Friday, December 25, 2015

A Dream Yoga Story: Success at Last and then Failure

I had been working at waking at trying to wake up in my dreams for almost two months. I had discovered the stories of lucid dreamers who had come up with songs, invented things, and got answers to key philosophical questions by mastering what is often called dream yoga. I had read everything I could find on the subject and realized this, if perfected, could provide the answer to any question that I could come up with. What more could one ask for in life?

I was having very little success. In fact I was almost convinced I would never be able to do it. I had learned and practised the induction mantras, tried to remember during the day to do many reality checks. I had made audio tapes that I had timed to play while I was sleeping during REM dream states where I would tell myself, “Grant You are dreaming. Do a reality check.” I had the pills that are used with Alzheimer’s patients that increase the chances of becoming lucid. I had the glasses that flash lights during the REM cycles that provide dream signals of dream states. I had tried hypnosis. Nothing was working.

The only thing that was working is that I could remember at least parts of 2-7 dreams each night. This is unusual in that most people cannot remember any of their dreams. I could remember lots of dreams but was unable to realize that they were dreams and no reality. The way I would do it is to drink lots of water before going to bed and then all the way during the night. I would be up every 90 minutes going to the bathroom. I was left with a whole steno pad full of stupid dreams that I hated to record.

This all created a very depressing situation. I could end up doing this stupid dream thing for the rest of my life. I had no control, and basically spent every night watching myself in a series of very dumb grade B movies. It was quickly become a nightmare situation even though the dreams weren’t bad. They were all different but very stupid. I was amazed at how my mind could come up with six or seven Hollywood movie plots every night.

Waking in one’s dream can be the most powerful non-local conscious experience a person can have. If they can become “aware” and then operate with the power of the non-local unrestricted consciousness that is accessible, they can solve problems and answer almost any question. The imagination of the mind seems to be the only restricting factor. It almost harkens back to words or Jesus who said, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

My problem was the same as everyone else who has tried to master lucid dreaming. In life our ego mind just goes along assuming that everything is real and we think we understand it. The reality is that we are in a dream and most of what we assume is real is not what we think it is. We are in an arrogant state of ignorance and denial.

When we enter the dream state each night we take this arrogant ignorance along with us and we just go along with the events of the dream not questioning anything. It is only when we awaken that we realize that we have been nothing but a foolish observer of illusion.

That is what was happening to me and I was starting to think that I would never catch on. Time and again there would be people who had died appearing in the dream, or I would be back at the university working six years after retiring. In one really embarrassing example of going along with the dream I was talking to an animal and he was talking back. Each time I would just go along with it as if it was normal.

This takes us to my first short awakening experience in a dream. I had slept for six hours before I woke for the first time. This was not normal. I got up and went to the bathroom. I drank some water. Usually I am up 90 minutes after I first go to bed. I toke two Lucidimine [1] pills. I put on my lucid dreaming mask.[2] I tried to follow the Wake and then Back to Bed (WBTB) technique.[3] Like every night before I had zero expectation that anything would happen. I fell back asleep and entered the dream.

In the dream I am working in a storeroom situation with grain and earth samples (not sure why earth and grain as I never worked with them). I am working as an assistant to a storeroom guy named Doug that I had worked with 40 years ago when I was attending university. He was very good at what he did. I made mistakes and cut corners. He was always very kind and covered for my mistakes by just doing what I had not done.

In the dream I have messed something up and he takes me down Highway 75 south of Winnipeg where I live (towards the US border). I am standing on the side of the road and he is in the west side fields doing something. We go from spot to spot and he is working very fast. At one point he grabs some grain stocks and throws them up in the air. A small tornado effect appears over his head as the grain swirls around.

I wonder to myself “What is he doing?” Then the magic triggering words of lucid dreaming come out of my mind. “This is really weird. I must be dreaming. This must be a dream.”
I became very excited knowing that I had a very tough road trying to the lucid dream state without success. I know from the research that once a person gets into the lucid dream state they are then presented with the very tough situation of stabilizing the dream before they can operate in it. Getting to the lucid state is only the first of many techniques that must be mastered.

I quickly do a reality check to see if this is a dream. I pinch my nose and see if I can still breathe. I am not 100% sure but I think I can. I must be dreaming. Now I am instantly afraid that the dream will break down, I will wake up and never get back here again. I know I must stabilize the dream before I can start asking questions.

There are many techniques for doing this but one of the best apparently is one that was developed by Stephen LaBerge[4] who did decades of lucid dream research at Stanford University. That technique involves putting your arms out and spinning like a figure skater. The scene will completely change, usually going back to a bedroom scene, but the dream will be stabilize and a person can start to operate. I had many questions I had planned to ask and was ready to start.

I put out my arms and spun. The next thing I knew I was awake. I had a great feeling of disappointment. My one chance at lucid dreaming was over. I had messed up my one chance. There I was back at the university in my office. The dream continued on about some guy selling wheat and my boss was back figuring out why this person was selling at this time.
It was not until I woke up in bed that I realized I had experienced what is known as a false awakening. I had gone along with it as being part of reality. The reality is I was assuming was real was not.

I had woken from the dream, not back into a waking reality which I assumed, but back into the dream. I had read about this but assumed it came from watching a bizarre dream character doing something strange that grabs your attention and sucks you back into the dream. I continued to dream thinking that I had woken up. I was wrong.

When I woke in bed into the physical dream world, I used the techniques I had studied to go back to sleep and get back into the same dream. I was able to get back to sleep, but just entered two new stupid dreams that like all my dreams of the past I just went along with. The dream with the awakening moment was gone forever.

My list of questions is still ready and I wait for my next chance to ask them. I am encouraged because I was starting to doubt that lucid dreaming really existed. I was starting to think that maybe everyone was just making it up. That is because experience is the ultimate reality. People believe what they experience, and as hard as I tried I could not experience the stories I had heard about lucid dreaming.

I am a step closer and more determined than ever to be lucid every night instead of spending 1/3 of every day unconscious to the amazing universe that is out there to explore. I am grateful to have gotten a glimpse of the fact that life is illusory in waking and dream states and that objects in both states are therefore empty and have no substantial nature. More importantly, I now believe that the stories people tell about the Lucid dream state are true, and there is a chance I will get the chance to be in that world.

It all happened Christmas morning. What a wonderful gift.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Non-Local Nature of Music

The more analytical you become about music the farther you move from art. You move from right brain to left brain. When I write I seldom think about the key, scales, or the proper chords. I just simply write what’s in my mind.” Doug Marks noted as the man who taught more people to play the guitar than anyone else with his Metal Method Instructional tapes.

Music is a big part of most people’s daily lives. This being the case it might be important where music comes from and how musicians get their songs.

In studying the music writing process I have come to see that it is much more a paranormal, non-local, and a right brained activity, than anything even close to being rational or carefully planned..

