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Hello Folks,

As some of you may know, I was a writer for a few years and had a regular column in a now defunct magazine. I also had a blog through the magazine where I posted articles. That is gone now too. No matter, I still have my opinions and thoughts - just nowhere to express them except in the occasional thread here on UFO Casebook. So, I thought I might open this thread so that I can post some of my old articles - and any new ones that may be inspired.

Just to get started, here is an old magazine article.....


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Quantum Physics and Exploding Head Syndrome

There’s an epidemic about. And it is not a fake one, like those cheerfully provided by our concerned pharmaceutical companies who endeavor to save us from our restless legs and digestive ailments caused by consuming scads of unhealthy, processed foods. Nope, this one is bonafide. And, it has serious consequences for your cognitive health.

Since, the first step to defining our ills is naming them, I will take a cue from those compassionate drug corporations and give this one a name: Exploding Head Syndrome. But unlike them, I do not stand to profit handsomely from exploiting my new-found ailment. No, I only receive the meager rewards of writing about it for a mere pittance. Well actually, not even that.

But this EHS is all the rage. It is quite fashionable among academics and intellectuals who make it their business to follow all of the “latest” trends in science, even if those trends have been around for nearly 100 years. The root cause of this disease is quantum physics.

The trouble is that quantum data conflicts with many basic assumptions of science. Conventional academics have sought to squelch this annoying problem by consuming massive doses of quantum uptake inhibitors. They discount quantum data by terming quantum physics “theoretical”. This euphemistic denial helps keep those troubling quantum symptoms at bay. But alas, this only provides temporary relief from those pesky cranial detonations. Those results are neither theoretical nor going away.

Even Albert Einstein suffered symptoms from this dreaded disease. At least his brain, it seems, was not blasted to smithereens. Well, unless you consider carefully dissecting his cerebrum into 240 pieces and storing them away in mason jars less catastrophic than an explosion. I know I do. But I digress.

Einstein referred to the results of quantum experiments in non-locality as “spooky interconnectivity at a distance”. He believed that quantum mechanics were “fundamentally flawed”. This characterization indicates an early use of quantum uptake inhibitors. But he is far from alone in this academic drug abuse.

The problem is that at a quantum level, matter just does not seem to act, how can I say this – normal. Instead, subatomic particles do all sorts of hinky and unexpected things. For instance, failing to take any positive form until the scientist goes about measuring, quantifying or observing them. Or: how about quantum particles maintaining a close knit relationship, regardless of space/time considerations? The speed of light means nothing to those crazy quantum particles. Everything is instantaneous for them: as if time and space do not exist. Are they nuts?

What the hell are they thinking? Didn’t they read our physics textbooks? Who do they think they are? Gosh, if they want our scientists to stop suffering those vexing cerebral blasts, they better start acting, um, normal!

I recently picked up a philosophy magazine to see what all of this quantum physics fuss was about. (I know, what the hell was I thinking?) Hope does spring eternal. But I was destined to be disappointed. Apparently the academic (multiple degrees in tow) who wrote the article determined that a philosopher was needed to explain reality to him.

Our heroic mathematician wrestled truly perplexing dilemmas like; “This situation…. is characteristic of quantum effects: making a measurement changes the state of the system being measured.” The data seems to be playing a clever shell game with our flummoxed mathematician. "When our normally predictable math is applied to quantum experiments, it does not come out right." Those quantum particles are wily math dodgers that just do whatever they like. You could almost hear them gleefully laughing as he foolishly stomped out the flaming quantum dog-doo bag left on his cognitive porch.

To whit: “We have no coherent picture of what is going on here. We have a theory that we cannot understand….. This, nearly everyone agrees (!), is absolutely maddening. Sane people like a picture of what is happening and use it when doing the sums; the algebra should describe the picture. In classical mechanics it does….. But in quantum mechanics, the pictures evaporate. Quantum results mean that you are not allowed to say that an electron or a photon in motion has a definite trajectory; it has an infinite number of possible trajectories all at once. Until you measure it – then it has one.”

This is what a mathematician’s head looks like on quantum physics. Poor fellow, his gray matter virtually blasted to bits all over the pages of that stuffy journal. What a mess!

Maybe I am a bit dim, but I found myself wondering why a purported philosopher, was casting about for another philosopher to explain things to him. All he had to do was question his assumptions. Call me crazy, but isn’t that what philosophers do? Maybe he should lay off those late nights partying with quantum uptake inhibitors. Honest Mr. Philosopher, it is time for rehab.

Fortunately, I am here to provide that cognitive rehabilitation: Mr. Philosopher, reality is not what you think it is. Since before Newton, academics have been operating in what they assumed was an objective, material universe. Sorry Einstein, it ain’t so. I make no claims to being a colossal brainiac. I have no illusions that anybody will be dicing my gray matter into tiny bits and preserving them in mason jars for posterity. But I also have never suffered the distress of exploding head syndrome.

