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Are UFOs All in the Mind?

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  • Jeroen Kumeling
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 29, 2000
      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
      Hutchison effect.

      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.
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