Many of the greatest songs of all times came in dreams. This is unusual as dreams are usually symbolic and nonsensical. The hundreds of major musicians who have had the dreams experience where they are presented a song report that it is clear and lucid like waking consciousness. Examples of songs that came in dreams include three by Paul McCartney's No Regrets, Yesterday, and Let It Be. McCartney reported that Let It Be came from a visit in a dream from his mother, Mary, who had died from cancer when he was only 14. The incident happened at a rough time in  McCartney's life as he tried to hold the Beatles together. It led to the famous lyrics "Mother Mary comes to me speaking words of wisdom - let it be. McCartney recalled the dream,

“One night during this tense time I had a dream I saw my mum, who'd been dead 10 years or so. And it was so great to see her because that's a wonderful thing about dreams: you actually are reunited with that person for a second; there they are and you appear to both be physically together again. It was so wonderful for me and she was very reassuring. In the dream she said, 'It'll be all right.' I'm not sure if she used the words 'Let it be' but that was the gist of her advice, it was, 'Don't worry too much, it will turn out OK.' It was such a sweet dream I woke up thinking, Oh, it was really great to visit with her again. I felt very blessed to have that dream. So that got me writing the song “Let It Be”. I literally started off 'Mother Mary', which was her name, 'When I find myself in times of trouble', which I certainly found myself in. The song was based on that dream."

One of the key surprises in his study turned up what might become one of the key elements to the process. Consider the following list of highly successful musicians.

Elvis Presley
Bob Dylan
All four of the Beatles
Entire KISS band
Michael Jackson
Barbara Streisand
Jimi Hendrix
Keith Richards – Rolling Stones
Eric Clapton
Jerry Garcia- Grateful Dead
Jimmy Page – Led Zeppelin
Pete Townsend of the Who
Kurt Corbain
Tori Amos
Thom Yorke – RadioHead
BB King
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Phil Collins
Irving Berlin
Famed composer Danny Elfman
Kanye West
Tom Moello guitarist for Rage Against the Machine
Marvin Gaye
Adrian Smith from Iron Maiden
Angus Young from AC/DC
Eddie Van Halen Slash of Guns and Roses
Kurt Vile an Indi legend
Jackie Gleason whose orchestra produced 20 record albums

The key thing that links all these musicians is that none of them could read or write music. The list could be extended to include most Jazz, Blues, Reggae, and Rap and in many of these cases there is no written music for the songs.

This would make the whole process basically a right brain creative effort as opposed to left brain music which could be considered the practice and memorization of other people’s music that makes up much of music lessons

The process of what actually happens is best summed up by how John Lennon described the music writing process,

“When the real music comes to me – the music of the spheres, the music that surpasses understanding – That has nothing to do with me because I am just the channel. The only joy for it to be given to me and to transcribe it, like medium.”

The most popular rock song every composed was Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.” No one in the band knows where the song came from. Band member Robert Plant described what happened,

“Pagey had written the chords and played it for me. I was holding the paper and pencil, and for some reason I was in a very bad mood. Then all of a sudden my hand was writing our words. I just sat and looked at the words, and then I just about leapt out of my seat.”

Or the process as explained by Michael Jackson.

"It's the most effortless thing in the world because you don't do anything. I hate to say it like that, but it's the truth. The heavens drop it right into your lap, in its totality. The real gems come that way. You can sit at the piano and say, "OK, I'm going to write the greatest song ever written," and nothing. But you can be walking down the street or showering or playing and boom, it hits you in the head. I've written so many like that. I'm playing a pinball machine, and I have to run upstairs and get my little tape recorder and start dictating. I hear everything in its totality, what the strings are going to do, what the bass is going to do, the harpischord, everything. "

Next question..."Is it difficult translating that sound to tape?"

 Michael: "That's what's frustrating. In my head, it's completed, but I have to transplant that to tape. It's like Alfred Hitchcock said, "The movie's finished," but he still has to start directing it. The song is the same. You see it in its entirety and then you execute it."

The moral of the story might be. If you want to your child to be a great music star don’t send him to music lessons.

For those who thing music is a rational process involving random neurons banging into each other, randomly putting together melodies and lyrics to create music they should watch the following 4 year old destroy the theory.

The moral of the story might be that if you want your child to play music send him/her to music lessons where they will use their left brain to practice scales, and read music written by others. If you want your child to be a great musician you would probably be better off giving them a guitar and the entire garage. Then leave them alone.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Eisenhower and The Aliens

One of the most commonly asked about Presidents and UFOs concerns the rumored encounter between Eisenhower and aliens at Edward’s Air Force Base (them known as Muroc Field) on the evening on February 20, 1954.

This is a rumor that I tried to get to the bottom of, and I did it by reviewing all the related files at the Eisenhower Library in Abilene Kansas. There was a lot of related material but nothing that resolved the question.

This is Smoke Tree Ranch where Eisenhower was
supposed to be playing bridge when the press
suddenly realized he was gone.
The story takes many forms, but the basic story supported by the documents shows that while on a vacation trip to Palm Springs California the President went missing. He was staying at the Smoke Tree Ranch and was last seen early Saturday afternoon. The reason the UFO story continued for decades may have to do with the fact that there are a number of verifiable facts associated with the story.

The main fact that was both true and curious is that the President did disappear. The media picked up on it, but the records at the library do not indicate what tipped the press off. On Saturday evening the media suddenly concluded the president had disappeared and rumors ran rampant that he had either died or had suffered a heart attack.

One New York reporter even managed to get the story of the president’s death onto the wire.  House Press Secretary James Haggerty was called back from a barbeque across town to put out the media fire. He called an urgent late evening press conference and killed the erroneous press release about the death of the president. In the news conference he announced that the reason the president was gone is that while eating fried chicken earlier that evening, he had knocked a cap off a tooth. He had been rushed to a local dentist, Dr. F. A. Purcell, for treatment. When Ike turned up as scheduled the next morning for an early church service, the media interest ended and never returned.

Logically the treating of the president by the dentist would be an important and memorable event for the dentist, but in this case it was not. This fact poured gas on the fire of conspiracy. Researcher Bill Moore talked about this in an investigation he did in the 1980s.

The incidence of a local dentist being called upon to treat a president of the United States is unusual enough that it should constitute a rather memorable event for those involved, the dentist's widow, in a June, 1979 interview, was curiously unable to recall any specifics relating to her husband's alleged involvement in the affair--not even the time of day it had occurred. Yet her memory appeared flawless when asked to relate details of her and her husband's attendance (by presidential invitation) at a steak fry the following evening, where her husband was introduced as "the dentist who had treated the president.[1]

This strange forgetfulness, as Moore pointed out, indicate a cover story “which would have easily been repeated at the time, but quite naturally forgotten 25 years later.”

The cover story theory is also supported by the records of the trip held at the Eisenhower Library. Both Moore and I found that there was no record of the dental work being done in the extensive presidential medical file. A file on dental work done on the president during his two terms shows nothing either. More importantly, there was no thank you letter to the dentist for his work even though there were thank you letters  for everyone else on the trip including the Sunday morning minister, someone who sent flowers, and individuals who greeted the presidential entourage at the airport.

