Essay: Ufology

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It began in 1947 when newspapers reported a sighting of ‘Flying Saucers’. Except it didn’t. Before that people saw ghost rockets, and before that foo fighters, and before that mysterious air ships, and before that flying sailing ships, going right back to Classical gods flying through the air.
A week after that inaugural sighting, Roswell – home to the only nuclear bomb wing on the planet – ‘experienced’ a saucer crash, complete with little aliens. It set a pattern for repeating saucer retrievals, intermingled with conspiracy theory concerning MJ-12, a secret committee involved in handling the ‘alien’ problem. And soon Area 51 was allegedly back-engineering alien technology for our benefit.

UFO REALITY?

Of course, most UFOs end up as IFOs, or ‘identified’. Everything from cloud formations, to insect swarms, to laser light shows can cause air scares, but about 5% of sightings remain unexplained. Does this mean the phenomenon is real – true visitations from ET? Well, if you see something that doesn’t exist, yet it still has an affect on your mind, don’t your actions give it a level of reality nonetheless?
One form of such partial reality is the poltergeist. To me such events are psychodramas. A family is, for whatever reason, in fear. It breeds and an alternative reality is experienced within the sum total of the minds involved. Now go back to Roswell, its importance regarding its cutting edge, and a media storm of reality changing headlines. A poltergeist breaks out, aping the existent culture. Is there any wonder there was a conspiracy? Government wouldn’t want it be known that a cutting edge unit could go ‘mad’.

ALIEN ABDUCTION

Another scenario. A person alone, tired. A blinding light is seen and little creatures appear. Transportation occurs and you find yourself in a fantastic place, prodded and poked, before being returned. Is this the alien abduction, where the person can be impregnated with an alien foetus – a hybrid? No, it’s a Medieval fairy abduction, where often a changeling is involved. Do you see the connection?
Many researchers see the UFO phenomenon in terms of ‘cultural tracking’, where the same phenomenon has always been experienced, but in different cultural clothes. Such ideas suggest that we’re dealing with a form of psycho-sociology rather than alien visitation. Indeed, there are psychological prompters for the alien abduction, be they more mundane.
Many abductions happen to drivers. After the event, they have continued to travel and time has elapsed. Now, have you ever been reading a book when the mind wanders? Afterwards you have to go back to where it began as you’ve continued to mechanically read. Could this be the answer to the time and distance distortion in alien abduction? You have continued to drive as the cultural scenario played out.

WHY?

Why experience an alien abduction? Why see the UFOs in the sky? We live in material, atheistic times and we’re told spirituality is dying. I disagree. If you follow how the UFO epoch is playing out, it holds within itself the seeds of spirituality and the birth of religion. UFO cults are already well established, and once culture grabs an idea, it tansfers to ready minds as if a virus. Spirituality will out even if involuntary.
This is often seen in the development of a particular UFO case. A researcher will investigate and soon, just like the focus in the poltergeist, he will become the centre of its culture. Could it be that the researcher involuntarily confirms, expands and sensationalizes the incident, giving it a reality of its own? Has he become the flying saucerers apprentice?

CULTURE CATCHERS

As we saw in the beginning, strange events have always occurred, what is seen being dependent on the existant cultural clothes. This includes Medieval witchcraft, werewolves and vampires, the 19th century prevalence of ghosts and Spiritualism, and now the alien and flying saucers. As I see it, we could well be dealing with ‘psychic waves’ forever directing our psychology – quite literally global poltergeist infestations.
There is also an allied possibility to the present infestation. It is now known that electromagnetic pulses can affect brain chemistry, thus causing mystical experiences and hallucinations. We also know that changes in weather patterns cause changes in electromagnetism. Is there, thus, a connection between climate change through global warming and increases in alien activity? After all, many abductees end up spiritual, ecologically minded people. Maybe the planet is now fighting back, changing our psychology through slow Rapture.

