret or secrets that may keep humankind from descending into a kind of Neanderthalian extinction.

While “social media” has taken the soul of humanity and divested it of intelligence and dignity, UFOs, explained, might offer a come-back, even if for only a few.

As Miller described "The Pope's Children" (an affectionate name for the people who have been so severely affected by the genetic mutation caused by radiation that they are subhuman in both intelligence and capacity for reason),” Ufology could be the way, which it isn’t now by a very long shot, that leads a small component of human society back to a significant core to revive humankind’s purpose for being.

Scrap your understanding of ufology as it exists now, and see it as a “discipline” that could offer help and hope for a species that is not-so-slowly slipping into a bestial, stupid existence.

Ufology is scorned, by me and others, but it needn’t be, if it’s removed from the clutches of “The Pope’s Children” – and we all know who they are in the UFO community.


RR

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Goodbye Ufology?

I’ve written this so many times that it’s become a redux redundancy, but it now is clear that scientific endeavors, such as the Pluto fly-by and Mars probes, have captured the public’s imagination and interest, whereas UFOs and ufology are now relegated to the alley of disgraced subject matter or topics, one so debased that to bring it up in polite society will get you laughed out of the room.

Take a look at the comments at blogs and sites – I suggest Kevin Randle’s blog, where the postings by Mr. Randle are sensible (but passé to the point of irrelevancy) but the comments show a readership that is desperate to foist nonsense on everyone who tunes into the blog, and even evinces aspects of insanity.

The babbling is embarrassing, and examples how low ufology and UFOs have sunk into a miasma of effluvia.

The topic stinks, and is as dead as our recently deceased friend Bruce Duensing, a man hoping to elevate UFOs (or UAPs, as he liked to title them) to some degree of scholarly discussion.

Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to achieve that aim and died before he saw that the May 5th debacle and current scientific endeavors have killed UFOs and ufology that he hoped to redeem from the crazies who’ve captured the topic(s).

Even Anomalist is struggling to hold UFOs in its queue of paranormal topics of interest.

So, ufology and UFOs, friends, are over, all but the dying gasps of some psychotic die-hards. (Need I name them, my name on that list also?)

RR

Friday, July 17, 2015

Pluto and Charon continue to mystify

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/charon-mountain-in-a-moat_55a8ae24e4b0c5f0322cfe9d?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Science Fiction and UFOs: Compare and Contrast

Glancing through my copy (above) of The Science Fiction Encyclopedia, edited by Perter Nicholls [Doubleday & Company, Garden City, NY 1979]...
...I saw a black and white picture of the cover above, which took me to the internet where I found scads of pulp magazine covers:
And a site about pulp magazines of all kinds:

https://pulpmags.wordpress.com/2015/02/

What's striking is that, in perusing Sci-Fi covers and stories, one finds (as depicted above) a more bizarre representation of alien (extraterrestrial) contact and other-worldly things than one finds in UFO lore, which is rather bland and mundane by comparison.

The imagination of UFO witnesses and flying saucer observers is boring and prosaic when set alongside the tales created by sci-fi writers and their ilk.

What does this tell us?

That observations and reports of UFOs are either true, because they suck, in a literary sense, or the persons reporting UFOs and flying saucers don't have the imaginative acumen of sci-fi writers, and thus tell a tale lacking in truly alien configuration; that is, UFO witnesses, Roswell among them, saw something rather ordinary and can't endow it with anything like that found in the sci-fi genre or alien visitors are from benign worlds (or dimensions) devoid of the exotic wonders that some of mankind conjures up, from its own mind.

I don't see the pre-1947 stories as predestined to cause UFO sightings by the great unwashed. The sci-fi aliens are creepier that what UFO witnesses say they've encountered and UFOs are nowhere near, as reported, as those fabricated by the mind of sci-fi writers.

One would expect actual extraterrestrial visitors to be stranger than strange, which vehicles odder than anything we humans might imagine.

This hasn't been the case, so one might discard the UFO sightings we keep contending with as a kind of mental fluke or phenomenon that is ordinary in the context of what should be visitations of of alien cultures or examples of the paranormal that come from places that do not exist in our reality.

RR

Nick Redfern on "The Invaders"

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2015/07/indrid-cold-and-the-invaders-part-1/

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2015/07/indrid-cold-and-the-invaders-part-2/

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Mankind’s art and rare moments of [extraterrestrial] insanity?

E.H. Gombrich’s The Story of Art [12th edition, Phaidon, London, 1950/1972] provides an erudite panoply of art from primitive eras to (relatively) modern times.

