Wednesday, December 17, 2014

On the "parapsychological connection" - While the ANOMALIST linker might have me equating in one limited way, actually I was equating more broadly than that

I noticed The Anomalist put a limited take (see below) on what I was really suggesting,  up on their 15 December 2014 links. Fortunately if people go to my link they will read the full quote of what I equate:
"Instead it should be a strong area of focus to determine if indeed there is a valid "parapsychological" connection, whether it is about the interaction with some sort of advanced technology, or is a folly of misinterpretation or misrepresentation." The Anomalist linker seems to be implying I'm equating it all with one possibility. Clearly I am not.
As an opening gambit I'm suggesting researchers might equate with at least 3 possibilities:
  • a valid "parapsychological" connection,
  • the interaction with some sort of advanced technology, or 
  • a folly of misinterpretation or misrepresentation

I somehow don't think George Hansen would be scratching his head over this.  Sure, he would probably come up with a broader range of possibilities.  So could I.  I would suggest there are many so-called "parapsychological" events that would fit these 3 options and more.

Lets get it done - an Encyclopedia of Australian UFOs

Lets get it done - an Encyclopedia of Australian UFOs
Something to get done 
- a challenge for the Australian UFO community
(a draft concept for consideration)
Science progresses by the collection and assessment of data.  Hypotheses to explain the data are considered and if they are verifiable then viable theories can emerge.
In UFO research that scientific perspective has had a variable history.  The quality of data varies enormously, with much of it falling far short of what might reasonably constitute scientifically evaluated UFO data.
In an article in “Frontiers of Science” (an interim publication in the journey of IUR (the International UFO Reporter) May-June 1981, Dr. J. Allen Hynek identified the problem.
Hynek wrote, “Here we come face to face with the charge that after thirty years of dealing with UFO reports we still have no really convincing “hard data”, i.e. parts of a UFO, unimpeachable residues from soil samples, unequivocal evidence that a UFO caused damage to animate or inanimate matter.  Yet the fact is that we do have large amounts of such evidence … I grow livid when such charges of “no data” are made.  After years of frustration without the funds to pay for adequate laboratory and other professional work, I bristle at the lack of understanding on the part of scientific skeptics, who wouldn’t get to first base without well-funded research projects with staff, travel and laboratory facilities …”
“All we have are abortive, often amateurish attempts at data gathering, data analysis, and feeble attempts at laboratory studies (on a charity basis, of course), all of which dwindle   into inconclusion and frustration … It is my contention that “hard” data may well have been present in many UFO cases but their discovery and definitive establishment has repeatedly gone by default for lack of professional (funded) treatment.  It has always been the case of “too little too late,” necessitated by the use of volunteers bolstered only by their unselfish devotion to the pursuit of an overwhelming mystery,” Hynek concluded.
Dr. Hynek lived to see the beginnings of some “thorough, professional study” in the work of GEPAN, specifically the Trans-en-Provence UFO landing physical trace case of January 1981.  Indeed, given access to the GEPAN files, at the direct invitation of the French government, he found all of the GEPAN cases to be very well investigated.
In my column "Science and the UFO controversy" I highlighted how the GEPAN organisation (in the form of its current incarnation GEIPAN) hosted a workshop to discussed optimal ways to improve investigation and the acquisition of viable UAP/UFO data.  All of these tools should be taken up by UFO groups, where practical, as it will improve the quality of the data we have and help us to assess further the rich data already collected.
The creation of an encyclopedia of UFO data arranged chronologically helps the assessment of the UFO data particularly if it is accompanied by rich social data and historical context.  This sort of material provides insights into the methodology in the past, contemporary with the time of investigation.  We can then use the benefits of experience to reassess the data and make more informed assessments.
Correlations in the data can be better assessed over long periods of data.  Correctly assessed data can be important scientific finds if they have been correctly assessed and the patterns established are consistent over a large body of data and a lengthy period of time.
