Why haven’t we been visited by aliens? – – thoughts by Stephen Hawking

(CLICK AND ENLARGE ABOVE:  a great quote by Arthur C. Clarke – – “Two possibilities exist; either we are alone in the universe or we are not – – both are equally terrifying”)

by Stephen Hawking, LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE Lecture:

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What is the explanation of why we have not been visited?

One possibility is that the argument, about the appearance of life on Earth, is wrong.

Maybe the probability of life spontaneously appearing is so low, that Earth is the only planet in the galaxy, or in the observable universe, in which it happened.

Another possibility is that there was a reasonable probability of forming self-reproducing systems, like cells, but that most of these forms of life did not evolve intelligence.

We are used to thinking of intelligent life, as an inevitable consequence of evolution.

But the Anthropic Principle should warn us to be wary of such arguments.

It is more likely that evolution is a random process, with intelligence as only one of a large number of possible outcomes.

It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value.

Bacteria, and other single cell organisms, will live on, if all other life on Earth is wiped out by our actions.

There is support for the view that intelligence, was an unlikely development for life on Earth, from the chronology of evolution.

It took a very long time, two and a half billion years, to go from single cells to multi-cell beings, which are a necessary precursor to intelligence.

This is a good fraction of the total time available, before the Sun blows up.

So it would be consistent with the hypothesis, that the probability for life to develop intelligence, is low.

In this case, we might expect to find many other life forms in the galaxy, but we are unlikely to find intelligent life.

Another way, in which life could fail to develop to an intelligent stage, would be if an asteroid or comet were to collide with the planet.

We have just observed the collision of a comet, Schumacher-Levi, with Jupiter.

It produced a series of enormous fireballs.

It is thought the collision of a rather smaller body with the Earth, about 70 million years ago, was responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs.

A few small early mammals survived, but anything as large as a human, would have almost certainly been wiped out.

It is difficult to say how often such collisions occur, but a reasonable guess might be every twenty million years, on average.

If this figure is correct, it would mean that intelligent life on Earth has developed only because of the lucky chance that there have been no major collisions in the last 70 million years.

Other planets in the galaxy, on which life has developed, may not have had a long enough collision free period to evolve intelligent beings.

A third possibility is that there is a reasonable probability for life to form, and to evolve to intelligent beings, in the external transmission phase.

But at that point, the system becomes unstable, and the intelligent life destroys itself.

This would be a very pessimistic conclusion.

I very much hope it isn’t true.

I prefer a fourth possibility: there are other forms of intelligent life out there, but that we have been overlooked.

There used to be a project called SETI, the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence.

It involved scanning the radio frequencies, to see if we could pick up signals from alien civilizations.

I thought this project was worth supporting, though it was cancelled due to a lack of funds.

But we should have been wary of answering back, until we have developed a bit further.

Meeting a more advanced civilization, at our present stage, might be a bit like the original inhabitants of America meeting Columbus.

I don’t think they were better off for it.

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Are “aliens” visitors from outer space? – – or, are they interdimensional tricksters of old?

ARE THEY EXTRATERRESTRIALS?   –  OR, DECEPTIVE “INTERDIMENSIONALS”?

It is a well-known fact that John A. Keel and Jacques Vallee were two of the first big name researchers who had departed from the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis (ETH) of the origins of UFOs and the UFO phenomenon.

Although it is still considered to be a minority view in the field of Ufology, quite a number of researchers followed suit, including J. Allen Hynek, Arthur C. Clarke, Whitley Strieber, John Mack, Karla Turner, Guy Malone, Joseph G. Jordan and L.A. Marzulli.

Many of them seem to have gone from ETH to the “Fallen” and “Malevolent”.

They seem to have concluded that UFOs are inter-dimensional and not from outer space.

I totally agree.

Since the late 1970s, I, too, have maintained  (and will continue to maintain)  my opinion that we have never been visited by physical ETs in their physical spacecraft.

In fact, science has yet to prove that UFOs represent any conclusive evidence whatsoever of physical ET visitations.

The reality, in my opinion, is that “they” are deceptive, manipulative and malevolent entities from another dimension, “posing” and deceiving us as “ETs” from highly advanced civilizations from outer space.

This does not mean that “benevolent” ones do not exist.

Perhaps they are doing good works without being seen by most of us.   But the ones that are “making noise”, deceiving people and causing “confusion” are certainly not the “benevolent” ones.

Tom Farmer, a researcher, stated:

“John A. Keel pointed out 50+ years ago that UFOs come in too many form factors, “crash” too often and spout too much nonsense to contactees to be nuts-and-bolts spacecraft crewed by explorers from afar.

They are a current-frame-of-reference manifestations of a trickster intelligence that has always been with us.”

HERE ARE MY COMMENTS:

The UFO phenomenon appears to be able to materialize and de-materialize at will, at least to the perception of the observer.

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.

As Dr. Jacques Vallee suggested quite often, “UFOs” may not necessarily be objects nor are they “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.)

