History - World Released - Sep 04, 2015
What is it with UFOs? Are they really alien spacecraft from another planet? Let’s look at the evidence. There is none, not if we’re talking about hard evidence, actual physical evidence, something you can touch, hold in your hands, measure, weigh, test for DNA, test to determine whether or not its from here or somewhere else. Considering all the alleged aliens landings, surely they’ve left something behind, a footprint, a speck of alien dust, the tiniest trace of bacteria, something, anything, but no, they haven’t. We mere earthlings routinely leave behind tissues, food wrappers, crumbs, rings, earrings, watches, cell phones, and pieces of clothing nearly everywhere we go, on park benches and in parking lots, in bathrooms and in restaurants, even on the top of Mount Everest. But Aliens? No. They must be awfully tidy because despite all their visits and secret landings they’ve never left behind anything that’s even remotely detectable.
What about the alleged crash sites? The most famous crash site is in Roswell, New Mexico, reportedly cleaned up by government workers, yes, government workers. They must have been incredibly thorough. For decades, interlopers have routinely jumped the fence at night in search of evidence of the crash, you know, that the government workers missed. Nothing has ever been found—not the smallest rivet, screw, piece of wire, speck of silicone, or tiniest bit of anything. Mind you, people continue to find arrowheads in the cornfields of Illinois to this day, and mini balls, coins, even eye glasses, on the killing fields of Gettysburg, despite 150 years of continued combing of the ground. UFO crash sites? Nothing has ever been recovered, not at the alleged crash sites in New Mexico, in Pennsylvania, Texas, and Mexico, not anywhere. Besides, doesn’t it seem odd that alien beings with the technology to travel hundreds and even thousands of light years to get here, would be so careless as to—oops—lose control of their spacecraft and crash? Or travel here merely to make crop circles, presumably to keep us guessing?
What about all those sightings? Why are UFO photos always out of focus? People claim to see UFOs all the time, and despite the latest mistake-proof camera technology, no one yet has taken a single photo that’s in focus. Not one. How is that possible? I occasionally watch shows where “experts” debate whether some UFO photo is authentic or not. Who cares? It’s out of focus. Out of focus or not, many of the UFOs photographed over the secret Air Force base in Roswell in the 1950s and ‘60s look suspiciously like the secret government aircraft known to have been tested at that time and recently declassified by the government.
What about testimonials by commercial and air force pilots? It was an American aviator and businessman named Kenneth Arnold who, in 1947, coined the term “flying saucers” to what appeared to be nine disk-shaped objects flying in a chain near Mount Rainier, Washington. Investigators have identified well over 90 percent of the UFOs reported since then. What many people took to be spacecraft turned out to be earthly phenomena that ranged from something as ordinary as an advertising plane to rarely seen atmospheric distortions of stars, planets, and lights on the ground. Often these were not just careless observations. Careful study of these IFOs (identified flying objects) has shown how readily people see what they are preconditioned to see. They see what they believe as surely as they believe what they see.
What’s remarkable about this is the finding that many people are preconditioned to see “flying saucers” even though they may have little or no interest in the subject. The pervasiveness of print and electronic media is such that casual news reports have preconditioned human thinking on this subject to a greater extent than most people realize. For example, there’s the premise that no natural or man-made object would look like a domed disk or hat-shaped craft (the typical flying saucer image) when seen at close range. Studies have shown that witnesses seeing something as sketchy as the flashing lights of an advertising plane (but not the plane itself) would repeatedly fill in the dome shape they subconsciously expected to see. Even sound was sometimes imagined, as in the case of a star misperceived as a spacecraft that “made a whirring noise like on TV.”
UFOs are said to defy the laws of physics because they reverse direction instantaneously or otherwise move in “impossible” ways. Studies found that lights of advertising planes and other light sources often gave that impression. “Too fast for any plane, I’ll bet my life on it,” one witness said of what was, in fact, a misperceived advertising plane. UFO enthusiasts often give great weight to sightings by “trained” observers such as pilots, police, scientists, and even astronauts. But investigations found that these people misperceived things as readily as anyone else. In short, “trained” observers or not, a great many witnesses were subconsciously projecting the preconceived flying saucer image on misperceived earthly objects. According to one chief investigator, “This demonstrates a subconscious emotional loading or ‘programing’ on a mass level.”
What about abductions? Not one abductee has ever produced the slightest physical evidence that he was actually taken aboard an alien spacecraft. Investigations have uncovered fraud in some instances. Fraud or not, abduction cases share a common theme. Aliens communicate telepathically. Their ships have the saucer shape. Hypnosis usually is needed to release “blocked” memories of the victims. However, hypnosis has been found to be an unreliable tool for getting at the truth of this emotionally-charged issue. Writes one investigator: “Carefully studying UFOs revealed subconscious desires and preconceived notions we all share about the UFO subject—and hypnosis is a direct address to the subconscious where this information is stored.”
Bottom line: it would seem that nearly 70 years of UFO research has told us more about human beings than about space aliens.
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