Sunday, April 16, 2006

Of course, cryptoterrestrials don't preclude extraterrestrials or "interdimensional" travelers. We could be experiencing a veritable pageant of entities hailing from many locations, both within our known universe and from universes linked to ours.

Candidates for the latter possibility include the insect-like creatures described by "trippers" who take DMT (the alleged "spirit molecule"). The consistency of DMT experiences invites the possibility that it literally allows access to another reality. I'm reminded of an off-hand reference to white, mantis-like entities offered by Philip K. Dick years before the popularization of the archetypical bug-eyed "Gray." Could Dick, via his experimentation with psychedelic drugs, have happened across the domain of beings similar to those described by abductees?





These questions beg for a taxonomy of the otherworldly. While many UFO abductions involve insect-like creatures, it's unclear if the "Grays" are directly related to the beings encountered in the psychedelic realm. Confusingly, many "abduction" accounts feature mantis-like "leaders" operating in liaison with more human-like Grays; some reports suggest the Grays are a subservient species, perhaps even genetically engineered drones. The ever-controversial Whitley Strieber has described inert alien bodies coming to life, likening them to "diving suits" used for dealing directly in the material world.

Given the vast number of out-of-body and near-death experiences, I find it difficult to reject the prospect of "nonlocal" consciousness; perhaps a sufficiently advanced technology can manipulate the "soul" as easily as we splice genes or mix chemicals in test tubes. If so, encounters with "extraterrestrials" may help provide a working knowledge of how to modify and transfer consciousness -- abilities that seem remote to the current terrestrial state-of-the-art, but may prove invaluable in a future where telepresence and virtual reality are integral to communication. Already, the capabilities of brain-machine interfaces are tantalizingly like the popular perception of telepathy, often thought of in strictly "paranormal" or even "magical" terms.

If we're sharing the planet with cryptoterrestrials, it's feasible they've anticipated breakthroughs in our own embryonic "technology of consciousness" and may even rely on such techniques to perpetuate the prevailing wisdom that they originate from the far reaches of space. Contactees and abductees alike describe the interiors of "alien" vehicles in curiously cinematic terms. The insides of presumed spaceships often seem like lavish props from never-filmed sci-fi dramas. The aliens don't fare any better; they behave like jesters, dutifully regurgitating fears of ecological blight and nuclear war but casually inserting allusions that seem more in keeping with disinformation than genuine ET revelations.

After intercourse, the big-eyed succubus that seduced Antonio Villas-Boas pointed skyward, implying a cosmic origin. But the mere fact that she appeared thoroughly female -- and, moreover, attractive -- belies an unearthly explanation. Further, one could argue that the clinical environment he encountered aboard the landed "spacecraft" was deliberately engineered to reinforce his conviction that he was dealing with extraterrestrials. (If cryptoterrestrials are using humans to improve their genetic stock, it stands to reason they've seen at least a few of our saucer movies. As consummate anthropologists, they likely know what we expect of "real" ETs and can satisfy our preconceptions with a magician's skill.)

However, it's possible they make mistakes. Whitley Strieber, for example, described the inside of a presumed vehicle as downright messy and seemingly unclean, complete with discarded garments -- certainly not the typical expectation. Could his "visitors" have been in a rush? If his account is to be accepted, the "aliens" operate in an almost military fashion, carrying out their agenda with the economy of insects. This suggests time is of the essence, consistent with an indigenous origin. While we might expect an alien intelligence millions of years ahead ourselves to casually elude detection, the rushed nature of many abductions is more in keeping with an Earth-based task force.





Further, the assumed spaceships that play such a central role in the ET mythos are often observed behaving in a manner consistent with an only moderately advanced technology. Indigenous humanoids intent on convincing us we're dealing with interstellar propulsion might utilize surprisingly primitive devices, perhaps even stooping to specially modified balloons or "smart blimps" designed to evade capture for limited periods. Such a campaign would be cheap, capable of capturing the attention of hundreds if not thousands of witnesses, and -- most importantly -- further polarizing the UFO controversy among proponents of ET visitation and career "skeptics."

The device that crashed near Roswell in the summer of 1947, whatever it was, featured properties at least superficially like the high-altitude balloon trains ultimately cited as an explanation by the Air Force. Debunkers have, of course, seized on the lack of revealingly "high-tech" components found among the debris to dismiss the possibility that the crash was anything but a case of misidentification; not even Jesse Marcel, the intelligence officer who advocated an ET origin for the unusual foil and structural beams, mentioned anything remotely resembling an engine or power-plant.