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?

I believe it is.

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Don’t believe in God? – – but you believe in UFOs as physical alien spacecraft

Before you read the following article, please bear in mind that the belief in UFOs as physical alien spacecraft (piloted or maneuvered by physical extraterrestrial aliens) is just as religious a belief as belief in God.  Science has yet to prove that UFOs represent any conclusive evidence whatsoever of physical ET visitations to our Earth.

by Clay Routledge, NEW YORK TIMES Sunday Review – Gray Matter – – July 21, 2017

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Evidence suggests that the religious mind persists even when we lose faith in traditional religious beliefs and institutions.

Consider that roughly 30 percent of Americans report they have felt in contact with someone who has died.

Nearly 20 percent believe they have been in the presence of a ghost.

About one-third of Americans believe that ghosts exist and can interact with and harm humans; around two-thirds hold supernatural or paranormal beliefs of some kind, including beliefs in reincarnation, spiritual energy and psychic powers.

These numbers are much higher than they were in previous decades, when more people reported being highly religious.

People who do not frequently attend church are twice as likely to believe in ghosts as those who are regular churchgoers.

The less religious people are, the more likely they are to endorse empirically unsupported ideas about UFOs (as physical alien spacecraft), intelligent aliens monitoring the lives of humans and related conspiracies about a government cover-up of these phenomena.

An emerging body of research supports the thesis that these interests in nontraditional supernatural and paranormal phenomena are driven by the same cognitive processes and motives that inspire religion.

For instance, my colleagues and I recently published a series of studies in the journal Motivation and Emotion demonstrating that the link between low religiosity and belief in advanced alien visitors is at least partly explained by the pursuit of meaning.

The less religious participants were, we found, the less they perceived their lives as meaningful.

This lack of meaning was associated with a desire to find meaning, which in turn was associated with belief in UFOs (as physical alien spacecraft) and alien visitors.

When people are searching for meaning, their minds seem to gravitate toward thoughts of things like aliens that do not fall within our current scientific inventory of the world.

Why?

I suspect part of the answer is that such ideas imply that humans are not alone in the universe, that we might be part of a larger cosmic drama.

As with traditional religious beliefs, many of these paranormal beliefs involve powerful beings watching over humans and the hope that they will rescue us from death and extinction.

A great many atheists and agnostics, of course, do not think UFOs (as physical alien spacraft) exist.

I’m not suggesting that if you reject traditional religious belief, you will necessarily find yourself believing in alien visitors.

But because beliefs about UFOs (as physical alien spacecraft) and aliens do not explicitly invoke the supernatural and are couched in scientific and technological jargon, they may be more palatable to those who reject the metaphysics of more traditional religious systems.

It is important to note that thus far, research indicates only that the need for meaning inspires these types of paranormal beliefs, not that such beliefs actually do a good job of providing meaning.

There are reasons to suspect they are poor substitutes for religion: They are not part of a well-established social and institutional support system and they lack a deeper and historically rich philosophy of meaning.

Seeking meaning does not always equal finding meaning.

The Western world is, in theory, becoming increasingly secular – – but the religious mind remains active.

The question now is, how can society satisfactorily meet people’s religious and spiritual needs?

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(Clay Routledge is a professor of psychology at North Dakota State University.)

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Alien abductions – – fact, fiction or a great deception?

The case against literal, physical “alien abductions”

First of all, we have to bear in mind the fact that there is not even one single, tangible, solid, physical as well as credible documentary evidence whatsoever that we have ever been visited by physical extraterrestrial entities in physical spacecraft of any kind.

However, in this vast universe there could be some unknown ultra-dimensional entities who occasionally intrude into our physical realm, temporarily materializing (or giving the impression of “materializing” – –  to the observer) and deceptively posing as “aliens“.  Such entities cannot be benelovent but malevolent, using force to conduct meaningless physical examinations of “pre-selected” humans, using what appear to be primitive methods over and over again.  It is definitely not a sign of anyone from highly advanced, intelligent civilizations.

First, here is a thought-provoking comment from Bernie (on the Internet) on literal, physical “alien abductions”:

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“I just don’t buy the (literal, physical) abduction thing, never have.

If these entities are so far advanced they can come here from galaxies far away, they must have way advanced methods.

Why do they seem to use “current” invasive tools to examine so-called abductees?

They would have devices like Bones used in Star Trek.

I don’t doubt these people had something traumatic happen to them but I don’t believe they were abducted by aliens.  Not for one second.

And let’s say they were actually abducted.  Again if these aliens were so advanced, why would have they to keep abducting people for decades to figure out how we work?

One more thing.

The whole alien/human hybrid baby thing is nonsense.

A rudimentary understanding of DNA tells you that cross breeding can only work if there is enough similarity between organisms.

What are the chances that some alien race’s DNA is similar enough to ours to allow procreation?

I mean we share like 90% of our genes with monkeys, but you’re not gonna get pregnant from monkey.

Why not ?

Prezygotic isolation.