Apart from the obvious benefit of displaying all the data amassed by groups over a long period of time it helps reveal the impressive work of those who have gone before and appropriately acknowledge their legacy.  The benefit of a large historical cross-section of UFO data gathered by as broad and comprehensive range of players can equally assist the interpretation of data and patterns.
John Hanson and Dawn Holloway have created just such a broad encyclopedia in their impressive book series “Haunted Skies – the Encyclopedia of British UFOs”.  As of November 2014 Volume 10 has just emerged.  I have volumes 1 to 9 and they all contain a rich picture of the periods they cover with sightings data, investigator and group data, social history and occasional correlations with oversea cases.  Having access to this rich cross-section of raw data and original material provides interesting insights not only in the nature of reports being received but also how they were investigated, or sometimes how they were not investigated.  They also reveal the ebb and flow of sightings data reinforcing the broad picture of flap cycles and the spread of types of cases such as close encounters versus more distant reports.
What is even more impressive is that John Hanson and Dawn Holloway have achieved an impressive level of assistance and contributions from a lot of different groups and individuals.
Their series of books provide a good template of what could be achieved here if the right sort of cooperation can be achieved. A lot of data has been lost with old groups that have ceased to operate and where researchers have withdrawn from the field or passed away.
There are helpful tools for assisting the preservation of UFO data.  An important example is the “Proceedings of the Sign Historical Group UFO History Workshop” which took place in 1999.  I participated in that workshop by contributing a section on “Australian Ufology” and an introductory look at my collection and an assessment of what was available in Australia.  The proceedings are available on line
Keith Basterfield’s extensive cataloguing activities also provide a useful guide for the development of an encyclopedia series, where his summary entries can be flesh out with whatever original data can be located.
The closest comparison to the Hanson/Holloway British encyclopedia series is the one volume compilation “The Jarrold Files” put together by Ufologist magazine editor Robert Frola back in 1990.  While billed as based on “the sightings record collection of UFOR (Qld), it was more comprehensive than that drawing on case material and occasional social history, news clippings and broader research reviews from various parts of the Australian UFO community.  It covered up to 1979.
Robert Frola and Daniel Sims have been working at creating a more extensive series tentatively titled “The Almanac of Australian UFO Sightings” and have indicated that they are planning a first volume that may take us up to the end of 1944 or perhaps 1946.
This will be an ambitious series and I felt it would benefit immensely if broader assistance, cooperation and contributions can be provide by all UFO groups and individual researchers across Australia.
More recently I learnt that Larraine Cilia and Dominic McNamara had had contact with John Hanson and Dawn Holloway and gotten permission to use their title “Haunted Skies” of their envisaged Australian encyclopedia series.   While it would be interesting to see different takes on the same type of project – an encyclopedia series on Australian UFOs, I suggested to both parties that a cooperative and shared venture would possibly work better. I described what Robert Frola had achieved with the one volume of The Jarrold Listings.  Given that listing, the AUFORN database which also reflect the work of a cross-section of Australian researchers and groups and that Robert and Daniel have already begun, Larraine agreed it would be useful to discuss a cooperative venture. 
I firmly hope that a cooperative venture to produce a multi-volume Australian UFO encyclopedia series can be achieved.  I would certainly assist and contribute to that sort of team effort.  I look forward to this exciting project moving forward with the hope that an extensive measure of full group cooperation can be achieved, which would reflect a great level of maturity and evolution of inter-group relations.  We are a big country and no one group or individual can easily achieve this big and important project.  It may be that a more efficient way to achieve that goal is to develop a broad task force that can develop strategies to achieving the end result.  
Perhaps what is needed is an Australian UFO History Group modelled on the UFO History Group that produced the mammoth book "UFOs and Government".
Good luck with this important project. You have my support. Now, lets get it done – an Encyclopedia of Australia UFOs.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

