UFOs may not necessarily be “objects” nor could they be “flying” – – Dr. Jacques Vallee

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(Dr. Jacques Vallee with John A. Keel – – “Human beings are under the control of a strange force that bends them in absurd ways, forcing them to play a role in a bizarre game of deception” – Dr. Jacques Vallee)

by Norio Hayakawa, September 24, 2016:

Surprising as it may sound, after all my personal efforts of many years in researching and investigating “UFOs”, I cannot even come close to stating what is truly behind this phenomenon.
It still remains a mystery to me.

However, after all these years, the bottom line in my view is that we have yet to come up with a single physical, solid, hard, tangible, irrefutable evidence to conclusively prove that the UFO phenomenon is physical manifestation of physical extraterrestrial spacecraft (with or without physical extraterrestrial entities as its occupants) from beyond this earth.

You can name all the cases you want: Roswell (1947), Rendelesham (December, 1980), JAL Flight 1628 case over Alaska (November 17, 1986), the Socorro incident in New Mexico (April 24, 1964), etc., etc., ad infinitum.

But again as I stated above, this is the bottom line:

We have not come up with any single, concrete evidence to prove beyond a shadow of doubt that some “UFOs” are “nuts-and-bolts” physical craft operated or manipulated and occupied by physical entities from adavanced extrraterrestrial civilizations.

This is why I came to consider that the entire phenomena could even be some form of “psycho-spiritual” manifestations or such by a power which we cannot comprehend simply by physical pursuit, a power which apparently is capable of presenting an “instant” (but only “temporary”) “appearance” or “illusion” of being a physical phenomenon to the observer. Some suggest that it could even be a momentary, holographic intrusion from some “parallel intelligence”.

Some others even suggest that it could perhaps be some form of temporary “time-slip” or an interdimensional “intrusion”.

We just don’t have the answer.

It seems to me that as a possible projection from “another” reality, the phenomenon appears to be able to materialize and de-materialize at will.

But more significant is its apparent inability to stay in our dimensional realm except for a few moments at a time, or only for a short period of time.

In other words, it seems apparent that they’re unable to survive in our physical dimension except for a very brief period of time, at a time.

This is why it seems to me that in many cases a “UFO”, after making an initial appearance to what I call a “pre-selected” observer (or observers), simply appears to take off at a tremendous speed and disappear into the distance as if utilizing some form of advanced propulsion system.

But could this be a deception?

In other cases, “UFOs” seem to simply hover or “float” (again, as if they’re utilizing some form of a propulsion system capable of “floating”) before taking off or even de-materializing.

But again, could this be a deception?

As Dr. Jacques Vallee suggested quite often, “UFOs” may not necessarily be objects nor could they be “flying” as we understand “flying” by the use of any propulsion system.

Yet they are even said to be able to affect our physical parameters (such as radar, etc.)

As an important review, let’s list Dr. Jacques Vallee’s 5 basic propositions in regards to this phenomenon:

1) “The things we call unidentified flying objects are neither objects nor flying.
They can materialize, as some reliable photographs seem to show, and they violate the laws of motion as we know them”.

2) “UFOs have been seen throughout history and have consistently received (or provided) their own explanation within the framework of each culture.”

3) “UFO reports are not necessarily caused by visits from space travelers. The phenomenon could be a manifestation of a much more complex technology. If time and space are not as simple in structure as physicists have assumed until now, then the question ‘Where do they come from?’ may be meaningless; they could come from a place in time. If consciousness can be manifested outside the body, then the range of hypotheses can be even wider.”

4) “The key to an understanding of the phenomenon lies in the psychic effects it produces (or the psychic awareness it makes possible) in its observers.
Their lives are often deeply changed, and they develop unusual talents with which they may find it difficult to cope.
The proportion of witnesses who do come forward and publish accounts of these experiences is quite low; most of them choose to remain silent”.

