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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Outsider Art and UFOs

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In Chris Aubeck’s account of the image and vision of Frederick Birmingham in 1868 (which you should read here, in the posting before this one), one has to account for the voice(s) and images imparted to Mr. Birmingham.

While his contemporaries invoked mental aberration to Mr. Birmingham, I’m not so sure that his experience was a schizophrenic episode.

It’s a possibility, surely, but what is he was contacted, as he reported, by something or someone who provided aircraft information to him during the ongoing surge of lighter-than-air devices in the time-frame?

The Birmingham account occurred around the same time as the Henry Wallace incident, outlined by Mr. Aubeck in his book with Jacques Vallee, Wonders in the Sky, and noted in my July 2013 piece:


Something was going on in the 1800s: preparatory aircraft-sightings of a seemingly demented kind, but were they really mental aberrations?

In the Birmingham incident(s) one finds drawings to “corroborate” what the witness experienced. Are these records of actual visions or renderings of a diseased mind?

A search (or scrutiny) of “outsider art” – which has been gathered mostly from patients in mental hospitals – might show intrusions of thoughts (telepathically?) by someone or something hoping to bring about progressive change in human progression, but mistakenly seen as psychological or neurological aberration.

The outsider art one might look at can’t include that from contemporary times or the so-called modern era – 1950 on, to arbitrarily set a cut-off date.

Modern “outsider art” is conflicted by the anxieties of the times, as Jung noted in his book, Modern Man in Search of a Soul.

Here’s outsider art by contemporary “artists”:


It’s useless for our purpose, although it has imagery that seems to pertain.

Here are examples of art from 1911 and 1930 which may contain imagery that is germane to UFOs and those responsible for that phenomenon (perhaps):


Like cave art or pictographs of ancient mankind, which show oddities that are not reconciled by paleontology or scholars, outsider art may contain clues or images that confirm UFOs come from a place outside of time or terrestrial locale, as is the case with Mr. Birmingham’s contact(s) in the mid-1800s.

RR 

26 Comments:

  • This theme recalls Ibn Al Arabi's fascinating cosmology which is so dense to read, it makes my comments here the paragon of clarity. It has taken me over a year to get through it's summation recently published. Essentially, he refutes the common idea that imagination is simply a flight of fancy and defines it as an essential portion of his physics in that he uses it as a crux of imaging and that there is a bridge between consciousness within a spectrum of states that could be considered between physicality and in forming. He terms all forms as contingent, manifesting in imaging ( inner and outer ) as not set but rather their physicality is dependent on their level of self organisation.

    Surrealism as describing a state rather than a direct description of an observation is one of those constructions that fit many a bizarre anomalous encounter.

    Not information in a modality as we would normally process it.These sort of things allow information to be processed and yet appear as embryonic visions rather than the steady state of say, a rock or an automobile. Imaging and imagination are aspects of consciousness that are unknown territories in terms of their relationship in evolution. Then you have the ten dimensional matrix of these forms as a chimera. All very mysterious and buried and yet we play some unknown role in all this.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Tuesday, December 17, 2013  

  • It's a fascinating area for study, Bruce, as you know.

    Jung approached the matter, but somewhat superficially perhaps, somewhat...

    Freud's unconscious designation didn't go far enough, stopping at the id where sexual proclivities lie.

    The imagination coupled with input from outside offer a whole sub-set for those who study the mental constructs we as humans are saddled with.

    Someone has access to our inner being...and maybe its Caravaca's "external agent" or something else that is yet to be truly defined or understood.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, December 17, 2013  

  • Continued
    When I look at imaging or imagination, I ask where does this come from? Yet we are in a matrix of biochemicals with electro-magnetic properties as are all things, even a rock and if first year physics is correct, all energy is information whose states of transmission, storage and transformations are dependent on where they land in terms of neo-platonic forms.Since we are entangled in all this, I often wonder if we are more mediums than actors or the two are on an equal footing. Schizophrenia as a bio-chemical anomaly certainly sets up a unique sort of transceiving information as energy and perhaps is capable of imaging what is normally edited out as a counter to being able to process experiential reality as a more steady state.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Tuesday, December 17, 2013  

  • I saw a clip of Persinger dealing with this in the Destination America show on the Rendlesham incident(s), providing an explanation for Pettison's "computer code (010101) input.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, December 17, 2013  

