Thursday, August 3, 2017

UFOs and Earthquakes

I wrote this up a few years ago and it's been in the draft section of the blog.  It's based on an old Persinger paper covering "UFO" lights secondary to plate tectonic stress release...visible energy.

UFOs and Earthquakes

I recently came across an old (1988) research paper authored by Michael Persinger titled, "Geophysical Varibles and Behavior:  Epidemiological Considerations for Incidence of Cancer and Depression in Areas of Frequent UFO Reports."

Persinger's paper was published in Perceptual and Motor Skills, 1988.  The crux of the paper deals with radon gas and electromagnetic fields releasing as a precursor to seismic activity (earthquakes).  Though this paper is 24 years old, researchers are still looking at the validity of increasing electromagnetic field spikes prior to earth quake activity.  Persinger's paper has a UFO angle.

Pesinger briefly explores the following:

1.  Anomalous luminous displays, often described as verified UFO reports, hypothesized to be generated by local, intense and brief tectonic strain fields.

2.  Luminous  displays are an extreme manifestation of tectonic strain fields.

3.  In an active region of seismic activity, intense electromagnetic fields might occur briefly, but with increase frequency over a prolong period of time, lasting months to years.

4.  From an epidemiological stand point, it is possible that tectonic strain fields may have two possible causation for cancer: a)  penetrating magnetic component of extremely low frequency or pulsed radio frequency ranges and b)  the release of radon gas.

5.  Time varying exposure to these magnetic fields may correlate to increase psychiatric disorders.

     a.  nocturnal alterations in pineal melatonin, effecting serotonin pathways.
     b.  variants of temporal lobe dysfunction/lability.
     c.  brief seizure activity affecting the brain's limbic structures further affecting cognitive          functioning, ie, changes in memory and behavior.
     d.  if above is true, then after each tectonic event there should be an increase of psychiatric disorders in the affected geographical region.

6.  Noted areas in which luminous phenomena were highly localized for several months:

     a.  Uinta Basin (1967)
     b.  Carman, Manitoba (1975-76)
     c.  Zeitoun, Egypt (1968-69)
     d.  Hessdalen, Norway (1984-85)
     e.  Historically, possible most intense single focal display occurred in 1917, several thousand viewing bright luminosity near Fatima, Portuagal (the vision of Mary).

7.  Two high-risk groups : individuals who have a singular very intense close encounter with luminous phenomena, and those who have intermittent, frequent exposures over a lifetime.

     a.  UFO field investigators due to working in the vicinity of luminous phenomena.
     b.  UFO field researchers would be predicted to be prone brain tumors, testicular cancer, and leukemia.
     c.  Temporal lobe dysfunction symptoms:  delusions, extreme egocentric interpretation of events, belief in personal destiny, and a sense of presence.

8.  Per Persinger's closing statement, "The magnitude of the effect is difficult to predict in light of the likely variable exposure schedules and unclear dosimetry of tectonic strain fields; many UFO investigators have no actual history of close proximity of luminous phenomena...Obviously not every field investigator or person who has had a single intense exposure to such phenomena would develop these disorders.  However, at such expected incidence levels, the presence of a tectonic strain factor should be evident in a controlled epidemiological study."


After mentally digesting Persinger's key elements presented above and keeping in mind that this is a 24 year old paper, certain components need to be looked at in today's understanding of the subject matter.

Is there evidence that prior to earthquake activity there is spiking of electromagnetic fields?

From Wired Magazine, 12/14/2007, "Evidence Mounts for Electromagnetic Earthquake Precursors":
 Scientists revealed data Thursday that an electromagnetic alarm might have preceded a 2007 earthquake in Northern California. The evidence could offer support to a controversial theory that mysterious and little-understood signals might offer fair warning for imminent catastrophic earthquakes.


If some UFO reports are luminous phenomena secondary to increase emission of electromagnetic fields, then there should be evidence of increase UFO reports in a given region prior to the earthquake event.

Note to Reader:  This blog post was written and held in draft before the strong Easter Sunday earthquake of 2010 which was centered near El Centro, Ca/Mexicali area of Mexico.  It was felt in San Diego with a magnitude in the 6s. 

