UFO Conjecture(s)

Friday, April 17, 2015

Why ET visitation is ludicrous

I've always maintained that the Earth is inconsequential in the great scheme of the universe and, thus, wouldn't be an attraction to an alien culture or civilization.

For example. here's the Earth as seen from Mars:

Here's North America in comparison to Jupiter:

Here's our solar system within the Milky Way:

And the Milky Way in context of the Universe:

The article with more:

http://www.vox.com/2015/4/17/8432733/space-maps

RR

The Roswell UFO and “Randy” Lovelace by Nick Redfern

Nick's latest post at Mysterious Universe:

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2015/04/the-roswell-ufo-and-randy-lovelace/

Thursday, April 16, 2015

An erudite and terrific site, about fringe things

I've mentioned Eric Wargo's interesting site a few times earlier here.

The Anomalist often cites his site as one of best reads about paranormal items extant.

But it is more than that. Mr. Wargo provides brilliant ruminations and thought about UFOs and things somewhat related.

Those of you who pretend to be intellectual should visit often and make relevant comments, if you think you're smart enough to do so.

If you want insight(s) and intelligent material that is unique and above the dross we often find online, even here at this blog, then take a look/read:

http://thenightshirt.com/

RR

God is dead….so we need extraterrestrials (and those slides)?

After World War II, and the aftermath of the Holocaust, there was a cultural realization that God wasn’t about to help his chosen people (The Jews) nor anyone else.

This brought about an undertow of thought that maybe intervention from outside the Earth could bring about salvation for mankind.

The  early adopters of the subliminal thought were sci-fi writers and flying saucer fanatics; that is, flying saucers became the panacea for Earth’s ills.

If God wasn’t going to intervene in human affairs, maybe an ET presence would do so, to help mankind.

Yes, some flying saucer believers and sci-fi writers/film-makers thought that ETs might be as disinterested or evil as God, but generally the thought was that ET’s might bring peace and cures for humanity.

That thought process was rife from the late 1940s into the late 1960s, and then common sense took over. 

UFOs became, for most, a phenomenon as distant as God, but there persists a remnant of core believers in the “ETs will save us, if God won’t” meme.

Today those believers have settled on those Roswell/alien slides as proof of an ET presence and the idea that if ETs exist, humanity will be saved by them and their supposed advanced technologies, medicines, and cultural know-how.

Sure, some of those promoting the slides as an ET proof are doing so to salvage their tattered legacies and UFO reputations, but some are also hanging on to the belief that the slides are evidence of an ET reality and that reality may be able to bring humans relief from a world gone mad.

Slide skeptics are composed of those who know God is dead and ETs are a fantasy for those who are looking for new gods.

But some of us know, in our heart of hearts, that not only is God dead, but alien beings are a figment of a neurotic need to see help on the horizon of a dying mankind, as noted by Freud in Civilization and its Discontents.

RR

Monday, April 13, 2015

Phenomenology and UFOs

No, I'm not going to subject you to a discussion of phenomenology, as such.

(I find, as some of you know, that philosophy, quantum mechanics, and other academic or scientific disciplines are, virtually always, presented in abstruse terms with arcane logic and thought to leave the impression that the topics are rarefied and only accessible to adepts -- the priests of the disciplines.)

But there are elements within the thought of phenomenology as presented by its notable "originator" Husserl and his acolytes Heidegger, Sartre, et al. that might help define what happens when one sees or reports a UFO.

Past and present UFO sightings might be explained by the vicissitudes of phenomenology.

I'll highlight, in the segments below (pulled from the internet sites, linked) that which might be helpful when one is trying to decipher classic or contemporary UFO accounts and sightings....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenomenology_%28philosophy%29

Phenomenology, in Husserl's conception, is primarily concerned with the systematic reflection on and study of the structures of consciousness and the phenomena that appear in acts of consciousness. This ontology (study of reality) can be clearly differentiated from the Cartesian method of analysis which sees the world as objects, sets of objects, and objects acting and reacting upon one another.

Whether this something that consciousness is about is in direct perception or in fantasy is inconsequential to the concept of intentionality itself; whatever consciousness is directed at, that is what consciousness is conscious of. This means that the object of consciousness doesn't have to be a physical object apprehended in perception: it can just as well be a fantasy or a memory. Consequently, these "structures" of consciousness, i.e., perception, memory, fantasy, etc., are called intentionalities.

According to Heidegger, philosophy was not at all a scientific discipline, but more fundamental than science itself. According to him science is only one way of knowing the world with no special access to truth. Furthermore, the scientific mindset itself is built on a much more "primordial" foundation of practical, everyday knowledge. Husserl was skeptical of this approach, which he regarded as quasi-mystical, and it contributed to the divergence in their thinking.