UFOs, Alien Abductions & contact: the Parapsychological Connection

A lecture I gave to the Australian Institute of Parapsychological Research in late November 2014 was an opportunity for me to address an area in UFO research that is often overlooked or often rationalised away.  Instead it should be a strong area of focus to determine if indeed there is a valid "parapsychological" connection, whether it is about the interaction with some sort of advanced technology, or is a folly of misinterpretation or misrepresentation.
Some of the many Power Point slides and a summary of my lecture to Australian Institute of Parapsychological Research - North Sydney - Saturday, 29 November 2014:
Drawing on a wealth of anthropological, historical and contemporary research and investigation, the evidence for parapsychological connections in UFO, alien abduction and contact experiences is examined. With a focus on the Australian experience, events as diverse as the 1868-1873 experiences of Parramatta surveyor and alderman Frederick Birmingham, other historical events, the aboriginal shamanic experience, intense UFO flap experience (such as at Tyringham, Kempsey and Mount Butler near Armidale, some experienced by the author), poltergeist type experiences (such as at Boyup Brook, WA) in contemporary close encounter cases, and abduction and contact type experiences are examined. The DNA mediated case study of Peter Khoury and a biological sample implicated in an alien abduction milieu yielded extraordinary DNA evidence that led to a long-term study of an alien DNA paradigm hypothesis and the book Hair of the Alien (2005). Intriguing parapsychological dimensions in this and other case studies are described. A recent case study examined by the author and Robb Tilley reveal an extraordinary mix of parapsychological, UFO, and alien abduction/contact motifs, that argue for a compelling case for the physical reality of these experiences, including possible "implant" and "missing fetes" evidence.
The area around Boyup Brook and Mayanup in south western Western Australian has had a strikingly unusual focus of interest in this area of a possible parapsychological connection.  At this locality particularly 1955-57 there was an extraordinary stone-throwing poltergeist outbreak, which even had "min min" light activity associated with it.  The area has also had striking UFO activity, one of the most interesting being a "solid light" "car stop-control" close encounter near Boyup Brook in 1967.  My friends Tony Healy & Paul Cropper have just come out with a great book on the "Australian Poltergeist" experience.  I highly recommend it as an excellent overview of this fascinating area of human experience.  Tony and Paul rate the Mayanup- Pumphery and Boyup Brook events as "the most impressive" in their bulging polt files.  A more detailed account of this extraordinary case study can be found in Helen Hack's book "The Mystery of the Mayanup Poltergeist" (2000), which gives a great detail of intriguing detail about the UFO events inthat locality.  One of them included a farmer's extraordinary encounter with an apparent "solid light" beam on the same night as the 1967 Boyup Brook car event, indeed geographically very close to that event location - a striking confirmation of the UFO "solid light" "car stop" close encounter.  In the farmer's experience he instinctively shut his eyes and put his hands up to shield them from the "intense light". He reported that when he opened his eyes ""his hand seemed to be semi-transparent with the veins showing in a blue network beneath the skin." He was not able to moved apparently for 5 or 6 minutes (the same kind of approximate duration in the car case on the same night) until the beam of light vanished.
One of more profound areas of apparent "parapsychological" connection seems to have occurred in what are described as intense "UFO flap" areas, or what I have sometimes described as "UFO hot zones." I had heavy exposure to one striking example back in my University of New England science study days - Tyringham & Dundarranin on the Dorrigo plateau in northern New South Wales:
From the point of view of personal experience, deep research and analysis, the parapsychological connection is an area deserving serious investigation and research to determine what truly is that real nature of that connection.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The New South Wales spotlight on UFOs

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Did a "Lightship" "airship" help create an alien abduction milieu?