I had checked UFO sighting data bases for any "UFO" activity leading up to the event and found nothing for the El Centro area.






Monday, July 31, 2017

Psychological Approaches to UFOs, Abductions and Close Encounters

I wanted to provide abstracts and snippets from peer reviewed journals in relation to UFOs, alien abductions and close encounters.  This is really what lured me into posting about the phenomena.
My general view, based on my current profession, is that some UFO related encounters have a psychological component, and to a rare occasion, a psychiatric element.  That's not to mean that people who see something are psychotic, on the contrary, the sighting may be very real, but information (missing) may lead to an illogical conclusion.

I've been exploring the possibility of brief neuro-physiological conditions that induce momentary psycho-pathological events that alter the perception of reality or conscious awareness.  This may involve the increase in neural transmitters in the neuronal synapses caused by stress or an undetected physiological condition.
Most of the abstracts provided tends to address the more complex and bizarre nature concerning the perception of alien abductions and close encounters. 


The contribution of metaphor and metonymy to delusions  

Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice

Volume 77Issue 1pages 1–17March 2004

Mr. John E. Rhodes1,*S. Jakes2

This article investigates the possible role of metaphorical thinking in psychotic delusions. Twenty-five participants with delusions were asked to give an account of how their ideas had formed and to describe recent experiences relevant to their delusional beliefs. The data suggest that for some participants there may have been a crucial period when the person has unusual experiences, psychosocial difficulties, and made attempts involving metaphor/metonymy to understand these experiences. Furthermore, some participants reported very recent unusual experiences using metaphorical terms, and we speculate on the possibility that the content of the metaphors contributes to a continuation of psychotic experience. The data form a series of case illustrations and are exploratory. No generalizations can be made, but the presence of significant metaphors and metonymy in 11 out of 25 case histories suggests the process may be an important one.  We end by outlining a theoretical model of how metaphors might contribute to the formation of delusions: it is suggested that delusional statements are intended to be literal statements, but report on experiences transformed by metaphorical meaning. This transformation involves the ‘fusion’ of conceptual domains.
This reminds me when I was completing my clinical rotation in psychiatric nursing and spent up to 2 months following a paranoid schizophrenic (Jefferson Barracks VA Center, St. Louis). Metaphoric thinking appeared to be predominant in his thought content...as well as audible hallucinations.

There was no UFO componet in his delusional thinking, but bizarre none the less, as the rock group KISS played a predominate role in the delusion.  KISS was based on a obscure planet in our solar system and apparently it's band members played an important role in protecting the Earth, if not the galaxy.  KISS was the metaphoric incarnation of universal salvation for my patient, that is, it's how he had perceived it to be.

This young man kept a journal consisting of his rambling thoughts.  True to form, as it is with schizophrenics, the writings were fragmented, circumstantial, with tangential patterns.  Over the course of months, I would discover that there was a pattern.  I could piece the fragments together and what would unfold was a complete story line...still bizarre in detail...but none the less, a complete piece of work.  Again the individual band members played an important role (messianic?).  They were the metaphor as described by Rhodes and Jakes.

Toward an explanation of the UFO abduction phenomenon: Hypnotic elaboration, extraterrestrial sadomasochism, and spurious memories

LS Newman, RF Baumeister - Psychological Inquiry, 1996
Autobiographical memories are often suspect. For example, a surprisingly large number of people report having been abducted by extraterrestrials. We offer a prototype of the abduction experience and an assessment of the frequency of such reports. These accounts are hard to dismiss on the basis of mendacity or insanity, but there are ample reasons to doubt their literal accuracy. We offer a cognitive-motivational explanation for how spurious memories of unidentified flying object (UFO) abductions can be created and maintained. The motivational roots lie in the desire to escape from ordinary self-awareness, and this explanation is supported by parallels between UFO abduction accounts and masochistic fantasies. The cognitive bases involve the integration and elaboration of hallucinations, general knowledge, and contextual cues into full-blown accounts, usually with the aid of hypnosis. Due to the pitfalls of hypnosis, people develop a high degree of confidence in the veridicality of spurious UFO abduction memories.