Cave art from Altamira, Spain and Lascaux, 15,000 years ago, shows that primitive man created what is known as representational art: art depicting things as they were:
Egyptian art depicted “reality” often using animal and human body parts co-joined [1400 B.C.:
But generally depicting “reality” as it was [1350 B.C. and 150 A.D.]:
The Greeks provided reality beautified, as seen here [from 25 B.C, and the 2nd Century B.C.]:
During the Middle Ages reality was still being depicted, even though that reality was allegorical [1000 A.D., 1255 A.D., 1508, 1628]:
Artists in the 1800s started to get imaginative but reality still prevailed:




Then there’s Picasso:
 Art always stayed within realistic parameters, or did it?

How can we account for these depictions (some from Pearltree.com)?

One might attribute such odd paintings or sculptors to an insanity or pathological whim of primitive man, but neurology doesn’t allow that.

Schizophrenics or mentally afflicted humans can only depict (paint or draw) what they have received mentally via the senses; that is, a person cannot draw something that lies totally outside their experience.

Even wild drawings and paintings are rooted in symbols and images that stem from actual perception, no matter how distorted the original perception has become, unless….

… those drawings and painting derive from mystical or psychical images out of the unconscious, but early man had no unconscious or collective unconscious. [Jung ‘s Man and His Symbols, Dell/Laurel, NY, 1964, Page 31]

Some will say that psychedelics were involved, but even then the images have to come from experience – what is visually and mentally known or perceived beforehand (before the psychedelics took effect.

Bizarre visuals cannot come ex nihilo; they need a root reality.

So, while artists, through the ages, generally provided works showing, in essence, real perceptions, we have a few that indicate something not quite real.

Why? What did they see?

Was early man intruded upon by strange beings from portals outside the Earth. Or was early man subject to extraterrestrial visitations as the Alien Astronaut theorists suggest?

Or is mankind sometimes afflicted by images and experiences thrust upon them by something not Earthly but connected to this planet for reasons yet to be discovered?

RR

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Pluto


Isaac Koi's web-site

Because I mistakenly thought, for a long while, that Above Top Secret was an Isaac Koi site, I note here the URL to his actual web presence, which is fraught with insight and interesting information:

http://www.isaackoi.com/

Monday, July 13, 2015

How UFO stories used to be discussed, just four years ago

The Joyceville 1967 UFO sighting and report was placed online here in 2011, and debated by Bruce Duensing, Kandinsky, and me, plus a few others:

http://ufocon.blogspot.com/2011/11/1967-ufo-sighting-in-canada.html

What has happened to UFO dialogue since then?

RR

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Prometheus: Are the Ancient Astronaut theorists on to something?

TheTimes Literary Supplement [June 26th, 2015] had an article, by Natasha Randall, reviewing Georgian [the country] fiction [In defence of otherness].

Ms. Randall’s review(s) open with this:

“ … the Georgian myth of Amirani. He was the hero who lost his challenge against the god of gods in a contest of strength and was chained to a mountain in the Caucasus as punishment … In captivity, he is given a winged dog who licks at his chains while birds peck at his body. No scholar can say for sure whether Amirani or Prometheus is the original of this story – indeed, there are at least forty-four variants across the Caucasus mountain range. And, further afield, apart from the Greeks, the Azeris and Armenians all vociferously lay claim to the myth of the mountain captive.” [Page 20, TLS]

The Classical Tradition [The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press Reference Library, Cambridge, MA, and London, 2010] notes  [Page 785 ff.] the Prometheus myth as told by the Greeks (Hesiod, Aeschylus, Ovid) and the extrapolations by others (Fulgentius, Sandys, Bacon, Voltaire, Goethe, Herder, Nietzsche, Shelley, Wollstonecraft, Gide).

The myth, as you know, tells how Prometheus gave fire (and technology) to humans and Zeus condemned him to be bound to a rock and perpetually tortured by an eagle (who pecked at his liver).

My point is that the Prometheus myth, like that of Noah’s flood, is ubiquitously told by many cultures – not connected linguistically or geographically or culturally – portrays an inherent historical truth, one that resides in the collective unconscious of humankind.

Something happened to ancient mankind that provoked the Prometheus or Amirani myth, and inside that myth resides the detail that some “hero” gave mankind advancements that upset the gods (or immortals), but helped humans move forward evolutionarily, at least “technologically.”

Isn’t that what Ancient Astronaut theorists keep telling us, with their “heroes” being extraterrestrials or galactic aliens?