And, here is the shameful secret to my EHS immunity: I learned about metaphysics before I ever read about quantum physics. I know - you probably liked me better when I was reading philosophy magazines. At least they have the marginal imprimatur of academic geekdom.

But the key to my immunity was the fact that the “abnormal” findings of quantum physics offer scientific proofs for the ancient teachings of metaphysics. How about that? When quantum particles do unexpected things, they are not fooling with those poor frazzled fellows. They are only doing what comes natural: responding to the attentions of the scientists. That is because, at a quantum level, matter is in-formed by consciousness. Matter is not the be-all to end-all. In fact, unless we are paying attention to it, it is hardly there at all. Our conscious beliefs make quantum potentials actualized. No wonder so many of our quantum physicists end up as mystics.

The reason that EHS happens is because most scientists objectify matter. They assume that the universe is inertly consistent and discrete from our subjective influence. These assumptions are fallacious and the findings of quantum physics prove that this is so. Isn’t it a basic tenet of science, that when evidence is not consistent with a theory, that the theory must change?

Mr. Philosopher, it may be a bitter pill to swallow, but the antidote to EHS is a basic reframing of your deeply ingrained epistemology. Lose those erroneous objective/subjective assumptions and quantum physics make perfect sense. I know it tastes icky, medicine always does, but in the end you will feel much better and all of those disconcerting head explosions will stop. I promise.

Our mathematician will be receiving my bill in the mail. After all, shouldn’t I get some renumeration for finding a cure for this debilitating disease? The pharmaceutical companies make billions for providing a less altruistic service. I mean, we can’t have academics running around with their heads exploding all over the place. That is truly embarrassing.

Let’s just say I am doing this for the advancement of science. No thanks are necessary. A check will do just fine.

Bonehead

BTW I also have illustrations for these articles, but photo bucket is no longer talking too my computer. If anybody can help me with this, it would be appreciated....

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« Reply #1 on: May 30th, 2016, 1:06pm »

That is some tasty food for thought. You're right, it does cause a headache,,,,,had one for weeks. undecided

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« Reply #2 on: May 30th, 2016, 5:10pm »

BONEY,

TO WIT:

"some of you may know, I was a writer for a few years and had a regular column in a now defunct magazine.'

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"BTW I also have illustrations for these articles, but photo bucket is no longer talking too my computer. If anybody can help me with this, it would be appreciated"

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« Reply #3 on: May 30th, 2016, 5:56pm »

Great stuff Bones!

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Thanks guys! It looks like I can post images again too. More to come soon......

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Losing Our Religion

“I don’t want to know because if there is other life out there, that makes me feel less special.”
- Stephen Colbert


Britain’s MOD (Ministry of Defense) in a bid for transparency, has been releasing periodic caches of UFO reports from their files. These releases have been good fun, regaling us with yet more anecdotal tales of UFOlogical derring-do, but generally fall short of letting any real governmental cats out of metaphorical bags.

The big story issuing from a recent release is one of potential political intrigue, suggesting a UFO cover up by former Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. But the story is only hearsay, and second-hand hearsay at that.

It comes from a letter that was an inquiry from the grandson of a Churchill bodyguard, written in 1999. The writer asked the Ministry of Defense if it could confirm the incident and if it was still classified. The writer’s mother told him the story, second hand.

In a deathbed confession to his daughter, the grandfather talked of witnessing a wartime meeting between Prime Minister Churchill and Dwight Eisenhower, then commander of Allied forces in Europe. In discussing a UFO sighting by an RAF bomber crew, Churchill was said to have ordered that it remain secret for 50 years. The grandfather claimed to have heard Churchill state:

“This event should be immediately classified since it would create mass panic amongst the general population and destroy one's belief in the Church.”

It was not explained how the sighting of a silent metallic UFO would lead to mass panic and the fall of the church. Given the somewhat spotty record humanity has with the UFO question one can easily imagine Churchill saying such a bizarre thing. But looking at this statement objectively, you have to ask: why? Why is a sighting of something unidentified a threat to our belief systems?

Denial: A Psychological Comb-over

In psychology, denial is considered a primitive defense mechanism. In Freudian terms denial is the avoidance of painful or unpleasant realities by pretending they aren’t there. If the ego is not prepared for certain truths, then by denying their existence, one is relieved from having to come to terms with them.

In cognitive terms, denial is the fear response of the reptilian brain overriding the logic and analysis of the conscious mind. It is the “fight or flight” reply to an unwanted or uncomfortable truth. Given the reptilian response mechanism’s lack of logic, denial is more about irrational fears than it is about reason or logic: in much the same way a comb-over is an irrational denial of baldness.

So, why deny the UFO? What is so threatening about it? The only place they are truly an overt threat to us is in our fantasies. Do you need proof? We aren’t dead yet. The denizens of outer-space have not attacked, enslaved or usurped us. Even if they do the occasional fly-by, they have pretty much left us alone. Look around us: it is just we reptilian-minded humans here.