The fact that Eisenhower was missing was resurrected about 7 weeks after the event in the UFO community.. On April 16, 1954 a man named Gerald Light sent a letter to the head of a Southern California metaphysical organization, stating he had been at Moroc where he saw Ike, the saucers, and the aliens. The story of Ike meeting with aliens was set and has only gained strength over the years. Light wrote,

I have just returned from Muroc. The report is true — devastatingly true!

I made the journey in company with Franklin Allen of the Hearst papers and Edwin Nourse of Brookings Institute (Truman's erstwhile financial advisor) and Bishop MacIntyre of L.A. (confidential names for the present, please).

When we were allowed to enter the restricted section (after about six hours in which we were checked on every possible item, event, incident and aspect of our personal and public lives), I had the distinct feeling that the world had come to an end with fantastic realism. For I have never seen so many human beings in a state of complete collapse and confusion, as they realized that their own world had indeed ended with such finality as to beggar description. The reality of the "other plane" aeroforms is now and forever removed from the realms of speculation and made a rather painful part of the consciousness of every responsible scientific and political group.

During my two days' visit I saw five separate and distinct types of aircraft being studied and handled by our Air Force officials -- with the assistance and permission of the Etherians! I have no words to express my reactions. It has finally happened. It is now a matter of history.[2]

The circumstances of Light seeing the whole event is backed up by the fact that Ike did disappear, and this fact was never made public by the press on the night it happened. Light would have had no way of knowing and would therefore never have made the statement that Ike was at Muroc when the record showed he was on vacation at Palm Springs.

We will probably never know for sure whether or not Eisenhower went and met with aliens at Muroc. If he did the next question is who did he meet with and what did they discuss.

The main rumor that is repeated over and over is that Eisenhower made a treaty with a group of greys. In exchange for advanced technology from the aliens, the government would allow a certain number of Americans to be abducted by the greys.

This scenario is highly unlikely for the following reasons;

1)      People were being abducted long before 1954. Some examples are Colin Andrews 1952, Betty Andreasson and her husband Bob Luca in 1944, Leo Sprinkle in 1940. The theory also ignores that abductions are a worldwide phenomenon, and that everything we know about the greys indicate they don’t really talk to anyone and do whatever they want.

2)      The treaty idea also makes no sense. Why would Eisenhower sign a treaty with the aliens? If they violate the treaty what does the government do? Take them to court?

3)      Why would the aliens make a deal to give the American military advanced technology which the military will use to try and shoot down saucers?

The more likely is that it occurred with human type etherian aliens just like Gerald Letter (and others such as UFO contactee George Adamski) claimed in his letter weeks after the event. These were the aliens types being described by contactees in the 1950s. They greys did not become known till the Hill abduction book became public in the mid-1960s.

If the alien meeting did take place it may well have been about nuclear weapons rather than abductions which were unheard of at the time. “Stop the nuclear weapons” was the predominant alien contactee message of the 1950s. These contactee messages about nuclear weapons began a few days after the detonation of the first hydrogen bomb in 1952.

More specifically the meeting may have been an alien warning as only days after the rumored meeting between Eisenhower and the aliens, the American government experienced the worst radiological weapon disaster in history. The event was so horrid that the incident is listed on the internet as # 8 on the “Top 10 Evil Human Experiments” ever performed on humans.

On March 1, 1954, (February 28 in California) only days after the rumored meeting at Muroc, the Atomic Energy Commission detonated the first test of a dry fuel hydrogen bomb, at Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands. It was first deliverable thermonuclear weapon called the “shrimp” by its designer Edward Teller. The yield was predicted at 5 megatons. A miscalculation related to the lithium-7 isotope led to a surprising 15 megatons, 1,000 times the power of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

The huge plume of radioactive fallout rained down on a Japanese fishing vessel (killing one and eventually 11). It was dubbed by some Japanese at the time as the second Hiroshima. Even today there are yearly demonstrations in Japan protesting the event.

Then the fallout fell on two Marshall Islands in the area that were not evacuated. The plume continued to move around the world (7,000 square miles) causing an admission of what had occurred to the outrage of countries around the world. Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru made the first ever demand calling for a “standstill agreement” on nuclear tests.

Because it was a surface test it rained down a lot of fallout and it was very “dirty” with 10 of its 15 megatons (67%) from fission. Because the test was done on a coral reef the coral came apart “with no resistance, but did so in big enough chunks that rapidly fell back to Earth.”

The inhabitants of the Rongelap and Utirik atolls took a direct hit. Many thought that the fallout raining down on them was snow. Many ate it and rolled around in it. It was two centimeters thick. The islanders were not evacuated until three days later and suffered radiation sickness, even though AEC officials were on the island in hours to survey the damage. The decision had been made to leave the people on the island and a project was set up, Project 4.1, to study the effects of the radiation on the “savages but happy amenable savages.”

"The habitation of these people on Rongelap Island,” wrote Dr. Robert Conard, head of the Brookhaven / AEC medical surveillance team for the islanders, “affords the opportunity for a most valuable ecological radiation study on human beings ... The various radionuclides present on the island can be traced from the soil through the food chain and into the human being."[3]

They were returned to the islands three years later despite the fact that no radioactive cleanup took place. Adam Horowitz, who produced the documentary “Nuclear Savages” based on recovered declassified documents about the nuclear test and Project 4.1 stated, “They purposely brought them to a highly contaminated island and left them there for three decades while they studied them.”[4]

Thirty one years after 95% of the population alive between 1948 and 1954 had contracted thyroid cancer and a high proportion of their children suffered from genetic defects. Many jelly fish babies were born following the contamination.[5] They were called that because they had no bones.

At the request of the islanders in 1985 Greenpeace spent 10 days evacuating the population to the island of Mejato 180 kilometres away.

If Eisenhower met with aliens in February it makes more sense there may have been a warning about nuclear weapons that Eisenhower ignored.

[1] “Did Eisenhower Meet With Aliens in 1954,”
[3] Robert Conard, M.D., et al. March 1957 medical survey of Rongelap and Utrik people three years after exposure to radioactive fallout. Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, N.Y. June 1958. Page. 22.
[4] Sally Round, “The film Nuclear Savage lays bare Marshalls "guinea pig" story: Interview with Adam Horowitz,”
[5] Greenpeace, “The Evacuation of Rongelap,”

Are Aliens Evil?

One of the key questions debated in modern ufology is “Are the aliens evil?”

On one side of the debate there are books like David Jacobs The Threat have presented evidence that the forces behind the UFO phenomena may be a concern. “As much as I want to be optimistic,’ wrote Jacobs about his conclusions to the UFO abductee information he had gathered over many years which indicated to him that the aliens were a threat. “I find little to fuel hope for the future… I do not think that we will have to wait very long…Now I fear for the future of my own children.” The book was written in 1999 and now almost 20 years later we are still waiting. Some ufologists not quite as pessimistic as Jacobs hold that there may not be an impending takeover but that there are aliens who are only here for their own self-interest.
In 1975 I saw this object known as Charlie Red Star.
Was Charlie a good guy or bad guy?
Should I try and kill him if he ever wants to meet?

