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UFOs: The Reality of the Impossible


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A brief history of the most well-documented and provocative UFO sightings (along with declassified government documents) and a discussion of the extraterrestrial hypothesis (ETH) and alternatives, such as the interdimensional/control system theory promoted by Jacques Vallee.

The video of this presentation is also available, and will help makes sense of some of the slides that lack text and descriptions.

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UFOs: The Reality of the Impossible

  1. 1. UFOs: Michael M. Hughes! StrangeCon 1 • April 27, 2014! The Reality of the Impossible
  2. 2. Subjective Experiences A friend claims to have seen a disc-shaped, metallic object in the sky making seemingly-impossible maneuvers before flying off at an incredible speed. He/she is reliable, not on drugs, and 
 not pulling your leg.
  3. 3. Now imagine 10 friends tell you the same story. Then a hundred friends. Then thousands. Then tens of thousands of trustworthy people
 telling you the same incredible story of 
 what they saw in the sky.
  4. 4. William James “If you wish to upset the law that all crows are black, you mustn’t seek to show that no crows are; it is enough if you prove one single crow to be white.”
  5. 5. The Reality of the Impossible One of the most important subjects in human history? With ramifications for science, religion, 
 cosmology, anthropology . . . ! OR . . .
  6. 6. The Critics/Skeptics/Debunkers No evidence. Photos/videos are all blurry/hoaxes. Lack of credible observers (pilots, astronomers, astronauts). “UFOs are usually observed by untrained sky watchers and almost never 
 by professional or amateur astronomers, people who spend inordinate amounts of time observing the heavens above.” —The Skeptic’s Dictionary ( Witnesses are hicks/deluded/misidentifying natural phenomena. The government has studied the phenomenon
 and concluded there’s nothing to it, you conspiracy nut! !
  7. 7. The Critics/Skeptics/Debunkers Why don’t they just land on the White House lawn? ! ! ! Well . . . July 12-29, 1952 Washington, DC
  8. 8. Washington, DC Flap of 1952 Visual sighting by a pilot and stewardess flying into D.C. Radar confirmation at National Airport and Andew’s Air Force Base Master Sergeant at Andrews (visual): “Shooting stars with no tails . . . faster than any shooting star I have ever seen.”
  9. 9. Washington, DC Flap of 1952 Albert M. Chop, Press Officer for Project Blue Book arrives and refuses to allow reporters to photograph radar screens. He then sequestered himself with radar personnel. Radar picked up unknowns in every sector, moving at variable speeds up to 7,000mph.
  10. 10. Washington, DC Flap of 1952 Air Force jets are scrambled. Four glowing objects surrounded one of the pilots. When he asked the control tower what to do, the answer was “stunned silence.” The four objects then sped away and vanished. !
  11. 11. Washington, DC Flap of 1952 Civilians and military personnel saw not just lights, but metallic disc-shaped objects (structured crafts). President Truman demanded an explanation from the Air Force and the head of Blue Book. Several reports indicated the White House had given “shoot down” orders, but the pilots had been unable to get close enough.
  12. 12. Washington, DC Flap of 1952 On July 29 the Air Force held a press conference—the largest since WWII. Air Force explanation: misidentification of natural phenomena (stars, meteors) along with a temperature inversion. Air Force personnel, air traffic controllers, and dozens of others went on the record to protest the “impossible”explanation.
  13. 13. DECEMBER 2 1952! ! THRU: DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR INTELLIGENCE! ! SUBJECT: UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS! ! Excerpt:! ! “At this time, the reports of incidents convince us that there is something going on which must have immediate attention . . . Sightings of unexplained objects at great altitudes and traveling at high speeds in the vicinity of major U.S. defense installations are of such nature that they are not attributable to natural phenomena or known types of aerial vehicles.”! !
