Friday, October 12, 2007

In Objectivity As An Enemy Of UFO Study, Greg Bishop writes:

We are both objective and subjective beings. I am suggesting a way to mine that subjective part of our minds for possible insights to what our non-human visitors may be trying to say to us, if anything. For example, if the witness says "It made me re-evaluate our place in the universe," let's take that down and remember it. If someone's life goes through a massive change (moving away from their home, changing jobs, etc.) as a result of their sighting, that's a pretty good indicator that there is much more going on in the interaction than just the sight of a light flitting through the sky or humanoids waving weird metallic objects around.


Although Greg doesn't cite any specific cases, he's probably aware of the lifestyle changes reported by some self-described "abductees," who often emerge from their experiences with a heightened sensitivity to environmental concerns. Is the UFO phenomenon's "purpose" to encourage planetary stewardship?

I'm reminded of Lovelock's Gaia Hypothesis, in which the planet is effectively a single biological entity. Maybe UFOs and their "occupants" are cast members in some vast planetary drama with no actual role other than perpetuating themselves. UFOs and their accompanying entities might be subconsciously reminding us of the potentially apocalyptic burden we bear as an industrial species, all the while encouraging us (via their apparent technological prowess) that we lessen our environmental signature by migrating into space. Such a scenario compliments the "control system" proposed by Jacques Vallee and suggests a link with the collective unconscious explored by Jung (most notably in "Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Thing Seen in the Skies").

But where do they come from? If the UFO phenomenon is generated by Earth itself, perhaps it uses the human nervous system as a kind of operating system. Its enduring physicality argues that it can manipulate consciousness in such a way that individuals can function as unwitting projectors. If so, the study of UFOs might eventually lead to a new understanding of the role of awareness. One day, through careful back-engineering of our own minds, we might employ UFO-like abilities through thought alone -- in which case the UFO phenomenon risks becoming obsolete.

7 comments:

Elan said...

This "thing" may be the real consciousness, embedded into the fabric of what is essentially, for us, a haunted planet (as Charles Fort and John Keel once famously wrote). I say "haunted" in the sense that the planet has stored information - memories - in some places strong and vivid, in others mere whisperings, and that these memories are sometimes accessible. Data storage and retrieval is a function of elements, like quartz, silicon, magnetite, etc. (reference the excellent "Earthmind : Communicating With the Living World of Gaia," by Paul Devereux et al)If the subtle web of real power on this planet arose, say, from the cyanobacteria that carpets every square inch of the world, as Terrence McKenna once riffed about, it would be invisible to us not only on the micro-level, but in the umwelt made up of our larger, grosser macro-perceptive faculties.

Elan said...

....having mentioned Devereux in this context, I am compelled to also mention that mercurial underground author, Jim Brandon and his elusive tome, Rebirth of Pan. Directed planetary consciousness is a core theme in the book.

Mac said...

Elan--

Thanks again for the copy of "Earthmind," BTW. A great read!

I like your idea of a planetary bacterial consciousness. Ken MacLeod has great fun with a related premise in his "Engines of Light" trilogy (fiction).

thepaintman said...

I heard their are some people crossing the borders are aliens.

mister ecks said...

I say "haunted" in the sense that the planet has stored information - memories - in some places strong and vivid, in others mere whisperings, and that these memories are sometimes accessible.

This is very close to my own thinking on this. I like to think that perhaps consciousness itself is the playback medium...

Elan said...

Mac, you are most welcome for Earthmind – a hidden gem by Devereux and his co-authors.
mister ecks, as for consciousness being the playback medium – perhaps so…or perhaps the receiver in a vast, subtle, planetary transmission.

Anonymous said...

"Although Greg doesn't cite any specific cases, he's probably aware of the lifestyle changes reported by some self-described "abductees," who often emerge from their experiences with a heightened sensitivity to environmental concerns."

And a lessened tendency to vote Republican....