Bud Hopkins, another major abduction regressionist stated, “They seem to be here for their own purposes…they could just simply leave and then leave us alone again, which would be quite wonderful.”

Another position is that there must be some evil aliens as it exists alongside the good in this world. The idea is that one group of aliens is evil just like here on Earth. The question then becomes which race on Earth is totally evil, where parents don’t love and care for their children, where children do not love their parents, where married people do not love each other. Which race on Earth has children that are born evil and remain evil their whole life. The answer is – there is no such race. This implies that there probably isn’t an alien race “out there” that is totally evil.

The final position is a skeptical view of the evil alien concept. Those that take this position are criticized by those who fear the aliens. They are often described as people who are “existing in a naive but happy dreamland, awaiting the coming of the Benevolent Ones who will engulf us all in love and protection.” Those who do not buy the evil alien idea are accused of failing to justify cattle and other mutilations, looking the other way in order to maintain their positive world view.

I have often described myself as someone who believes less in the evil alien idea as my years of research go by. That being said how do I address the concerns of those who see the ultimate demise of the human race at the hands of some extraterrestrial invader who plans to take over or eat us in a giant restaurant on the far side of the moon.

The answer is actually quite simple. In the summer of 1945 the 509th bomb group out of Roswell New Mexico, dropped two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. When the B-25 bombing groups landed in the Philippians they were greeted with praise and flying awards for their efforts. In minutes, according to the atomic archive, 105,000 people were killed. Another 94,000 people were injured. Have the aliens done anything this evil?

How does bombing innocent men women and children stack up against cattle mutilations? Does this action by the USAF prove that Americans are evil? Does this mean that America is “the great Satan” as the United States of America in described in some Iranian foreign policy documents?

The same Americans who believe in evil aliens would immediately reply that the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki does not mean that Americans are evil. They would point to the fact that if the bombs had not been dropped many more people would have died, and thus the bombing actually saved lives. I would totally agree that Americans, like aliens, are not evil.

Those first hand witnesses who actually have had the experience of dealing with the aliens would agree with me– less than 10% believe the aliens are evil. 70% believe that they are good. 87% said that they would not stop their alien experiences if they had a chance to pull out. 74% said their thinking became more ‘Holistic.” Does the testimony of the 1200 experiencers who have taken time to fill out a questionnaire on what they experienced count for anything? The 432 questions contained in Part 2 of the FREE experiencer survey have nothing that supports the evil alien theory.

The first hand witnesses have testified through their answers on the questionnaire that they have been allowed to fly the craft. 92% believe they are part of a grand plan by the aliens. 51% claim they have received healing by an alien. 34% claim to have talked with the aliens about God, 52% about Love and Oneness, and 34% told things about life after death. In the same way I would argue that Russians are not evil because Stalin killed millions of his people, that the Chinese are evil because of the millions killed by Moa, or that the all Japanese are evil because their military forces bombed Pearl Harbor.

I would further argue that there is no “evil alien” race based on things we perceive as evil. The agreement is made that there must be evil aliens based upon evil we see on earth. This raises the question – which nation on Earth is evil? Is there a country were children are born evil, where women don’t cry at the death of one of their children, and where love and compassion do not exist? Examples can be raised where individuals will do things that we would consider evil. A close look at the person would show elements of good. The same applies to each of us. We do good things and bad things.

Evil if it exists happens on a personal level. We have all done things that could be considered evil by an outside observer. Each of the groups we consider evil consider themselves good guys. Everyone think they are the good guy no matter how deluded their thinking. I really doubt many people get up each morning planning how they can destroy the world for their children and grandchildren. The evil nation (be it human or alien) is a creation of the human mind. It changes from year to year.

In World War 2 the allies were convinced that Germany and Japan were evil nations that we could bomb without guilt because they were evil. When the war ended the evil somehow evaporated and they were no longer evil. They became our friends and trading partners. China, the Soviet Union, and Vietnam were considered parts of the “evil empire. Now somehow the evil has dissipated and they are trading partners. Iran has gone back and forth. The country was considered evil before the 1953 CIA backed overthrow of the government and the installation of the Shah. The country became our friend. When the Shah was overthrown by the Ayatollah they were put back into the evil camp.

In January Mark Gerson, Bush's chief speechwriter, had asked Canadian Bush speechwriter David Frum first to find a justification for war against Iraq. Frum complied and came up with the “Axis of Evil” speech that Bush delivered to his State of the Union address. This added North Korea as an evil empire along with Iraq and Iran.

The concept of categorizing groups of people as evil is a long and sad story in human history. It goes back a long way at least to South America where the natives declared “the only good Spaniard is a dead Spaniard.” In North America it has moved from “the only good Indian is a dead one “to the only good Nigger is a dead nigger.” In Asian it moved from “the only good jap is a dead jap” in WW 2 to Vietnam in the late 1960s where “the only good gook is a dead one” The Germans in WW 2 and still today face the “the only good Kraut is a dead Kraut.”

The formula “the only good X is a dead X” has always worked well at marginalizing other groups who do not share our beliefs and values. Now the beings behind the UFO phenomena are at risk being the new X. Once the being become publically known it will instill calls for weapons to take on our new enemy in a battle we will not win. That is a sad conclusion in light of the evidence that I have seen over my 40 years of research in the field.

The eminent Harvard professor John Mack may have summed it up best when he spoke in a public discussion that took place between himself and Bud Hopkins in Boston. Speaking to the point that he had a much more positive view of the abduction experience than Bud Hopkins Mack said,

There is an irony here in a way Bud, because I am supposed to be the psychiatrist here. I am supposed to see the really troubled disturbed people, and it almost seems as if you’re seeing the worst cases from the mental health standpoint and I’m seeing the more seeking ones which may have to do with who we are , and how we work, and what goes on.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

USAF General Hosts a UFO Meeting

The other night I was listening to a Don Ecker rebroadcast of an interview he did with aerospace expert John Andrews in the 1990s. During interview Andrews referred to a visit he had received from the head of security for USAF black budget programs, and a visit on the same morning that aerospace researcher Lee Graham received from a USAF General.

During this interview Andrews brought up something I had never heard before and which I think is significant. When Graham received his visit from the General at his place of work the security manager at the company was told to leave the room during the meeting. It was almost as if what to follow would not be on the record. Here is my original story of that encounter that goes to the core of an attempt by the US government to leak core elements of the UFO story into the public and at the same time maintain the classified elements of the programs surrounding UFOs.

