Hi Friends and Researchers
I have been sent the below article by the well respected UFO and
paranormal researcher Jacques Vallee.
He tells me it can be freely distributed. It has already been posted on the NIDS
This may not be a popular theory for the formation of crop circles and
raises a thousand issues.
But it surely deserves discussion.
CROP CIRCLES: "SIGNS" FROM ABOVE OR HUMAN ARTIFACTS?
Some personal speculations on a fractal theme
The key to investigating anomalies often lies in asking the right questions
rather than pondering a long list of assumed answers and fighting over
hypotheses. The crop circles that have adorned English fields in the last
couple of decades are a good example of this principle. Many
well-intentioned "paranormal" investigators and New Age enthusiasts have
immediately posited that the circles must be caused by Aliens, while the
general opinion of journalists and academics tended to state they were the
product of hoaxes. Indeed two retired men were featured in the world media
as the confessed authors of many circles. Over the years several interested
researchers - including this author - have met with and interviewed
self-described "artists" who had generated some complex crop formations as a
new type of display where the landscape is used as a canvas to shock popular
consciousness and stimulate reaction. There is no question that at least
some of the formations - including some remarkably complex ones - are their
This leaves most of the formations unexplained, especially those that have
appeared in a very short time or under conditions of very high mathematical
accuracy. Drawing a bicycle or a spider in a wheat field is one thing, the
Mandelbrot set of fractal geometry is quite another.
When sophisticated formations started appearing in the English countryside
several teams of UFO investigators (who came from a background of soil and
trace studies related to the familiar imprints often left behind after
sightings such as Delphos or Trans-en-Provence) began to take notice. Rather
than jumping to conclusions about the origin and purpose of the formations
they drew up a list of fundamental questions that went like this:
Is there a change in the nature of the formations over time?
What is it, exactly, that happens to the vegetation inside the affected
Is there anything special about the location of the phenomenon?
To seek information on these topics they established a protocol to gather
vegetation samples and sent them to a number of laboratories for microscopic
studies. The results, which have been discussed at meetings of the Society
for Scientific Exploration and other public events, have never seemed of
sufficient interest for the media (or, indeed, the ufological mainstream) to
take notice, perhaps because they conflicted with the sensational nature of
The answers are as follows:
The early formations were simple circles, then circles with satellites. In
later years more and more sophisticated and precisely-drawn geometric
Vegetation is bent because the nodes are exploded. The stalks are not broken
and indeed the plants are often reported to start growing again.
All the significant formations were observed in an area in close proximity
to major research facilities of the British defense establishment, often in
So much for Aliens and Druids. These studies point to the crop formations as
the result of sophisticated electronic warfare experiments conducted by
defense contractors. The answer to question (1) provides the first clue: If
you are trying to calibrate a beam, drawing a pattern on a wheat field can
yield precision information within the diameter of one stalk over hundreds
of feet, an ideal test situation. The answer to question (2) narrows down
the type of energy that can be responsible, because the amount of heat
radiation that needs to be coupled into one node of a stalk of wheat to
vaporize the water content is a known quantity, as laboratory tests in
France and in the United States soon established. The answer to question (3)
points to the likely authors of the tests.
It is tempting to jump to the conclusion that some sort of space-based
weapon is being developed. I am reluctant to assume this because of the cost
involved. Even if satellites represent the ultimate platform for such a
weapon, which does not seem obvious to me, the calibration tests can be
carried out far more cheaply from a conventional aircraft. In those cases
when witnesses on the ground have seen formations in the process of being
created, they have described a reddish glow at ground level, with the
vegetation bent over in a matter of minutes. This would be consistent with a
beam directed at the field from a hovering dirigible, painting a figure very
much in the same way as an electron beam "paints" a digital image on a
computer screen. From conversations I have had with the investigators
involved, the beam would be unlikely to be a simple infrared beam. Instead a
combination of laser and microwave transmitters may be involved, or a form
of maser. Perhaps the increasingly sophisticated tests are designed,
precisely, to discover optimal combinations.
This leaves several issues pending: Why don't witnesses see the supposed
hovering platforms if they simply fly over the countryside? What about the
"confessions" of the two retired men who claimed they made the circles with
a two-by-four and a piece of string? And why do the experiments continue at
a point where the technology seems to have reached a high level of
perfection? I only have tentative answers to this new set of questions:
Many years ago I gave a lecture on UFO research at Oxford University. One of
the people attending, a physics faculty member, told me of an interesting
personal experience. His hobby was to fly gliders over the English
countryside. On one occasion, on a bright afternoon, he was astonished to
see his plane reflected in a surface that appeared to be motionless in the
atmosphere. He actually flew around the object and determined it was a
perfectly reflecting cylinder. It is obvious that such a device would have
"low-observable" characteristics - a visual stealth platform.
What is suspicious about the two older men's "confession" is that it
appeared simultaneously on the front pages of international papers and on
CNN the same day. Any published author familiar with the difficulty of
getting media attention will know that it takes a very powerful public
relations firm to get a story to the front page of the Wall Street Journal
and the New York Times, Le Figaro and many other papers the same day. Where
did the two pensioners get the kind of clout that would spin their claim
around the planet? The result was instantaneous: The press and, more
importantly, most scientists lost all interest in the story for 10 years.
Why do the tests continue? I admit I have no good answer to this. It seems
farfetched to assume that they have become more sociological than
technological in nature, yet this could provide an explanation. Soon or
later the truth will be known, and it can be used to discredit the community
of paranormal researchers who have rushed to decipher alien scripts in the
formations, or have hypothesized a return of the Druids, earth lights or
messages from Gaia without first testing the basic physics of the situation.
It may also be that such hypotheses have been coldly planted among the New
Age milieu as part of a psychological warfare experiment, and that the real
nature of the crop formations can thus be hidden from serious attention for
a very long time.
Why would one need to develop such a beam? Destruction of incoming missiles
(or simple confusion of their electronics) would be an obvious purpose, but
several projects are already under way to produce such weapons, notably at
Boeing and other defense contractors. But we may be wrong in assuming that
the beam itself is a weapon; it might be used simply to guide a much larger
amount of energy (contained plasma, or the fireball created by a nuclear
explosion, for example) to its ultimate destination. The type of threat that
is present in today's world includes targets that one may not want to blow
up, but rather to fuse inside a fireball. Such a target might be a
biological laboratory, or a chemical factory, where dispersion of a pathogen
is undesirable. Is that what the innocent designs in English fields are
really telling us to get ready for? If so, their message may be far more
ominous that any communication from ETs, friendly or not.
Jacques F. Vallee
E-mail address: visions@...
Infinity Channel Group:
Joanne's webpage in Positive Health magazine:
Joanne's entry on uktherapists.com website:
'If you keep a green bough in your heart the singing bird will come'
'You must be the change you wish to see in the world' Gandhi
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