Having just enjoyed a weekend hearing all about UFOs and aliens, monsters and mysteries, ghosts and the paranormal, I am ready to tackle new theories. These were all subjects that I loved as a kid. Now a fully-grown adult, (although some of my friends might disagree with this description, especially when it comes to my attitude to life and the world around me) I feel able to comprehend mysteries easily.
I have always been fascinated with the unknown. These past few years, I’ve moved away from reading up on the above subjects, in favour of more macabre themes, such as crime scene investigations, and unsolved murders. Of course, these also fit under the banner of the strange and unknown to an extent.
I like to think that I have honed my skills of detection, problem solving, and logical analysis. Now I find myself re-evaluating everything I thought about the UFO phenomenon once more. Not having seen the much touted ‘Mirage Men’, a 2013 documentary film directed by John Lundberg, written by Mark Pilkington and co-directed by Roland Denning and Kypros Kyprianou, about how the US government used the mythology of Ufos to cover up their advanced technologies, or so it goes. I can no doubt come up with another conclusion about what I think is really going on.
If you have yet to see the programmes, ‘UFOs: The Secret Evidence’, ‘Alien Investigations’, and ‘The Great UFO Conspiracy’, you should, if only for entertainment. You’ll see Timothy Good being cornered into admitting that he thinks Jesus really is an alien, and you may choke on your popcorn when discussions of decades long black-helicopter surveillance leaves one investigator with a serious psychological problem. Talk of crop-circles being deliberately created for no reason, along with the latest Falklands ‘Black Goo’ conspiracy will have you rolling your eyes along with the ‘Black Eyed Kids’.
Just because I am fascinated with these subjects doesn’t mean I believe every word I’m told. However, it doesn’t mean that I would dismiss any rational explanations, theories, or even proof, should they arise. That old cliché, ‘If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it’s a duck!’ can never be taken for granted.
The Internet is a minefield of new and expanding theories of everything. What’s more disturbing is that, in some quarters, people are actively trying to string all anomalies together, to make a ‘one-theory- fits-all’ concept appear plausible, thus causing serious researchers a headache of trouble trying to separate the truth from fiction.
One classic that got me saying ‘ah ha’ was that worn nugget of the Moon Landing Hoax. We never landed on the moon verses we did land and the astronauts saw aliens but were sworn to secrecy. This is why we’ve never been back?
By the way, did anyone catch Buzz Aldrin talking to Physicist Brian Cox about how he used a felt-tipped pen to start the ignition on the Apollo moon lander? Apparently this is a story he told on The Sky at Night Live programme, yesterday evening, just before the special Eclipse 2015 show on BBC 2.
Who said that, ‘If you can think of it, it’s possible!’? An example, any subject the X-files series ever touched upon is now being reported by someone somewhere. We live in a very strange world of possibilities and unexplained occurrences. They don’t all have to form one huge theory of everything, do they?
This weekend has prompted me to take a browse through my old book shelf and compare what people were thinking over fifty years ago, with ideas which have changed in our technologically minded new Millennium. Everything from Big Foot sightings, the Bermuda Triangle, visions of the Virgin Mary, the Lindbergh Baby and Jack the Ripper. Picking up Frank Edwards ‘Flying Saucers – Here and Now!’ caused a sudden revelation.
The (McMinnville) Trent photographs of 1950, as one of the most famous prime examples, re-looked at from a different perspective. View them today and what do you see? (Remember not to read the description of eye-witnesses before-hand) You can see clearly, looking not from left to right, but from foreground to background, the image of a Stealth bomber or fighter, heading away and rising into the sunset. Oops! Is this another case of 'perception management?'
Perhaps JFK did ask too many questions after all, and there was no one on that grassy knoll. Like a lot of people these days, I’m not waiting for UFO disclosure, or any kind of Apocalypse, just a straightforward answer will do.