excellent article written by my colleague, the late Tomas Scolarici:
“The psychosocial hypothesis builds on the finding that most ufo reports have mundane explanations like celestial objects, airplane lights, balloons, and a host of other misperceived things seen in the sky which suggests the presence of an unusual emotional climate which distorts perceptions and the perceived significance and anomalousness of merely terrestrial stimuli.
In the more exotic situation where people claim direct contact with extraterrestrials, please CLICK AND READ THE FOLLOWING:
THE PSYCHOSOCIAL HYPOTHESIS “is particularly popular among UFO researchers in the United Kingdom, such as David Clarke, Hilary Evans, the editors of Magonia magazine, and many of the contributors to Fortean Times magazine. It is also popular in France since the publication in 1977 of a book written by Michel Monnerie “Et si les ovnis n’existaient pas?”(What if ufos do not exist?).
Now, what about UFOs?
First of all, 95 % of UFO sightings are recognized as natural or manmade phenomena.
The 5 % are important only because of the UFO industry, ego-trips and fantasists.
To speak about flying objects is conjectural. In my view, UFOs are not flying and are not objects.
The UFO meme is strong enough for some people.
A meme is “an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.”
A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, videos, sounds, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate and respond to selective pressures.
I have no idea about whom or what is behind the phenomenon, but I am totally and absolutely convinced that the Extraterrestrial hypothesis is forged.
Until this very moment, there is no evidence of extraterrestrial intelligent life here or in any other place of the Universe.
There is a relatively big but totally contradictory mythology concerning Extraterrestrials, without any kind of evidential or rational value.
The presumed “extraterrestrial” messages are a sad mix of New Age, Pseudo-religion, self-help and very human ideas and prejudices.
Abductions are mostly planted pseudo-memories and fantasies or self delusions.
After more than forty years of research in the field, writing and talking with many people of different ages, social positions and professions, this is a short synthesis of what I think about the UFO phenomenon.
For the Rational Ufologist, the UFO Phenomenon is an unsolved mystery, and because of this, Rational Ufology investigates the social, psychological and political impact of this phenomenon.
Paradoxically, that 5 % of Unidentified Flying Objects that remain unidentified has a secondary importance.
The priority is given to the hypothesis about the origin and behavior of the UFO phenomenon, and also to the rational and logical interpretation of the mythology and pseudo-sciences created by the different interpretations of the enigma.
Contactees, self-proclaimed experts, mystics and improvised prophets give different ideas and versions of the phenomenon, but Rational Ufology demands evidences.
The interpretation of the UFO Phenomenon by the irrational ufologists is confused, contradictory and fallacious. There is talk, but no facts, and in many cases, we find a dishonest manipulation of hypothesis and pseudo events given as facts.
The Rational Ufologist is eclectic, but is also pragmatic and realist. He recognizes that the culture industry perpetually cheats its consumers with promises. The promissory note with its plots and staging, is endlessly prolonged; the promise is illusory: all that actually confirms is that the real point will never be reached, that the diner must be satisfied with the menu.”
In the rhetoric of the Cosmic Gurus we see this phenomenon in action. Nonsense replaces the real world and balloons are transformed into big ET spacecrafts. Contactees give us New Age talk as Extraterrestrial messages, ex rock musicians become Aliens and lawyers time travelers.
However all this must be considered and analyzed in Ufology. We must recognize the distorted impact of the UFO phenomenon in our society.
WE should understand the UFO subculture as spectacle, as the promise of a bad defined solution. The whole manipulation of the disclosure activism is not directed towards a solution of the UFO enigma.
The important thing for these activists is to sell their statements and conspiratorial delusions.
(CLICK THE ABOVE FOR ENLARGEMENT….UFO INDUSTRY poster, courtesy of Claude Falkstrom)
The society of the spectacle is also the world of the simulacrum. The picture is more important than the real thing, and even worst, contactees, and self proclaimed UFO experts try to make us believe that their rhetoric is the real thing.
That is why they deny Science but instead give us fairy tales as facts and fictions as real events.
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BEWARE OF THE UFO INDUSTRY !!
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