A healthy mind has no use for denial. Denial is a neurosis. It is the response of a delusional mind trying to escape what is true or real. What was Churchill afraid of? Why the ridiculous comb-over, baldy? Why does the UFO make us crazy? This quote from an article on denial might suggest an answer:

“Certain personality disorders tend to be characterized by denial more than others. For example, those with narcissistic personality disorder deny information that suggests they are not perfect.”

The Cult of Narcissus

An oft-quoted allegory is the story of Galileo explaining the solar system to some of the learned men of his day. Though it may be apocryphal, it does illustrate an uncomfortable truism about human nature. It was said that many of the gathered minds refused to look through Galileo’s telescope because to do so would threaten their hard won beliefs.

Copernicus’ ideas were considered dangerous and subversive for the same reason. His observation that the earth revolved around the sun threatened the religious belief of the day: that man was an elevated being specially chosen by God. This meant that the universe must revolve around us. For Copernicus to suggest otherwise was considered both treason and blasphemy. Truth was not the issue. The belief that man was the center of the universe was considered sacrosanct. Why was the status of a false belief deemed more important than the truth?

I am reminded of the psychology of a pathological liar. Such people feel compelled to fabricate stories that glorify themselves or put them in a more favorable light. This kind of lying is yet another psychological comb-over that masks the way they actually feel about themselves. But in this case it covers up the liar’s unconscious feelings of inferiority or unworthiness.

Narcissism is actually a pathological lie about one’s self. It is a fig leaf designed to cover up our fundamental insecurity by implying we are the greatest thing ever. I would suggest that this is the true motivation behind the official denials of the findings of Copernicus and Galileo.

What Do We Have to Lose?

What is religion? More specifically, what is our religion? If we are talking organized religion, there are a great many of those. No, what I am talking about is our universal religion: the belief system that characterizes our collective thoughts about reality. Since our beliefs color our entire relationship to reality, they operate in a similar manner to religion.

All belief systems are ad hoc amalgams of popular thought, popular myths, popular fears and cultural fantasy. Language forms the basic building blocks of our collective belief systems. Language is pre-agreed on meaning brought forward from times before our own.

In a similar way, our collective belief systems are made up of thoughts from the past, utilized to inform our ideas of the present and formulate thoughts about the future. So, cognitively speaking, we exist as a mobile pointer - indicating now - on a sliding continuum composed of fuzzy notions from our recent and distant past. We don’t “know” stuff so much as rearrange past ideas, hopefully, in new ways. No wonder social awareness has moved so little over the centuries: the bloated corpses of temporal, spiritual and emotional beliefs from our past eternally haunt our present.

Common Sense: Common but Not Sensible

It is a mistake to believe that our collective religion represents common sense. It is actually about emotion and tradition. Our mindsets are not shaped by reality. They are shaped by how we feel about reality. They are based on the feelings and emotions of people so far in our past that we have long forgotten what their experiences were or meant.

So our collective religion or belief system is little more than a political viewpoint imposed on us by sheer emotional and cultural caprice. You have to wonder why we are so afraid of losing beliefs that have such a tenuous relationship with reality – our present reality. Why is it assumed that panic will ensue when unexpected things in our vicinity threaten such beliefs?

Do we invest our identity into these flimsy and transitory mental structures? Does the UFO taboo protect us from subversive thoughts or ideas? Do we deny the UFO because it is a threat to our feelings of self worth? Will our world really fall apart with the inevitable passing of a few outmoded, albeit popular, epistemic beliefs?

The reason Copernicus’ ideas were considered so subversive is because they suggested that man was not at the center of the universe. We eventually got over that letdown. But as long as we envision ourselves as alone in the universe, we can still maintain a tenuous sort of anthropocentrism. It is okay for scientists to theorize about extra-solar planets in the “goldilocks zone” or search for alien radio waves via SETI, as long as we are not presented with real extraterrestrials in our midst. UFOs, abductions and reports of alien entities can be easily shunted aside as misidentifications, hallucinations, hoaxes or the products of mental disease. That is a comforting sort of denial.

It is kind of quaint the way cultures cling to their outmoded ideas. It seems as if our popular myths of human superiority cannot stand up to the threat of real competition in ontological status. It is as if our self-esteem requires that we be the best and the brightest or the only-est, lest we fall into bouts of fear, despair and self-loathing. Maybe our fragile egos cannot stand the possibility of other beings potentially smarter, wiser and more accomplished than ourselves. That idea rubs us the wrong way.

This leads me to the inescapable conclusion that Stephen Colbert’s joking and wildly egotistical quote at the beginning of this article is the actual truth: We are not secure or humble enough to entertain the idea of others who might be superior to us.

Man, that is one weird religion we have going there. Perhaps losing it would not be such a bad thing, eh?


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Buddha Was a Fortean

Even though he lived hundreds of years before the birth of Charles Fort, Buddha knew what it meant to be an inveterate questioner. And that is the special dish that Fort brought to the table: questioning.