So, if women can’t get pregnant from monkeys there is very little chance they will get knocked up by some alien race, unless those aliens were humans.

And what are the odds that these so-called Greys are human?

That my view from the bleachers.  I’ve been wanting to vent this for some time.”

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HERE IS HOW “ABDUCTEE” CLAIMS USUALLY  WORKS:

The self-claimed abductee has an experience he or she cannot explain.

The self-claimed abductee convinces himself or herself that the experience (to them) was real.

The abductee remembers seeing at least one or two movies or TV documentaries about alien abductions recently or even years ago and comes to believe that this must be the exact same thing that must have happened.

(Some self-claimed abductees have been believers in UFOs or believers in some new paradigm or some type of a New Age thinking, to begin with – – Both Betty Hill and Travis Walton had already been a firm UFO believer even before their abduction claims.)

Soon the abductee gets some courage and takes a chance and tells about the experience to one or two trusted friends.

Soon some of their friends encourage her to write a book about it, or at least tell the story to a larger audience.

Soon the book becomes a big seller.

And sooner or later the abductee is in demand as a speaker at UFO conferences (the abductee starts feeling confident because no one will be able to contest their personal testimony because it’s coming from a sincere person and it will be extremely difficult for anyone to challenge such a sincere, personal testimony).

The abductee feels very important since he or she were “chosen” by aliens to be “selected” and therefore must be someone special.

The abductee becomes satisfied that he or she is now in some kind of an “elite” group of people and he or she is finally getting the attention from people like they never had before.

Soon the abductee starts “remembering” more in detail about their experience and begins to add a few more details that they never mentioned before.

The abductee joins a support group of “experiencers” and becomes more active in promoting their stories to listeners who attend UFO conferences or becomes a guest on Internet talk show programs.

HOWEVER, THERE ARE SOME ABDUCTEES OF A DIFFERENT PERSUASION – – THOSE THAT HAVE COME TO BELIEVE THAT THE “ABDUCTION” WAS NOT CAUSED BY ALIENS.

Here is such a testimony by Camille (on the Internet):

“I couldn’t help but go public.

It was too important to keep to myself.

However, when I decided aliens are demons in disguise (after praying for the answer after 17 years), it was very humbling.

I dropped the “chosen” label I had reluctantly adopted from the UFO community, and felt sudden horrible remorse and contrition for focusing on them instead of on Christ, for wasting my passion, and for being deceived.”

HERE IS MY CONCLUSION:

The “alien abduction” seems to be a deceptive phenomenon perceived and experienced as real by the abductee alone, and connivingly “staged” to the victim by malevolent extradimensional entities of unknown origin.

By the way, do you know who has been promoting the great deception?:

The late Edgar Mitchell‘s organization, the Foundation For Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters (FREE), seems to be spouting a great deception that we shouldn’t be afraid of “alien abductions” and that we should accept it because abduction is a positive experience.

Edgar Mitchell (some describe him as a UFO Conspiracy nut) was also the founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, a research group that explored into the nature and potentials of consciousness using multiple ways of knowing, including intuition, feeling and the senses — does this sound scientific?).

Sure, Mitchell towered above most of us – – his credentials as an accomplished astronaut.

However, he was not God.   He was just a human, like all of us, with his own pre-conceived belief and notions of things.

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“Abducted”, the myth of alien kidnappings – – an interview with Harvard psychologist Susan Clancy

“Abducted” – – The Myth of Alien Kidnappings

an interview with Harvard psychologist Susan Clancy

November 9, 2005 – – heard on DAY TO DAY program of NPR:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5005775

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Harvard University psychologist Susan Clancy is the author of the new book Abducted: How People Come to Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens:

(CLICK AND ENLARGE ABOVE – – https://www.amazon.com/Abducted-People-Believe-Kidnapped-Aliens/dp/067402401X)

She speaks with host Madeleine Brand her years of research and conversations with people who believe themselves victims of alien abduction.

MADELEINE BRAND, host:

This is DAY TO DAY. I’m Madeleine Brand.

Despite any credible scientific evidence, most Americans believe that space aliens exist.  And a substantial number of them believe that those aliens have visited this planet, and some of them believe that they were actually abducted by aliens.  They are the subject of a new book.  It’s called “Abducted: How People Come To Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens,” and it’s by Harvard psychologist Susan Clancy.  And Ms. Clancy joins me now.

Welcome to the program.

Ms. SUSAN CLANCY  (Author, “Abducted: How People Come To Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens“):

Thank you.  Thank you for having me.

BRAND:

So how did you get into this field of study?  I’m wondering if it raised a few eyebrows there at Harvard.

Ms. CLANCY:

Yes. I did not get into it because I was interested in aliens or UFOs.  I actually got into it because I was interested in memory distortion and false memory creation, so how people could come to believe and then remember things that didn’t happen to them.

BRAND:

Well, I mean, how can you take them seriously, honestly?  I mean, is it sort of like people who say that Elvis is still alive or that the Earth is flat?  How do you — I mean, really, how do you talk to them with a straight face?