Lee Graham has spent three decades trying to get the U.S. Government to make a determination on the authenticity of the MJ-12 and Snowbird document that he received from researcher Bill Moore in the early 1980s. Now years later Graham still believes the document is legitimate. One of the key events that led him to believe the documents are real came from the following encounter. From time to time Graham got indications that he was on the right track and that people inside the government were acknowledging his key role in bringing documents like the MJ-12 and Snowbird documents to the public.

One such positive indication came on September 15, 1987 when Graham received a personal visit at work from an Air Force headwaters 2-Star General from Washington. Along with the General was a man identified himself as FBI Special Agent William Hurley. The General, dressed in civilian clothes, was introduced only as “Mickey.”

 Later while reading an Air Force Magazine in the Aerojet Library, Graham found a picture and
USAF Major General Michael C. Kerby
identified the second man as USAF Major General Michael C. Kerby, who at the time of the meeting was Director of the Air Force Legislative Liaison Office to Congress. He previously had been stationed at Nellis Air Force base where he appeared to “have been in command of the operational aspects of the "stealth" fighter aircraft, as well as other very sensitive aviation activities.”

To Graham the meeting was further confirmation of the story that Bill Moore had told him that the Falcon had chosen him to be the front man for a series of leaked documents telling a secret inside story of the UFO cover-up. Graham had been filing scores of FOIAs on UFOs and on the F-117 Stealth fighter program which still wasn’t yet declassified in 1987. In 1985 Graham had already undergone a “Code Red” investigation by the Defense Investigative Service at his work related to his interest in the F-117. Aerojet had requested the security investigation telling the Defense Investigative Service (DIS), “This facility has learned that the above subject employee has been seeking information (very sensitive) that he has no need to know and may not be in the best interest of National Security.”

In the 1987 meeting the General told Graham the code name for the Stealth fighter was “Senior Trend.” (Which turned out to be accurate when the program code name was declassified in April 1990) Graham was asked to sign a “certificate” by Hurley that he had received information he did not have a “need to know” for, and that he should not disclose it until it was declassified.

This, as Graham later pointed out, was a break from standard procedures, as he should have signed a Standard Form 312 rather than a certificate. When the Stealth discussion was over Graham pulled the Snowbird document out of his pocket and asked the General if he was free to distribute the document which claimed there was a recovered flying saucer being tested at Groom Lake.

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The General looked at the document and saw the UNCLASSIFIED stamp in the bottom right corner. He pointed to it and asked Graham “What does that say?” When Graham replied UNCLASSIFIED, Kerby told him that meant that he could do what he wanted with it. Later Graham talked to Bill Moore about the visit and Moore stated that the men who had visited him “had been sent to encourage me to circulate copies” of the Briefing Document: Operation Majestic 12.

This made sense as Moore had once told him he was the “pigeon” that was chosen for the leak – the one who would carry the message to the public. Shortly after Graham had uncovered General Kerby’s identity he got a call from Dr. Scott Jones who was then working as an aide to Senator Claiborne Pell on paranormal phenomena. In a report Jones wrote to Pell he stated that he had contacted General Kerby and held a private meeting with him on the subject of UFOs and his meeting with Graham.

Kerby, however, denied knowing or meeting Graham. Jones reported that Kerby simply “gave the standard Air Force line on Blue Book that established before it shut down that there was nothing of substance to UFO reports.” This led Jones to phone Graham. He opened the conversation by saying that he and Graham "had a mutual acquaintance." Jones was referring to Kerby who Graham had already identified. Jones promised to send information that would help Graham identify the mysterious interviewer.

This he did with a letter on Senatorial letterhead with a picture and biography of Kerby attached. On August 6, 1989 Graham mentioned the Kerby meeting in a letter that he wrote to then Vice President Dan Quayle. In the letter he also mentioned the MJ-12 and Snowbird documents that he had been given by Moore to distribute. He asked if he was free to circulate the documents and if not would Quayle repudiate the authenticity of the documents. Unfortunately, in his letter he mentioned both the F-117 and the Senior Trend codename for it.

Although the existence of the F-117 had been declassified in 1988 the associate with the Senior Trend codename was still classified and Graham came under another DIS investigation. It was in that final April 19, 1990 DIS Investigation report (89311-DK1-3408-1W9) that Graham felt he had received confirmation that the MJ-12 document and the Snowbird documents were legitimate government documents.

The documents that Graham had attached to the Quayle letter caused DIS Director William A. Hughes, out of the headquarters office in Baltimore, to initiate a S.I.I (Special Investigations Inquiry) into the status of the MJ-12 and other documents including the text of the speech that Bill Moore had given to the 1989 MUFON conference where he outlined how the government UFO secrecy had operated, based on almost a decade working with Falcon and the AFOSI.

It was during this security determination, initiated by Hughes, that the MJ-12 and Snowbird documents Graham had sent to Vice President Quayle were stamped “UNCLASSIFIED” in the bottom right corner of each document. By all appearances the appeared to have been declassified When Graham requested and received a portion of his 1990 DIS file, he noticed the UNCLASSIFIED markings that had been added to the documents.

 In the opinion of Graham, who had worked in the world of classified documents his whole career, this meant that the documents had been declassified and were free to distribute to the public. The facts seemed to back Graham’s conclusion, but when the Government Accounting Office (GAO) became involved in a reinvestigation of the Roswell UFO crash they asked the head of the USAF study Col. Richard Weaver about the now apparently declassified MJ-12 document. Col. Weaver told the GAO that the document was “bogus and therefore unclassified. Col Weaver stated that “when the document was first sent to the “Internal Security Office for review they stamped it UNCLASSIFIED before they reviewed it.

After they studied it and determined that it was not authentic, they returned it to the sender, however, they had already put the UNCLASSIFIED mark on it which to the sender meant that it was an authentic document.” Not deterred by the Weaver counter explanation,

Graham immediately filed an FOIA to the Air Force asking for records of who had stamped the documents from the Quayle letter UNCLASSIFIED and when. Most importantly, realizing that the UNCLASSIFIED MJ-12 and Snowbird documents in the DIA report were just copies, he asked for color copies of the original documents which would have shown the UNCLASSIFIED markings in red ink. Despite the government claims that no UFO information has been withheld, Graham has yet to receive real color copies of the MJ-12 and Snowbird documents that were stamped UNCLASSIFIED by the Air Force Internal Security Office, or information as to the individual actually stamped the documents UNCLASSIFIED.

The man who Graham believed was involved in approving the declassification of the two documents was Col. Weaver’s friend - the head of USAF Special Projects security Col. Barry Hennessey, who had many rumored links to the world of UFOs. His official job at AFOSI was to be in charge of security for Top Secret Air Force programs like the F-117.

To support his case that UFOs and Hennessey were key components to the meeting with General Kerby, Graham provided information about another related incident involving Hennessey and the subject of UFOs. This involved a second meeting that took place at exactly the same time Graham was being visited by General Kerby and the FBI agent.