5) “Contact between human percipients and the UFO phenomenon always occurs under conditions controlled by the latter. Its characteristic feature is a factor of absurdity that leads to a rejection of the story by the upper layers of the target society and an absorption at a deep unconscious level of the symbols conveyed by the encounter.
The mechanism of this resonance between the UFO symbol and the archetypes of the human unconscious has been abundantly demonstrated by Carl Jung, whose book FLYING SAUCERS makes many references to the age-old significance of the signs in the sky”.

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Area 51 is alive and well – – massive new hangar shows up in the new Google Earth images of the secret base

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by Tyler Rogoway, FOXTROT ALPHA – – September 21, 2016
http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/5279/area-51s-massive-new-hangar-shows-up-in-new-google-earth-images-of-the-secret-base

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“For the first time in half a decade, Google Earth/Google Maps imagery of America’s clandestine flight test center known as Area 51 have been updated.
In the new shots, we can see small changes to the ever-expanding base — and one giant one.

I’ve closely followed the construction of the massive new hangar at the base’s remote southern end, and have speculated on what’s inside.
In the past, long-range photography by Area 51 watchers and sample imagery from Terraserver have shown the ongoing construction of the big structure.
But this Google imagery offers a much more comprehensive and accessible view of the base and its big new feature.

The hangar is 210 feet wide by 250 feet long and very high, and is the largest addition to the base in nearly a decade.

In 2006, another large hangar was constructed on the south end of the base’s main ramp facility, complete with an earthen berm built around its south eastern approaches.
This facility is known to house Northrop Grumman programs, including a high-flying penetrating spy drone loosely named the RQ-180.
Uncharacteristically, the USAF has actually admitted to this program’s existence.

The remoteness of this new facility — along with its large size and especially its height—make it a much more curious addition than the 2006 hangar.
Is it a massive scoot-and-hide shelter for large aircraft or possibly for a swarm of smaller ones?
This seems unlikely due to the quality of its construction and how tall it is.
Or was it built so far south due the sensitivity of the program it services?
Maybe its location has something to do with the volatile nature of the fuel the aircraft uses?
There are other visible additions to the base compared to the 2011 Google image, including a new engine test cell between the northern ramp and the runways, and a new smaller hangar building near where the chase and test pilot aircraft park”.

CONTINUE READING AT:
http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/5279/area-51s-massive-new-hangar-shows-up-in-new-google-earth-images-of-the-secret-base

New satellite image also shows Area 51 employees’ parking lot (URS Terminal at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport) is still jam-packed on weekedays!!
(E.G. & G. was acquired by URS. URS, in turn, is now in under AECOM management)….there’re still 9 or 10 flights a day to (and from) Area 51, to TTR (Tonopah Test Range) and to other facilities in Nevada, Southern California as well as Utah:

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ALSO PLEASE SEE FURTHER GROW OF AREA 6 (YUCCA DRY LAKE FACILITY, southwest of Papoose Lake):

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How to investigate a flying saucer – – recommended by the Central Intelligence Agency

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(the well-known Lonnie Zamora case that took place on April 24, 1964 outside of Socorro, New Mexico)

– from the archives of the Central Intelligence Agency:
https://www.cia.gov/news-information/featured-story-archive/2016-featured-story-archive/how-to-investigate-a-flying-saucer.html

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Hector Quintanilla, the last chief officer of the US Air Force’s famous UFO investigation program, Project BLUE BOOK, was in charge of the Zamora case.

His team was convinced that Zamora was telling the truth, and despite an extremely thorough investigation, they were unable to locate the object or its origins.

In an article for Studies in Intelligence called, “The Investigation of UFO’s,” Quintanilla says that the Zamora sighting is “the best-documented case on record.”
It remains unsolved.

Project BLUE BOOK was based at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio.
Between 1947 and 1969, the Air Force recorded 12,618 sightings of strange phenomena — 701 of which remain “unidentified” like the Zamora case.

