Lights in the Sky
Most of ufology is still into watching lights in the sky and seeing if they can find a prosaic explanation for the encounter. This is based on what they believe is the demand of the scientific method that they be skeptical and start with a position of non-belief.
Depending on the skepticism of the researcher the number of UFOs that get written off as weather balloon, drones, planetary objects, or hoaxes the number of unknowns can vary. It can even go as high as the editor of Skeptic Magazine, Michael Shermer, who will claim that 0 % will be unexplained when he is finished.
One of the questions which has never been adequately addressed is what do the unknown represent. The general consensus is that these represent the true flying saucers or extraterrestrial crafts.
What is left out is the fact that when the intelligence behind the UFO phenomena preforms an abduction there is no craft seen ever.
This is important because it means that the intelligence operates it does in complete stealth mode.
That has implications for when people see UFOs. If they operate in stealth why do people see them. The obvious answer is they want you to see them. The witness has become part of the phenomena, and has been allowed to see the craft for a reason.
That then explains why UFOs have lights on the craft when our planes do not have lights on them except for navigation and safety purposes. The UFOs have lights on them so you can see them.
The origin of this notion came to me during the second sighting that I had in 1975. The object was flying low to the ground and was coming towards us. As it got in close it made a left had turn and slowly flew away into the northeast. The car that was on the country road took off chasing the object, and I just stood there and watched as the glowing red plasma object just flew off into the distance.
I remember thinking, “What the heck are they doing.” They just seem to be flying along doing nothing in particular. The town people even had a joke that the object, known as Charlie Red Star was doing its nightly beer run picking up a case of beer and heading home.
A second more dramatic example is the 1964 UFO sighting that Bud Hopkins had which was 11 years before he investigated his first UFO case. He described the silver disc object as just sitting in the sky as Bud and friends from England drove along a road.
Like Charlie it didn’t seem to be doing anything. It was just sitting there letting Bud look at it. Then it just disappeared.
Like my sighting, Bud was very taken by what had happened. He went back and redrove the route trying to figure out how long the sighting had lasted. He figured it had been 3-4 minutes.
The third example starts to explain what might be happening. In August 1974 John Lennon and his girlfriend May Pang watched for 10 minutes as a small object flew by their penthouse balcony and down the east river. Like myself and Bud they were very taken by what they had seen.
I had seen a red glowing object, Bud had seen a daylight disc, and John saw a disc with large white marquee light bulbs on it and a red light on the top. The question is why were all three sightings different and did the flying saucer that Lennon saw need marquee light bulbs to fly through time and space back to the home planet?
If UFO intelligence operates in stealth then maybe they were just letting people see their craft to drag them into the story for some reason. Maybe there is no craft and all this is just projection to drag the witness onto the stage to participate in whatever the play is.
This notion of a projection is supported by the fact that UFO sighting are not often describing one particular object. It is also supported by the fact that UFO designs have gone through patterns over the years. It started as wooden ships with giant propeller in the flap of sighting that occurred in the western United States in the last decade of the 19th century. That changed to ghost rockets in the 1930s. That changed to small foo-fighter balls of lights during WW2, to flying saucers with ball type appendages, to sleek saucers with domes and no appendages.
When Betty and Barney saw their saucer, it had windows in it with little being looking out. That went on for a few decades and then viola the windows disappeared. There was no more reports of windows, just as there were no more reports of landed crafts burning out crop and leaving pod marks. Most significant is the fact that stories about little aliens wandering around outside landed crafts had completely stopped.
If this was a legitimate physical phenomena should it not have continued.
The case that moved me over to the projection model as the probable answer was a story that Sherry Wilde told about her encounter with her abduction entity Da.
At one point, she made Da promise that he would appear to all her friends. This happened within a short time. The significant thing about the event was that each of her friends who came to tell her about their UFO sighting all reported something different.
This all leads to really question the value of counting UFO sightings, sorting out the various shapes, sizes and colors. More importantly, the idea that much of what is seen in the sky may be projection means that it cannot be measured and reproduced because it is not physical.
My old friend Bob Pratt at the National Enquirer spelled out the measurement problem in a letter he wrote to me in 1987 telling me that he was pulling back on UFO research. He wrote,
“Maybe once I get it all sorted out in my head, I’ll try to explain it to you some day. Basically, I believe that UFOs are real but not extraterrestrial and that there is a physical side and a psychological side to the phenomena, but the psychological side is far more important than the physical. And it is only the physical side that I know and am capable of investigating. The psychological side is far beyond my comprehension or ability to learn about. I even wonder of the physical aspect of the phenomena is important at all, and if it isn’t really another deception on the part of the phenomena. I really don’t feel that my running around and getting case after case of encounters and sightings adds anything anymore. And the results has been that my enthusiasm has diminished sharply.”