But this is not the simple curiosity that questions our world in pursuit of answers. That is for lightweights and posers. It is a questioning that questions the questioner and the questions themselves. So, what about answers? Surely you jest! When you go down the Fortean road, answers are – if not irrelevant – certainly relative. Buddha himself summed up this paradoxical mind game succinctly: “All descriptions of reality are temporary hypotheses.”

This is a distinctly wobbly and uncomfortable mindset for people who wish reality to be cut and dried. It eschews comfortable assumptions and cuddly “teddy bear” pet theories. It avoids the simplistic “this is this and that is that” explanations of conventional science and looks into the mirror reflection of reality and asks, what can we possibly know that is not a product of mind?

Ultimately, the only thing we can know is our consciousness. And it always works best when it is empty of judgments and notions, the ersatz manufactured goods of mind. I am not sure that Fort completely cottoned onto this last point. But Buddha sure did. He wallowed in it like a hog in a slop-hole. They call that slop-hole enlightenment.

I wouldn’t say Fort was enlightened in the Buddhist sense. But he certainly was able to rise above the masturbatory mental machinations of conventional academics. Then he took the scientific dogmatists out to the wood-shed for the epistemic spanking they so richly deserved.

But alas, he suffered the fate of most heretics. He was marginalized by smaller and less honest minds; minds with fancy degrees and social clout. And thus Fort was relegated to a mostly forgotten footnote in history.

But his subversive outlook has won him many admirers. He is considered by many to be the father of “paranormal” studies. For instance, he may have proposed the idea that people are abducted by aliens. He was also an early theorizer that UFOs are peopled by extraterrestrial beings. In these instances, and many others, he was far ahead of his time.

Fort is a shining example of what it means to be a skeptic. Not the stilted inbred dogmatism of our UFO pseudo-skeptics, but the honest to god skepticism of a mind that questions all assumptions. And that was what Fort was really about. He found the soft white underbelly of science - its unexamined assumptions - and plunged his knife in deeply. The cries of pain were palpable and predictable. But science, being the lumbering dolt that it is, applied its Hello Kitty band-aid and continued on with its old delusional ways as if nothing had happened. Indeed, ignorance is bliss.

But a Fortean state of mind is a hard one to maintain. It takes a willingness to swim upstream, against the current of unexamined social assumptions. It also takes discipline. That’s because it is a lot easier to believe in something than to believe in nothing. Ultimately, that means not knowing stuff.

Who would have thought that it was smarter to not know stuff? Many intellectuals are allergic to this idea. But they don’t know any better. Academia has a spastic compulsion to explain everything. This sometimes leads to fuzzy assumptions which have little basis in reality. It seems that consensus thinking is a dim bulb which only evolves slowly and reluctantly.

Fort himself was primarily a contrarian. Raised with a strict and abusive father, he developed an early disdain for authority. Being an intellectual, this predisposed him to question the stuffy assumptions of science and ferret out the uncomfortable data that science rejected as improbable or, worse, fantasy. The fact is that conventional science, with its hard materialist bias, is too limited in scope to encompass the full breadth of human experience. It is a philosophy which sees anything outside the material realm as illusory.

Buddha sets this presumption in its proper place. Buddhism suggests that the rational mind (the ne plus ultra of science) not human experience, is the source of illusion.

Buddhist enlightenment is, in fact, a philosophy one step beyond Charles Fort. It goes beyond simple contrarian questioning of socially imposed assumptions. It stems from the understanding that only the empty mind is truly in a position to parse the reality of human experience. The hard won “knowledge” of science is a series of preconceived notions which act as impediments to the understanding of true experience. Both Buddha and Fort recognized that the banishment of preconceived notions is a necessary palliative for the prevention of truth decay.

This should not be thought of as anti-intellectual or anti-scientific. It is merely the understanding that our assumptions do not and cannot prepare us for experiencing reality as it truly is. Science is fallible. It is, like most human experience, corrupted with the delusion of ego. And it is through the dissolution of ego and the embracing of our most core being, our consciousness, that illusion disappears.

But the old lumbering giant is still out there with its tattered Hello Kitty band-aid. The superannuated dinosaurs still hold court and swear the earth is flat. They don’t seem to know it yet, but the materialist paradigm is in its death knell. And, being the stubborn old coots that they are, their ideas probably will not die until they do. Too bad it has to be that way.

However, I am optimistic about the future. Quantum physics have shown us that the ancient lessons of metaphysics were an accurate picture of reality and how it works. These ideas have been with us throughout human history. But somehow, over the millennia, they have been understood by only a small minority of people. Buddha was one of them.

Quantum thinking builds on the ideas of Einstein’s physics. Quantum theory makes as much of a leap over Einstein as Einstein did over Newton. It is a radical shift in epistemology. It is the clarion call for the entre of consciousness into scientific understanding. I think the science of the 21st Century will stem from an understanding of consciousness and its intimate connection with our material reality. And when we get there, the lumbering giant will be deader than Fort himself.

The universe is far greater than the breadth of our prejudices. Just think of the fun we could have had if we all thought like Buddha, or even Charles Fort. In order to understand the universe, we must reject our preconceived notions. Otherwise we are not skeptical truth seekers, but dogmatists. It is never too late to change your mindset…..