Ms. CLANCY:

It’s actually easier than you would think.  First of all, what’s important to know is that most people who believe that they were abducted by aliens don’t have vivid memories of what happened.  They just suspect they might have been abducted based on certain experiences that they’ve had or symptoms that they’ve had that are consistent with what they’ve read about or watched on TV or seen in the movie screen, you know, about what happens to people when they’ve been abducted.

BRAND:

And what are some of the stories?  What do they say happened to them?

Ms. CLANCY:

The modal subject I spoke with typically had a number of sleep experiences that they thought were strange.  For example, maybe they’ve had an episode of sleep paralysis.  Yeah, it’s essentially common.  You wake up in the middle of the night, you can’t move.  It’s a very scary experience.  It lasts for about a minute; many people have it.  And for the alien abductees I spoke with, some of them had that episode and they woke up and they thought, `Oh, my God. What was that?’  And then later on in their lives, they read something or saw something on TV and they said, `You know, what happened to me that night is a lot like what happened to Bud Hopkins’ subjects or what I saw on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”‘  Bud Hopkins is an abduction researcher who’s written a number of books about the stories that his subjects remember under hypnosis.

BRAND:

And with the people that you interviewed, do they have a sort of a similar story line?  Does each one have a similar tale, they were visited at night and taken up in a spaceship and experimented on?

Ms. CLANCY:

They all talk about the same basic plot.  So aliens came down from somewhere and they abducted me from my bedroom or my car and they took me into some kind of spaceship and then they performed sexual or medical experiments.  So the plot is very similar.  However, the details vary widely depending on who you’re talking to.  So what the aliens were wearing, what exactly they looked like, what types of medical devices were used, that kind of thing, all vary greatly.

BRAND:

What’s with the experimentation?  Why do they all say they were sexually or physically experimented on?

Ms. CLANCY:

Well, OK, the way I’d answer that is I’d say, first, alien abductions were depicted in the movies and on TV before people said it happened to them.  And I get challenged on this a lot because somebody will call and say, `I was abducted when I was six and I’m 81 now, and I never saw a TV show when I was six about alien abduction.’  However, what they’re omitting is that they only remembered what happened to them when they were six in hypnosis sessions later on in life.

So I just want to stress that nobody reported being abducted before they actually saw it on TV or in the movies.  So there was in the ’60s a number of episodes on “The Outer Limits” that featured aliens.  In some of them, they came to Earth and performed medical experiments.

BRAND:

Well, what would the people say, the people you interviewed, say when you pointed out to them some other explanations for what happened to them, some, you know, more plausible explanations like, as you say, sleep paralysis or the fact that they were steeped in popular culture?

Ms. CLANCY:

I never encountered a positive reception to my interpretation of a story.  In fact, as is discussed in the book, on a number of occasions, people really became angry.  So I sort of left my side of the picture out.  A lot of people say, `Now that you’ve written this book, what do your subjects think?’ and I can tell you most of them that have read the book are upset.  I have to be honest with that.  And I understand why, because what’s happening in the book is I am presenting my own opinion, but I’m challenging their deeply held beliefs, beliefs that are very important to them.  And whenever you challenge someone’s beliefs, you’re bound to meet up with some animosity.

So they’re angry, and I feel terribly about it.  And, you know, you got to understand that I’m sure in their heart of hearts, they were hoping that the book or the research would emerge with me saying, `Yes, I’ve studied this and I think these accounts are plausible.’  And I just can’t do that because there is a better explanation.  But that being said, I can’t dismiss their accounts.  There’s no way to scientifically disprove the alien abduction hypothesis.

BRAND:

You say there are all sorts of ways that we handle distressing incidents in our lives and no shortage of people out there to help us figure it out by buying their books or something, but…

Ms. CLANCY:

Right.

BRAND:

I’m wondering — you know, this is a very elaborate and consuming belief and something that these people are well aware of makes them look kind of crazy.  So I’m wondering why…

Ms. CLANCY:

Right.

BRAND:

You know, why do they choose this rather than something more conventional?

Ms. CLANCY:

I think that it is because coming to believe you’re abducted by aliens provides you, of course, with an explanation for psychological distress or problems you might have had.  But even more than that, believing that you’ve been abducted by aliens provides many of these subjects with a meaning for their entire life.  And I think that part of the alien abduction experience has been de-emphasized by abduction researchers in the past, like Bud Hopkins, who tend to focus on the more traumatogenic aspects of the experience.  I mean, it is true; it’s nightmarish, it’s horrible, they’re scary, they come in the night, they hurt you.  I mean, why would you want to think — why would you want to believe that happened to you if you didn’t have to?

But at the end of my research study, we asked very single subject: `If you could do it all over again, would you choose not to have been abducted?’  And I never had a single subject say, `I wish it didn’t happen to me.’ They all said the same thing, that science does not explain everything in the world, that there is a higher power out there and that `I was chosen.’