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/phenomenology/

Phenomenology is the study of structures of consciousness as experienced from the first-person point of view. The central structure of an experience is its intentionality, its being directed toward something, as it is an experience of or about some object. An experience is directed toward an object by virtue of its content or meaning (which represents the object) together with appropriate enabling conditions.

Conscious experiences have a unique feature: we experience them, we live through them or perform them. Other things in the world we may observe and engage. But we do not experience them, in the sense of living through or performing them. This experiential or first-person feature — that of being experienced — is an essential part of the nature or structure of conscious experience: as we say, “I see / think / desire / do …” This feature is both a phenomenological and an ontological feature of each experience: it is part of what it is for the experience to be experienced (phenomenological) and part of what it is for the experience to be (ontological).

As we interpret the phenomenological description further, we may assess the relevance of the context of experience. And we may turn to wider conditions of the possibility of that type of experience. In this way, in the practice of phenomenology, we classify, describe, interpret, and analyze structures of experiences in ways that answer to our own experience.

In its root meaning, then, phenomenology is the study of phenomena: literally, appearances as opposed to reality. 

Originally, in the 18th century, “phenomenology” meant the theory of appearances fundamental to empirical knowledge, especially sensory appearances.

Phenomenology studies phenomena: what appears to us — and its appearing

In Franz Brentano's Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint (1874), phenomena are what occur in the mind: mental phenomena are acts of consciousness (or their contents), and physical phenomena are objects of external perception starting with colors and shapes. For Brentano, physical phenomena exist “intentionally” in acts of consciousness.

Phenomena are whatever we are conscious of: objects and events around us, other people, ourselves, even (in reflection) our own conscious experiences, as we experience these. In a certain technical sense, phenomena are things as they are given to our consciousness, whether in perception or imagination or thought or volition. This conception of phenomena would soon inform the new discipline of phenomenology.

Realistic phenomenology studies the structure of consciousness and intentionality, assuming it occurs in a real world that is largely external to consciousness and not somehow brought into being by consciousness.

How I see or conceptualize or understand the object I am dealing with defines the meaning of that object in my current experience.

Consciousness is a consciousness of objects, as Husserl had stressed. In Sartre's model of intentionality, the central player in consciousness is a phenomenon, and the occurrence of a phenomenon just is a consciousness-of-an-object.

Neuroscience studies the neural activities that serve as biological substrate to the various types of mental activity, including conscious experience. Neuroscience will be framed by evolutionary biology (explaining how neural phenomena evolved) and ultimately by basic physics (explaining how biological phenomena are grounded in physical phenomena). Here lie the intricacies of the natural sciences. Part of what the sciences are accountable for is the structure of experience, analyzed by phenomenology.

“Phenomena”, in the Kantian idiom, are precisely things as they appear in consciousness, so of course their appearance has a phenomenal character.

Intentionality is a crucial property of consciousness, according to Brentano, Husserl, et al., the character of intentionality itself would count as phenomenal, as part of what-it-is-like to experience a given type of intentional experience.

http://www.iep.utm.edu/phenom/

Kant endorsed "transcendental idealism," distinguishing between phenomena (things as they appear) and noumena (things as they are in themselves), claiming that we can only know about the former 
phenomena are things as they appear. They are not mental states but worldly things considered in a certain way. 

Phenomenology, then, is the study of things as they appear (phenomena). It is also often said to be descriptive rather than explanatory: a central task of phenomenology is to provide a clear, undistorted description of the ways things appear.

In ordinary waking experience we take it for granted that the world around us exists independently of both us and our consciousness of it. This might be put by saying that we share an implicit belief in the independent existence of the world, and that this belief permeates and informs our everyday experience. Husserl refers to this positing of the world and entities within it as things which transcend our experience of them as "the natural attitude."

The subject matter of phenomenology is not held hostage to skepticism about the reality of the "external" world. 

It is possible that the implicit belief in the independent existence of the world will affect what we are likely to accept as an accurate description of the ways in which worldly things are given in experience. We may find ourselves describing things as "we know they must be" rather than how they are actually given.

It is vital that we are able to look beyond the prejudices of common sense realism, and accept things as actually given. It is in this context that Husserl presents his Principle of All Principles which states that, "every originary presentive intuition is a legitimizing source of cognition, that everything originally (so to speak, in its 'personal' actuality) offered to us in 'intuition' is to be accepted simply as what it is presented as being, but also only within the limits in which it is presented there." 

RR

Sunday, April 12, 2015

What you don’t get, about those Roswell/alien slides.

From what I know, and it isn’t much but it is worthy to note that the slides Tony Bragalia and his buddies have been working on have nuances and elements that are significant and the fellows have been tracking those nuances and elements seriously, lots of money and time spent.

