Date: Fri Dec 24 1993 00:43:00 To: All Subj: +quot;UFOs - Fact, Fraud + Fantasy+quot; Conf
Date: Fri Dec 24 1993 00:43:00
From: Pony Godic
Subj: "UFOs - Fact, Fraud & Fantasy" Conference
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In FORTEAN TIMES No.72 December/January 1994, on page 44 there is an article
titled "Missing Time" by Peter Brookesmith, former editor of The Unexplained,
reporting on the Independent UFO Network's conference "UFOs - Fact, Fraud or
Fantasy?" in Sheffield, U.K., on August 14-15.
Budd Hopkins was present and gave an address on the Linda Napolitano case. "But
a genuine ufology would look at a every possible angle of a case as outlandish
as Linda Napolitano's before ascribing it to `aliens.' Not Budd Hopkins: he
launched into his account without even a ritual nod towards the possibility
that something else is at work here. Nor did he make any attempt to address
the radical criticisms and doubts about his technique and competence that
others have made concerning this case and others he has pursued (for a brief
review, see FT67:53). And when one learns, from his own mouth, that he is -
without qualification or training hypnotically regressing children `down to the
age of two and a half' to ask them about their `alien abduction' experiences,
some instinct screams in protest.
"The unshakability of Hopkin's belief in his scenario and his `witnesses'
became apparent in his second session, when he described a 1979 case in which,
on a well-populated beach in Brisbane, Australia, a mother and her two children
were abducted - beamed up into a UFO, it seems - leaving the father of the
family paralysed, holding a camera, for an hour or more while they were away.
"Amazingly, no one else on the beach noticed any of this. Budd Hopkins can
tell you why: because all four became invisible during this period. To their
conscious memory the husband and wife took four photographs of each other with
their children. When developed, the pictures had a curious red cast, and
showed the beach, but no figures. Hopkins thinks this case proves that
`aliens' can cloak their victims in invisibility and can themselves become
selectively invisible (as they'd have to, to be able to abduct Linda Napolitano
from right opposite the New York Post's busy night loading bay - a fact about
that location that Hopkins mysteriously failed to mention at Sheffield).
"`They were in a realm where they could see each other and the beach and
everyone on it, but no one could see them,' Hopkins suggested. `...An invisible
man holding an invisible camera with invisible film takes a visible picture
that shows what everyone else could see (i.e. an empty beach). ...This
principle of cloaking can be switched on and off.'"
Linda Moulton Howe gave two addresses. "...Linda Moulton Howe's notion that
aliens are up to something nasty with cattle (and even cats) in America's
wide-open spaces. From the evidence she presented, something odd does seem to
be afoot here. Even the famous black helicopters that used to swarm around
these cases have become invisible now! But why aliens and not the angry ghosts
of American Indians, the spirit of the Great American Dragon, or worried
Cynthia Hind spoke on "`anomalous' alien abductions in Zimbabwe." "Cynthia
Hind's suspicion is that ufonauts are not extra-terrestrial, but are from other
dimensions or times."
"Philip Mantle gave an immaculately concise account of UFO facts, frauds and
fantasies from Yorkshire in the last decade."
"Andrew Collins (the well-known psychic quester) described how he and his
associates had borrowed ideas and techniques from the psychologist Wilhelm
Reich, combined them with infra-red photography, and come up with some very
curious results that appear, despite the eccentric methods employed, to confirm
the notion that some UFOs at least are natural in origin, but may be sentient,
intelligent, or at least responsive to human activity."
"Even sceptics had their spokesmen. Hilary Evans presented a devastating
thesis that everything in the history of UFO reports since 1947 had been
anticipated by science fiction writers between the turn of the century and
"Paul Devereux, meanwhile made a hugely cogent case, with admirable diplomacy,
for regarding UFO phenomena - including the notorious abduction cases - as
aspects of mental and physical natural events, little-understood though they
may be. To learn that DMT, a substance secreted by the pineal gland and found
in the psychoactive plants used in shamanic societies, can produce the
subjective experience of entering another universe, was intriguing enough; to
learn that those taking DMT see worlds replete with alien figures, whose
features are common to all reports, was a revelation. Devereaux made
provocative links with this information and new data emerging from lucid dream
research, and suggested that the abduction scenario (which he did not dismiss
as a false experience) is a dramatisation of inner, individual psychological
and spiritual alienation."
"A similar tendency to find what you are looking for was evident in Jenny
Randles's discovery of a window area, where `something is distorting space and
time' just south of the Mersey estuary between Runcorn and Warrington. It
struck me (i.e. Brookesmith) as not insignificant that this area is right on Ms
Randles's home doorstep: that is, I suspect that in the last 50 years any small
area of the British Isles will have seen a few scruffy old polts, a close
encounter or two, some ghosts, a disembodied voice and a few earthlights, maybe
even the occasional crop circle or mysteriously deceased cow, come and go.
"Ms Randles also seems to have taken at face value the idea that some UFOs
can't land in the wet - difficulty with `electrical charges', you know. Funny
how the aliens can hop the dimensions and make themselves invisible, but it
hasn't dawned on them to abduct a few yards of terrestrial rubber."
"Only two speakers really addressed the theme of the conference - `fact, fraud
or fantasy' - and they were the true sceptics, Evans and Devereaux. The sight
of a small but perfectly formed `gray' appearing on the screen during Evans's
address was made delightful by the news that this was an illustration from a
French magazine published at the turn of the century. Or did Evans get this
wrong? Surely this is part of the insidious programme of `education' (i.e.
softening up) we've been subjected to over the years, that's to ready us for
the Great Extra-Terrestrial Revelation? Is it hell.
"The implication of Hilary Evans's address was supported by Paul Devereux:
there is something in the human mind that creates consistent forms for alien
"NOTE: Anyone interested in what was said verbatim can write to Stu Smith at
15 Rydal Street, Burnley, Lancs BB10 1HS, UK, for audio or video tapes of the
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