UFO Conjectures

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Ufology converted by John's Book of Revelation?

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A piece by Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker [March 5th, 2012, The Big Reveal, Page 78 ff.] about Elaine Pagel’s new book, Revelation: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation [Viking], has some quotes that apply to ufology and the UFO community.

I’ve substituted words that pertain to religion and inserted words with a UFO patina to make my point, whatever that point may be. I’ll use [brackets] for the substituted words…

“Apparently, when you have made up your mind to believe that your [UFO] is [ET}, neither death nor disappearances will discourage you. [A UFO] presence is proof; [a UFO] non-presence is proof; and non-presence can be conjured into presence by wishing it to be so.” [Page 79]

“Allegorical pictures of [UFO events] have a way of weaving in and out between the symbolic and the semi-psychotic.” [ibid]

“But [UFO] people like the violent otherworldly stuff, and give it a lot of non-allegorical license to do its thing.” [ibid]

“Don’t squishy doctrines of transformation through personal illumination always get marginalized in mass movements?” [Page 80]

“…the open-minded, non-authoritarian side of [ufology]…quickly succumbed to the theocratic side, gasping under the weight of those heavy [early UFO tomes]. [ibid]

“The truth is that punitive, hysterical [ufology] thrives, while soft, mystical ones must hide their [conjectures] somewhere in the hot sand. [ibid]

That’s it.

The Gopnik piece is a must-read that applies to hermeneutics rather than ufological internecinity, but I see a direct correlation.

“Let them with eyes see, and those without wither.”


UFOs and Çatalhöyük

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A review in The Atlantic [March, 2012, Page 74 ff.], lauding Ian Hodder’s new book (pictured above), published by Thames and Hudson, tells of a Neolithic settlement extant 9400 years ago:

The settlement of about 8000 people, who built and lived in mud-brick houses, was odd for an umber of reasons….

The inhabitants built their houses so close together that entry had to be through the roofs. The propinquity didn’t allow for streets or walking paths.

The houses also acted as cemeteries; the dead buried beneath the floors or in the hearths.

“The inhabitants decorated their interior walls with plaster reliefs and with elaborate murals depicting wild animals…and such cheery scenes as vultures swooping down on headless people.

They regularly – annually or even monthly – replastered their walls and floors, covering these bizarre and beautiful murals…creating a blank canvas for new pictures.”

This compulsive, obsessive behavior was not extrinsic to the Çatalhöyük society, but endemic.

The people didn’t create their settlement near arable land but chose, rather, a site that was an insect-infested marshland that had a proximity to the dense clays they needed to make the plaster for their murals and drawings.

The whole purpose of the Çatalhöyük life-style and existence was the ongoing creation of those murals – nothing else, Hodder conjectures, mattered more to them.

As with the Tassili and other cave-wall paintings we’ve inserted at this blog, one wonders what possessed these primitive peoples to place “art” about anything else in their lives.

To use the Çatalhöyük model, can we conjecture that those who pilot or inhabit UFOs also are obsessed with something – not art, but the archeological wonders that Earth presents and which is unknown in their environments.

The intimations of extraterrestrial intrusions that Ancient Astronaut theorists see in cave paintings may indicate an obsession by galactic or dimensional visitors not unlike that of the Çatalhöyük people.

That is, beings, alien or Earthian, have obsessions that make little sense to “normal” people, which keeps archeologists and “ufologists” flummoxed.

Can we ever really know what primitive man was thinking, or what possible extraterrestrial visitors have as a raison d’être?