While many of us have pressed for disclosure of what they’ve found, and some have tried to assuage our begging for information, before May 5th (and when news of the slides first surfaced many months ago), we have all – all of us – pressed for information, information that wasn’t ready to be hashed over…not because it was being held in abeyance but because it wasn’t grist for discussion in its primordial state.

That is, some of the findings and hints, with the slides, opened inquiry into other facets that seemed pertinent to UFOs (maybe Roswell) but had to be vetted, and that takes time.

I pushed for openness more than anyone and got a few snippets, things that were proffered to throw me off the track (or scent), the fellows (Mr. Bragalia in particular) irritated by my probing, my nosy insertion into their investigation.

Yes, there is a lot of hoopla and hype going on in anticipation of the May 5th event and I, for one, like the hoopla.

It will bring new attention to UFOs and Roswell, and we all would like to see more attention to both, especially by serious researchers, not the rag-tag band of “ufologists” who are mostly nuts or goofy, myself included.

Yes, there are questions to be answered, and lots of loop holes to be filled...

But let me state that some revelations on May 5th will startle and provoke further investigation of the slides, the persons involved with them in 1947 and now, and will also open the door to more speculation that is good for the UFO/Roswell mystery.

We have all been privy to some of the slides materials and context but there is so much more.

And I can’t wait to get my nose involved, as I see that some of that material and context as intriguing and worthy of pursuit, by those who continue to find UFOs and even Roswell an interesting topic (or myth, if you will).

So, while I’ll continue to dribble slides material sent to me online, I’m trying to be patient about the May 5th presentation (or circus, if you like – and we all like circuses don’t we?).

RR

Further Roswell/alien slides information from Spanish UFO researcher, Jose Antonio Caravaca

" ... Maussan said that the Roswell slides [were taken at the White Sands airbase] ...She (Hilda Ray) was a good friend of Eisenhower's [wife. Mamie].... Through ... this friendship, Hilda could see the images....

In the minute 32:28 [of the video linked below] Maussan said that one of the humanoids was transferred to the base of White Sands for the General XXXXX (you understand the name).


RR

Friday, April 10, 2015

Roswell/alien slides set-back?

I've been notified that, "The owner of the slides [is] a businessman named Joseph B. in Arizona ... he has [the] slides and these are not going to travel to Mexico, viewers will be able to see copies only .."

RR

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Why Mars?

While re-reading Wonders in the Sky [Vallee and Aubeck, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, NY, 2010] I came across an account, on Page 51 that told of a young boy who appeared during an upheaval period in Chinese history, and claiming to be from Mars (or as Wonders has it, claiming to be Yung-huo, the Star-God, Mars) cited as an account from the Wu kingdom during the wars of The Three Kingdoms [222-280].

I found more about the Three Kingdom Wars at Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Wu

And this passage about the incident reported in Wonders:
Many stories have reported martian encounters within the Wu kingdom. Evidence is identified in a story by Eastern Jin writer Gan Bao. The story is part of Gan Bao's writing called In Search of the Supernatural.
The story states within the Wu kingdom, the ancients recorded an event where playing children encountered a child with a strange appearance who stood at 1.3 meters tall, was dressed in blue and possessed shining eyes. Since the children have never seen this creature in the past, they surrounded it and asked it many questions. It replied, "I am not from the earth, but from the Mars, I saw that you are playing so happily so I came down to see you." The being also said, "The state of having three kingdoms standing will not last long, In the future, the world will belong to the Sima family.The children, became frightened and reported this to the nearby adults. However, when the adults came to the sight, the strange being disappeared by shrinking and jumping into the air. When people lifted their heads upward to watch him, they could only happen to see a white silk cloth dragging along a long belt, flying fast towards the sky above. The event was so bizarre, nobody would … speak of the event again

I've emboldened "Many stories have reported martian encounters within the Wu kingdom" because it would be interesting to see those stories.

But also intriguing is the stipulation that the "child" says he came from Mars, and this from an account written in (circa) 260.

What would allow a writer of ancient times to zero in on Mars as the site from which an wondrous visitor would show up on Earth?

(Yes, Mars, because it was red in the night sky, invited humans to give it inordinate attention, as was the case with the Greeks and its God, Ares, or for the Romans, its God, Mars.)

Was Mars, once a place, with canals and civilization, that was decimated by a cosmological disaster or a cataclysmic internecine war or even a termination by something outside of itself, and in the not too distant past?

Wonders in the Sky indeed, and here on Earth also.

RR

Monday, April 06, 2015

Extraterrestrials are HUGE, not small?

http://www.newsweek.com/aliens-are-enormous-science-suggests-319448

Sunday, April 05, 2015

The Colossus of New York and the Flatwoods monster

I once thought the Colossus of New York might be the imago-instigator of the Flatwoods monster sighting...
...until I read that the Flatwoods sighting took place in 1952 and The Colossus of New York film appeared in 1958; one speculation down the drain.