Although the CIA was not directly affiliated with Project BLUE BOOK, the Agency did play a large role in investigating UFOs in the late 1940s and early 1950s, which led to the creation of several studies, panels, and programs.

Former CIA Chief Historian, Gerald K. Haines, wrote an in-depth article looking at the Agency’s role in studying the UFO phenomenon for Studies in Intelligence.

In his article, “CIA’s Role in the Study of UFOs, 1947-90,” Haines says that “while the Agency’s concern over UFOs was substantial until the early 1950s, CIA has since paid only limited and peripheral attention to the phenomena.”

With over 20 years of investigations, from the late 1940s until Project BLUE BOOK’s termination in 1969, the CIA and USAF have learned a thing or two about how to investigate a UFO sighting.
While most government officials and scientists now dismiss flying saucer reports as a quaint relic of the 1950s and 1960s, there’s still a lot that can be learned from the history and methodology of “flying saucer intelligence.”

CONTINUE READING AT:
https://www.cia.gov/news-information/featured-story-archive/2016-featured-story-archive/how-to-investigate-a-flying-saucer.html

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Norio Hayakawa’s CIVILILAN INTELLIGENCE NEWS SERVICE

E-mail = noriohayakawa@gmail.com

My personal experience with Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon – – by Tibor Blank

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(A photograph literally identical to what I saw – – it looked like an enormous Ferris Wheel in the sky – –
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by Tibor Blank, UNIDENTIFIED AERIAL PHENOMENON RESEARCH AND EDUCATION, http://www.googleufonews.com:

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After witnessing an enormous Unidentified Aerial Object over 30 years ago in the Toronto area (READ ABOUT IT BELOW), I’ve been searching for answers since.

In those days the only resources available were from books, magazines and an occasion, a biased, negative article in the local mainstream newspaper.

Because of the limited content on the subject in those days, I still didn’t know what this “Giant Ferris Wheel” was that was seen by me and probably hundreds of “Mississauga residents” in the middle of that cold winter evening.

Then came the Internet.

I was excited at first, anticipating all kinds of uncensored information the web promised to offer regarding the UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon) problem.

After over 10 years of searching and reading, I’ve become quite disappointed when I discovered cyberspace was flooded with nonsensical UAP and other conspiracy theories in general.

Instead of learning more about the phenomenon, I hit a wall of outrageous, silly and outright stupid conspiracy theories implying aliens from space are engaging world governments in secrecy.

Ridiculous claims like the U.S. government has some kind of an exchange program with E.T.’s for their technology, to having a secret war with extraterrestrials over our heads in space.

Unbelievable.

Are people really that ignorant and naïve to believe all this rubbish?

I asked myself, why do people blatantly believe all these absurd, illogical conspiracy theories?

They’re an outrage to common sense!

But I had a life altering experience over 30 years ago around the late 70’s or early 80’s.
I witnessed some kind of enormous, circular, mysterious aircraft with lights around the perimeter.
I still remember it today as if it happened yesterday.
Every time when I used to tell my story, I would literally relive the whole experience.
What I mean by “used to tell” is because I no longer bother.
Nobody listens, nobody cares and most don’t believe it anyway.
I’m absolutely convinced I had a glimpse of some kind of “craft” from another reality.
One that is invisible to us naturally or by design:

In the winter of the late 70s or early 80s, January perhaps, I just got off work at 9:30 P.M. from the auto dealership.
I was a car salesman at the time.
I started driving towards the city of Toronto, Canada, on the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way) eastbound to meet some friends at a bar on the Esplanade (a street lined with nightclubs).
I was not under the influence of any drug or alcohol.

As I was driving, I noticed a string of lights slowly rotating counter-clockwise over the city of Toronto, at about the ten o’clock position from my point of view.
This caught my eye because these formation of lights were very unusual.
The lights were evidently in a circular pattern with about two-thirds visible as the other third rotated out of view.

