UFO Conjecture(s)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Cave Art or an Ancient Astronaut presentation of UFOs (flying saucers) for your amusement?

I just finished he Bertrand David/Jean-Jacques LeFrère book, The Oldest Enigma of Humanity: The Key to the Mystery of the Paleolithic Cave Paintings [Arcade Publishing, NY, 2013] wherein artist David proposes that the paintings by Paleolithic man, found in several caves, mostly in Europe, were created by primitive artists using figurines highlighted by fire, throwing their shadows on cave walls, which were traced by the artists, the technique used for thousands of years, passed down from generation to generation.

(I'll go into the hypothesis more upcoming, but for now let me say it's wanting in my mind.)

David also listed various theories [Page 117 ff.], from others, for the paintings, which I'll touch on also upcoming:

The shamanistic theory (already noted here in my posting, a weeks ago, about Jean Clottes book What is Paleolitic Art and R, Dale Guthrie's The Nature of Paleolithic Art)

The magical and mythological theories of Abbé Breuil and Leroi-Gourhan.

The cosmogenic theory of Chantal Jègues-Wolkiewicz

And the extraterrestrial theory, which I took to the internet where I found this elaborate effort.

http://www.mesopotamiangods.com/astronauts-shems-discs-rockets-skygods/

Whoever put together this site did so with élan and a belief, it seems, in the Ancient Astronaut theories of UFO sightings.

I discount the view, as you know, because advanced alien civilizations would be remiss in spending so much time surveying this lonely, backwater planet, but some of you might find the panoply of images provided by the web-site creator fascinating.

The cave art topic is another matter, unconnected to AA ramblings, but relevant to what mankind perceives and notes, artistically and otherwise, UFOs part of that madness....er, perception.

RR

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Is Facebook a new religion or a cult like Scientology?

What has this to do with UFOs? Facebook has usurped many if not most UFO buffs, who use the internet site to provocate their UFO views.

Facebook pages have replaced a lot of UFO web-sites and blogs.

(I, too, have several Facebook pages: one for media, and one that has a UFO tinge but only a tinge, and a few others.)

CNBC’s financial pundits exclaimed recently [4/28], after a hefty increase in the share value of Facebook, that Mark Zuckerberg’s creation is a “religion.”

I see Facebook as a devious created entity, much as I view L. Ron Hubbard’s goofy-based cult.

Facebook participants, and there are billions, are so attracted to the site that many have abandoned reason and life to fill their days with Facebook fluff, which is ubiquitous and egregious.

Facebook is an insidious intrusion into thoughtful living, and the bulk of commentary at Facebook is moronic, most of it inane beyond inanity.

Yet, Facebook attracts people in ways that religions or cults have never been able to do. Why? It’s not just herd-instinct. It’s something more dangerous.

That Facebook use by UFO buffs has diminished protracted, reasoned discourse about the UFO phenomenon, exchanging discourse for emojis and the desire to be liked is saddening.

But there is nothing to be done. The membership in Facebook is a tsunami that will increase unabated, taking all of us into its comforting arms of feigned friendship.

Not only will ufology succumb, but other artifacts of society, and culture, replaced by doltish input which dumbs down civilization in ways that religions or cults only wish they could.

RR

Reality is Not Reality!

My academic buddy, Bryan Sentes, provided this Atlantic (magazine) piece to his friends on Facebook:

Non-Reality link

Yes, we do live in a computer simulation

Simulation link

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ghost Rockets: 1946 [More interesting than you think]

UFO notable Chris Savia (The Anomalist, Daily Grail contributor) is heading up publicity for an ongoing project about Scandinavia’s Ghost Rockets, spurred by UFO-Sweden and Clas Svahn – UFO- Sweden's vice chairman and journalist, about whom you can read here:


Most of you know something about the Ghost Rocket episode(s) of 1946 but here’s the Wikipedia take on the sightings:


UFO Sweden is a ufology group, which is highlighted in a film about a recent Ghost Rocket-like sighting that UFO Sweden undertook to research, because it had all the earmarks of the 1946 Ghost Rocket sightings.

The film, which is leisurely by usual documentary standards, is interesting insofar as it shows a typical UFO buff group [UFO Sweden] and its machinations about a foray to the lake where the above-noted sighting took place.

The two people, who had the recent Ghost Rocket-like sighting, are a credible, rational example of UFO witnessing, and what they describe is fascinating (to me).

Also, the quasi-philosophical musings by some UFO Sweden old-timers are right up my alley: our place in the Universe, the possibility of UFOs from extraterrestrial civilizations (or not), and the still-exciting curiosity that UFOs (or Ghost Rockets) instills in them.

Here's the trailer for the film:

http://www.ghostrockets.se/trailer/

While the Ghost Rocket sightings, like many classic flying saucer/UFO sightings or events, are passé for many UFO mavens nowadays, such sightings (referenced in the documentary) are grist for some of us, as they engender the mystery of the phenomenon which drew us to it.

Check out the film, be patient – let it wash over you. It is quiescent but soothes the savage breast of ufology hereabouts.

RR

Monday, April 25, 2016

What happened to the recent Ramey-memo review?