  • Yes, i think Persinger and his studies of the physical brain's energetic relationship to the energetic environment interestingly has focused on the most energetic aspect of it, the atmosphere. Not surprisingly, this is where our pet creatura reside or seem to. The only qualifier I can see in his work is the debate among scientists as to where consciousness resides..Is the physical brain a medium rather than a actor? All of this is very ripe territory. For myself, that is why I pushed Persinger as well as what physics brings to the table rather than say, it all revolves Roswell and prosaic inferences. The issue is as you once said, you cannot study ufology with ufology..that always stuck in my head.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Tuesday, December 17, 2013  

  • In reading Chris's paper on Fred Birmingham, some things jumped out at me - one that the notion of either intentional or accidental ingestion of psilocybian fungi is strangely absent. The mushroom was likely brought to Australia in 1788 with the first introduction of livestock, although Kangaroo dropping would have also made a significant substrate for which fungi could grow. To quote Erowid.com:

    Some mycologists who have studied the "magic mushrooms" in Australia and NZ claim that the "use of P. cubensis as a recreational drug tends to confirm the belief that [some] farmers in early times [may have] added one or two basidiomes [gilled mushrooms] to a meal to liven it up [and still do] Margot & Watling, 1981)."

    http://www.erowid.org/library/books_online/magic_mushrooms_aunz/magic_mushrooms_aunz2.shtml

    Now who is to say whether by accident or deliberate action Birmingham ingested a psychoactive substance? It's a definitive possibility. But, there are also other options like N,N-Dimethyltryptamine which is found in the body, and is often at it's highest natural levels in the brain during deep sleep (3-4am). Natural "DMT dumps" by the body have been talked about, and produce some seriously mystical experiences.

    By the way, none of the above makes the experience not "real". Nor does it make the entities seen and met with in tryptamine states not sentient and external. That these beings are contacted more easily in an altered state of consciousness (natural or induced) puts them squarely where the paranormal has always been. In a state of liminality, and marginality.

    I find Birmingham's cloud UFO intriguing - in that it is so very similar to Terence McKenna's:

    (continued in part 2)

    By Blogger JR, at Tuesday, December 17, 2013  

  • part 2:

    "McKenna saw a flying saucer once, too -- in full waking consciousness -but it troubles him to tell the story. It was in the Amazon jungle of Brazil, where he, his brother Dennis, and a number of other associates had gone to study shamanic uses of hallucinogenic plants. It was there, in the mid-1960s, that McKenna made his first acquaintance with psilocybin. At that time, he says, he was a hard-nosed scientific reductionist intellectual. The drug experience, and many other things about his time in the jungle, thoroughly boggled his western-educated mind. His UFO sighting was a particularly impressive incident.
    On the advice of a local contact, he sat down one day to watch a portion of the sky where, reportedly, a UFO might appear. After awhile, he noticed a strange, thin, horizontal cloud forming near the horizon. The cloud grew in length, then divided in two. The parts separated some distance, then moved back together again. Then the cloud appeared to move slowly toward him. McKenna wanted to rush to the nearby hut and wake his sleeping friends to come and see, but he was afraid to take his eyes off the moving cloud -- so he sat staring as it moved closer. Before long, he says, it was directly overhead, now clearly a flying saucer and so close he could see rivets in the metal. There was just one thing wrong. "I recognized this thing," he says."It looked like the end cap of a Hoover vacuum cleaner, exactly the same fake saucer as in George Adamski's photos. This thing flew right over my head, and it was as phony as a three dollar bill. I knew it was a fake."
    For McKenna, it was the ultimate cognitive dissonance. Self negating, and again, as completely absurd as Birmingham's. I find that both originated from clouds, highly suggestive all the other facts considered.

    One thing psychedelics have done in effect to people who ingest them is that they suggest things. The creative bend goes over the moon - people find high levels of creativity and original thought ingenuity running extremely high in these states and afterward. Take a look at the

    I think it a strong possibility that Birmingham may have ingested a psychoactive substance, and I'd be curious to find out if it was intentional or not...or even an effort at sabotaging the man for some reason.

    JR

    ps-see Pablo Amaringo's work

    By Blogger JR, at Tuesday, December 17, 2013  

  • I think Tony Bragalia once provided an item here (at this blog) about psychedelics and UFO sightings.

    I dismiss the idea, as such use or ingesting of such "drugs" would only account for a few UFO sightings; one being the Travis Walton case, as I've surmised here earlier.