Newman and Baumeister appear to take the approach that UFO abductions are motivatedin the desire of the abductee to escape his/her self awareness (assuming ones awareness of a past traumatic event).  The masochistic fantasy conjecture may be a bit too much.  But note the issue of using hypnosis as an aid and the some to endorse the totally veracity of regressive memories. (See blog post about Kimball's interview with Robert Salas).

More to come...




Friday, July 28, 2017

What is important with a blog? Readership or comments?

My friend Rich Reynolds over at UFO Conjectures appears to be lamenting not his readership numbers but comments from said readers.  So I ask the question:  What is more important, readers or comments?

Rich's tomes tend to be that of merging classical literature, art, theology with attempts to explain the UFO and/or ET phenomena.  I've no qualms with that approach as it provides enlightenment for his readers and challenges that readership to look at the classics.  It's an interesting approach.

But his approach does cut down on comments, yet it does provide a swell of viewers, I being one of them.

If I use this blog as an example, you'll see the same, plenty of readers but not quite the numbers of comments.  I've long accepted this to be the case and have no problems with it.  It's the readership that matters.  My views are being considered...not accepted or rejected...but considered.  This is not to mean that these views may well have been outright rejected, but at least someone has taken the time to read and comprehend what I'm all about.

Further, I write as I would speak...simple and easy to understand.  That does not mean that I can not wax prose and communicate in the highest standards of academia or obtuse intellectualism.  I can easily convert to that form, but find it very stuffy and off putting, if not outright stupid.

The subject tends to be complicated, why not explain it in the most simplest form?

The foundation for this blog are the following posts that anchor my personal franchise: 

http://timhebert.blogspot.com/2010/12/did-ufo-attempt-to-launch-minot-afb.html, this with 1424 separate views.

https://timhebert2.blogspot.com/, Echo Flight:  The Makings of a UFO Myth, 2122 current views.

https://timhebert3.blogspot.com/, Oscar Flight:  A mysterious UFO Tale Never Was, 1441 current views.

Very little comments, yet slowly but surely spreading my alternative theory for anyone to consider.  This and the above works/opinions are what I want to be known for.

What good are comments if no one reads my posts?

Interesting comments on my Sercy, Arkansas Titan II posts

Some years ago, I posted the sad story about the tragedy that occurred at the Titan II site located near Sercy, Arkansas back in 1965.  Site 373-4 was undergoing contractor work in the launch tube/silo when a flash fire occurred killing 53 civilians that were trapped in the enclosed structure.

I had asked the question if the site was "haunted" and over the years I've accumulated comments from those crew members that pulled alert at the site after the tragic event.

The post can be accessed here with the comments from those crew members.

I've also posted briefly on the explosion and subsequent destruction of the Titan II site [374-7] near Damascus, Arkansas which occurred on Sept 18, 1980.  The story and photos of the sites total destruction can be Googled.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

David Schindele "It Never Happened"

Retired Air Force officer David Schindele has recently published a book, "It Never Happened."  Mr. Schindele was a Minuteman launch officer assigned to Minot AFB, ND back in the late 1960s. [1965-1968]

Based on the available information, Schindele was on alert at a site near Mohall, ND when a "flying object" took down all ten of his Minuteman I missiles.  I'm assuming that all ten sorties dropped into LF No-Go mode.  This may have happened in December 1966 based on a local Minot newspaper story or later in 1967.

After the encounter, Air Force officials allegedly told Schindele that the incident "Never Happened" and that he was to speak of this no further.  According to Schindele, he did just that, keeping his silence for well over 50 years.

Is this the same incident that the late David Schuur reported while on alert at a Minot site back in the late 1960s?  I wrote a blog post back in 2010 looking into Schuur's story.

Project Blue Book does appear to list an investigation corresponding to a March 5, 1967 incident in and around Minot AFB, but received reports of a UFO sighting near Mohall, ND and Velva, ND from local policemen on March 2, 1967.  The object in question appeared to be moving east to west. 

I'll attempt to purchase Mr. Schindele's book and review its contents with a follow-on write up on this blog.

Note:  Mr. Schindele's book is listed on Amazon here.