LEVELS OF CONSCIOUSNESS

I’m attempting a graded theory here, so is there any way we can fit actual alien visitation into the mix? Possibly. In Pt 12 of my Paranormal Series (see UNEXPLAINED inset above) I argue for the existence of a universal consciousness. It can be seen as similar to ecosystems, which can exist from the very small to the very large, all inter-related and having an effect on each other. An element of one can invade another by jumping through a higher system. Applying this to universal consciousness, distant lifeforms become connected to the entire universe, including us, so could information of them infiltrate into our level of consciousness? Of course, it would be affected by our own fantasies, but the theory doesn’t rule out such visitations.
Information does, of course, lie at the root of reality, and the universe seems to work by manipulating this information into the reality we experience. Hence, if this process were to be achieved technologically by an advanced alien species, then ‘real’ visitations could be achieveable. And as information seems to react spontaneously at the information level of the universe, ‘transportation’ from one to the other could also be immediate.
This is, of course, highly speculative, but would such possible aliens be benevolent? I’m of the opinion that an advanced planetary species faces an important test. Once their technology reaches the point of approaching interstellar travel, they also have the technology to destroy themselves. Hence, they face doing so, or becoming benevolent. As such, I think a star travelling species would be benevolent – providing, of course, they class those they meet as sentient. If not, we could be lunch.
By the way, we’re approaching that test ourselves.

Essay: Lost Civilization

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Most religions have the belief that there was once a more perfect world, from which man has been banished. This has often been interpreted as meaning a real previous civilization used to exist, populated by beings we now see as gods.
Outside religion, central to such ideas is Atlantis, a mythical island deep in our past with a perfect, but powerful society, finally destroyed by the gods when they were corrupted.

EVIDENCE?

Could such a lost world have actually existed? Well, perhaps not a single island of Atlantis. But the idea of a lost civilization is something quite different – and something I think can be explained rationally.
Of course, many ideas for such a civilization have been put forward, mostly of a spurious or sensational nature. Hence, academe is loath to even consider such a possibility. But I think they are mistaken.
Does evidence exist for a lost civilization? No. Not of a definite kind – but there are plenty of indicators around the world that could fit into the concept, if, that is, they were properly researched.
These concern the myriad myths of sunken cities, and structures off-shore that could be man-made. From the Bimini Road in the Caribbean, to Yonaguni in the Far East, tantalizing glimpses of possible human endeavour exist under the sea, not far from the coast.

THEORY

How do we make sense of the implications? By providing a theory that allows them to be, at least, man-manipulated, and tying that theory with known or reasoned elements from the past.
The predominant theory of man’s proliferation around the planet is the Out of Africa hypothesis. In this model, modern man moved out of Africa in prehistory and populated the globe. However, this would only have been achieveable by the crossing of large expanses of water.
Boats, it seems, would have been needed some 40,000 years ago. How else would we explain this proliferation? These boats would have been rudimentary, but is it feasible to suggest that the boat builders then abandoned their boats and continued Stone Age existence?

HUMAN SPLIT

I think this is unlikely. Rather, I suggest a split in humanity between a maritime culture, and the inland hunter-gatherer. Boats, of course, would require harbours. These would be static, and as happened in the later Agricultural Revolution, I suggest these static societies produced all the advances in organization and engineering that seemed to come later.
In effect, I’d argue that a Fisheries Revolution occurred, thousands of years in the past, in isolated coastal communities around the world. Advancing possibly up to a stage equal to the ancient Egyptians, they eventually learnt navigation and linked up into a global cosmopolitan civilization.

THE ANSWER?

From 12,000 to 8,000 years ago, the last Ice Age ended, raising water levels. Hence, these communities were wiped out, leaving only enigmatic structures poking up from the sea bed, the survivors going inland and using their expertise to kickstart the Agricultural Revolution. These survivors are remembered only as gods. And the first global society rose to greatness, and was finally wiped off the face of the Earth.

Essay: Stonehenge

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They gather by the hundreds to see the Summer Solstice dawn at Stonehenge. Yet, some researchers feel they shouldn’t. They should actually be waiting for the Winter Solstice moon. That is what is important. Or is it purely an observatory?
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Essay: Bermuda Triangle

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The Bermuda Triangle is a triangular area of water going north up the US eastern seaboard, south west into the Caribbean and east as far as the Azores. It is alleged that ships and planes disappear mysteriously in this area.
It was first mentioned in articles in the early 1950s, with Fate Magazine joining in. It became world famous following books by Vincent Gaddis and Charles Berlitz.
The area is the busiest shipping area in the world. So is it expected that 1,000+ ships and planes could disappear? Lawrence David Kusche argued, in 1975, that disappearances are not greater, the numbers exaggerated by sloppy research.