Imagine a pie plate with about 25 lights around the circumference of it.
As this “pie plate” would revolve, a third of these lights would be hidden from view as if they were obstructed by a solid body.
It was at night so all I could see was these rotating string of lights, but they were definitely on a “fixed” platform as the lights were revolving in unison.

Although I’ve heard of Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon and was curious, at that time in my life, I didn’t really give that much thought about them.
I’ve always been interested in nature and especially about the universe.
I’ve seen all kinds of aircraft and advertising blimps at night before.
I drove taxi’s off and on for fifteen years on the night shift and have seen countless meteors, lightening, satellites, etc.
On two occasions I’ve even seen extremely bright, slow falling, green fireball meteors lighting up the ground, for a couple of seconds, as if it was daylight.
I’ve read, in later years, were other witnesses reported green fireballs as Unidentified Flying Objects.
I chuckled to myself thinking how easily “UFO believers” can be fooled by natural phenomenon.

Anyway, these circle of lights were slowly descending and approaching towards me (westbound), while I was driving about 115 kilometres per hour on the highway (eastbound).
These lights were getting closer and closer as “we” approached each other.
I recall thinking to myself that this must be some kind of advertising balloon and those lights were letters.
As I kept driving, I was paying more and more attention to this object because the closer it was getting, the more unusual it looked.

I kept glancing at it, while driving, waiting until it was close enough to read what these letters were saying, still thinking it was some kind of advertising blimp.
The closer it got, the more I looked at it.
Now at my nine o’clock position, the string of rotating lights appeared to bank left like an airplane would “turning right”.
Actually, it wasn’t banking at all.
It was dipping forward pointing towards the ground.
At this point, I realised that these lights were not letters at all.
They were all different shapes and sizes, yellowish white in colour.
During the time when this Strange Flying Object started to bank left, or I thought from my point of view, I was struggling with myself trying to understand whether this was a plane, blimp, or a balloon.
It was flying too slow for a plane, yet, too fast for a blimp.
Also, it didn’t appear to be flying or floating.
The best way I can describe its motion is that it looked like it was “sailing” in the sky, defying gravity, as if it was in its own, separate environment, outside our sphere of perception
What’s interesting here is that the human brain tries to associate what the eyes are seeing, to something already seen or experienced before.
That’s why I was at war with myself trying to decide whether this object was a plane, blimp or a balloon.
Every time I resigned myself to what I must be witnessing, I jumped to another conclusion.
This jumping from one conclusion to another occurred during the whole experience.
I was imagining all kinds of things.

For example, if it was a plane, the only way these lights could have been positioned was in a circle because this plane must have had some kind of supporting structure in a circle from wing tip to wing tip.
This didn’t make any sense at all.
I’ve seen advertising planes before.
This was nothing like this.
Not even close.

Then I was trying to imagine a “Goodyear blimp” with these letters going across its side.
This was nothing like it either.
So here I was, trying to drive and watch this object at the same time.
As I was driving, I started to slow down because I kept looking at this circle of lights more than the road ahead of me.
In retrospect, I don’t even know how I kept my car on the road because I was so awed by this display in the sky.

As the object kept dipping forward more and more, it eventually ended up totally perpendicular to the ground! The first thing that came to mind was a big Ferris wheel rotating in the sky.
I couldn’t believe what I was seeing!
At this point I slowed down to about 50 KPH (30 miles an hour in a 60 MPH highway for my American friends) and put my four-way, flashing hazard lights on my car fearing that another car would crash into the back of me for going so slow on a 100 KPH highway.

As I was mesmerised by this strange Unidentifiable Aerial Object, a surge of adrenaline hit me like a ton of bricks.
I didn’t realise how BIG this thing was.
At first I thought it was the size of an airplane fairly close.
IT WAS GIGANTIC!
Absolutely ENORMOUS in size.
At least twice the size of a football field, bigger than an aircraft carrier!
It must have been miles away.
I don’t know what gave away its size.
Maybe the reflections of light on the ground.