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Here is an older bit of writing. Looking at this essay now, it does seem a little sophomoric. But the points I was making are not. In fact, I have to say that several recent articles i have read even seem to vindicate my position. You will find links to some of them at the end of my article - which has a last editing date of 2012. But the piece was first written several years before that...

The Big Dud Theory

Impertinent School Boy, Pertinent Questions

I distinctly remember the first time I heard the Big Bang Theory. It was in my grade school science class. I was just a boy at the time, but from the moment I heard it I thought, these people can’t be serious! I was told that the Big Bang Theory was based on the scientific observation that the universe is expanding. So some clever scientists decided that this meant that in the distant past there must have been a huge explosion and that explains the observable expansion of the universe.

Well, it sounds reasonable enough on the surface of it. But, when I heard it, the first thing that popped into my head was: what if the apparent expansion of the universe is only a limited observation of a greater cycle? My precise thought was: what if the universe expands and contracts like a person breathing? Then the apparent expansion of the universe proves nothing. We could be observing only a small segment of what the universe actually is or does. This explanation requires no Big Bang to make it work.

A Craptastic Theory

There are other problems with the Big Bang Theory. The Big Bang circumscribes the, logically unassailable, infinite nature of the universe with a limiting factor. In other words, it refutes the notion of infinity. That sounds pretty abstract, so let me explain.

The universe must be infinite. If we assume for a moment that the universe is finite, then we must define its limits. So, how does the universe end? Is there a big wall at the edge of the universe? If so, then what is on the other side of that wall? Nothingness? Okay, so where does that nothingness end? Another wall? Or maybe the nothingness just drops off into a big void of more nothingness, or another universe….?

Do you see the point here? You can continue to expand the parameters of the universe, finite or not, by simply applying logic. Logic tells us that the universe must be infinite.

So if the universe started with a Big Bang, then what happened before that? Nothingness? So where did the nothingness come from? Buddha, meditating on a mountain? So where did Buddha come from? So, if Buddha’s mom created the Buddha that created the nothingness that was there before the big bang……..?

Okay, not very scientific, but you get my point here. Infinity is logically unassailable. You can always expand the parameters of the possible by simply asking more questions. And the Big Bang pretends to offer an absolute limiting factor for the beginning point of the universe. BOOM! Baloney.

Infinity is a non-linear concept. Infinity has no beginning or end. Linear ideas are like the text of this article: they have a beginning, a middle and an end. Hanging a linear construct, like a starting point, on a non-linear universe makes about as much sense as putting shoes on a fish.

There is a third problematic paradox for the Big Bang theory. The action of an explosion is that the exploding particles accelerate very rapidly for a brief time. Then the actions of friction and energy dissipation take hold, and the particles begin to decelerate until all of the explosive energy is spent and inertia takes over.

But measurements taken by physicists show that the expansion of the universe, rather than decelerating, as one would expect so long after the bang itself, are actually accelerating. This is not the action of an explosion. This theory simply does not hold water. Yet, the Nobel Prize in science was given to men working on the Big Bang Theory in recent years. In fact, it is a regular part of school curriculums and widely accepted throughout the scientific community. Why?

There had to be some-thing before the Big Bang – even if that some-thing was no-thing; because, even nothing is a thing which you form with your mind. You cannot have nothing, paradoxically, without a mind defining it. So, the Big Bang is not a proper cosmological explanation at all. It only moves the big question of creation a little further toward the distant horizon, without ever addressing what generative force could have caused a supposed Big Bang in the first place.

Boom doesn’t happen without a cause. This should be obvious to anybody who actually bothers to think about it. Could it be that the scientists didn’t think about it?

Un-knowing the Unknowable

The real problem here is science’s inability to accept that you can’t finish a puzzle without all of the pieces. We tend to believe that science is a study of the ultimate limits of the universe. It is nothing of the kind. Science is a study of the limits of human knowledge and presumption.

I am not saying that science is all rubbish. We need science to understand our world, and ultimately, our universe. But we fall into a big trap if we pretend to know more than we actually do. Science asks us to learn about our universe by observation. This is good solid ground. But it then goes on to ask the scientists to create theories to help explain their observed data. This is where science begins to veer off the road of knowledge and into the wasteland of fantasy.

The problem with theorizing is that it is often pure fantasy. The scientist collects data, then, jumps to conclusions based on that data. If the data is incomplete or misinterpreted, then theories arising from such data are most likely crap. It is not scientific observation that is bunkum, but the theorizing. When we jump to conclusions based on confabulated theories, based on shaky or partial observations, we are just pretending to know stuff. The problem here is one of arrogance. We have a compulsive need to explain everything only because people do not like it when they don’t have answers.

I have always loved the simple elegance I once read in the beliefs of certain Native Americans. They have a single name for both the concept we call “God” and all of creation. They call it “Wakan Tanka”. Roughly translated, this means: “The Great Mystery”. The profound humility of such a concept is wonderful. It comes from a place of knowing that our understanding is limited. It also accepts that some things are, from our limited human point of view, perhaps unknowable. I am truly humbled by such a clear-headed notion. This is the very definition of open mindedness.