Observing the "Hard Problem" of Consciousness in a Clinical Setting

Most have heard of the concept of the "hard problem" of consciousness.  David Chalmers describes it as the understanding of qualia.   What is the description of the color of red, or describe the scent of a rose.  Such is the difficult concept of defining consciousness which is still allusive to this day.

A recent read of Robert Burton's article in Nautilus, "When Neurology Becomes Theology," reminded me that I've been exposed to the "hard problem" numerous times in the clinical setting.

A patient presents with a paranoid ideation that her ex-boyfriend is a member of a Mexican drug cartel and she sees black helicopters surveying her outside her hospital window.  Numerous times I would be called into her room to verify that there were helicopters hovering near her window [our unit is on the 7th floor].  I saw no such flying objects and truthfully conveyed my observation.

A patient presented with a fix delusion that she was pregnant.  She was in her mid 80s, but vehemently believed that it was so, even acknowledging that it was physically impossible.  She was the recipient of a "miracle."

A male patient believed that his family was planning to storm the hospital unit and kill him for his money.  Subsequent review of the family dynamics showed this not to be true, yet the paranoid delusion persisted with the patient asking me to call the police, or to move him to a different room so as not to be found by family member.

A female patient believed that the "Holy Spirit" had demanded that she refuse all nutrition and that anything the color of purple be removed from her room.  Diagnosed with a late onset of schizophrenia with delusions of religiosity.

An elderly woman refused to see or talk to her son because she believed that he was an imposter.  He looked and acted like her son but her perceptions were that it was really someone else...classic Capgra's delusions.

The list of psychotic features have been numerous based on my 20 years of psychiatric observations.  Despite the obvious debilitating psychotic issues, they were all independently different.  Psychosis is a personalized manifestation.  None are alike, as each patient perceives the psychotic component via their construct of "self" awareness in different individualistic ways.



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A Paradigm Shift for this Blog?

If you noticed, I'm gradually shifting the blog postings away from the UFO topic.  UFOs tend to bore me at this point.  Its a waste of time both personally and intellectual-wise.  That's not to mean that I view the endeavors of others as a waste of time...that's their choice, but for me it's a distraction.

The UFO enigma, from a psychological point of view, provides no compelling answers for human development, the ecosystem, economical theories, and political governmental policies.

I'm an observer of the human mind and it's idiosyncrasies.  We as humans are a fascinating lot, both when healthy and when in the clutches of diseases and syndromes.  That's my job, my profession, to observe behaviors and to render help to the best of my ability.

The brain is a most fascinating organ.  It functions like a computer syphoning data from our eyes, ears, nose, and taste buds providing a complex map of how we view our external environment.  Yet, unlike a computer, the brain's "operating system" is vague and open to many interpretations...what is the basis for consciousness?

As complex as the brain, it's not a stand alone organ.  The moment the heart stops beating and circulation is interrupted we lose consciousness.  Restore circulation within a specific period of time, consciousness is restored.  I'm simplifying it, because there are numerous issues that could occur with brain functionality, but never the less, consciousness can be restored.

Metabolic imbalances and pathogens effect the functions of the brain resulting in altered states of consciousness in the form of deliriums.  But altered states does not wipe out entirely one's consciousness.  It continues to exist and functions even in a disadvantaged state.

The human body is a system that functions on a wellness continuum that seeks to maintain equilibrium via homeostasis.  This is where all of the physiological systems function in harmony and balance.

The human body is a compensatory system that automatically [involuntary response] compensates for any changes affecting homeostasis.  During a cardiac event [heart attack] where blood supply to the heart muscles is disrupted, peripheral blood vessels instantly constrict in the attempt to divert blood flow back to the heart.

The kidneys filtrates and monitors the quantity of red blood cells releasing a hormone that stimulates our bone marrow to produce more red blood cells if needed.  All of this happening without you ever knowing it.

The list goes on as far as a compensatory system, but the overall crux is that all of these involuntary actions lead to one important thing...protecting the functionality of the brain.  The body will sacrifice every other organ system with the final goal of protecting the brain.

I don't need to marvel at an enigma that has no material or philosophical meaning, when we as humans and all other living species are a marvel in their own right.