Be prepared for "UFO reports" particularly at night over Sydney and Melbourne and parts in between, during November and beyond, as another "lightship" is doing the aerial rounds.
Thanks to Steve for the alert. He made ​​a sighting of the airship over the Eastern Suburbs Sydney just after midday Saturday 22nd November from near North Sydney. 
"Lightships" over The Sydney region have generated "UFO reports" and perhaps even an abduction story or so. 
I recollect many years ago chasing the "Lightship" around to figure out its Sydney area flight path and was near a certain location that became the focus of an "alien abduction" story. One landing point for the "lightship" was not far away. I saw it anchored on the ground at that facility.
I felt that the "Lightship" may have generated a number of distant sightings, even so-called "close encounter" sightings, and more extraordinarily, one allegedly involving "missing time", that then became a "fully realised alien abduction story" possibly assisted along by the administration of hypnosis mediated by a strong will to believe.
While I accept that the party Involved believe that a genuine experience may have taken place, as I was in that general location around the same time, shadowing the "airship" I have thought that perhaps it was the stimulus for this intriguing "abduction" milieu?
This conjunction of "lightship" orbits around the city region, its path taking in over the general area of a "close encounter" and subsequent "alien abduction" milieu, has long troubled me.
I am aware also that some parties do not like to have the nature of their experiences challenged. One gets cast as a "debunker", when all one is trying to do is determine what really happened - genuine abduction, missing time and close encounter, or the collision of a passionate will to believe and a mediated creation of an "alien abduction". scenario.
Either answer is extraordinary for a whole lot of reasons.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Visions of "the Humanoids of OZ"

Back in 1976 Keith Basterfield and I collaborated on Australia's first catalogue collection of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (after Dr. J. Allen Hynek's definitions from his foundational book "The UFO EXperience - a scientific enquiry" (1972) and also popularised by Steven Speilberg's blockbuster "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977).  For this I drew a series of drawings for some of the cases.  Here are those drawings of mine.  These scans were handy but the originals are much sharper.  Maybe I will colorise them sometime:

Keith went on to specialised in the "entity" cases while I focused on UFO landing physical traces, given my background in physical chemistry as a laboratory and quality manager and chemist.
My old friend Ray Stanford, author of the classic work on the famous 1964 "Socorro Saucer in a Pentagon Pantry", recently supplied me with a revised accurate artwork originally done by John Lucas and colourised by Ray. Be prepaid for some fascinating developments on this remarkable case. Great artwork of a case that is both a CE2 & CE3.
Socorro drawing: Copyright Ray Stanford/John Lucas (used with permission)
Australian "humanoid" drawings by Bill Chalker - Copyright Bill Chalker: (1976/2014)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Instrumented UAP UFO Field Studies now & then

Philippe Ailleris operates the UAP Observations Reporting Scheme.  He has focused on UAP UFO instrumented field experiments. He shared with me his 2011 Acta Astronautica paper "The lure of local SET: Fifty years of field experiments"
At the July 2014 CAIPAN UAP UFO scientific workshop Philippe presented a poster paper:
Philippe Ailleris,1
1 UAP Observations Reporting Scheme, Noordwijk, The Netherlands,
Since the publication of the University of Colorado’s Condon Report [1] and the inception of the French Space Agency’s unit GEIPAN [2], numerous Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (UAP) sightings have been reviewed using diverse measures (e.g. physical traces, radarscope data, photographs, film and video footages, physical effects, and medical records). Nonetheless they have failed to provide sufficiently reliable evidence to convince the scientific community of the existence of anomalous aerial phenomena on Earth. Almost all these previous data have not been acquired under controlled conditions with scientific instrumentation. It is obvious that a change of methodology is necessary and that the UAP phenomenon requires an active investigative response to move toward a scientific solution. To maximise the chances of acquiring reliable and valid data on the UAP phenomenon, instrument observations of UAP are essential, preferably coupled with visual observations. Instrumentation can assist in obtaining quantitative data required to understand basic physical characteristics of UAP. As early as the 1950s some attempts to detect and analyse anomalous atmospheric phenomena using scientific equipment have been carried out in the field in areas where anomalous aerial events had been reported. Field research gave credence to the idea that the UAP phenomenon could be studied on a rigorous and empirical basis. This paper describes some of these past experiments, from the different schemes and strategies devised, to the field-instrument packages selected and the most important results obtained. Details of the principal instrumented field studies deployed by governmental agencies, scientists, researchers and associations around the world are presented along with limitations and shortcomings in extant field research, with the objective of refining future instrumented projects. Finally the paper highlights the importance of studying the history of the UFO controversy, especially the necessity of accurately documenting and preserving the information pertaining to these historical research efforts (allowing this past work to guide future projects), and encouraging official bodies to be open and transparent in communications related to genuine UAP reports.
[1] Condon Dr. Edward & Sullivan, Final Report of the Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects Conducted by the University of Colorado under Contract to the United States Air Force, Bantam Books, 1969.
[2] Groupe d’Études et d’Information sur les Phénomènes Aérospatiaux Non identifiés,, 2014. 