I make no pretensions toward being a scientist or possessing great knowledge about such things. But the Big Bang Theory is a rather large presumptive balloon. If it can be so easily deflated by the pin-prick of simple school boy logic, then this points to a basic need for science to really examine its own assumptions. A philosophy which makes a pretext of ferreting out truth can always use a good dose of healthy skepticism.

Isn’t that their job?

http://www.physics-astronomy.com/2016/10/scientists-claim-to-discover-what.html#.WAJn04Sgp66

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu_cycle_of_the_universe

https://arxiv.org/abs/1608.00560

It is nice to learn that i might have been right all along. So this falls into the category of: I told you so.....

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« Reply #9 on: Dec 10th, 2016, 12:56pm »

Wallowing in Our Crapulence

Oh dear, what’s become of my beloved UFOlogy? It seems like a cross between All Star Wrestling and a twisted version of the Keystone Cops, where the protagonists take themselves so freakin’ seriously that they completely miss the point that it is actually slapstick comic theater. It is like a preposterous shooting gallery where the only visible targets are brightly displayed on the shooter’s own feet. It is like a three ring circus freak show, sans ringmaster.

Would you like some proof?

Well, first you have your amateurish hoaxes like SERPO and Billy Meir’s laughable photographic imagery. After that you have your objective truths, like Roswell and Stan Romanek. Then there is the blatantly hallucinatory, like the Face on Mars and crop circles. What about the almost clever but too good to be true fabrications like MJ-12? Then we have the extremely clever but too good to be true fabrications like the Isaac/drone mess. And of course, we swoon with the truly psychotic spurious fear-mongering of David Icke, and his ilk, warning us about evil reptilian leaders bent on global domination and dining on, not just lady fingers, but whole entire ladies and gentlemen as well.

Let’s not forget the megalomaniacal paranoid ranting of narcissistic pathological liars like William Cooper or Phil Schneider, or the merely pathetic narcissistic pathological lying of people like Dan Burisch. How about the credulous uncritical sycophants who actually believe their bilge? Then there are their diametric counterparts, the fascist “skeptics” who don’t believe in anything but their own intellectual superiority. Next are the rational materialist UFOlogists, with their slide rules and micrometers, insisting on the nuts and bolts reality of UFOs, despite the utter absence of nuts and bolts. And how about those squabbling children, the abduction researchers, bickering about whether aliens are evil trolls or misunderstood alien hippie love muffins?

Is that enough for you?

Hell, I was just getting started. But you are probably already bristling about at least some of my characterizations. If you are, then you are making my point for me. Thanks. You guys rock.

UFOlogy is a wannabe study. It is a disorganized pile of subjective data, some probable, some bogus, that we UFO nuts utilize to flesh out our individual subjective prejudices. We each dip into this eclectic, discombobulated stew of collective consciousness to fill our mind bowls with whatever crap we think we can stomach. Then we go to the pages of this magazine, the cyberspace message boards or to cheesy UFO conferences and get into pugilistic fisticuffs about whose crap tastes better.

Um yeah, so that is why I write about this stuff.

Confessions of a UFO Philosopher

Well, now that I have alienated nearly everybody, the four of you left reading this can begin to discern my point. If the above rant upset you, it is because I took strong points on each of the subjects I mentioned. If you are mad at me, it is because the strong points I took differ from your own. If you feel good about some of what I said, it is because you agree with the points taken. It is possible for you to take any one of three positions on each of those points: believe, disbelieve, or choose not to decide.

If you stand outside of the UFOlogical three ring circus for a moment, you will recognize that nobody making those claims has a monopoly on the truth. In fact, if you are looking for truth, you will find it as elusive as compassionate conservatism. That is because truth is relative. You can only recognize “truth” through your personal consciousness. And you can mold your consciousness pretty much any way you like. We all do.

So, isn’t there an objective truth? Sure: Somebody really did kill John F. Kennedy. It wasn’t Lee Harvey Oswald. Only uncritical, brainwashed bubble heads believe that. But, at this point, we cannot directly witness that objective truth. We can only reconstruct an abstract substitute version of what we think the truth might be from this distant point in space and time, and more importantly, in our subjective consciousness. That means that the ultimate truth is probably unknowable and whatever subjective “truth” we choose to believe is just that: a choice.

Even a direct experience is open to interpretation and subject to the vagaries of your conscious mindset. Do you think that if Phil Klass saw a UFO, he would define it as such? That is why truth is relative. And that is why choosing to believe or disbelieve anything pertaining to UFOs is a crapshoot. Believing or disbelieving any of this stuff is taking potshots at a target skillfully placed on your own foot. It is a willful act of self-generated ignorance.

Oh lordy, so now that there are only two of you left reading this, you diehards may like to know my point is this: the only intellectually tenable position to take is, choose not to decide. Once you get there, you are no longer a UFOlogist but a UFO philosopher.