BRAND:

Well, it sounds very religious to me.

Ms. CLANCY:

Yes. But you know what?  I am so tired of controversial topics that I think I just want to stay away entirely from the topic of religion.  All I would like to say is that in the same way that people find meaning in their religious beliefs and experiences, these people find meaning in their alien abduction beliefs and their alien abduction experiences.

BRAND:

Susan Clancy is the author of “Abducted: How People Come To Believe They Were Kidnapped by Aliens.”

And, Susan Clancy, thank you for joining us.

Ms. CLANCY:

Thank you. It was a pleasure.

BRAND:

NPR’s DAY TO DAY continues, out there.  I’m Madeleine Brand.

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HOW SOME PEOPLE BECOME A SELF-CLAIMED ABDUCTEE.

The self-claimed abductee has an experience he or she cannot explain.

The self-claimed abductee convinces himself or herself that the experience (to them) was real.

The abductee remembers seeing at least one or two movies or TV documentaries about alien abductions recently or even years ago and comes to believe that this must be the exact same thing that must have happened.

(Some self-claimed abductees have been believers in UFOs or believers in some new paradigm or some type of a New Age thinking, to begin with.)

Soon the abductee gets some courage and takes a chance and tells about the experience to one or two trusted friends.

Soon some of their friends encourage her to write a book about it, or at least tell the story to a larger audience.

Soon the book becomes a big seller.

And sooner or later the abductee is in demand as a speaker at UFO conferences (the abductee starts feeling confident because no one will be able to contest their personal testimony because it’s coming from a sincere person and it will be extremely difficult for anyone to challenge such a sincere, personal testimony).

The abductee feels very important since he or she were “chosen” by aliens to be “selected” and therefore must be someone special.

The abductee becomes satisfied that he or she is now in some kind of an “elite” group of people and he or she is finally getting the attention from people like they never had before.

Soon the abductee starts “remembering” more in detail about their experience and begins to add a few more details that they never mentioned before.

The abductee joins a support group of “experiencers” and becomes more active in promoting their stories to listeners who attend UFO conferences or becomes a guest on Internet talk show programs.

HOWEVER, THERE SEEM TO BE SOME ABDUCTEES WHO NO LONGER BELIEVE THEY WERE ABDUCTED BY ALIENS.

Here is a testimony by Camille (on the Internet):

“I couldn’t help but go public.

It was too important to keep to myself.

However, when I decided aliens are demons in disguise (after praying for the answer after 17 years), it was very humbling.

I dropped the “chosen” label I had reluctantly adopted from the UFO community, and felt sudden horrible remorse and contrition for focusing on them instead of on Christ, for wasting my passion, and for being deceived.”

HERE IS MY CONCLUSION:

The “alien abduction” seems to be a deceptive phenomenon perceived and experienced as real by the abductee alone, and connivingly “staged” to the victim by malevolent extradimensional entities of unknown origin.

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Now, in regards to another Harvard psychologist, John Mack:

John Mack (1929 – 2004) devoted a substantial amount of time to investigating alien abduction cases and eventually concluded that the only phenomenon in psychiatry that adequately explained the patients’ symptoms in several of the most compelling cases was posttraumatic stress disorder.  As he noted at the time, this would imply that the patient genuinely believed that the remembered frightening incident had really occurred – the position Mack came to endorse.  Mack utilized the support of Laurance Rockefeller, who also funded Mack’s non-profit organization for four consecutive years at $250,000 per year.

In response to a PSYCHOLOGY TODAY magazine article of 2003 critical of John Mack, he stated the following:

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“With regard to my position on UFOs and abductions, and the criticism that I am wishy-washy and come across as confused, there is only so much that can be said.

Do I believe UFOs are real?  Yes.

Do I believe they are physically real?  Yes, sometimes.

Are abductions real?  Yes.

Are they physically real?  Yes.

But these statements must be qualified by another question:

Are they only physical?  No.”

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Ray Palmer, the man who invented flying saucers – – by John A. Keel

(CLICK AND ENLARGE ABOVE – – June, 1947 issue of AMAZING STORIES, featuring underground alien civilizations and alien abductions – – this issue was published a month before the Kenneth Arnold sighting and the Roswell incident)

by John A. Keel, from The JINN – – UFOs aren’t extraterrestrial – they’re extradimensional:

http://www.thejinn.net/man_who_invented_flying_saucers.htm

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In 1947, the editor of AMAZING STORIES watched in astonishment as the things he had been fabricating for years in his magazine suddenly came true!

North America’s “Bigfoot” was nothing more than an Indian legend until a zoologist named Ivan T. Sanderson began collecting contemporary sightings of the creature in the early 1950s, publishing the reports in a series of popular magazine articles. He turned the tall, hairy biped into a household word, just as British author Rupert T. Gould rediscovered sea serpents in the 1930s and, through his radio broadcasts, articles, and books, brought Loch Ness to the attention of the world.  Another writer named Vincent Gaddis originated the Bermuda Triangle in his 1965 book, Invisible Horizons: Strange Mysteries of the Sea. Sanderson and Charles Berlitz later added to the Triangle lore, and rewriting their books became a cottage industry among hack writers in the United States.