A short while ago, visitors to Kevin Randle’s blog were agog about a new attempt to determine, after the successful revelation of the so-called Roswell mummy plaque, what the piece of paper held in General Roger Ramey’s hand during the photo-taking of the 1947 Roswell debris actually contained, word-wise.

A select group of Roswell mummy “decoders” and others were called upon to extend David Rudiak’s long-time attempt to decipher the Ramey-memo content.

A lot of commentary ensued but then the matter seems to have disappeared into a ufological black hole.

If this is the extent of UFO research by UFO buffs, it’s pretty sad.

Enthusiasm and seriousness, like all things UFO related are short-lived (usually non-existent).

When scientists, researchers of various disciplines, and serious hobbyists get hold of a thing that they find interesting or unexplained, they dig in and tackle the matter until there is a resolution, or a denouement of some kind, even one that concludes the explanation sought cannot be forthcoming, a rare denouement, as real curiosity is not so easily sated.

So, where does the Ramey-memo scrutiny stand?

RR

Nick Redfern on Albert Bender/James Constable and an MIB occult connection?

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2016/04/ufos-mib-the-occult-and-trevor-james-constable/

Saturday, April 23, 2016

SuperIntelligence, the Singularity, and Roko's Basilisk

Just got Nick Bostrom's book -- Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies [Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 2014/2016] in which he eschews the term "singularity" opting for "machine intelligence" instead.

(I'll have more about Professor Bostom's ideas, in the book, upcoming.)

A few weeks ago, Joel Crook sent me an e-mail touting Eliezer Yudkowsky and content about Roko's Basilisk. Joel provided these links:

Roko Basilisk link

http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Roko's_basilisk

The material impacts the super intelligence dialogues online.

There is consternation, all over academia and the internet, about The Singularity, machine intelligence, and AI (artificial intelligence).

What this has to do with UFOs is grist for speculation here that the enigmatic phenomenon may stem from von Neumann-like probes, scouring the Galaxy (Universe or Cosmos), probes which are intelligent [AI] machines.

For instance, in Albert S. Rosales' book, Humanoid Encounters: The Others Amongst Us 2000-2009 [Triangulum Publishing, 2015], setting aside the plethora of insane, hallucinatory accounts, there are several reported incidents that seem to indicate intelligent machines showing themselves to witnesses. For example, on Page 64 is a June 1-4, 2001 sighting in Narli Esme, Usak, Turkey:

Three villagers, on their way to their farm, saw a "strange figure" hovering just above the ground. It was about 70 cm in height and robotic in appearance, wearing a shiny, silvery outfit, yellow colored torso, and red boots. It had a large, rounded head with small slit like eyes.

The villagers threw stones at the thing, which rose up, to about 20 meters and shot towards a nearby water tank and disappeared from sight.

Other villagers saw strange lights and others saw the "alien" in their farm and also threw stones at it, making it fly away.

I've recounted other UFO reports which seem to show machines interacting with humans -- the 1979 Robert Taylor "attack" in Scotland, for one.

Give a read of the Yudkovsky material, linked above, and make an attempt to get your hands on some of Bostrom's thinking, along with that of Ray Kurzweil.

You'll see that a case can be made for super-machine-intelligence, perhaps showing up here on planet Earth from inter-galactic probes, stumbling upon this pathetic ball of life, eons ago and programmed to check back, over and over again as species evolve here.

(The Roko Basilisk scenario is just odd and fictionally frightening.)

RR

Friday, April 22, 2016

Kevin Randle opens the door to an ET event at Roswell, while not opening a door

This is the opening salvo of an exegesis by Kevin Randle, at his blog [kevinrandle.blogspot.com], about a letter from Lt. General Nathan Twining in September 1947:

“There are those who believe that Lieutenant General Nathan F. Twining’s letter of September 23, 1947, closes the door on the Roswell crash.”

Kevin goes on the elaborate upon the views of some in the United States military during the 1947 burst of “flying saucer” sightings/reports. Kevin allows for those views and investigations to provide a patina for the Roswell incident.

It’s an interesting ploy, to keep Roswell on Kevin’s front burner about UFOs. (Roswell nags at Kevin, and he can’t shake it. I call Roswell Kevin’s “Moby Dick.”)

Kevin’s hermeneutics on UFOs and, in particularly Roswell, are always interesting and intelligent, while many of those who comment at his blog are far from interesting or intelligent.

That said, let’s look at what Kevin is implying with his exegesis:

That there is a possibility, from the flying saucer accounts he provides, from credible military sources, that flying saucers are extraterrestrial craft or were, at least, in the 1947 time-frame.

But as CDA might contend, where are the scientific analyses or commentary for such a spectacular speculation?

Kevin’s posting brings in the dichotomy between Top Secret and Secret designations by the military, allowing for a knot-hole escape by Twining and some top level military men (and the U.S. government); that is, Twining and others in the military were not privy to Top Secret activities and such things as Twining’s letter, the gist of Kevin’s post, would be a curlicue around what was really going on in the inner circle of the government.

Kevin’s two-prong explanation for Roswell and flying saucers, in 1947, was that they were thought to be Russian technology captured from the Nazis at the end of World War Two or they were something from outside the Earth, based upon their maneuverability mostly.

