UFO Conjectures

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Images and the UFO Reality

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Tristan Eldritch provided a link in a comment to our piece, below, about images that prefigured UFO sightings.

Tristan’s image-find was this:


And he proposes that the image influenced how ufologists and Roswellian witnesses depicted the 1947 event from 1980 onward.

Tristan’s suggestion is not without merit.

While the entity and crashed saucer were not archetypal in 1957 when the magazine cover appeared, the images of both (entity and saucer) have become archetypal, as you discover by getting or reading this book:


Man and His Symbols was the last piece of work compiled by Carl Jung, before he died I n1961.

It is supplemented with essays by noted Jungians: Franz, Jacobi, Jaffé, and Henderson.

I imagine that the first host of UFO writers and researchers (ufologists thereafter) were science fiction addicts, who indulged in sci-fi imagery on book and magazine covers, which influenced their thinking and conclusions.

Jung writes:

"…cultural symbols…retain much of their original numinosity or “spell.” One is aware that they can evoke a deep emotional response in some individuals, and this psychic charge makes them function in much the same was as prejudices." [Man and His Symobols, Page 83]

Since, as Roswell skeptics have noted, witnesses didn’t get on board the Roswell mythos until the late 1970s, after books appeared, spurred by Stanton Friedman’s chance encounter with Jesse Marcel Sr., it was the pictorial overlay of ufologists (those sci-fi addicts) that created the Roswell scenario and images that prevail, and which Tristan’s sci-fi cover portrays.

Has such imagery entered the category called the “collective unconscious” that Jung thought was endemic to mankind’s mental make-up?

Jung’s thesis calls for such archetypal imagery to be part of the human mental genetic after a hundred years of prominence.

But the Roswell incident, because it resonated dynamically in the context of the Cold War anxieties and mankind’s possible extinction, one can suggest that the collective unconscious is incorporating images (archetypal symbols) faster than the evolutionary time-frame that Jung indicated.

This allows such images as that which Tristan found to be part of the human mental fabric sooner than the time-frame of Jung’s collective unconscious.

This conjecture fits with the mythic contention that some Roswell skeptics use to explain the incident and its aftermath; that is, skeptics say that Roswell is a self-generating myth, and they have a case.

Of course, for a myth to be promulgated, something has to generate the myth; a “seed” of some kind is necessary for a myth to germinate.

Roswell’s reported “flying disc crash” was that seed.

And the myth is “watered” by science-fiction addled writers and “researchers” – the so-called ufologists who keep the myth alive, much as the disciples of Homer’s Iliad has kept that myth alive.