Can we discount, then, the AA speculation(s) out of hand?

RR

Friday, July 10, 2015

NASA's latest Pluto photos

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/nasa-just-released-first-clear-123926827.html

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Ufological Fame….it could be yours

I have blogs dealing with media (social and otherwise) and entertainment.

I note at those blogs how advertising has taken hold of businesses, that are vying to get content that brings the great unwashed to their venues.

Every one want to be entertained, like those in Rome before that great empire was sacked by barbarian hordes, leading to the Dark Ages.

But absorbing or creating entertainment is meaningless in the great scheme of things.

While I think the UFO topic is disreputable and embarrassing for thoughtful, dignified human beings, I offer this:

He or she who resolves the UFO enigma/mystery will gain a fame that exceeds that of any entertainment star or economic wunderkind.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s partial founder and current CEO, is famous, for his internet acumen.

But a person who tells humanity what those UFOs are or are not, in definitive terms, will have a mantle of fame that will supersede such mundane fame.

Of course, the truly greats – Leonardo, Shakespeare, Beethoven, Einstein, et al. – will maintain their famous sobriquet(s).

But the UFO “resolver” or explainer will be among the high and mighty who now traverse the Earth.

So, get at it UFO enthusiasts….fame (and fortune) can be yours.

RR

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Jose Antonio Caravaca sends along a Black Vault link that is intriguing.

http://www.theblackvault.com/casefiles/arctic-ufo-photographs-uss-trepang-ssn-674-march-1971/#

Jose sees the objects as possibly "test targets" of some kind (I tend to agree) and sent these images to make his point:
RR

Eric Wargo’s TheNightshirt.com

If you access Eric Wargo’s site (noted above), you’ll be immersed in material that is edifying but often abstruse.

Eric’s musings remind me of Bruce Duensing’s cogitative blog(s), and Eric refers to Bruce a few times in his (Eric’s) current posting about pSi and related topics.

Bruce, a rather close friend of mine, suffered from Asperger’s disease.

During the last few months of his life, he and I discussed his “madness,” me telling him he had a controlled kind of schizophrenia.

(Bruce experienced a disturbing vision, caught on film, a short while ago, of a Jungian archetype: The Wise Old Man.

(I thought the image caught on camera was Bruce’s son, who died a few years ago; his death affecting Bruce to the depths of his soul. But, after sending the photo to Bruce Maccabee for his evaluation, Bruce Duensing and I agreed it was not his son in the photo.)

Eric Wargo sees value in Jacques Vallee’s associative commentary about UFOs, computer algorithms, synchronicity, et cetera.

I’ve always thought, since my days visiting the mentally ill at Wayne County General Hospital (Eloise), Michigan as part of my psychology requirements, that the psychotics and schizophrenics were not beleaguered by neurological maladies (called madness at the time) but were actually receiving input from somewhere, and from something.

I’ve addressed this a few times here and at our other blogs.


Jose Caravaca thinks such input comes from an “external agent” which hasn’t been clarified exactly but can fall into that amalgam of psychic sources Eric delineates.

However, that Eric and Bruce (rest his soul) think UFOs are part of a psychical realm, brilliantly as that is argued by Eric and densely suggested by Mr. Duensing, doesn’t sit well with me.

There is, if UFO/flying saucer reports have a scintilla of accuracy, a tangibility to UFOs.

Bruce Duensing, citing Persinger, allowed that electromagnetism could produce tangibility.

Persinger’s views are eschewed by scientists generally, and I always thought Bruce’s affection for Persinger was oddly obsessional.

(Bruce had synchonicity occurrences like those cited in Eric Wargo’s current posting and posited such occurrences to the psychic milieu addressed by Gurdjieff, another favorite of Bruce’s.)

This was the “madness” that Bruce Duensing lived with, and he hated that I ascribed his experiences to “madness,” taking that as a personal assault when, in fact, I meant it as an element of the information that schizophrenics received from who or what.

At any rate, some UFOs represent psychic manifestations or electromagnetic signals or hallucinatory visions, but just some.

Other UFOs represent a phenomenon that is tangible and real, as real as anything we experience consciously, but that opens the door to another matter: the reality of consciousness, which I can’t deal with at the moment, still trying to digest Eric Wargo’s erudite suggestions at his site.

RR

Monday, July 06, 2015

What if there were only one….

… real flying saucer/UFO event?

Of all the UFO/flying saucer reports over the years – over the millennia even – isn’t there one unique episode that rings true and also contains evidence that isn’t compromised in some way?