Here is a photo taken by Tom Tulien (used with his permission) 
of Philippe Ailleris presenting at the CAIPAN workshop.
Philippe kindly supplied an interim copy of his excellent poster presentation, which I have split into manageable segments for viewing:

Recently I sent Philippe material about instrumented field studies in Australia and China.  Between 1983 and1989 the famous Chinese scientist and the “father of Chinese rocketry”, Tsien Hsue-shen (or Qian Xeusen (pinyin)) advocated “UFO studies to be included in the teaching of geoscience” and supported the establishment of UFO observation stations. (See also Paul Dong in "The UFO Report 1991" edited by Timothy Good, Chp 6, "China Establishes UFO Observation Stations"). Taking Qian Xeusen's comments to heart a lot of the astronomical observatories "provide" a "side benefit" of defacto UFO observatories.
Tsien Hsue-shen (Qian Xeusen in pinyin) with Chairman Mao
Around 1968 Australian researcher Stan Seers developed "a simple, cheap, and easy to assemble UFO magnetic monitoring device."  One of these fitted with a "self-triggering cine camera" was set up at Horseshoe Lagoon near Tully, another at a site 20 miles south of Brisbane.  The setup at Horseshoe Lagoon was triggered and ran off footage. The undeveloped footage was posted off to Kodak. The package was returned with a note from Kodak saying the container contained no film on arrival in Melbourne, despite the original postage being indicative of a film being present. Investigators used a local member of parliament to try to get to the bottom of the missing film mystery, but all to no avail.
Albert Pennisi pointing to photos of the UFO detector and a group photo of Albert, his 2 sons and Stan (blowups of these shots) taken from movie by Mike Williams)
An extract from my tribute article for Albert Pennisi -
"Albert's "dream" machine - UFO reality at Tully"
In my book "Hair of the Alien" I devoted a chapter "An early Abduction odyssey" to the experiences of Vicki Klein.  She operated a “UFO detector” in her Canberra suburb of Downer. On July 7 1971, at 1.10 pm, from her Downer house Vicki saw a light grey cigar-shaped object above Mt. Majura.  Shortly before 1 pm, the detector, designed to pick up changes in magnetic fields, started to “buzz”.  It could not be switched off by resetting. Nuclear physicist Harry Turner wrote in a report, “Armed with 12 power binoculars and a next-door neighbour, (Vicki Klein) scanned the skies for a possible cause for the buzzing, finally locating an object at elevation 40o and bearing 70o, apparently directly above a civil radar station on top of Mt. Majura (2 miles from observer and 4 miles NE of Canberra city).  The object was slightly fatter at one end and was tracing out a square patter in a vertical plane, the object remaining horizontal during the manoeuvre. At the corners of the square pattern there appeared to be some fading with occasional flashing.  After five minutes the object disappeared and the detector stopped buzzing.  There was no echo reported on the radar, but this would not be expected if the object actually was directly above the radar.”
I deployed a range of detection equipment, including one device designed by technician Andrew Cole to detect only moving magnetic fields, into known UFO flap areas of Tyringham and Kempsey during 1976.  Only calibration studies were undertaken as no UFO activity was witnessed.
 my sketch of an event at Tyringham in 1973
UFO photo by Marwin Copland at Tyringham in 1973
My recent return to the Tyringham "hot zone"
The availability and variety of monitoring equipment has vastly improved over the decades.  The lessons to date provide useful opportunities for implementing improved strategies.