The best way I can relate this sudden realisation is like one of those illusions most of us have seen.
You know, when you look at a pixel drawing with an image you can’t see until you stare at it for a while?
After a period of time, you make out the face of a woman or something like that?
That’s kind of the transformation I experienced.
At first I thought the object was the size of a large plane, than suddenly I REALLY saw it.
IT WAS HUGE!!!

I thought it was fairly close at first, then bang!, it was farther away and larger than my brain first comprehended it.

Speaking about this surge of adrenaline.

Have you ever had a really close call in a car accident?
When your heart rate skyrocket to about 180 beats per minute?
That’s what I felt when I realised how Gargantuan this object was!
I could actually feel my heart pounding like crazy.
To be frank, that’s when it literally scared the hell out of me, when I realised how big it was.

At this point, I rolled down my window and pointed to this giant “Ferris wheel” in the sky to the other motorists, but it appeared no one seemed to notice as they screamed by me at regular highway speeds.
I remember how cold it was when I rolled down my window.
It was something like minus 30 Celsius below zero.

After, I don’t know how long, probably only a few seconds of rotating in this perpendicular position, this Unidentified Aerial Object started to climb and right itself and “sail” back to the direction it originally came from.
I rolled up my window, turned off my hazard lights, and started to speed up to chase it.

Still, it seemed other motorists didn’t notice this object.
That still irks me to this day why nobody seemed to notice.
As I was approaching the city limits, this object was in its flat position again climbing over the city.
Then, all of a sudden, the rotating lights turned off except for a red “aircraft like” blinking light (which I never noticed before).

After a few seconds, the rotating lights turned on again. It was like in the movie “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind“.
The lights just blasted on.
Then after a few seconds they turned off again as it seemed to be over the city.
Strange behaviour.
Now I was exiting off of the highway onto Spadina Rd.
I lost track of these lights because of the tall buildings.
When I was on the street where I was going, “Esplanade”, I saw a cop parked on the other side of the road writing a parking ticket.
I stopped in the middle of the road and ran over to him.
He was quite taken aback by my seemingly aggressive approach.
I asked him, “how long have you been here?”
I forgot what he said, but I asked, “did you see that big circle of lights flying in the sky?
He said “no”

After parking my car, I met my friends at the bar, “Bailey’s”, (Dave B. and Craig C.) and told them what happened, but they didn’t take me seriously as they’ve already had a few drinks and were more interested in the ladies then listening to my astonishing, wild experience.

After sitting at the bar by myself for an hour or so I went home.

I was living at my parent’s house at the time, temporarily, so when I got home around 11 P.M., I called the police.
I didn’t know who else to phone at the time.
They didn’t take me seriously of course so, after that, I phoned the Toronto International Airport and managed to get through to Air Traffic Control and asked them if they had anyone call in with a UFO report.

Nothing.

So I called the police again and convinced them to take me seriously as I wanted to make a report.
They told me they can send a couple of officers to my house.
As it was late and my parents were asleep, I told them I’d rather come to the station the next day to report.
Next morning, when I contemplated going in I decided not to, fearing they would think I’m some kind of wacko UFO fanatic.

As the days went by, scanning the newspapers looking for a “UFO sighting” to no avail, I started doubting myself.

I was trying to convince myself that perhaps I was somehow mistaken.
Maybe it was something not out of the ordinary at all.
Maybe it was a balloon or airplane of some kind.
Maybe like thousands of others, I witnessed something that I misinterpreted for something else.

About a week or so later, on or about the tenth page of the Toronto Star or Toronto Sun, buried in the bottom right hand corner, there it was!
A short article. “Dozens of Mississauga residents reported a UFO as big as a football field.”
I don’t recall the whole article.
“Finally” I said to myself.
“I knew it was real”, “I knew I didn’t imagine this”.