Decrapulating and Rebooting

The upside of all this, is that you no longer have to participate in those pointless debates about whose theory is better. That’s because choosing not to decide is the best theory of all. It prevents you from being wrong. It prevents you from having to reconfigure your less than accurate belief systems once new evidence presents itself. It prevents you from denying evidence that does not fit your subjective prejudices. It prevents those painful perforations in your foot.

The most important question we can ask regarding the UFO phenomenon is: What the hell is it? Unfortunately, we operate at a decided disadvantage because we are still trying to work out what reality is. Conventional wisdom portrays reality as a huge assemblage of billiard ball particles having an accidental party that, just by some inexplicable stroke of luck, spontaneously created itself. No magic, no rhyme or reason, just chemicals and billiard balls doing their thing.

But quantum physics tell us differently: quantum reality is a universe completely foreign from Newtonian ideas of atomic particles, gravity, light speed and the concept of an objective reality existing outside and separately from our conscious experience. Quantum data suggest matter is only a transitory phenomenon riding on the crest of a wave of generative consciousness.

Our supposedly “external” reality is as erroneous as Donald Trump's hair-do. We cannot have aliens, UFOs or even Donald Trumps without our conscious minds informing, actualizing, cogitating, sublimating and recreating them again. The "out there" suddenly becomes "in here". Our concept of reality becomes inside out. Ultimately, the only reality you can know is the one that flows like an experiential river, through your senses and between your ears.

So, when we try to put clothes on our UFOs or aliens, try to decide who they are and what they do, we are only participating in a fantasy game of "dress-up". We give them self generated disguises, imaginary outlines, and visionary hallucinatory obfuscations that we like to think explain them. Then like little Jack Horner, we pat ourselves on the back for being so darned clever.

Baloney. Matter is not some dead, external "stuff" that exists in an objective “out there”. It is malleable clay that we mold into whatever our collective consciousness, our consensus thinking disposes for us. What the hell is it? Nobody - and this means you – knows.

Cool! Now that it is just you and me, we can get down to the real point of this article. Since it’s just the two of us, would you like some ice cream? I am buying. You do believe in ice cream, don’t you?

* Thanks to Simpsons character, Montgomery Burns, for the title to this article.



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« Reply #10 on: Dec 14th, 2016, 11:22am »

Here is another magazine article written several years ago. It is distressing how the world fails to change over time. Despite the fact that I felt so strongly when I first wrote this piece, things have only gotten worse in the interim.

Really, this was just a cry of help from me. I had no illusions that things would change just because I wanted them to. And now I feel this distress more keenly than ever.

If anything ever happened to put those idiotic neo-darwinist ideas about evolution being an ever upward bell-curve, our present situation is it. We wallow in mire of divisive selfishness and the powers that be only want ever more of the same crap that got us in this mess. And all the politicians can offer us as a palliative is backsliding regression into our previous state.....

Lord help us. And I am an agnostic! tongue

Why Disclosure is Better than This Crap

“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” - Albert Einstein

Disclosure: It is the Holy Grail. It is the culmination of all those years cogitating about UFOs. It is our last hurrah, right before we UFO aficionados say “I told you so” to all of those friends and family who poked fun at us and called us weirdos - and finally become, in Nick Redfern’s words, (sorry Nick, I am paraphrasing here) “completely redundant and irrelevant”. No wonder we all look forward to it!

The truth is it will be one of the defining moments in human history. The day humanity finally acknowledges the presence of other beings in the cosmos, indeed in our midst, will be a profound day indeed. Mysteries of the universe will be revealed. Our isolation on this little blue planet will finally come to an end. It will change our world irrevocably.

Welcome to Planet Earth

Our world is like the Iraq war, it goes by Pottery Barn rules: you break it, you buy it. Except with the world, buying it is meant in the terminal sense. I don’t want to be an annoying doomsayer but, unfortunately, I read the news and pay attention to what is going on. Um, guys? If we continue to mess up our world the way we are doing, well...

I also followed the news when I was a wee lad. It was equally scary back then. It didn’t have stuff about the polar ice caps melting, fish disappearing or turning into hermaphrodites or huge “dead-zones” appearing in our oceans, or ever growing oil slicks turning the Gulf of Mexico into the grim reaper. But it did have the usual stuff about man’s distressing inability to get along peacefully with his fellow man. Like that nonsense about killing people in foreign lands because our leaders have some disagreement with their leaders and, naturally, the only way to deal with these problems is to blast each other to smithereens. You know, that kind of scary stuff.

Ugh Hit Bad Guy With Big Rock!

Look, I am not Albert Einstein, but I recognize the need for me to get along with my fellow man. If I don’t, my life becomes an odious obstacle course of misunderstandings, discord, anger, violence, retribution and general unpleasantness. Be nice to others or your life will be problematic. Duh. And it really does not take all that much effort to be nice and pleasant. Just show a little respect and consideration. I try. And, because of that, I lead a pretty pleasant life. See how that works? So, why don’t we do that on a national scale? Am I the first person to think of this? If I follow the information stream of our complicit media, I would have to think that I am.