Charles Fort put bread on the table of generations of science fiction writers when, in his 1931 book “Lo!“, he assembled the many reports of objects and people strangely transposed in time and place, and coined the term “teleportation.” And it took a politician named Ignatius Donnelly to revive lost Atlantis and turn it into a popular subject (again and again and again). (1)

But the man responsible for the most well-known of all such modern mythsflying saucers – has somehow been forgotten. Before the first flying saucer was sighted in 1947, he suggested the idea to the American public. Then he converted UFO reports from what might have been a Silly Season phenomenon into a subject, and kept that subject alive during periods of total public disinterest. His name was Raymond A. Palmer:

Born in 1911, Ray Palmer suffered severe injuries that left him dwarfed in stature and partially crippled. He had a difficult childhood because of his infirmities and, like many isolated young men in those pre-television days, he sought escape in “dime novels,” cheap magazines printed on coarse paper and filled with lurid stories churned out by writers who were paid a penny a word. He became an avid science fiction fan, and during the Great Depression of the 1930s he was active in the world of fandom – a world of mimeographed fanzines and heavy correspondence. (Science fiction fandom still exists and is very well organized with well-attended annual conventions and lavishly printed fanzines, some of which are even issued weekly.)

In 1930, he sold his first science fiction story, and in 1933 he created the Jules Verne Prize Club which gave out annual awards for the best achievements in sci-fi. A facile writer with a robust imagination, Palmer was able to earn many pennies during the dark days of the Depression, undoubtedly buoyed by his mischievous sense of humor, a fortunate development motivated by his unfortunate physical problems. Pain was his constant companion.

In 1938, the Ziff-Davis Publishing Company in Chicago purchased a dying magazine titled AMAZING STORIES:

It had been created in 1929 by the inestimable Hugo Gernsback, who is generally acknowledged as the father of modern science fiction. Gernsback, an electrical engineer, ran a small publishing empire of magazines dealing with radio and technical subjects. (he also founded Sexology, a magazine of soft-core pornography disguised as science, which enjoyed great success in a somewhat conservative era.) It was his practice to sell – or even give away – a magazine when its circulation began to slip. Although AMAZING STORIES was one of the first of its kind, its readership was down to a mere 25,000 when Gernsback unloaded it on Ziff-Davis. William B. Ziff decided to hand the editorial reins to the young science fiction buff from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At the age of 28, Palmer found his life’s work.

Expanding the pulp magazine to 200 pages (and as many as 250 pages in some issues), Palmer deliberately tailored it to the tastes of teenaged boys. He filled it with nonfiction features and filler items on science and pseudo-science in addition to the usual formula short stories of BEMs (Bug-Eyed Monsters) and beauteous maidens in distress. Many of the stories were written by Palmer himself under a variety of pseudonyms such as Festus Pragnell and Thorton Ayre, enabling him to supplement his meager salary by paying himself the usual penny-a-word. His old cronies from fandom also contributed stories to the magazine with a zeal that far surpassed their talents. In fact, of the dozen or so science magazines then being sold on the newsstands, AMAZING STORIES easily ranks as the very worst of the lot. Its competitors, such as Startling Stories, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Planet Stories and the venerable Astounding (now renamed Analog) employed skilled, experienced professional writers like Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, and L. Ron Hubbard (who later created Dianetics and founded Scientology). AMAZING STORIES was garbage in comparison and hardcore sci-fi fans tended to sneer at it. (2)

The magazine might have limped through the 1940s, largely ignored by everyone, if not for a single incident. Howard Browne, a television writer who served as Palmer’s associate editor in those days, recalls: “early in the 1940s, a letter came to us from Dick Shaver purporting to reveal the “truth” about a race of freaks, called “Deros,” living under the surface of the earth. Ray Palmer read it, handed it to me for comment. I read a third of it, tossed it in the waste basket. Ray, who loved to show his editors a trick or two about the business, fished it out of the basket, ran it in AMAZING, and a flood of mail poured in from readers who insisted every word of it was true because they’d been plagued by Deros for years.” (3)

Actually, Palmer had accidentally tapped a huge, previously unrecognized audience. Nearly every community has at least one person who complains constantly to the local police that someone – usually a neighbor – is aiming a terrible ray gun at their house or apartment. This ray, they claim, is ruining their health, causing their plants to die, turning their bread moldy, making their hair and teeth fall out, and broadcasting voices into their heads. Psychiatrists are very familiar with these “ray” victims and relate the problem with paranoid-schizophrenia. For the most part, these paranoiacs are harmless and usually elderly. Occasionally, however, the voices they hear urge them to perform destructive acts, particularly arson. They are a distrustful lot, loners by nature, and very suspicious of everyone, including the government and all figures of authority. In earlier times, they thought they were hearing the voice of god and/or the Devil. Today they often blame the CIA or space beings for their woes. They naturally gravitate to eccentric causes and organizations which reflect their own fears and insecurities, advocating bizarre political philosophies and reinforcing their peculiar belief systems. Ray Palmer unintentionally gave thousands of these people focus to their lives.