This meeting took place in San Diego at the office of Graham’s aerospace friend John Andrews of the Testor Corporation. Andrews was considered by many to be one of the best civilian aircraft researchers in history. He had become famous for his building of a Roswell model based on eyewitness descriptions, and for his F-19 (later named F-117) Stealth model that became the best-selling model kit of all times. He had become friends with Graham and Moore sharing their interest in UFOs and secret Stealth technologies.

The man who had crossed the country to visit Andrews at his office was same Col Hennessey. Like the Graham meeting, UFOs and Stealth were also topics of this second conversation. Andrews reported the details of the meeting to Graham writing, “he instructed to not use its (Stealth 117) ’F’ number nor its codename. He didn’t ask me how I had learned such things, and I didn’t offer. He opened the conversation saying, ‘I don’t know anything about UFOs.” Andrews continued, “‘Hennessey said ‘I won’t lie to you.’ But his comment about not knowing anything about UFOs was already a lie. He professed to not even know what NICAP was.”

Andrews commented on how his story like Graham's seemed like a carefully planned event. He noted that Hennessey was talking to him about security, but this was not his job. The person that should have contacted him should have been from the FBI. Protocol was not being followed and this indicated a move that was not in the legal play book. Graham has continued to pursue Hennessey right up to the present day believing that he is part of the plan to get the MJ-12 and Snowbird documents out. In the reply to one FOIA

Graham found the following statement which showed that UFOs was Hennessey’s main interest in him. Stealth was not even mentioned in the complaint, “It has come to our attention that Subject (Lee Graham) has had frequent correspondence with the U.S. Air Force regarding UFOs. His correspondence may be reviewed by contacting Col. Barry Hennessey, USAF, office of Special Projects, at the Pentagon…”

Graham wrote three FOIAs directly to Hennessey at the Pentagon trying to get to the bottom of his UFO connection to the mysterious Colonel. Two of the certified letters were returned as undeliverable. However, according to Graham, “I proved through the library that they were received. They had been opened and resealed. (One of the letters was signed for by Evan Redmon – Pentagon Misc. 20310). One of them was on paper that I had not sent. It was a different color paper and it was folded differently.” Graham wrote many letters and filed dozens of FOIA requests to try and validate the document.

On May 24, 1990, the Defense Investigative Service (DIS) responded to one of Graham’s FOIA requests by sending him back a copy of the MJ-12 document, each page of which was stamped “UNCLASSIFIED” across the lower part of the page. Lastly, Andrews added one important point in his 1994 interview with Don Ecker.

This had to do with the Snowbird document which was a key part of the reason for General Keely’s visit. Andrews mentioned that he talked to Ben Rich about the matter. Rich was the head of Lockheed Skunkworks which runs many of the black budget programs for aircraft and has long been rumored to have been the company back-engineering the recovered UFO material owned by the government.

Rich has hinted many times that there may be some truth to this. In a famous lecture he gave to the engineering alumni at UCLA in 1993 he ended his lecture with a slide of a flying saucer and said “We now have the technology to take ET home. In the questions that followed there were three engineers with an interest in UFOs and they questioned him about his ET statement. Rich stated that they had discovered the mistake in the equation and it would not take a lifetime to make the trip home. Asked if Lockheed had invented the technology or inherited it, Rich asked “What do you think? The questioned replied “Inherited” to which Rich replied you may be right.

As he was leaving the building the present International Director of MUFON asked him how the propulsion worked and Rich indicated it was related to ESP. Rich wrote a book on his career at Lockheed and made reference to Unfunded Opportunities UFOs and used the word UFO in the book twice. It was the only word done in bold. When Andrews heard about the encounter between Lee Graham and the General he phone Rich to talk.

The one interesting point that arose is when Andrews used the word Snowbird (the rumored UFO back-engineering project in Nevada). Rich simply replied, “If I were to use that word I would be in jail.”

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Clinton, UFOs, and the Single Bullet Theory

As Time Magazine and other in the “established media” reported in April 2014 former President Bill Clinton had been on the Jimmy Kimmel show and talked about his efforts to look into the UFO phenomena when he became president.
Not surprisingly, Clinton added really nothing to the many statements he has made in the past.
What he did say is that he did look in to the subject which raised a cheer from the believers saying “I told you so.” It also, however, provided hardline UFO skeptics to claim Clinton’s latest statements show conclusively that there are no ETs and the government knows nothing.
The real truth of the matter may be as simple as the statement made in the undisputed Canadian Top Secret memo where it is stated that when they asked the Americas about flying saucers, through discrete enquiries made through the Canadian Embassy in Washington in November 1950, they were told 1) Flying saucers exist 2) It is the most highly classified subject in the United States.
This documented fact would tend to indicate that Clinton would and could never violate his security clearance to say anything significant on the subject. It seems like a no-brainer. To add to this take years later, in a rumored conversation between then CIA Director George Bush and President-elect Jimmy Carter, Bush said ”Curiosity is not sufficient need to know.”
It has been known since the time Clinton was in office that he was interested. In one story attributed to Ron Pandolfi, the top scientist in the CIA who was tasked with the UFO briefing for President Clinton’s Science Director Dr. Jack Gibbons, Pandolfi reported through a friend of his,
It was known among the high CIA people, and the people who had contact with these people (Clintons) that they were on the prowl for UFOs. He (Bill) had been asking anyone who would listen to him, to tell him the secret. You know, he would get some Admiral in there, and say “By the way, tell me the UFO secret.” They would just look at him like “What planet are you from?”
Later, Roswell movie producer, Paul Davids, who father taught Clinton at Georgetown University, had the opportunity to sit with Clinton for a few minutes at an event when Hillary was running for president. He gave Clinton a copy of a Roswell book that had just been written by Don Schmitt and Tom Carey. After viewing the cover Clinton said he would read it right away as he was ‘fascinated” with the UFO subject.
What is less known than Clinton’s love for UFO stories is the fact that he was fascinated with President John F. Kennedy. This fascination was fueled when as a teenager he told his mother that he would get a picture with the President for her on his trip to Boys Nation gathering in Washington DC, and then got it.
The story is completed by Webster Hubbell, who had worked at the Rose Law firm in Little Rock with Hillary, and was a close friend of Bill’s. According to Hubbell’s 1997 book “Friend in High Places,”
Clinton had said, ‘”If I put you over at Justice, I want you to find the answers to two questions for me. One, who killed JFK? And two, are there UFOs?” Clinton was dead serious. I had looked into both, but wasn’t satisfied with the answers I was getting.
Knowing that Clinton looked into UFOs, it seemed highly likely that he probably looked into the JFK assassination. Based on a statement made by Steven Greer it seemed apparent that Clinton did not go along with the single bullet theory.
Greer tells of his encounters with a FOB (friend of Bill) that took Greer’s disclosure briefing materials to President Clinton in 1993. Greer reported that the friend came to his house and said “The president would like to do what you ask, but is afraid that if he does he will end up like Jack Kennedy.”
Bill Clinton, as a teenager, fulfilled a promise to his mother to
get a picture with his idol President John Kennedy.
Therefore when I filed my UFO FOIAs with the Clinton library I also filed for all files on the JFK assassination. Years later when the files were finally processed the Clinton Library announced that they had  over 7,000 pages on the Kennedy assassination. Many of the files however were either partly of fully  withheld.
Now in the last month the P5 Exemptions have been released after a 12 year exemption under law. (Exemption for material between President and advisors or among advisors – the idea being that if this advice to the president is not held confidentially no one will be honest with the president.)
It is good to see that some material has opened up. One file still being held VERY TIGHLY (that I even appealed and lost) was a film that was taken at the 50th birthday of John Podesta, chief of staff and the obsessed UFO/x-files man in the Clinton White House. Bill and Hillary appear at the birthday party dressed like the famous X-files character Scully and Mulder.