  14. 14. July 27, 2002, Washington Post F-16s Pursue Unknown Craft Over Region   WASHINGTON -- For Renny Rogers, it was strange enough that military jets were flying low over his home in Waldorf in the middle of the night. It was what he thinks he saw when he headed outside to look early yesterday that floored him. “It was this object, this light-blue object, traveling at a phenomenal rate of speed,”Rogers said. “This Air Force jet was right behind it, chasing it, but the object was just leaving him in the dust. I told my neighbor,‘I think those jets are chasing a UFO.’” Military officials say they do not know just what the jets were chasing, because whatever it was disappeared. "There are any number of scenarios, but we don't know what it was," said Maj. Barry Venable, another spokesman for NORAD. Radar detected a low, slow-flying aircraft about 1 a.m. yesterday, according to a military official. Controllers were unable to establish radio communication with the unidentified aircraft, and NORAD was notified. When the F-16s carrying air-to-air missiles were launched from Andrews, the unidentified aircraft's track faded from the radar, the military official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. … Rogers remains convinced that what he saw was not routine. “It looked like a shooting star with no trailing mist,” he said. “I've never seen anything like it.” !
  15. 15. A Curious Phenomenon
  16. 16. Astronomer Henry Harrison of Jersey City observed a glowing circular shaped object.The object had a very high altitude and, according to his calculations based on other stars and the earth’s rotation, was moving at an enormous speed. He watched it for the better part of three hours when suddenly it sharply changed its direction. Harrison made additional measurements and observations later that night and quickly ruled out Brorsen’s comet after the object disappeared (comets don’t disappear). He was a member in good standing with the Toronto Astronomical Society.The next day he sent a telegram to the US Naval Observatory in Washington, DC.The director of the observatory ignored his report.
  17. 17. Angry and surprised, he wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Tribune, which was given the headline “A Curious Phenomenon.”His account of the anomalous object was also published in Scientific American. Harrison was mocked by his peers for “sloppy scientific reporting.” The critics said he had simply misidentified Brorsen’s Comet (which he had been careful to rule out). Henry Harrison would ultimately get peer validation from two other astronomers, who independently confirmed what he had seen and described. One of them described the object as circular and bell-shaped and clearly moving under intelligent control.
  18. 18. April 13, 1879
  19. 19. Kenneth Arnold
  20. 20. Curious Photos
  21. 21. CGI Killed UFO Photos
  22. 22. Loch Raven Dam
 October 26, 1958 11:30pm
  23. 23. Tehran, Iran
  24. 24. Tehran, Iran
  25. 25. Defense Intelligence Agency Report by
 Air Force Major Colonel Roland Evans
 October 12, 1976 An outstanding report: this case is a classic which meets all the criteria for a valid study of UFO phenomena.! ! The object was seen by multiple witnesses from different locations and viewpoints! The credibility of many of the witnesses was high (an Air Force General, qualified aircrews and experienced tower operators)! Visual sightings were confirmed by radar! Similar electromagnetic effects were reported by three separate aircraft! There were physiological effects on some crew members (i.e., loss of night vision due to the brightness of the object)! An inordinate amount of maneuverability was displayed by the UFOs! !
  26. 26. Debunker Phil Klass’s explanation? !
  27. 27. A string of the nation’s supersensitive nuclear missile launch sites and bomber bases were visited by unidentified low-flying and elusive objects. In several instances, after base security had been penetrated, the Air Force sent fighter planes and airborne command planes aloft to carry on the unsuccessful pursuit. —Washington Post, 1979, reporting on declassified Defense Dept. reports