Shaver’s long, rambling letter claimed that while he was welding (4) he heard voices which explained to him how the underground Deros were controlling life on the surface of the earth through the use of fiendish rays. Palmer rewrote the letter, making a novelette out of it, and it was published in the March 1945 issue under the title: “I Remember Lemuria” by Richard Shaver.

The Shaver Mystery was born:

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THE SHAVER MYSTERY

Somehow the news of Shaver’s discovery quickly spread beyond science fiction circles and people who had never before bought a pulp magazine were rushing to their local newsstands. The demand for AMAZING STORIES far exceeded the supply and Ziff-Davis had to divert paper supplies (remember there were still wartime shortages) from other magazines so they could increase the press run of AS.

“Palmer traveled to Pennsylvania to talk to Shaver,” Howard Brown later recalled, “found him sitting on reams of stuff he’d written about the Deros, bought every bit of it and contracted for more. I thought it was the sickest crap I’d run into. Palmer ran it and doubled the circulation of Amazing within four months.”

By the end of 1945, AMAZING STORIES was selling 250,000 copies per month, an amazing circulation for a science fiction pulp magazine. Palmer sat up late at night, rewriting Shaver’s material and writing other short stories about the Deros under pseudonyms. Thousands of letters poured into the office. Many of them offered supporting “evidence” for the Shaver stories, describing strange objects they had seen in the sky and strange encounters they had had with alien beings. It seemed that many thousands of people were aware of the existence of some distinctly nonterrestrial group in our midst. Paranoid fantasies were mixed with tales that had the uncomfortable ring of truth. The “Letters-to-the-Editor” section was the most interesting part of the publication. Here is a typical contribution from the issue for June 1946:

Sirs:

I flew my last combat mission on May 26 [1945] when I was shot up over Bassein and ditched my ship in Ramaree roads off Chedubs Island. I was missing five days. I requested leave at Kashmere (sic). I and Capt. (deleted by request) left Srinagar and went to Rudok then through the Khese pass to the northern foothills of the Karakoram. We found what we were looking for. We knew what we were searching for.

For heaven’s sake, drop the whole thing! You are playing with dynamite. My companion and I fought our way out of a cave with submachine guns. I have two 9″ scars on my left arm that came from wounds given me in the cave when I was 50 feet from a moving object of any kind and in perfect silence. The muscles were nearly ripped out. How? I don’t know. My friend has a hole the size of a dime in his right bicep. It was seared inside. How we don’t know. But we both believe we know more abou the Shaver Mystery than any other pair.

You can imagine my fright when I picked up my first copy of Amazing Stories and see you splashing words about the subject.

The identity of the author of this letter was withheld by request. Later Palmer revealed his name: Fred Lee Crisman. He had inadvertently described the effects of a laser beam – even though the laser wasn’t invented until years later. Apparently Crisman was obsessed with Deros and death rays long before Kenneth Arnold sighted the “first” UFO in June 1947.

In September 1946, AMAZING STORIES published a short article by W.C. Hefferlin, “Circular Winged Plane,” describing experiments with a circular craft in 1927 in San Francisco. Shaver’s (Palmer’s) contribution to that issue was a 30,000 word novelette, “Earth Slaves to Space,” dealing with spaceships that regularly visited the Earth to kidnap humans and haul them away to some other planet. Other stories described amnesia, an important element in the UFO reports that still lay far in the future, and mysterious men who supposedly served as agents for those unfriendly Deros.

And later:

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Roswell, the beginnings of the UFO Craze and what it has to do with DC Comics and Ray Palmer

by Mark Seifert, BLEEDING COOL – – July 8, 2017:

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/07/08/roswell-ufo-craze-dc-comics/

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July 8, 2017 was the 70th Anniversary of the infamous event that helped ignite the UFO craze – – a United States Air Force balloon crash near Roswell, New Mexico which became a center of “flying disc” reports, conspiracy theories, and even FBI Investigations. The events surrounding Roswell itself are relatively well known, but what’s far less known is the key role played in these theories by a pulp and magazine editor who was close friends with two important DC Comics editors. So close, in fact, that a well-known DC Comics character is named after him.

Raymond Palmer, the man who helped start the UFO craze leading to Roswell, along with DC Comics editors Mort Weisinger and Julius Schwartz:

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Raymond Palmer was the secret identity of the Silver Age version of diminutive DC Comics hero The Atom, created by Gardner Fox, Gil Kane, and Julius Schwartz. The real-life Raymond Palmer was also a longtime friend of DC Comics editors and writers such as Schwartz, Mort Weisinger, and Otto Binder. Palmer had been hit by a truck as a child, and suffered a spinal injury which inhibited his growth. He became an avid science fiction reader, and he, Schwartz, and Weisinger were all part of the foundational science fiction fandom of the 1930s. They worked on fanzines together in their younger days, and each of them became professionals in comic, pulp and science fiction endeavors.