I think we can exclude the Kenneth Arnold account (see Kevin Randle’s blog for a current take on that iconic sighting), the Roswell tale, the Trent/McMinnville photos, The Hill’s “abduction,” Socorro, the Walton “take away,” the Phoenix lights, and any number of other commonly offered sightings, many mentioned here and at other blogs or web-sites.

But isn’t there one subliminal or ignored sighting/event that presents a real episode that tells us UFOs are actual phenomena or, at least one actual phenomenon.

And what would that one sighting be?

Any suggestions?

RR

Friday, July 03, 2015

What are those "dark spots" on Pluto (the dwarf planet, not the dog)

http://news.yahoo.com/horizons-sends-back-images-mystery-dark-spots-pluto-222503671--abc-news-topstories.html

The 1979 Robert Taylor UFO event

As some of you know, the Robert Taylor UFO episode of 1979 is a favorite of mine, for psychological reasons and as an impeccable UFO tale.

Jenny Randles provided the following excerpt of the event in her paper about UFOs and how to investigate them:

UFO STUDY: A Handbook for Enthusiasts
SECOND EDITION (2009: version 2.161).
by Jenny Randles, Updated by Robert Moore

A High Strangeness Case – Livingston, Scotland, 9th November 1979.

"… I will cite the investigation into a now well-known high strangeness case involving an apparent close observation of a “UFO” and associated physical traces. This event took place on Friday, 9 November 1979 at 10 a.m. in a wooded area just outside Livingston, West Lothian, in Scotland.

The case received media publicity on the Sunday and UFOIN arranged for investigators Martin Keatman and Andy Collins to go to the site as soon as possible (which was the Tuesday).

They spent three days in the area following up all the leads available, and a remarkable story emerged (3).

The witness, Robert Taylor (then sixty-one-year-old) at this time worked for the forestry department of the local development corporation. One of his tasks was to patrol an area of woodland not far from the M8 Glasgow to Edinburgh motorway.

He had just finished his coffee break and driven his van to the edge of the particular spot he was to check for stray animals. He continued on foot, with his dog (a Red Setter called “Lara”) running loose nearby sniffing happily at the various local smells.

Bob turned into a clearing and suddenly, unbelievably, he was standing just feet away from a dome-shaped (or possibly spherical) object that was just sitting quietly on the ground. It was about twenty feet wide and a dull grey metallic colour, with a rim near to the base from which sprang several vertical antennae or propellers. There was neither sound nor sign of life.

Mesmerized, he stood there for perhaps a minute, just gazing at this fantastic sight. Then, incredibly, portions began to fade in and out and he could momentarily see the background through the object. Before he knew where he was two grey spheroids behaving like robots, had come out of the object and rolled or bounced towards him. They were about a foot in diameter and had several spikes sticking out so that they looked not unlike landmines from a past war. As these spikes embedded in the wet earth a sucking sound was heard

In seconds the two objects had surrounded him. Three things then happened at once. He felt a tugging on his legs; he half smelt, half tasted, a somewhat foul gaseous emission; and he collapsed unconscious face forward onto the ground. As he did so he thought he heard a swishing sound. He came round in what seems to have been only a few minutes, as no substantial time loss occurred. His dog was by his side, excited and nervous, but the dome and spheroids had gone. Taylor believed that the dog frightened them off. He tried to stand but his legs were like jelly. He also had a severe thirst and a pounding headache.

These are all typical post-anaesthetic symptoms, as Rosalind Warrington points out. He finally dragged himself towards the van, without noticing as he left the ground where the object had been.

At the van he tried to radio his base for help, but hard as he struggled he could not speak. He then tried to drive home but was so to have a bath, as he was covered in mud from his fall. As he did so he noticed that his trousers were ripped at either hip. His employer was contacted and simply advised that Bob had been attacked.

Things now began to move faster. His employer contacted the police and a doctor also came around. The doctor examined him and suggested a precautionary X-ray at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. He spent most of the afternoon there, but left when he was called for `tests' and realized that the doctor had suspected he was hallucinating due to a head injury (which he did not have).

Meanwhile, the police had visited the site and sketched all the clearly visible traces that they found. They had also fenced off the area in an attempt to keep out sightseers - although this was not very effective. In addition they took away Bob's trousers for forensic analysis. They were clearly treating the matter with great seriousness. Indeed seven police officers (including a CID man) were on the site within minutes of the call.