I’ll never, ever, doubt myself again, no matter how much ridicule I’ll be subjected to.
I have some regrets however.
One is it didn’t occur to me at the time to contact the media instead of the police and the airport.
My second regret is I wish I had others with me to have this one in a million experience.
And most importantly, I wish I knew what I was witnessing right from the beginning so that I would have found a way to park my car and really pay attention to this strange, enormous “craft” sailing in the cold night sky.
So there you have it folks. I won a lottery of sorts.
Don’t believe me?
I don’t care.
Still interested?
Keep reading.
Get Educated.
Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon is real and worldwide.
This phenomenon has been here since recorded history, even thousands of years before!

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Norio Hayakawa’s CIVILIAN INTELLIGENCE NEWS SERVICE

E-mail = noriohayakawa@gmail.com

Clinton or Trump – – don’t expect that much drastic change in government

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Clinton or Trump – – don’t expect that much drastic change in government.
Nothing new.
If Clinton wins, then, of course it’s going to be the same old Washington/Establishment politics, the “same old, same old”.
“When Trump wins, he’ll quickly change his tune.
It’s all a show.
Once he’s privy to military intelligence, his outrageous rants will be Non sequitur.
Keep in mind, the whole world is a stage and we are just the audience…unfortunately” – – Tibor Blank

“Regardless, 2016 Will Make Election History!
No matter who gets elected this November, it will be an historical moment:

If Hillary Clinton wins the U.S. presidential election, it will be the first time in history that two U.S. Presidents have slept with each other.

If Donald Trump wins the U.S. Presidential election, it will be the first time in history that a billionaire moves into public housing vacated by a black family.” – – from Gary Val Tenuta

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Scientists – – Earth endangered by new strain of fact-resistant humans

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by Andy Borowitz, THE NEW YORKER – – May 12, 2015:
http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/scientists-earth-endangered-by-new-strain-of-fact-resistant-humans

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MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report) – – May 12, 2015:

Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports.

The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge, leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them.

“These humans appear to have all the faculties necessary to receive and process information,” Davis Logsdon, one of the scientists who contributed to the study, said.
“And yet, somehow, they have developed defenses that, for all intents and purposes, have rendered those faculties totally inactive.”

More worryingly, Logsdon said, “As facts have multiplied, their defenses against those facts have only grown more powerful.”

While scientists have no clear understanding of the mechanisms that prevent the fact-resistant humans from absorbing data, they theorize that the strain may have developed the ability to intercept and discard information en route from the auditory nerve to the brain.
“The normal functions of human consciousness have been completely nullified,” Logsdon said.

While reaffirming the gloomy assessments of the study, Logsdon held out hope that the threat of fact-resistant humans could be mitigated in the future.
“Our research is very preliminary, but it’s possible that they will become more receptive to facts once they are in an environment without food, water, or oxygen,” he said.

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(Andy Borowitz is a New York Times best-selling author and a comedian who has written for THE NEW YORKER since 1998)

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(“You can’t convince a believer of anything….for their belief is not based on evidence.
It’s based on a deeep-seated need to believe” – – – Carl Sagan)
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An alarming (and increasing) number of these “anti-Science” folks still seem to refuse not to believe in delusional beliefs, such as:

“The moon landings are hoaxes manufactured by large-scale government collusion”.

Aliens in UFOs have visited earth but their presence is concealed by the government and malevolent agencies”.

“Trails of particles left by airplanes in the sky (“contrails“) are toxic chemicals (“chemtrails”) sprayed on the whole earth by a secret group intent o destruction and domination”.

“The AIDS virus was constructed in a laboratory and is deliberately used by a secret society as a tool of destruction”.

Fluoride is added to drinking water by secret government programs in order to exert mind control”.

Free energy devices successfully create energy out of nothing, but their widespread use is suppressed by powerful conspiracies involving energy companies”.

