Are UFOs All in the Mind?
- Are UFOs All in the Mind?
~ From ET to EM ~
The clamour of argument in favor of 'irrefutable' evidence supporting alien
existence and indeed some aspects of paranormal activity here on Earth,
continues to fall well short of being utterly conclusive. Too many
investigators appear to have abandoned any attempt at impartiality. Largely,
investigation remains a field overburdened by ill-equipped amateurs with
little or no direction, precious few 'experts' and always bereft of any
major mainstream scientific involvement. The illusory nature of most events
often ensures that we are forced to adopt a largely reactive rather than
pro-active role; interviewing eyewitnesses, site surveying and compiling
ever more yardage of statistical information. The downside of the latter is
what Jacques Vallee once observed with great insight some thirty years ago,
"A purely statistical study of a phenomenon as elusive as the UFO has no
value in itself".
Of the billions of people who inhabit this planet, no two pairs of eyes
perceive the world about them in quite the same manner. A recognition of
this fact could perhaps help explain the enormous variation in experiences
recorded by individuals across an entire paranormal spectrum. Decades of
research based on neuroscience has provided a definable link between what we
as human beings think we see and experience and what our brains may have
been influenced by. The human brain is an organ possessed of processes and
properties that still await further exploration and it remains greatly
underestimated. Its vulnerability, even to weak fields of electromagnetic
energy and electrochemical changes for example, represent an important
aspect of research which could shed new light on a vast murky corner of
Ufology that is almost totally dominated by a belief in the reality of alien
encounters and abductions.
The work of controversial neuroscientist Michael Persinger, at Laurentian
University in Canada, is aimed at demystifying human experiences such as
alien abduction and angelic visitation. It has prompted many to shield their
eyes from what seems like unbelievable truth and in a world where people do
shocking things to each other, some take comfort in pinning the worst evils
on aliens from other planets. Others giving up the ghost, want to escape
both wild sci-fi fantasy and ruthless rationalism for a return to the fold
of traditional, organized religion. Perhaps it is less than surprising that
Persinger's sensory-deprivation chamber experiments and his idea that all
extraordinary visions are strictly physiological in origin, should have
garnered vehement opposition -- even death threats. Can it be that many
paranormal events, too freely labelled demonic or alien in nature, really
occur when seizures in the brain's temporal lobes allow the right hemisphere
to intrude on the left? But such experimentation is merely a beginning and
one that should be welcomed, even encouraged by all sides in this debate.
The UFO/alien hypothesis above all else stands alone in being surrounded by
a pervasive emotional climate; one that can succeed in distorting even the
most commonplace sighting into exaggerated and fanciful events. In truth we
might yet be faced with a multiple stimulus in its own right, which also
happens to incorporate a a perceived or real extraterrestrial influence.
Vallee once best described all such interraction as involving: the physical
phenomenon, the psychophysiological phenomenon, which is what happens to the
witness when he/she is close to the physical stimulus, whatever that is, and
the social phenomenon. The ET hypothesis then, is a link which could only
have been forged at a time when humankind itself reached a point in history
where we ourselves finally attained an awareness of our own unique but
microcosmic place in this vast incomprehensible universe.
Is what people see in the sky, on the lawn, or in their own homes compatible
with the criteria of scientific evidence? Realistically the answer is of
course, no. While mainstream science has failed miserably for decades in its
efforts to satisfactorily explain, or even sufficiently dismiss the UFO
phenomenon, such lofty isolation brought about the creation of a credibility
gap, which in a move towards the irrational was often filled by those once
regarded as cultists or even fringe dwellers. Justifiable but quite unproven
as yet is the theory that countless billions of planets, orbiting millions
of suns much like our own, could all equally have spawned life throughout
the cosmos of a nature that is recognizable in great measure to ourselves.
Consequently proposals of unceasing alien visitation to this world,
accompanied by revelations regarding human/animal abductions and
experimentation, quickly evolved to become an integral part of the fabric of
late 20th century ufology. As such it has gained a degree of respect in its
own right, especially since the involvement of individuals with assumed
relevant technical backgrounds, such as Messrs Mack, Jacobs and Hopkins.
The published results of their scientifically-based investigations into
extraterrestrial encounters, uncovered almost exclusively during the
application of regressive hypnotherapy, has for many people provided a
somewhat limited platform on which all further research has been based. The
question is whether the stories provided under hypnosis accurately portray
actual events, as popular misconceptions include the widespread belief in
"perfect recall" along with an inability to lie or fantasize under hypnosis.
Professional clinical hypnotherapists have conducted numerous controlled
experiments involving carefully selected volunteer subjects, who had little
or no knowledge of the UFO subject. They provided tales virtually
indistinguishable fom the "real" abuctees. Of course, no controlled
experiment like this can be an exact replication of the regression of "real"
However, there undoubtedly exists the very distinct possibility that some
UFO/paranormal sightings and encounters are truly extraordinary, hitherto
unknown phenomena. The late Dr Hynek was one leading researcher who believed
that entirely new theories were needed to account for unexplainable UFOs.
Perhaps our focus should be on identifying them.
Reiter's Magnetic Response Test
Researcher Nicholas Reiter in Gibsonburg, USA has discovered a method for
distinguishing abductees from non-experiencers using a strong magnet. He has
found that experiencers invariably exhibit a distinctive response consisting
of both physical and mental symptoms when a magnet in the 1000-2000 gauss
range is played on specific areas of their head. Flashing lights, fear,
sensations behind the eyes and other physical effects have been reported,
which do not manifest with non-experiencers. This of course ties in with
Albert Budden's argument that abductees are hypersensitive to EM fields.
This is an extremely useful tool for investigators.
The Poltergeist Machine -- The Hutchison Effect
In the early 1980s in British Columbia, self-made physicist John Hutchison
put together a device which produced some startling phenomena. Basically, he
crammed a variety of electrical apparatus such as Tesla coils and Van de
Graaff generators into a single room and found that clusters of phenomena
began to occur which previously had been identified in physical study
circles as poltergeist activity. Objects levitated and flew around the
laboratory, metals distorted, fires started spontaneously, lights appeared
in the air, water swirled in containers, nails passed through a wall and
mirrors smashed -- all at a distance and at low power.
As well as appearing on the national news in Canada and Japan, these
mysterious effects were investigated and filmed by Canadian, American and
German governmental agencies in the mid-1980s and much of this material is
still classified. However, much is not and the Max Planck Institute and
McDonnel-Douglas Aerospace issued their conclusions. These, in the main,
found genuine anomalies, such as impossible combinations of materials --
such as wood particles inside aluminum and that fundamental molecular
changes had taken place in the samples that had been subjected to the
In his book, The Poltergeist Machine -- The Hutchison Effect (pub. Discovery
Times Press), Albert Budden includes detailed descriptions of these effects
from the notes of the electrical engineer who sponsored Hutchison, one
George Hathaway, as well as photographs of shredded steel bars, aluminum
melted without heat and objects levitating. It also has a detailed technical
description with notes and circuit diagrams by Hutchison of the apparatus
and lay-out of his device, so anyone with a knowledge of electromagnetics
and the required resources could duplicate it to produce the Hutchison
effect. The book is suplemented with photos of Hutchison and his spectacular
laboratory, as well a a section by Albert Budden, who originated the
electromagnetic pollution approach to the understanding of anomalies, where
he compares poltergeist activity and the Hutchison effect directly.