In July the Clinton library released all the paperwork related to the party which would probably be birthday wishes from various people and the record of who was at the White House party. I contacted the archivist to ask if this meant the photos were now public. I was reminded that my request and appeal for the video and photos were denied and the situation had not changed.
I am sure no one will see these Podesta birthday pictures and film until after Hillary makes her run for President in 2016, and if she wins it may never be seen again.

This alas is the world of politics.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Fantasy Tales of the Left Brain

“What it comes down to is that modern society discriminates against the right hemisphere.” ―Roger Wolcott Sperry who won the Nobel Prize for his work on the dual brain.

It is a very common position among UFO researchers that research should precede with intelligence,
analysis, knowledge, comprehension, three-dimensional thinking, judgment, reasoning, and the five senses of reason. All the attributes listed are attributes of the ego dominated left brain. This research position has rarely if ever been challenged, despite the fact that it has failed to produce any answers.

On the face of it the notion seems like a reasonable method to solving the UFO riddle, but left brain research into new ideas has a serious drawback. The drawback has to do with the left brain’s ability and tendency to weave together stories to fill in gaps when there is an unknown or the data does not support the thinkers strongly held paradigm. In other words the left brain has a built in ability and tendency to bullshit. Researchers using a strictly left brain approach become victims of the biology of their left brain.

The work on the different attributes and drawbacks between the left and right brain are fairly well established by Dr. Roger Sperry who pioneered the “two brains in the brain” theory and was awarded a Nobel Prize for his discovery in 1981.

The best description of the differences in the two hemispheres may have been provided by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor who was a Harvard trained neuroanatomist, the youngest board member ever elected to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the driving force behind the Harvard Brain Bank, and named one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2008.

The advantage of Dr. Taylor opinion of the left right brain issue is that in 1996 she experienced a left brain hemorrhage that after four hours had completely shut down her left brain and cast her into the world of the right brain where she remained for five weeks before the left brain began to come back on line. Taylor is therefore talking about the issue not as a second hand doctor listening to others or trying to interpret brain functions based on experiments with rats in a laboratory. Taylor was an experiencer who carefully documented her experience in a book called “My Stroke of Insight” after she had recovered.

In speaking of her insights into the left brain she wrote,

One of the most prominent characteristics of our left brain is its ability to weave stories. This story-teller portion of our left mind’s language center is specifically designed to make sense of the world outside of us, based upon minimal amounts of information. It functions by taking whatever details it has to work with, then weaves them together in the form of a story. Most impressively, our left brain is brilliant in its ability to make stuff up, and fill in the blanks when there are gaps in its factual data. In addition, during its process of generating a story line, our left brain is quite the genius in its ability to manufacture alternate scenarios. And if it is a subject you really feel passionate about, either good or awful, it’s particularly effective at hooking into those circuits of emotion and exhausting all the “what if” possibilities.

As my left brain language centers recovered and became functional again, I spent a lot of time observing how my story-teller would draw conclusions based upon minimal information. For the longest time I found these antics of my story-teller to be rather comical. At least I realized that my left brain full-heartedly expected the rest of my brain to believe the stories it was making up…I need to remember, however, that there are enormous gaps between what I know and what I think I know. I learned that I have to be very wary of my story-teller’s potential for stirring up drama and trauma.[1]

This first hand expert testimony is backed up by other researchers who have done work with split brain patients where the connection between the left and right brain has been cut to treat epilepsy. Michael Gazzaniga, a cognitive neuroscientist and the author of Who's in Charge? has identified the story teller in the left brain described by Taylor from her firsthand experience. Gazzaniga called the storyteller 'the Interpreter,' and stated that it is a very powerful force in the human condition. According to Gazzaniga the interpreter jumps in to make sense of memories, when it has no direct access to those memories or the context in which they were made. It does this to create coherence.

The Taylor also spoke of the right brain where she had weeks to experience without any input from the left brain,

The right brain is open to new possibilities and thinks out of the box. It is not limited by the rules and regulations established by my left brain that created that box. Consequently, my right brain is highly creative in its willingness to try something new. It appreciates that chaos is the first step in the creative process. It is kinesthetic, agile, and loves my body’s ability to move fluidly into the world…it understands that we are all connected to one another in an integrate fabric of the cosmos, and it enthusiastically marches to the beat of its own drum.[2]

The left brain approach to research has led to an unchanging left brain paradigm of separation and individuality as opposed to Oneness. The left brain believes in a world where nothing beyond the random physical world exists. It is a world of the conscious mind as opposed to the unconscious mind. It is argumentative, needs to be right and is unchanging. Therefore when faced with a new paradigm such as UFOs,  the left brain begins to do what it does very well; create stories to fill the gaps and maintain the paradigm of a random physical universe.

·         In the UFO field left brainers at the CIA advanced theories such as the U-2 and SR-71 spy planes explain the UFOs of the 1950s and 1960s. “They weren’t UFOs: They were us and our spy planes.” This is simply the left brain story weaving. There is absolutely no evidence to support the idea but the left brain has to fill in the blanks.

·         There have been many reports that were written off by government officials claiming a UFO sighting was swamp gas, a plane, or a weather balloon.

·         Look at the stories that surround the great Roswell UFO crash of 1947. It was identified as a weather balloon with no evidence to back it up. Then it became a Mogel balloon flight launched in secret to monitor possible Soviet nuclear tests. It really didn’t matter that there was no flight on the day the story says it was launched. When President Clinton challenged the Air Force  to explain the reports of the alien body reports that were circulating by Roswell witnesses, the Air Force investigators came up with the story that six-foot wooden dummies dressed in Air Force uniforms in 1953 were the cause for 1947 Roswell witnesses reporting they saw four foot gray aliens.

·         Skeptical investigators in the Rendlesham UFO case, where numerous UFOs were being sighted in the sky and on the ground, came up with the explanation that witnesses must have been watching a near-by lighthouse.

·         In 1952 numerous overflights witnessed by eye and by radar over the White House were explainable by a weather inversion.

·         Left brained rational skeptics like Carl Sagan, Donald Menzel, Michael Shermer, Phil Klass, and James Oberg have been very vocal in providing alternate storylines for UFO sightings, and making the point that the evidence fails to match up with evidence required by rational thinking scientists.