But a 1967 sighting by Ron Hill might be of the Flatwoods progeny. Who knows?

Saturday, April 04, 2015

The Roswell Religion

One can equate the Roswell incident with The Jesus Incident by merely reflecting on the similarities of both myths.

A (relatively) minor event, the crucifixion of a Jewish prophet/radical, in Jerusalem during the reign of Augustus Caesar became a monumental religious movement 60 years or so after that crucifixion is duplicated by a (relatively) minor Roswell incident which also became a monumental ufological movement 31 years after that incident.

The Jesus crucifixion was extrapolated by Saul of Tarsus (ST. Paul) and the Roswell incident was extrapolated by Stanton Friedman.

Of course, others broadened both incidents but Paul and Friedman were the primary proselytizers of the incidents under consideration.

In the history of Christianity, witnesses from hearsay have provided the core of the religious movement, just as the witnesses to Roswell have provided the core of that story, both not reputable enough to be seen as providing proof or truth for the events to which they are tied, but used by those hoping to further a belief system steeped in those flawed witness statements.

Christianity was founded upon oral traditions and remembrances of witnesses just as Roswell has been founded upon remembrances of witnesses, both devoid of actual fact or evidence for what is being proclaimed; each steeped in faith and misplaced mental fervor.

To this day, Christians accept the flawed Gospels that underlie their religion, and Roswellians accept the flawed ufological “documentation” that underlies their mythos.

An example of the Roswell acolytes and those who do not believe (the Roswell atheists) can be found at the current posting by Kevin Randle, in comments.

The Roswell believers are emboldened by the “evidence” that has been mustered by the many Roswell apostles extant since 1978, while the Roswell atheists strike back with arguments based in commonsense and reality.

The believers function on the basis of Faith; the atheists practice unbelief based upon what they see as failed documentation of a Roswell alien crash, with alien bodies.

The believers are hoping for a Roswell second-coming (May 5th) just as Christians await the second coming of Christ – a little overdue, but still within a possibility for the faithful.

Roswell is, at this juncture, a matter of faith and faith only, as nothing has come forth to prove the core of the myth: that an alien craft crashed near Roswell and spewed forth extraterrestrial beings.

But then Christianity, at this juncture, also awaits proof that the being upon which that religion is based will return or his alleged Godhood will be proved once and for all by confirmation of the stories told about him, all of which have be shown to be fraudulent.

Religion is an iffy proposition by any standard of scientific procedure or academic thinking,

Just so is Roswell.

But Faith is a mighty thing, taking hold of human sensibilities and mental acumen to the detriment of truth and actuality.

And thus it is with Roswell, just as it is with Christianity.

RR

Friday, April 03, 2015

Jose Caravca provides a conversation with Jaime Maussan

http://www.giorgiobongiovanni.it/messaggi-2015/5952--ufo-la-visita-extraterrestre.html

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Jose Caravaca provides, in a new article, the Roswell slides questions we are all asking. [In Spanish]

 http://caravaca.blogspot.com.es/2015/04/las-grandes-incognitas-de-las.html

Translatable by Google; my cell phone translated it automatically.

RR

Alien signals from space?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/02/radio-bursts-alien-signals_n_6984870.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

Voices heard (and writhing figures seen) on Planet Mercury?

http://news.sciencemag.org/space/2015/04/aging-space-probe-records-odd-emanations-mercury?utm_campaign=email-news-latest&utm_src=email

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

What Lonnie Zamora saw in Socorro [1964]?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winzen_Research

Winzen had sold plastic balloons to the Navy, the Air Force and several Universities for projects like Moby Dick, Strato-Lab, Skyhook, a secret reconnaissance mission to overfly Russia called Project Genetrix, as well other scientific projects.

http://stratocat.com.ar/stratopedia/1.htm

RR

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

UFOs by way of "brain fever"

From Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_E._Burchfield

Charles Ephraim Burchfield [Born: April 9, 1893, Ashtabula, OH Died: January 10, 1967, West Seneca, NY] was an American painter and visionary artist, known for his passionate watercolors of nature scenes and townscapes.

" ... he stayed up late at night painting whole bouquets of the blooms and had a bout of what was referred to at the time as "brain fever," which might now be termed mania."
RR

Monday, March 30, 2015

Crashed UFOs on Mars?

http://www.chinatopix.com/articles/44145/20150329/second-alleged-ufo-discovered-mars-two-months.htm

Angels, aliens, or hallucination? (I'll take the latter)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christine-carter/for-those-who-dont-believ_b_6963062.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592