On a national scale, it seems that selfishness is still the valued diplomatic paradigm for dealing with others. It is always my way or the highway. And if they don’t like the highway, then we devolve into idle threats to get our way. When that fails, we sharpen our knives and issue real threats. After that, the killing starts.

Really? This is the grown-ups that do this? They think this is okay? Why do we put up with this institutionalized madness? Is humanity insane? Well yeah, sorry, it is.

I always thought that this scary stuff was a bunch of nonsense promoted by childish adults who were just not aware enough to know any better. I still do. After all, I learned about good citizenship in kindergarten. Maybe the grown-ups just forgot? I also harbored this sweet but hugely unrealistic idea that, as I got older, the world would wise up and this nonsense would not cloud my adulthood. Guess what? Um, guys?

That particular loss of innocence put a real hurtin’ on my boyish optimism. So yeah, maybe I am an annoying doomsayer. But I do this because I believe we are smarter than that. If I could figure out, even as a kid, that we don’t have to do things this way then other people - even grown-ups - can do it too. But man, I am getting tired of waiting.

Ugh’s Skull Very Thick!

Humanity is like a big sluggish amoeba. There are few things that will engender an immediate and profound response - a paradigm shift in consciousness - in the lumbering galoot that is humanity. Barring major natural disasters, nuclear war or worldwide economic failure leading to global food shortages, what has the gravitas to change us?

I read the papers and I don’t see much change on the horizon. The old broken epistemological models are still deeply entrenched. We are still hitting the troglodyte in the next cave with a big rock if he doesn’t do what pleases us. We still run around bursting at the seams with pride for our nation, even while our nation thoughtlessly exploits others. We still have an economic system that reinforces selfishness while indenturing the majority of us to a life of servitude to feather the cushy nests of the privileged few. We think this elusive carrot on a stick is okay, because we all deeply long to be one of the privileged.

Yet, all humanity still lives together on this increasingly small planet. We are stuck here with our brethren. We either learn to get along - or - we suffer a perpetual history of violence, injustice and discord. Which choice have we made? Our selfishness is killing us. And I don’t see any political or social will to change. In fact, the forces of chaos are digging in their heels and becoming more belligerent about maintaining the status quo.

What Will Change Us?

Apart from instant evolution brought on by disaster, the only item I can put my finger on that would change us so profoundly would be disclosure. Here I am not talking about disclosure coming from a lying duplicitous government. I have little faith that will happen anyway, because such a disclosure puts government in the awkward situation of admitting they are serial liars. Nope. I am talking about the kind of disclosure that comes from “out there”: the big holy-moly moment of the aliens revealing themselves.

That moment when it comes, as it must eventually, holds in it the potential to change our human paradigm radically. Potential changes include: The wholesale re-positing of religion as we know it, the wholesale re-positing of material science as we know it, the potential end of human divisiveness and self-destructive tendencies and the entering of humanity into a possible larger universal brotherhood.

Such changes are all dependent on what form disclosure, and its subsequent fallout, takes. I am all too aware that disclosure may not lead to positive change. But I think this is practically the only form a human paradigm shift in consciousness can take place that does not entail much pain, strife and misery for humanity.

Ignorance can no longer be portrayed as bliss. Our ignorance is literally killing us. We cannot continue to live as we do now and expect to survive into the future. We are soiling our fragile nest while our reactionary governments only encourage us to continue this madness at an ever accelerating rate. Can’t afford an expensive and pointless war? Then do the patriotic thing: go shopping.

I don't want to be one of those annoying UFO cultists who sit on their hands waiting for the big alien in the sky to come down and save us from ourselves. But I am coming to the recognition that there are few other alternatives that do not entail major hurt for mankind.

Either way, disclosure or not, there will be some big changes coming. I hope it doesn’t hurt.
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Well said Bonehead.

I wonder, if they are monitoring us right now, what do they think ? Are they concerned that we will spread out over the cosmos and cause damage beyond Earth ?

Will we be considered an "invasive species"?

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on Dec 14th, 2016, 11:35am, Cliff-67 wrote:
Well said Bonehead.

I wonder, if they are monitoring us right now, what do they think ? Are they concerned that we will spread out over the cosmos and cause damage beyond Earth ?

Will we be considered an "invasive species"?

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Thanks Cliff!

If the UFOs are really here, then they are indeed watching us. As for what they think, I have studied this very subject over the years. Of course, the only "sources" for such information are abductees, contactees and the like.

But if we study theses sources and what they say, it is remarkable that info from many sources all seem to say more or less the same thing!

I will post more on this most interesting (in my opinion) subject in the near future....

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How do explain that ufo sightings and reports go across all ages, all parts of the world, and all social groups and the stories are all uniform in nature.

Something is going on!

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TO WIT:

"explain that ufo sightings and reports go across all ages, all parts of the world, and all social groups and the stories are all uniform in nature."

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