These examples are not surprising as they either involve government officials who are protecting classified material or don’t want to put the government into a position where they will be forced to spend billions of dollars on a mystery where others such as the Russians and Chinese will simply sit back and gather what is learned to add to their classified investigations into the phenomena, or the explanations were put out by left brained skeptics who were prepared to fill every gap in their materialistic view of the world challenged by paranormal reports. As a scientist and vice-president of Hewlett-Packard commented to Hal Puthoff and Russell Targ after he saw a paper they had written on remote viewing in the IEEE, “This is the kind of thing I wouldn’t believe, even if were true!”[3]

What is a mystery is the number of researchers and UFO groups that approach the UFO mystery in a strictly left brain approach and end up falling into the trap of the left brain which operates on what Taylor described as “minimal amounts of information” and “functions by taking whatever details it has to work with, then weaves them together in the form of a story. Most impressively, our left brain is brilliant in its ability to make stuff up.” Consider these examples keeping in mind that the USAF UFO investigation called Project Blue Book had 22% of all cases it investigated as unknowns.

·         UFO skeptic Michael Shermer highlighted the problem in an article on UFOs he did in Scientific America. He stated speaking of the book put out by UFO researcher Leslie Kean, “According to Kean, ‘roughly 90 to 95 percent of UFO sightings can be explained’ as ‘weather balloons, flares, sky lanterns, planes flying in formation, secret military aircraft, birds reflecting the sun, planes reflecting the sun, blimps, helicopters, the planet Venus or Mars, meteors or meteorites, space junk, satellites, sundogs, ball lightning, ice crystals, reflected light off clouds, lights on the ground or lights reflected on a cockpit window,” and more. So the entire extraterrestrial hypothesis is based on the residue of data after the above list has been exhausted. What’s left? Not much.”

Like many researchers, Kean approaches the UFO mystery with a left brain approach to investigation. She invites researchers to approach the evidence “from the perspective of an agnostic – objectively, with an open and truly skeptical mind.”[4]  The approach is scientific in hopes that science will take note and start to take the subject seriously, even though only 4% of scientists in the National Academy of Sciences believe in any paranormal phenomena. It is hoped that when hard line left brained scientists admit they were wrong UFO research will no longer be the Rodney Dangerfield of subjects. The left brain however uses this desire to fit in, with the left brain world which garners the respect in the modern world, to its advantage.  Needing to be skeptical Kean arrived at a figure where up to 95% are explained as something other than paranormal. (This is 4x as skeptical as the official government report). The 95% figure is totally unsupported by anything more than guessing at what each sighting is. The whole process becomes the left brain storytelling to fill in the gaps in knowledge, or as Taylor described it, “to make sense of the world outside of us, based upon minimal amounts of information; it (left brain) functions by taking whatever details it has to work with, then weaves them together in the form of a story.” Kean is not the only researcher that uses this very conservative high number for sightings that can be explained as prosaic.

·         Another example is UFO reporting segments run on many of the UFO podcasts. People like to hear about sightings so in many cases there are a few minutes set up at the beginning of the show to talk about the latest UFO sightings. Because these hosts want to be accepted by the left brain skeptical scientists who have no intention of even listening to the evidence, they portray their approach as using intelligence, analysis, knowledge, comprehension, three-dimensional

thinking, judgment, reasoning, and the five senses of reason. By using this approach their left brain feels that it has to fill in the gaps and makes up stories that do great damage. Podcasters will say without even doing an investigation “that sounds like a Chinese lantern to me” or some other off the cuff thought. The witness is left to feel like an idiot for reporting it.

This attribute of the left brain leads to some interesting new observations.

·         When it comes to the reports made by UFO witnesses, people reporting ghost or mystical experiences, psychics, energy/faith healers the general rule has been that there will be a lot of deception and that such reports should therefore be viewed with a healthy dose of skepticism. The evidence seems to point to the fact that the person investigating the case of sighting is much more likely to “make stuff up, and fill in the blanks when there are gaps in its factual data.” It is the investigator and not the witness that must be watched carefully due to this biological left brain deficiency.

·         When skeptics attach UFO cases explaining them as some bizarre explanation that makes no sense, we can now observe that this is part of the process. They are simply the victim of the left brain that has storytelling as part of the process of rationalization and analysis.

·         In many cases UFO podcasters have become the death knell of the UFO sighting report. The number one reason people don’t report UFO sightings is not because they think the government will come after them, or that the media will not cover it. The reason they don’t report is that they fear ridicule from people they know are just guessing or being skeptical and know nothing about what they saw.

·         Roger Sperry pointed out in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, the research of the two side of the brain vindicates the importance of experience in the modern scientific dominated world. “The whole world of inner experience,” he stated, “long rejected by 20th-century scientific materialism, thus becomes recognized and included within the domain of science.”

·         Finally, because the main way the UFO mystery is studied is through the scientific method, we must remember that science is very left brained relying on analysis and rational thought. Therefore, it uses a lot of storytelling to explain reality. When there are gaps in the story it comes up with things like black holes, parallel universes, dark energy, dark matter and a whole host of other fictional characters. In addition it creates words that fill in for gaps in knowledge such as placebo, singularity, hallucination, nature, genetic memory, and instinct. The biggest of these fictional characters is the famous “laws of physics” or “laws of science.” Steven Hawking famously used the phrase when stating that a concept of God was not necessary. “What I have done,” wrote Hawking, “is to show that it is possible for the way the universe began to be determined by the laws of science.”

This however raises the obvious question about this left brain storytelling. Who is this fictional character called the laws of science? It sounds like a group of super heroes, or like the millions of Hindu Gods. There is the scientific God of gravity, the God of electromagnetics, the God of Conservations and Symmetry, the God of quantum mechanics, the God of Thermodynamics, and on and on. 

The storyteller might be challenged to answer some God questions about the story of the laws? For example - Who is the law of gravity? Where and when was he born? Where did he get his power? How does he communicate his law to the Universe? Why does the Universe have to obey him? How does he enforce his law? If he is eternal does he ever wonder where he came from? Does he wear a cape?

The answer is that none of the thousands of laws have a known origin? There is no answer as to why the law is conveyed or obeyed in all part of the Universe. The laws are just descriptions of some aspect of reality. They are like describing the story of Moses dividing the Red Sea – long on description but devoid of an answer as to how the trick is done.

They are simply stories that are used to fill the gaps of ignorance told by the guy with the gift of the gab that shows up at every cocktail party. They do not explain the mystery and  must be kept in perspective for what they really are – stories.

[1] Jill Bolte Taylor. “My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey,” Gale Cengage Learning 2006, p. 229.
[2] Ibid p. 225.
[3] Russell Targ and Jane Katra, “Miracles of Mind: Exploring Nonlocal Consciousness and Spiritual Healing,” P. 38.
[4] Leslie Kean, “UFOs:Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record,” Crown Publishing, 2010, P.13.