And the list goes on and on (including “Elvis is alive“).

Yes, the earth is endangered by the new strain of fact-resistant humans!!

Lord help us from these delusional, fact-resistant, anti-Science folks!!!

One thing I must mention is that one’s personal religious beliefs do not come under this category.
Science is science. Religious beliefs are religious beliefs.

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E-mail = noriohayakawa@gmail.com

Why do people believe in conspiracy theories?

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by Dr. Christopher S. Baird, SCIENCE QUESTIONS WITH SURPRISING ANSWERS – – August 12, 2013:
http://sciencequestionswithsurprisinganswers.org/2013/08/12/why-do-people-believe-in-conspiracy-theories/

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People are all different, so the reasons for them believing in conspiracies cover a broad range of factors.
In general, though, people tend to believe in conspiracies because of helplessness.
Ted Goertzel, professor of sociology at Rutgers University, found that belief in conspiracy theories is strongly linked to insecurity about employment, alienation, lack of interpersonal trust, and minority status – all forms of helplessness. Conspiracies are easily disproved by a wealth of evidence and some basic, sound reasoning, and yet sizable portions of the population continue to believe in absurd ideas such as the following:

The moon landings are claimed to be hoaxes manufactured by large-scale government collusion.

Aliens in UFOs are claimed to have visited earth but their presence is concealed by malevolent agencies.

Modern medicine is claimed to be toxic and “alternative” medicine is claimed to be miraculous, but a global conspiracy involving greedy drug companies conceals these facts.

Trails of ice particles left by airplanes in the sky (“contrails“) are claimed to really be toxic chemicals (“chemtrails“) being sprayed on the whole earth by a secret group intent on destruction and domination.

The AIDS virus was allegedly constructed in a laboratory and is deliberately used by a secret society as a tool of destruction.

Fluoride is claimed to be added to drinking water by secret government programs in order to exert mind control.

A New World Order of elites is claimed to be secretly controlling all governments for malevolent purposes.

The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and other terrorist attacks are claimed to be carried out secretly by the people’s own government in an effort to foment war.

Free energy devices are claimed to successfully create energy out of nothing, but their widespread use is suppressed by powerful conspiracies involving energy companies.

Genetically modified crops are claimed to be dangerous and a vast conspiracy is claimed to be suppressing evidence showing this fact.

Despite the fact that conspiracies such as these run completely contrary to a giant body of evidence, and indeed go against logical reasoning itself, such conspiracies continue to be believed by many people.
Why?
The main reason people believe in conspiracies despite their absurdity is helplessness.

Unemployment, under-employment, lack of education, substance addiction, chronic illness, dysfunctional families, and failing relationships all contribute to a person feeling helpless.

In order to cope emotionally with such situations, many people blame their helplessness on conspiracies; giant secret societies with amazing power that control everyone for sinister purposes.

The belief in conspiracies gives those in hopeless and destitute conditions something to hope for.

“If the conspiracy can just be exposed”, they think, “I will no longer be destitute”.
The belief itself becomes empowering to many in helpless situations.
They see the rest of the world as mindless sheep controlled by the elite, and themselves as the enlightened few.

The belief in conspiracies also enables such people to emotionally cope with the chaos that surrounds their life by believing there is an overall ordered society of elites that controls the world.
Even though they see this society as secretive and evil, the belief itself in an ordered, controlling society is enough to offer comfort to one who feels surrounded by chaos and helpless to their situation.

Although a person may be safely employed in a rewarding career, a lack of education can be enough to render him subconsciously helpless and therefore susceptible to conspiracy theories.

When a person does not understand the basic physical laws that govern the universe, daily events seem random and nonsensical.
Being confronted day in and day out with a jumble of incomprehensible events is harrowing.
To deal with this mental commotion, many people see conspiracies as the driving forces behind the seemingly random string of events.
In reality, the laws of science run the world.
But it is much easier to believe a secret society runs the world than to try to understand the laws of science if you have a poor education.