The Cryptoterrestrial Hypothesis offers a speculative alternative: Maybe the Roswell device wasn't high-tech. It could indeed have been a balloon-borne surveillance device brought down in a storm, but it doesn't logically follow that it was one of our own. Given the top-secret projects underway in the American Southwest in the late 40s, one could hardly blame inquisitive cryptoterrestrials for wanting a closer look. And in the midst of grisly human radiation experiments, secretive eavesdroppers might have understandably opted for an unmanned device lest they lose a crewed vehicle to an accident . . . or human aggression. Upon happening across such a troubling and unexpected find, the Air Force's excessive secrecy begins to make sense.

The Roswell incident may have been the US government's first direct evidence of an indigenous intelligence. Indeed, subsequent policy decisions can be interpreted as a response to a perceived nonhuman threat.

15 comments:

panlives said...

Hi Mac,
Another great post.
This is all creative superb buzz for your new book - a book I consider to be a needed tonic in this era of misguided "ufology."
re: the ongoing search for a suitable appellation for the Ultra (or Crypto-) Terrestrials, I will weigh in with Cryptosentients. This designation leaves out any speculations about where/when these beings come from. Save that they are clearly sentient.

razorsmile said...

There you go; a much better, much clearer name than "ultraterrestrials".

Mac said...

"Cryptosentients" -- good one.

Glad you like the work in progress. The stuff I'm blogging is esentially outline material and working notes, but chances are it will wind up in the final, as-yet-untitled product.

Emperor said...

How about Paraterrestrials?

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As I say in my musings (and possibly on other comments here) I'm unsure how the literal approach will work.

As you point out at the start - there are insects and there are Grays. Then there are Nordics, robots (giant and tiny), little green men, giant hairy men (both good and evil), hairy midgets, 15 feet tall beings, the big chinned and one-eyed, giant headless bat creatures, amoebas and an awful lot of other things that nearly defy description. There are a whole range of humans that don't look quite right (human suits?) including the outbreak of grinning men of which Indrid Cold is the best known.

There are flaps where a type of creature appears for a while and then are never seen again. Equally while there are often broad similarities within a "type" nearly every report seems to describe something different and similarities are often shared with what we might think of as separate groups (why do so many reports comment on the very long fingers? Why do both the grinning men and Bigfeet hang around staring in through people's windows?).

If we are co-habitting with all these chaps then that would be... interesting.

I'm just throwing it out as I have found no real way of squaring it with any literal explanation. Unless there is something unique about the planet that seems to be that is causing everyone in the multiverse to beat a path to our door (lets call this hypothetical substance Spice). I can't quite picture what this "Spice" is though. A purely medical angle is difficult to argue for as the majority of intrusive accounts are from hypnotic regression and are more an artefact of the therapy than of any incident that actually happened to the "contactee."

Anyway I look forward to seeing what you come up with though ;)

Justin Chase said...

Hey Mac,

Love your blog and your books!

I'm intrigued by this cryptoterrestrials idea, but I do have a concern about it. You seem to have concluded that this is the most likely explanation for many of the events you have studied. And, I certainly agree that it is a more plausible explanation than extradimensional and extraterrestrial action. However, it has always seemed that--assuming these events are true--the most likely explanation is that of human action. Humans are obviously a) already here, b) already concerned with humans, and c) technologically advanced. Humans are a diverse bunch and there may very well be "secret masters" or somesuch who have access to technology and techniques that is more advanced than the average human American would be aware of. For the reasons you've pointed out in other entries, one local species could account for a lot of these events. I'm just wondering why you are increasinly convinced that it's not the species we alredy know about.

Thanks!

-JC

W.M. Bear said...

There you go; a much better, much clearer name than "ultraterrestrials".

I totally agree -- better than "paraterrestrials" too, I think. And speaking of Occam's razor (which we weren't), I personally prefer the idea of a single, human-related species of shape-shifting tricksters to any weird variety of interdimensional dudes and dudettes. (Frankly, I think people who start in with the interdimensional bit typically haven't got a clue what they're actually talking about. Nor do I.)

Mac said...

Emperor/Justin--

Good observations. I think I can account for them in "cryptoterrestrial" (or "paraterrestrial") terms. I'll certainly keep your points in mind as I continue writing.

(Specifically, I think a nonhuman explanation wins out over the secret humans with advanced abilities explanation, but there may or may not be some kind of overlap. And the Emperor is right -- there *do* see to be too many weirdos hanging around. I think some of these "weirdos" are "disinformation" -- we're *supposed* to be confused by them.)

eWarrior said...

Mac. Great blogging on your outline and preliminary intro (earlier post).

You mentioned NDE and "nonlocal" consciousness, so I'd like to call your attention to an article by a European cardiologist regarding "continuity of consciousness." Here's the link...

http://iands.org/research/vanLommel/vanLommel.php

To the point, skip down to section 8 "The Role of DNA" and note this...