Astrophysicist Dr. Massiomo Teodorani in his paper “INSTRUMENTED MONITORING OF AERIAL ANOMALIES - A Scientific Approach to the Investigation On Anomalous Atmospheric Light Phenomena” addressed the following areas: “Anomalous atmospheric light phenomena tend to occur recurrently in several places of our planet. Statistical studies show that a phenomenon’s real recurrence area can be identified only after pondering reported cases on the population number and on the diffusion of communication media. The main scientific results that have been obtained so far after explorative instrumented missions have been carried out are presented, including the empirical models that have been set up in order to describe the observed reality. Subsequently, a focused theorization is discussed in order to attack the physical problem concerning the structure and the dynamics of “light balls” and the enigma related to the central force that maintains them in spherical shape. Finally, several important issues are discussed regarding methodology, strategy, tactics and interdisciplinary approaches.”
Dr. Teodorani concluded, “The most appropriate conclusive remark that can be given here is probably the one that stresses the real main goal of this research, consisting in searching for the physical mechanism that keeps light balls so perfectly confined in a spherical shape and that makes them produce so much energy. Once we’ll understand definitively this mechanism we’ll have at our disposal the key to reproduce this energy – possibly a clean form of it – in a laboratory and consequently to use it for many mankind’s needs, now compelling in this so critical period of our civilization. After all, quite recent laboratory experiments were able to reproduce for a short time lapse a ball lightning of small size. Why not thinking that we might replicate in a lab a much more energetic phenomenon such as a so called “earthlight”? Of course the use of this possible new energy source might be double-faced: a) tapping it under control conditions and peacefully in a similar manner as in electric or nuclear centrals; b) using this energy as a weapon system. The second possibility seems possible as well, or even easier: after all, once the physical mechanism is known it might be possible to find out a way to liberate suddenly the energy contained inside a light ball by nullifying instantly the central force that permits a hydrostatic equilibrium with the outward pressure force. The implications of this are really weird. But, as we all know, the use of some science or technology depends mostly on the nature of man. The main wish is that mankind becomes more peaceful and mature, so that an “infinite possibility” might be managed only for the common well.”
Massimo Teodorani also included some information on what a monitoring station for “UFOs” should cover. He indicate that for 2 years he had been collorating “with an international research group of scientists lead by Dr. Mark Rodeghier of CUFOS. Our goal is to prepare a project for an automated measurement station in order to obtain measurements of such phenomena all the time, after choosing an appropriate location for the station. At the present time most of the attention is concentrated in two directions:
A) Optimizing the best optical sensors that are able to acquire data on weakly luminous objects after covering all the sky.
B) Optimizing the best grating system able to obtain spectra of good resolution. Gratings are intended to be attached to optical sensors such as 3i Cube CCD camera.”
In my up coming columns for UFO Truth magazine "The OZ Files" and the Australian UFOlogist magazine "Science and the UFO Controversy" I have re-examined the CAIPAN UAP UFO scientific workshop in terms of it being an important signpost on the long road to a UAP & UFO science.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The proceedings of the CAIPAN July 2014 Paris workshop on UAP/UFOs

The proceedings of the important CAIPAN UAP (UFO) workshop are now available on the GEIPAN website:
The lectures, documents and videos can be accessed at this site - a huge resource for those seriously interested in the scientific potential of UAPs and UFOs.

The workshop was an outstanding step towards the development of a serious science of Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (UAP) and Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs).

My previous posts on the July 2014 Paris workshop can be accessed here:

The CAIPAN GEIPAN UFO UAP workshop at CNES Paris July 2014

The CAIPAN GEIPAN UAP UFO Workshop of July 2014 photo review