Little else happened between Friday evening and the following Tuesday. The witness went away on a prearranged trip and so avoided the media publicity which he himself did not attract.

Steuart Campbell - at the time a BUFORA investigator - visited the site over the weekend and commenced his detailed investigation of this case, subsequently published in 1982; followed in 1986 by his theory that the Livingston event was instigated by a mirage of Venus and two other astronomical bodies.

Unfortunately, heavy snow had fallen on the Monday and the traces were covered by a six-inch layer. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it preserved them perfectly - whereas three or four days of inconsiderate local sightseers would have totally obliterated them. After getting the complete detailed story from the witness and all the other parties involved, the investigators set about the traces.

With the help of a now fully recovered Bob and some of his colleagues from the forestry department they meticulously moved the snow piece by piece and uncovered the still prominent traces. They first assured themselves that they were the real thing and not the effects of the snow. They had been able to photocopy all the drawings made within hours of the landing from the police notebooks and had also asked all those who had seen them on the Friday to draw them from memory before the snow was removed. All of these drawings matched, more or less perfectly, the markings that now lay before them.

Of course their first step was to photograph them from various angles, allowing for the interplay of light. As with a UFO photograph there is rarely more than one chance before the marks vanish forever and so it must be done correctly. An SLR type camera must be borrowed if all you have is an instamatic or a compact, since this would not allow good results if the lighting conditions were poor. It is also an interesting idea, especially if traces are very recent, to take some infra-red shots (and/or readings) at night. This records the difference in temperature and may show up any major anomalies at the landing site.

On recovery after his Close Encounter Robert Taylor found … strange step-like tracks in the thick grass at the point where the UFO allegedly landed.

Martin and Andy next commenced accurate measurements and plotting onto maps.

Things such as the depth of the impressions could not be overlooked. In this case there were three separate locations to consider, which somewhat complicated the task. Firstly, where the object had apparently been, there was a circular area with some strange step-ladder tracks inside. These seemed to bear no relationship to the description of the object seen. Secondly, where Bob Taylor had fallen, there were what looked like `drag marks' as if he had been pulled forward with his feet moving along the earth and gouging it out. These were in two parallel bursts which, if that is what they were, indicate that he was pulled along about one third of the way towards the object. Finally, between these two, were about twenty or thirty holes which were certainly in accordance with the spikes from the spheroids indenting the ground on their way to (and presumably from) the witness.

Unfortunately the earth was still damp with melting snow and attempts to make plaster casts failed. Indeed, one mould was left overnight and, as if to emphasize yet another problem ufologists face, when the investigators returned the next day some joker had placed a tin can right in the middle of the still unmet plaster.

Luckily, however, it did prove possible to dig up and preserve intact one of the holes.

Aside from all this various soil samples from the site and nearby controls were taken. These were sent to Leeds University where UFOIN then had assistance in sample analysis work.

The investigators' job did not stop here. Living with the witness they were able to observe his post-reactions. Whilst the strong physiological effects disappeared within hours, there remained a scratch mark on one hip (precisely where the tear in the trousers had been), which was still visible on photographs taken a few days later. He was also somewhat off his food, as incidentally was the dog (the animal's only notable reaction). This persisted for about six days after the encounter.

The final piece of this particular puzzle was the trousers. With the kind assistance of the Edinburgh police the two ufologists were allowed into the forensic laboratories to see the trousers and talk with the man who had conducted the tests.

It seems that the trousers were police-issue and therefore unusually thick. It would have required a considerable force, from something like a pair of pincers, to cause the upwards gash on either side. The tears were consistent with what one would expect if the unconscious man had been dragged head first towards the UFO. As a final teaser it was discovered that on the front of the trousers was a patch of white powder. Analysis proved this to be maize starch - although Bob Taylor had no idea where this could possibly have come from.

Sadly, Robert Taylor died in March 2007 – maintaining the validity of this experience throughout the remainder of his life (6). Steuart Campbell’s explanation aside, the “Livingston incident” is still generally considered unexplained, and represents one of the UK’s most significant and best investigated “Close Encounter” events.

References:
Close Encounter At Livingstone, Peterborough, U.K, BUFORA Ltd.
5. Livingston, a New Hypothesis”, Campbell, S. (1986), Journal of Transient Aerial Phenomena Vol 4, No 3 September
1986: pp 80-87.
6. Obituary, The Scotsman newspaper, 28th March, 2007."

NB: I suggest that readers/visitors here obtain the full paper. It's instructional for UFO researchers or wannabes.

RR