Yet, what has happened since 1947? Have flying saucers, now epitheted as UFOs, been accepted by many as ET craft or by others as hoaxes or mental imaginations, even a new, unknown phenomenon?

Where is the extraterrestrial proof? (And, yes, where is the mental aberrational proof or the unknown phenomenon proof also?)

The idea that UFOs (or flying saucers) are the vanguard of an ET invasion, now going on since time immemorial, as Wonders in the Sky, indicates, is ludicrous.

A crashed ET disk near Roswell is a possibility, of course, but one so remote, considering the vastness of the Cosmos, and the pathetic place of earth in that Cosmos, that to keep pummeling UFO buffs with the idea is a kind of madness itself.

Yes, Kevin can’t let it go. He is obsessed, rationally, not in the way that David Rudiak is obsessed, irrationally.

Check out his musings, and stand by for the insane commentary that shall ensue. It’s all part of my feeling that humans are in a state of sublimated or repressed madness, and UFO buffs, especially Roswellians, more mad than the rest of society.

RR

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Not quite synchronicity but still an odd coincidence?

Several weeks ago I ordered , from Amazon, a used copy of Michel Foucault’s Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason.

The book I got was filled, up to page 135, with ballpoint pen underlinings and margin notes. The markings stopped at Hysteria and Hypochondria, half-way through the book, where the writer/owner left his business card: Brian R. Cocivera, Guard Division Manager for Elite Protective Services, Chelsea, MA 02150 (617) 887-**17.

Today I received another order, a used copy of Foucault’s Madness: The Invention of an Idea.

And I’ll be damned. The book is filled with ballpoint pen underlinings and margin notes, by the same guy: same ink, same writing up to page 66, almost half-way through the book, (no business card).

The first book came from a dealer in Boston, the second from a dealer in Illinois.

RR

Coming Soon!


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Nick Redfern on The Men In Black, Albert Bender, and the Sci-Fi element

http://jimharold.com/albert-bender-and-the-men-in-black-enduring-influences-on-sci-fi-entertainment-nick-redfern/

Mysterious Universe [Micah Hanks] on egg-shaped UFOs


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Insects may pilot UFOs....(speculated from a Facebook post by Bryan Sentes)

http://news.discovery.com/animals/insects/insects-have-consciousness-self-awareness-and-egos-160418.htm

A ghostly image: explained (maybe)

http://news.discovery.com/human/psychology/mysterious-figure-at-stanley-hotel-ghost-or-glitch-160419.htm

What do we hope to gain (find out) from UFO “aliens”?

Do they know if there is a God (or not)?

How do we get to there from here (as they do)?

Do they have diseases and/or illness as humans do, and if so, have they cures?

Is there a way to provide energy without fracturing the Earth, economically or physically?

Is alien life abundant in the Cosmos?

And what really happened in Roswell?

RR

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Maybe I'd get more comments if I posted my speculations in russkiy yazyk.
RR

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Artificial Intelligence [UFO] machines in the late 1940s and early 1950s:

Looking to see what flying saucer accounts early on in UFO lore (the modern era) might show up via a Google search, I found these postings online:

UFO Evidence:


Rudiak:


NICAP:


Bruce Maccabee:


These credible (authentic) sightings indicate, to me, that some “agency” was examining, close-up, things that the “agency” might think were similar to itself: an AI construct.

Unfortunately for the agency, what it discovered was a deaf/mute/inert object with which it could not communicate.

This, then, led to pursuit(s) of other machine-like or AI-like objects and the flying saucer boom exploded.

But from whence did the “agency” come: outer space, time, our future, another dimension, even some remote site on Earth?

Who knows? But the behavior of the artifacts spotted or recorded suggest intelligence.

Were they Von Neumann-like probes, eventually generating further probes because of the response lack, causing curiosity for the AI machines?

Were the extensive UFO sightings after 1950 the result of an AI panic glitch, not dissimilar to what happens when an insect colony comes across something foreign to the colony?

More to come….

RR

Friday, April 15, 2016

Nick Redfern's "eulogy" for MIB creator, Albert Bender

http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2016/04/albert-bender-dies-mib-and-ufos/

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Comic Book Memories and Flying Saucer People, Cigar-shaped UFOs, et cetera?

While perusing this compilation of various, early DC comic books, I noted that many images (from comics during the 1940s/1950s flying saucer heyday) duplicate, almost in dream-like recall, images that flying saucer witnesses used when they described a sighting or flying saucer event.

Having pointed out, in the past here, that memory may very well insert itself in UFO reports, as extrapolations or enhancements of prosaic/mundane sightings, I see a connection.

I’ve titled the comic book pictures here with their dates, so you can see that most predate major sightings in the early, modern era of UFOs (flying saucers), even one with a Loch Ness-like configuration:

Did persons, in their adolescent years, embed such images, only to have them resurface when they spotted something strange in their adult environment?

Or did persons see something strange and then impose upon it, familiar images from their impressionable past?

The mind is a funny thing, just like UFOs. The two seem to work in tandem.

RR