Tuesday, September 10, 2013
UFO and the Psycho-Cultural Hypothesis.PCH.
The professional exo-mythologists, and even some of the serious researchers commit the same mistake when they refer to UFO phenomena. They do not tell the public that at least ninety per cent of the sightings are identified as natural phenomena manmade artifacts or hoaxes.
The other ten per cent remain unidentified for lack of information and research.
This information changes completely the perspective and takes off most of the mystery surrounding the phenomenon.
Talking about serious UFO researchers as Dr. Jacques Vallee, I want to write about coincidences and also differences.
I agree with Dr. Vallee about the improbability of the UFO Extraterrestrial Hypothesis.
In the mid-1960s, like many other UFO researchers,(including myself) Vallée initially attempted to validate the popular Extraterrestrial Hypothesis (or ETH). Leading UFO researcher Jerome Clark argues that Vallée's first two UFO books were among the most scientifically sophisticated defenses of the ETH ever mounted.
However, by 1969, Vallée's conclusions had changed, and he publicly stated that the ETH was too narrow and ignored too much data. Vallée began exploring the commonalities between UFOs, cults, religious movements, demons, angels, ghosts, cryptid sightings, and psychic phenomena. Speculation about these potential links were first detailed in Vallée's third UFO book, Passport to Magonia: From Folklore to Flying Saucers.
As an alternative to the extraterrestrial visitation hypothesis, Vallée has suggested a multidimensional visitation hypothesis. This hypothesis represents an extension of the ETH where the alleged extraterrestrials could be potentially from anywhere. The entities could be multidimensional beyond space-time, and thus could coexist with humans, yet remain undetected.
Vallée's opposition to the ETH theory is summarised in his paper, "Five Arguments Against the Extraterrestrial Origin of Unidentified Flying Objects", Journal of Scientific Exploration, 1990:
However, to deny the extraterrestrial origin of UFOs but tell us that ufonauts are fairies, gnomes, daemons or some other inexistent medieval superstitions doesn’t help.
In a paper written in 2003, Jacques Vallee analyzes carefully the Aerial and Spatial manifestations.
These manifestations are so contradictory that can also point to the possibility of UFOs as creations of our human mind. This is in fact the Psycho-cultural Hypothesis.PCH.
For the adherents of the PCH, the real phenomenon is not the UFO, but the human capacity of delusion and self delusion.
The PCH sees the UFOs phenomenon and Ufological sub-culture as a complex phenomenon combining modern mythology, literary narrative, popular culture, and human psychology, which is after all what we called in this blog the galaxy of memes. We should also add to the PHC, the conspiracy theories and pseudo-science, including hoaxes.
Ufology, Exopolitics, Conspiracies, Paranoia, Memes, Hoaxes, 2012, UFO, Aliens, Disinformation, Cultism, Brainwashing, Rational Thinking, ET, Xenopolitics, Contactees, Abductions, Disclosure.