Helplessness can take many other forms.
Even wealthy, educated people get cancer.
The miserable, ongoing, and terminal nature of serious diseases can make even the richest and smartest of people feel helpless.

When modern medicine fails to help them (or just takes too long to help them), many people turn to conspiracies to cope. It’s more comforting to believe that a miracle cure is available but is kept just out of reach by a conspiring pharmaceutical industry, than to accept the reality that some diseases simply do not have cures.

It’s more comforting to believe that your cancer was caused by chemtrails, water fluoridation, genetically modified crops, aliens, western medicine, tooth amalgam, household cleaning supplies, or power lines than to accept that cancer is a natural part of life that just happens.

Goertzel states, “…during periods of insecurity and discontent people often feel a need for a tangible enemy on which to externalize their angry feelings.
Conspiracy theories may help in this process by providing a tangible enemy to blame for problems which otherwise seem too abstract and impersonal.
Conspiracy theories also provide ready answers for unanswered questions and help to resolve contradictions between known ‘facts’ and an individual’s belief system.”

Note that some conspiracies are real.
But the real conspiracies are quickly dismantled by the justice system and are well documented by mainstream scientists, journalists, and historians.
Also, real conspiracies tend to involve only a handful of people and are rarely successful.
Most real conspiracies fall apart before they even get started, while the rest are eventually exposed and dismantled.

Giant, powerful, successful conspiracies do not happen for the following reasons:

It only takes one whistle-blower to bring down an entire conspiracy.
The more people there are in a conspiracy, the more potential whistle-blowers there are, and the shorter the conspiracy lasts. T

he most successful conspiracies (such as Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme) involve only a handful of people, and they still eventually fail.
Sustaining a global conspiracy among medical doctors would require convincing every single one of the millions of doctors from all religions, nations, and cultures to participate in a coordinated cover-up.

People are inherently independent minded.
Sustaining a global conspiracy would require making millions of people from all walks of life have the exact same goals and motives, and be willing to do what ever they are told to perpetuate the conspiracy.
In the business world, people quit their job, move, start their own business, and campaign for reform whenever faced with too little independence.
These types of actions would doom a conspiracy.
History teaches us that the level of authoritarianism needed to sustain a global conspiracy leads to violent revolution by the masses.
A large conspiracy would be doomed by internal warfare before it ever got off the ground.

People are inherently decent.
The vast majority of people on the earth are ethical, law-abiding citizens that pursue careers and causes in order to benefit society.
A giant conspiracy would require a large number of people to lie, cheat, and purposely harm their family, friends, neighbors, and country.

We are all human.
Doctors get sick too.
Doctors therefore have a strong personal incentive not to suppress medical treatments that succeed.

Government employees live under the same sky and drink the same water.
They have a strong personal incentive not to poison the water or fill the sky with chemicals.

Large organizations are inherently too inefficient, cumbersome, and complex to carry out a large, coordinated plan of evil secrecy.
Even the most successful large-scale secretive agency in the world – the CIA – has security leaks (such as the Snowden affair).
The difference between the CIA and a conspiracy is that the CIA’s mission is supported by the will of the people and is seen as generally beneficial, so it survives its security leaks. A large-scale conspiracy would not.

Note that this website, Science Questions with Surprising Answers, does not attempt to disprove conspiracies.
I believe such an exercise is pointless and futile.
Presenting conspiracy theorists with logic and evidence won’t change their minds as such people are not thinking logically to begin with.
Because helplessness is the root of belief in conspiracies, the best way to dispel their paranoia is to help them get out of their destitute situation.
Improving the general educational level, career prospects, community involvement, and family relationships of conspiracy theorists will do more to dispel their myths than arguing directly against their myths.

Something as simple as participating in a town hall meeting can help a neighbor realize that the world is not as evil and colluding as he imagines.

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