    In the Birmingham case, the total experience and living habits of the man also rule out such a "drug" scenario, for me.

    Also, as I've tried to note here, there seems to be a litany of like incidents and experiences in the time-frame.

    Psychedelics as a probability is lost on me; a possibility? Yes, but only remotely so.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, December 17, 2013  

  • RR-I think you jump the gun - I didn't say it explained all UFO sightings (which can't even be confined to the same source), only that the intoxicants mentioned have routinely given "contact" across cultures with beings in strong saucerial sub-themes. In effect, a shortcut or a altered perception to see what the brain normally dampens out.

    There is no real reason why indigenous Amazonian peoples - never exposed to western culture, were and still are painting their ayahuasca visions replete with flying saucers, which they relate are flying objects they see in the sky during the altered state.

    There's a connection of some sort, but like everything else about the phenomena, it eludes.

    I'm curious how you dismiss the possibility of accidental ingestion (or deliberate for that matter) in Fred Birmingham's case (other than you dismiss the altered state angle to start with).

    JR

    By Blogger JR, at Tuesday, December 17, 2013  

  • Jeff..

    I'm prone to abhor psychedelics in general; they are so subsidiary to normal living that they are irrelevant.

    And in the Birmingham case, for me, totally a stretch.

    You pose a possibility, I grant you, and I can accept that.

    But reviewing the case, in conjunction with the other incident I noted, I'm inclined to see other causes for Mr. Birmingham's episode.

    I can imagine someone attributing Lonnie Zamora's Socorro sighting to psychedelics, because of his locale and the tendency for mushroom use by the indigenous peoples there, and his propensity for drink, as Mr. Bragalia kept accenting.

    But I see Officer Zamora and Mr. Birmingham free of such vices and not adept at ingesting such "drugs" inadvertently.

    The Amazonian tribes you cite may have seen flying saucers because their vision was enhanced and they actually saw what they saw;
    the visions were not hallucinatory in the proper sense.

    That's a possibility too, not a probability in my mind, but a possibility.

    I can imagine one or two flying saucer/UFO sightings encouraged by LSD or other such drugs, but only one or two -- the Walton case being one, as noted.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, December 17, 2013  

  • btw, I forgot to mention John Dee, the Welsh mathematician, and astronomer is an interesting wrinkle here too, considering the alleged source of some of his scientific matters.

    JR

    By Blogger JR, at Tuesday, December 17, 2013  

  • I'm planning a piece on Dee; a fascinating man, also an object of attention for Bruce Duensing.

    That Dee was easily gulled and also a man prone to "gulling" counts for something, but not so much to detract from his "accomplishments" as to enhance his odd achievements, which intrigue.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, December 17, 2013  

  • "I'm prone to abhor psychedelics in general; they are so subsidiary to normal living that they are irrelevant."

    So I'm guessing you reject their recent successful medicinal uses by rather elite medical institutions?

    "I can imagine one or two flying saucer/UFO sightings encouraged by LSD or other such drugs, but only one or two"

    As I said, there are naturally occurring DMT levels in the brain which cannot be ignored when we speak of contact with non-human beings of any sort. One need not be under the influence to be effected. We are made of drugs.

    JR

    By Blogger JR, at Tuesday, December 17, 2013  

  • You make valid points Jeff, and I imagine Bragalia and Duensing will agree with you.

    Me? I'm not inclined to go that route and see such "medicinal" intrusions as peripheral to the UFO phenomenon and the sighting of same.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, December 17, 2013  

  • See "UFOs & LSD: The Secret Connection"(May 6, 2010) archived on this site. Mention is made of McKenna. The connection between inner and outer space is clear...

    And yes, I will now confirm: Lonnie Zamora drank.

    AJB

    By Blogger Anthony Bragalia, at Tuesday, December 17, 2013  

  • RR-
    The problem remains the same: we cannot differentiate the UFO reports at present time to any degree of absolute. Some are likely explainable as misperceptions and hoaxes, some are likely experimental craft, and a small portion of them are representations or manifestations of this phenomena.

    The problem is discerning the difference. I we're on different sides of the same issue. You mention Zamora - the case has never interested me. Because to me it's a terrestrial event, and not representative of the very odd phenomenon we're trying to get at - the one that is the quintessential slippery eel.

