Posts Tagged: alien abductions

Jun 19

Washington Post’s UFO obsession–and now it’s Alien Abductions

Been a lot of UFO articles in The Washington Post lately. Now there’s a piece about the Pascagoula abduction story in WaPo. Probably someone on staff into UFOs. But also–I think that in times of national stress (Trump’s our stressor and a huge one) people tend to see or think about UFOs more. They’re escapism. They’re, subconsciously, “a way out”.

Those of you who know me can guess what I think re Pascagoula. Here’s WaPo today recounting the story from the fisherman who claimed to be abducted with his friend :

“I was just getting ready to get some more bait,” Hickson told The Washington Post in 1975, “when I heard a kind of zipping sound. I looked up and saw a blue flashing light. Calvin turned around too. We saw a 30-foot-long object with a little dome on top.” As it hovered just above the ground, three small creatures emerged, also hovering, he said. The men were suddenly paralyzed. The creatures grabbed them with pincer-type claws and pulled them toward the object, he said. “I floated inside,” Parker told the Biloxi Sun Herald in 2018…Hickson said they were subjected to a physical examination by something that looked like a “big eye,” a constant mechanical sound buzzing the whole time.

There are the usual skeptical explanations (which you’ll find toward the end of this piece) but there are two non-ET explanations I never hear. One is that in 1973 psychedelic drugs were widespread in the USA. Suppose one of them convinced the other to get high, saw a hallucination, then convinced the other as to what he saw–got him to share in it through suggestibility. Told him this and that was happening hence the same stories. . .

Another explanation, far less likely, is that it was all staged for these guys as part of an psy-ops experiment. Jacques Vallee once told me that contacts in the French Secret Service admitted staging a UFO abduction in France. Could this be something of the kind staged by American intelligence?

But most likely it’s basically what the skeptics said (quoting from wikipedia): ‘Aviation journalist and UFO skeptic Philip J. Klass found “discrepancies” in Hickson’s story. When Hickson took a polygraph exam, the examiner determined that Hickson believed the abduction story, but Klass argued that the test was administered by an “inexperienced” operator and that Hickson refused to take another by a more experienced police operator. Klass concluded the case was a hoax based on these and other discrepancies. Skeptical investigator Joe Nickell wrote that Hickson’s behavior was “questionable” and that he altered or embellished his story when later appearing on television shows. Nickell speculated that Hickson may have fantasized the encounter with aliens during a hypnagogic “waking dream state”, adding that Parker’s corroboration of the tale was likely due to suggestibility, since he told police he had “passed out at the beginning of the incident and failed to regain consciousness until it was over”.’

May 14

Do we have to believe ALL OF IT?

I’m open minded about the paranormal, so called–I happen to think some forms of telepathy are real, and some precognition is real. (I think that in the rare instances when they’re real they are a function of some unknown physical law, not the supernatural). But I want to ask why most people who believe in, for example, extraterrestrials visiting Earth seemingly have to believe ALL or nearly all alleged UFO/ET visitation stories and the ridiculous alien astronaut misinterpretations of the archaeological record?

Why can’t they accept that alien abduction stories are either hallucinatory or fraudulent–they never really honestly look at skeptical evidence–and still have room for some reasonable UFO reports about extraordinary craft (if that’s what they really are) following jets and so on?

What’s wrong with, at least, some selectivity? Why do most people who believe in psychic phenomena have to believe in ghosts AND channelers AND crooks like the “psychic medium” John Edward AND seances AND psychic healing AND levitating Tibetan monks AND Mayans predicting the end of the world AND…so on?

Why does all quartz have to be misidentified as diamonds? Is it really so impossible to have a filter to eliminate the false miraculous–so we might possibly do a better job of searching for the true miraculous?

May 14

The Ghost Tugging at My Toe

At one point I was struggling with a sleep disorder and had to use a sleeping agent (restoril, I think) and was lying in bed and felt something tugging on my big toe. I looked and saw a hand tugging on it. Then it was gone.

Then…it came back–only I couldn’t see it but could feel it. It was like an adult was teasing me (no one there with me). Then I felt presences in the room. I said, mentally, go away! I tried to emanate this idea at them. A man’s face suddenly appeared, and it was a man I’ve never seen before. He looked very annoyed as he glared at me from beside my bed. He was a middle aged guy–a complete stranger to me. I repeated my mental demand and fairly soon they were gone again. I had other strange dreams that night…

Because yes, this was all a dream, of course, a side effect of the pill I’d taken. I was in a kind of middle state between waking and dreaming, but edging more into a dreamstate, and I was seeing things. My brain was making this stuff up. I was hallucinating. And to me this is interesting to contemplate–just how a change in brain chemistry can lead to encounters with imaginary beings, physical sensations and so on. Certain electrical fields –as demonstrated by studies–will cause a person to feel as if “hands” are on them holding them down. It’s a purely cerebral effect.

To me my apparitional visitation relates to experiences people have had with “alien abductions” at night, ghosts in bedrooms and so on. I’m not saying that all paranormal experiences are hallucinatory, however. But this kind are likely to be.