"...it seems reasonable to consider the person-specific DNA in our cells as the place of resonance, or the interface across which a constant informational exchange takes place between our personal material body and the phase-space, where all fields of our personal consciousness are available as fields of possibility."

It's a completely novel idea, dont' you think? DNA is like a radio tuner that "tunes-you-in" to a personal consciousness, and makes you You. So, you'd have to call yours "local" consciousness, as opposed to "nonlocal."

Anyway, your crypto-whatevers could have different DNA that allowed them to "see" things we couldn't, like those hunters in the Predator movies, right? I'll admit I was challenged by your concept, but I now want to read that book!

-kj

Emperor said...

ewarrior:

Its interesting you mention the radio tuner analogy in connection with DNA - see the link I dropped in above which talks about a similar analogy with relation to parallel universes.

W.M. Bear:

I personally prefer the idea of a single, human-related species of shape-shifting tricksters to any weird variety of interdimensional dudes and dudettes.

Yes while I can really only rate things by what I think their liklihood is I'd put something like this quite high up the list.

The problem is that where studies into unusual areas were looking solid a few decades back the sheer weight of data has been pretty devastating on both "nuts and bolts"/ETH Ufology and the more mainstream/zoological aspects of cryptozoology (the latter discussed here and in subsequent entries). Quite a few Ufologists are moving to an interdimensional or simulation theory but the only advantage of this move is that they are awfully difficult to pin down and disprove which suggests it is more moving the goalposts rather than trying to get closer to the truth.

Interesting that brings us back to a position from half a century ago - we really just don't know what is going on. We can throw out ideas but there is no way to test them against the data.

Mac said:

there *do* see to be too many weirdos hanging around. I think some of these "weirdos" are "disinformation" -- we're *supposed* to be confused by them.

Indeed. If there is a case to be answered (and to be honest in my list of possibilities "no case to be answered" is still the most likely - there is no killer piece of evidence. That said there are enough odd patterns that emerge in the data, which I'll hopefully go into details about at some point, that suggest that something is going on - just not what) then this seems probable.

Its what Keel calls "confabulation" and there are dozens of reports that seem purely designed to make even the most open minded research incredulous.

I do have a real problem with "disinformation" (and "confabulation") as it is an extra level of complexity on top of an already complicated issue. The problem is if this is a cover for something else what is it covering up? How do you know what data is misdirection and what is part of the underlying jigsaw?

Going back to what I said earlier the more "literal" theories are falling apart under the weight of the data and I can see no other good explanation for what is going on at the moment (this side of more paranormal/magickal ones).

This is why I'm intrigued to see what you come up with - we need more ideas and theories out there. I may not end up agreeing with your conclusions but, faced with what is really a "crisis" in the study of anomalous phenomena, all good contributions to the field (and they are often few and far between) are much appreciated :)

Mac said...

My thesis might fail. Or not. My main concern at this point is advancing a credible hypothesis that, if nothing else, offers alternatives to conventional UFO "wisdom."

JEFM said...

Mac, this all sounds (a tiny bit) like the writings of Miguel Serrano, the nazi freak who claims that the poles are the base for a secret human empire (Nazi of course) that installed itself there and from time to time come out... humans, that is. (Yikes!)

Jon

Emperor said...

My thesis might fail. Or not. My main concern at this point is advancing a credible hypothesis that, if nothing else, offers alternatives to conventional UFO "wisdom."

Cool - that's all we can ask.

Unfortunately it seems to be what few people can deliver these days. From what I've read so far I have my hopes up for your book ;)

W.M. Bear said...

Mac -- Your basic idea feels intuitively right to me, where the ETH never really did for the simple reason that, as you've pointed out repeatedly, UFOnauts simply don't behave in many ways like any sentients we could imagine coming here in real, physical starships. (I think this fact is one of the major keys to the whole mystery.)

I just had another one of my "thoughts" though. What if the cryptoterrestrials are really sort of our "shepherds" (or, more analogously "sheepdogs") put here for the purpose of nudging us in the evolutionary direction that some higher order "power" wants us to go? As sheepdogs, they would basically be on the same "level" as us but answering to a higher level, so to speak. And what also if all the DNA extraction, experimentation, alien impregnation, etc., etc., is really for the purpose of ratcheting up OUR evolutionary progress and not to save them from extinction or some such?

And yet a third (definitely weird) thought. What if progeria victims actually represent crytoterrestrial DNA experiments gone awry?

Mac said...

WMB--

I'm very attracted to the idea that they're here to keep us on track -- if for no other reason than what we do to this planet affects them as well.

I'm dispensing with Vallee's "multidimensional" origin, but keeping elements of his control system hypothesis.

As for progeria-like symptoms: Perhaps the Grays are an offshoot with an acute genetic disorder. Or even engineered "drones," as I speculated.

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