flight 19 & more

Well publicised disappearances – such as Flight 19, where a training wing of fighters disappeared in Dec 1945, followed by the plane sent to find them – added to the mystery. The USS Cyclops disappeared in 1918, taking 300 crew with her.
There are many theories. They include UFO activity, leftover tech from Atlantis and the tormented souls of black slaves thrown overboard. Ivan Sanderson suggested magnetic vortices around the world where warm and cold air meet.

gas hydrates

Gas hydrates on the seabed could also play a part, releasing methane in large quantities. Rising to the surface, water would go frothy, buoyancy would fail and a boat would sink. Rising into the air, methane could ignite a plane engine. Wreckage hits the bottom, water disturbance eases and silt covers the evidence.
There are survivors. They speak of faulty compasses, equipment malfunction, loss of horizon, banks of fog and more. But all these events are common. What could be unusual is congregation leading to a single event.
We all experience such congregations. They are called coincidence. They have inevitability, and coincidences build upon coincidence. So could it be possible that such coincidences could coincidentally happen in a specific location? The Bermuda Triangle could be statistically inevitable to occur.

triangular theory

But coincidences often have a helping hand from the human mind. Consider: the triangle is a media creation. Disappearances may have happened before the 1950s, but they had no meaning in terms of a mystery.
Now they do. And like a curse, knowing you are in the area could have an effect upon behaviour. Innocuously, it makes you give meaning to a normal event and relate it to the mystery. And in deadly ways, it could affect your reaction to such an event, making disaster inevitable.
The Bermuda Triangle could be vital to understanding the nature of disaster. Often, we describe disasters through human error or congregation of events leading to the disaster. But as in the above idea, it could be coincidence and feelings of inevitability they produce that lead to disaster.
In chaos theory we know of the butterfly’s wings causing a hurricane. A tiny event can build up to cataclysm. Maybe it is time to forget ridiculing the Bermuda Triangle and see it as an opportunity to study processes that could lie behind ALL disasters.

Essay: The Holy Grail

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The Holy Grail is an enduring mystery. However, it is often difficult to define just what it is. Traditionally, it is thought to be the cup used by Christ at the Last Supper, but its meaning has gone far beyond this physical artifact.
Rather, it is often seen as symbolic of enlightenment in the mind. It is the quest for the mystical experience, and a connection with the God-head. By connecting, you reach a state of purity.

myths

Many myths have gathered around the Grail. Typical are those concerning King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. In this respect, the Grail Quest becomes one of aspiration, purity and bonding.
Of course, such myths and ideals are said not to play a large part in our lives. After all, it is just make-believe. But could it be that the purpose of Grail myths was to form a distinct mentality within society?
The Grail became synonymous with chivalric purity. This was the ultimate way to be in Medieval times. The whole lifestyle of the Knight was geared around it. In this sense, it was a specific politicism.
Arguably, this was the purpose behind the writing of the Grail romances, such as those by Chretien de Troyes, slowly changing the original legends to represent the Medieval Knightly purpose.

control

In a way, this is quite worrying. One of the most beautiful mythologies of Christianity actually turned into a form of social control. But then again, it could well have been remembered for this reason in itself.
The important point about the Grail quest is the idea of ‘purity’ or ‘perfection’. It is something to aim for in life. But there is a simple fact about perfection. It cannot ever be attained. We are human, and always have faults.

icons

Icons have always appeared displaying perfection. Typical is the ‘saint’. Such an icon was lauded in Medieval times to show what the person should aim for. Knowing it was impossible, this confirmed in the person the idea that he was a sinner.
In this way, the person at least tried to better himself. But this was only achievable in a system that confirmed the idea of perfection to be attained. Thus, the authorities behind the ideal had, in the idea of perfection, the ultimate form of control over the person.

the modern

We can, of course, say we’ve left such things behind. Yet, today we have a ‘celebrity’ culture, populated by people who we class as having the ‘perfection’ of lifestyle or beauty. And it is the purpose of the typical western citizen to aspire to this ideal.
This is done through consumerism, where the celebrity urges us to buy, buy, buy. And of course, deep down we know we cannot really be like them, thus we are imperfect, the modern equivalent of the sinner.
Thus, we have an impulse towards social control still active today after some 2,000 years, and just as potent as it ever was – albeit, represented in very different cultural clothes.
In personal terms, the Grail can be of great benefit to the person in finding themselves. But in wider society the process turns into something much more malign. We are often told that such subjects are of no value today.
The above suggests different. We maybe need to understand such concepts even more, for they can be the root to subservience.