Palmer eventually became the editor of staple science fiction pulp AMAZING STORIES, where he had a penchant for scientific hoaxes, blending fact and fiction, and promoting the notion that some stories he ran in the pulp might have a firm basis in reality.

(CLICK AND ENLARGE ABOVE – – June, 1947 issue of AMAZING STORIES, featuring underground alien civilizations and alien abductions – – this issue was published a month before the Kenneth Arnold sighting and the Roswell incident)

One well-known instance of this was his promotion of what is known as “The Shaver Mystery” series which dominated AMAZING STORIES in the late 1940s, and which built up a mythology around an ancient and advanced civilization which had developed deep below the surface of the Earth.

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THE SHAVER MYSTERY

This was not Raymond Palmer’s first exposure to the power of scientific hoaxes in the media. Palmer, Julius Schwartz, and Mort Weisinger all played key roles in the rise of science fiction fandom in the 1930s, and in one instance worked together on a fanzine title called Fantasy Magazine:

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Julius Schwartz wrote a series of columns for the magazine covering various scientific hoaxes throughout history. In one nifty bit of foreshadowing, the January, 1934 entry covered the Great Moon Hoax of 1835, which was about a race of Batmen on the moon, reported as a factual scientific discovery in the New York newspaper The Sun in several issues that year.  In another nifty bit of foreshadowing, one of Raymond Palmer’s regular columns in Fantasy Magazine was titled Spilling the Atoms:

Palmer’s Roswell coverage may have been influenced by his exposure to Schwartz’s Scientific Hoaxes column

A few decades later, Schwartz would be the editor of Batman (among many other titles), and he would also name the Silver Age version of The Atom after his friend Ray Palmer. Palmer himself would be promoting scientific hoaxes like UFO conspiracies and other topics which took the separate terms ‘science’ and ‘fiction’, and smashed them together with as much force as possible.

What we know of Palmer’s role in the development of UFO conspiracies comes largely from the files of the FBI. Roswell was actually preceded by two weeks by two other events, on June 22 and June 24, 1947.  During the Maury Island Incident,  two men claimed to have seen UFOs – – among other things – –  in the sky over Maury Island, Washington.  Two days later, aviator Kenneth Arnold claimed to have seen nine UFO’s flying in formation near Mount Rainier, Washington. The FBI later found that Raymond Palmer was in contact with all of these men soon after:

Within two days of the Arnold sighting, Palmer sensed a marketing opportunity. He wrote to Arnold asking him to contribute his story to AMAZING STORIES, where presumably it would run alongside Shaver’s Lemurian mystery as “proof” of the “space ships” of Lemurians returning from other planets. Arnold provided Palmer with an account of his sighting, and would eventually work with Palmer on a book version. Palmer, who believed in Theosophical concepts like the Akashic record and the flying ships of interplanetary Masters, had already planned to turn the unidentified “discs” into spacecraft from another world within days of Arnold’s sighting.

The men soon confessed to the FBI that the story was false and that they told the tale because Palmer had promised a cash payment to them for more flying disc parts. Indeed, Dahl told FBI agent Jack Wilcox that he had sent Palmer unidentified metal in early June but that Palmer had called him right after the Arnold sighting, concocting the flying disc story and manipulating him into agreeing that the debris was from a flying disc. However, one subsequent document said that the two men instead claimed that they would pretend the story was a hoax to avoid publicity. Richard Dolan makes much hay of this but the documents aren’t really in disagreement. The men told Wilcox that they had tried to tell Palmer that the story was a joke, and they told later investigators that the story of the flying discs had been made up by Palmer. They reversed themselves many times after that. Crisman and Dahl went on to allege to Gray Barker that the Men in Black tried to silence them, though Dahl would concede many years later that this too was a hoax.

Maury Island, Mount Rainier, and Roswell in quick succession (among other reports and incidents) primed the public’s interest in UFOs, and the fast-thinking Palmer had positioned himself to take full advantage of this interest.   He first reported on these events in the October, 1947 issue of Astounding Stories, and by early the next year had co-founded a magazine called FATE to report on what we’d consider from the present perspective as X-Files territory.

In the wake of Roswell, Palmer’s FATE Magazine was launched to cover such events.

This is a tiny sliver of the incredibly fascinating story of Raymond Palmer and his role in the events leading up to Roswell. One could write a book or two about the rest of it, and in fact there have been a few.  Fred Nadis‘ The Man from Mars is a particularly good one, though I think there will be much more detail to emerge from Palmer’s fanzine days alongside Schwartz, Weisinger, and others some day.

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For more on Ray Palmer, click and read the following:

RAY PALMER, THE MAN WHO INVENTED FLYING SAUCERS

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