  28. 28. United Kingdom,
 2013 A320 airbus Broad daylight, July 19, 2013 20 miles from Heathrow cruising at 34,000 feet ! Captain saw a “cigar/rugby-ball” shaped object, bright silver and metallic Was so scared it was going to crash he ducked Reported the incident to aviation authorities No weather balloons, too high for toy balloons 

  29. 29. Deception and Coverup
  30. 30. “Behind the scenes, high-ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about the UFOs . . . But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense,” the retired admiral said. He charged that “to hide the facts, the Air Force has silenced its personnel” through the issuance of a regulation.
 Pamphlet by the Inspector General Called Objects a ‘Serious Business’
 The New York Times, Feb. 27, 1960 Vice Admiral Roscoe Hillenkoetter, 
 Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (1947-1950)
  31. 31. The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) is 
 a British intelligence agency responsible for providing signals intelligence (SIGINT) and information assurance to the British government and armed forces.
  32. 32. Originally the Government Code and Cypher School (GCCS)
  33. 33. Edward Snowden leaks revealed: Eavesdropping on politicians at G20 Summit and UN delegates. Covertly installing key loggers on UN delegates’s computers. Feeding covert information to select UK politicians.
  34. 34. Edward Snowden leaks revealed: Project “Tempora” (surveillance.) GCHQ can tap into US PRISM surveillance program, which has access to Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Skype.
  35. 35. Edward Snowden leaks revealed: Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group (JTRIG)
  36. 36. 1999 Roper Poll What are UFOs? 25% - Alien spaceships 19% - misinterpretations of normal phenomena 12% - Secret government programs 9% - Hallucinations 7% - Travelers from other dimensions 1997 Gallup Poll 80% - Government is hiding evidence
 of extraterrestrial life
  37. 37. The Extraterrestrial Hypothesis
  38. 38. The Universe as a factory for life
  39. 39. Cosmic water bearers
  40. 40. The “Oz Factor”
  41. 41. The “Oz Factor” Term coined by British investigator Jenny Randles UFO witnesses often feel they have been transported to another world during their experiences The consciousness of the witness is the focal point of the experience
  42. 42. High Strangeness Poltergeist activity Interference with electronic and mechanical devices Development of psychic abilities Coincidence/synchronicities Unusual phone calls MIB/helicopters
  43. 43. ...a global phenomenon ... so strange and foreign to our daily terrestrial mode of thought... it carries with it many implications of the existence of intelligences other than our own ... [It] bespeaks the action of some form of intelligence... but whence this intelligence springs, whether it is truly extraterrestrial, or bespeaks a higher reality not yet recognized by science, or even if it be in some way or another a strange psychic manifestation of our own intelligence, is much the question. —J. Allen Hynek Speech to U.N., 1978
  44. 44. Not only is the phenomenon or technology capable of manipulating space and time in ways that we don’t understand, it’s manipulating the psychic environment of the witness. —Jacques Vallee
  45. 45. I tried to introduce that idea when I wrote "Invisible College." At that time, the UFO community was not ready for it.The New Age and the parapsychology communities interpreted my conclusion to mean that UFOs are devas from the dream world—that they are not physical, or that the physical aspect is unimportant. In truth, I think we are dealing with something that is both technological and psychic, and seems to be able to manipulate other dimensions. This is neither wishful thinking nor personal speculation on my part. It's a conclusion that comes from interviewing critical witnesses, and then listening to what they have to say. And what they have to say is not that they've seen space craft coming down from the sky and then returning to the sky. —Jacques Vallee
  46. 46. “. . .The phenomenon is indeed a real manifestation in a physical sense. . . . We are dealing with physical objects that interact with their environment through the emission of light and other electromagnetic radiation, through mechanical and thermal effects, and through psychophysiological changes in the witnesses who are in close proximity to the phenomenon. . . . The believer’s mistake is to ascribe meaning and credence to the secondary perception, the mental image created by our brains to account for the stimulus.The skeptic’s mistake is to deny the reality of the stimulus altogether, simply because the secondary perception seems absurd to him or her. What we take to be reality my, in fact, be a mere appearance, or projection, onto the ‘screen’ of our four-dimensional space-time world from a much more complex, multidimensional, more fundamental reality.” Real progress lies between the two equally close-minded attitudes of the believer or the skeptic. —Jacques Vallee
  47. 47. We can . . . believe our informants [about their experience anomalies] without having to believe their explanations. —Jerome Clark Fortean Times, 2008
  48. 48. 1990
  49. 49. Several weeks later
  50. 50. 1990
  51. 51. ?Dream (precognitive?) Sand sculpture synchronicity Invitation: 
 “Show Yourselves.” The Lights appear.
  52. 52. As to your beach incident, my question is, who set that up? Did you ask for the aerial show or were the alien face and your presence there that night just parts of a scenario in which you, unknowingly, were helplessly following their script? —Budd Hopkins
 Personal communication
  53. 53. Incommensurability, Orthodoxy, and the Physics of High Strangeness: A 6-Layer Model for Anomalous Phenomena Jacques F. Vallee and Eric W. Davis
 Porto, October 2003
  54. 54. Vallee: I think that’s exactly what we have to do with UFOs. We have to do something that will cause them to react. And I don’t mean building landing strips in the desert and waiting out there to welcome the space brothers. ! Clark: But what do you mean?
  55. 55. Vallee: I hesitate to be too specific. I’m speaking, as I’m sure you know, of the attempted manipulation of UFO manifestations. ! There are certain occult groups who claim they can invoke or evoke beings that do some of the things UFO entities do. I’ve looked. I’ve contacted a number of these groups….
  56. 56. Aleister Crowley ! The Great Beast
  57. 57. ! LAM
  58. 58. Wilson: Where do you think they come from? You must have a hunch. ! Vallee:They relate to space-time in ways for which we have, at present, no concepts.
  59. 59. Wilson then asked occultist Grady McMurty if Aleister Crowley had ever mentioned the extraterrestrial theory. ! McMurty: Some of the things [he] said could be interpreted . . . that way. [They] don’t always have to be summoned. When you’re ready, they come for you.
  60. 60. We are part of a symbiotic relationship with something which disguises itself as an extraterrestrial invasion so as not 
 to alarm us. —Terence McKenna
  61. 61. It’s important to abolish the unconscious dogmatism that makes people think their way of looking at reality is the only sane way of viewing the world. ! —Robert Anton Wilson
  62. 62. The fate of all explanation is to close one door only to have another fly wide open. ! —Charles Fort
  63. 63. KNOW
  64. 64. ! ! ! ! “The American people—and people around the world—want to know [about UFOs], and they can handle the truth." John Podesta
 former White House Chief of Staff (Clinton), Co-Chairman of the Obama/Biden transition team ! from the foreword to Leslie Keane’s UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record
  65. 65. Thank you! Facebook/michaelmhughes Twitter @michaelmhughes