    JR

    By Blogger JR, at Tuesday, December 17, 2013  

  • The only point of agreement among the majority of folks who study this is the fact there is certainly multiple causation ( hoax, actual, misperception) at play. In terms of the use of psychoactive drugs, my view is that this is a cheat, however a recent study has shown , for example that those who possess a gift for mediumship in various forms do have a different arrangement of bioelectrical activity in the physical brain. I suspect there must be a different form of multiple causation at play and in order for an event to manifest, more than one predisposing factor has to be present in order for interaction to occur. The cyclic and unpredictable nature of these events resemble weather patterns in this way. Back in the day of punch cards being used to input computer analysis of this or that, Persinger did an exhaustive survey of many such factors on a grid of the U.S in relation to the locations of sightings. One of the interesting aspects of this is also John Keel’s research notes and his leaning toward either a sentient or semi-sentient feedback loop at play. Again, I think at the heart of this is imaging and imagination as how do we see what does not exist in a physicality that our sense can touch? Whether it is an invention or a UFO? This seems to be the crack in the door where this stuff is operand. The research profiles of those, say in abductions, have a high level of native creativity and this is taken as they made their experiences up whereas I think something more subtle is at play..that requires a certain recombinant ability in inner imaging. Keel noted that major events in society seem to be a trigger which was way ahead of the findings of Princetion’s GCP finding that the same does occur..that randomness is placed into order by major events that alter what is yet an unknown energy field. Coherence that brings an event forward seems to be a matter of entrainment in mass consciousness.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Wednesday, December 18, 2013  

  • Now if Bruce had divvied up this block of input -- with paragraphing and white space -- readers would see how brilliant he is.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, December 18, 2013  

  • I would not characterize myself as brilliant Ask my wife.I have this one remaining characteristic of Aspergers that is compulsively focused at the detriment of editing my output. It used to drive Patrick H crazy when I would write a lead in to a story and he would say, "nobody understands this stuff" I am hopefully getting sentence structure to a more coherent level but I do know that formatting is an issue.You should see my tax return compilations. My CPA eyes glaze over.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Wednesday, December 18, 2013  

  • As a reader of Dickens, I'm not offput but I do appreciate Hemingway's approach, even though I rarely adhere myself.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, December 18, 2013  

  • Thomas Wolfe seems to be my mentor.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Wednesday, December 18, 2013  

  • And it seems he's mentored the hell out of you.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, December 18, 2013  

  • Bruce said:
    "The research profiles of those, say in abductions, have a high level of native creativity and this is taken as they made their experiences up whereas I think something more subtle is at play..that requires a certain recombinant ability in inner imaging."

    Well there's the marginal aspect in play (anyone can dismiss it as flights of creative imagination - even though imagination may be more than we think it is - that's a whole other subject), but it's more than that.

    If you're an intelligence that exists on the edge of human perception - you're going to want to deal with individuals who can effectively communicate the experience in a variety of ways: writing, visual arts, etc. Creatives are more apt and equipped to do that. The visualization and ability to extrapolate extraordinary experience is part of the creative mind.

    Now of course that's attributing human logic to the "alien" mind, but what else have we got really.

    JR

    By Blogger JR, at Wednesday, December 18, 2013  

  • For me, the occasional drug influenced sighting or the hallucinatory event are atypical.

    What people see or have seen is as they've perceived it, and reported it, taking into account the interpretive diversity that afflicts multiple witness testimony.

    That is, what is seen and reported is what it is.

    The nature of that "it" is open to hypothesis, as we've all been doing for years.

    But all in all, what has become UFO lore contains the essence of what has been or is being seen.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, December 18, 2013  

  • RR-as I said, we're made of drugs, so there's little differentiation in drug induced or not - it's all human perception one way or another - altered in many cases.

    I for one have a hard time believing that you of all people take the reports as unfettered and unedited by the UFO groups.

    There's outlier data all over the place very few see, and anyone in the general public category of interest in the subject will probably never know about.

    And unless you're out there actively engaging witnesses with "don't hold back" questions, even they will censor their story for fear of not being believed.

    JR

    By Blogger JR, at Wednesday, December 18, 2013  

  • Jeff:

    It's the gist of the stories or reports that I'm interested in and those minute details incorporated by witnesses that show up (like patterns) in other witness accounts.

    While the great unwashed are derelict about what they see or witness, one can discern those elements that continue to show up in report after report, and assume they're valid.

    I'm taking about reports before they get in the hands of ufologists; those blokes have screwed up or distorted sightings by their biases and ineptness (shall I say ignorance?).

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, December 18, 2013  

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