[July 14, 1995] From Friday, June 30, through Sunday, July 2, an eclectic group of researchers, artists and philosophers met together in Fribourg, Switzerland, to discuss various perspectives on "phenomena," including UFOs, abduction claims, and crop circles. The program was titled "The Incident," and was part of the Belluard-Bollwerk International Arts Festival, which continues through July 15. Herewith, a sample of the discussion...
Crop circles took a severe beating. London-based artist Rod Dickinson announced that he was the author/creator of numerous large British formations since 1991, and that he knows the human makers of many other formations. He believes that most, if not all, of the elaborate pictograms since 1991 are of human origin. He staunchly defended the artistry and integrity of famous self-proclaimed circle-makers Doug Bower and Dave Chorley, whose revelations of fakery in September, 1991, made newspaper headlines worldwide.
Dickinson said he knew for sure that the celebrated Mandelbrot Set pictogram was human-made, and he suspects the Barbury Castle triangle pictogram -- probably the most famous of all -- was likewise made by a human artist, though he said the man he suspects in this case has not admitted doing the deed.
Dickinson said he has worked in all kinds of plant crops, including the brittle oilseed rape in which several new formations have been found this year, and which are widely thought to be "unhoaxable." He said that the circle making technique favored by Doug and Dave, utilizing a flat board, is fast but damages a lot of crop and thus appears fake. He favors using a variety of garden rollers and other implements which, he says, do a lot less damage and result in formations that are often deemed authentic by researchers. Dickinson said that well-known biophysicist W.C. Levengood, who has worked on techniques for authenticating crop circles by studying cellular changes in the plant stalks, had misdiagnosed a number of crop samples taken from circles made by Dickinson himself.
Oddly, Dickinson said he has seen strange lights in the sky over crop fields while he's making a pictogram. He showed a daylight photo of a field containing one of his own pictograms -- but the photo also showed a distinctly saucer-like object in the sky, which Dickinson says he did not see when shooting the photo, and which he cannot explain. He also says he's heard many people complain of headaches or light-headedness after entering circles he knows were human-made -- again, a phenomenon he cannot explain.
Dickinson said he believes there are authentically anomalous crop formations made by a force or presence he cannot identify. He said that the best candidates of this type are relatively simple circular formations, rather than the more elaborate pictograms.
I asked him why no one had ever been caught while making a crop formation. He said that actually someone had been caught once, but purely by accident when someone else just wandered into the field. He said it was very simple to avoid detection in the huge and remote crop fields at night.
I asked him if his form of "artistry" was illegal. Yes, it is, he assured me; but he didn't think of his work as vandalism, because the crop does keep growing and can be harvested. He said the real damage done in crop fields was from all the sight-seers and researchers who trample in after the formations are discovered.
Jacques Vallee, one of the world's foremost UFO researchers and a featured speaker at the conference, offered a different perspective on human-made crop circles. He first noted the findings of researchers such as W.C. Levengood regarding cellular changes in the plant stalks, changes which seem to be induced by high heat, possibly microwave radiation. He then noted that many impressive formations have been discovered in close proximity to highly restricted British military installations where, he said, various kinds of Star Wars weapon systems were being tested. He then said he had reliable information that some formations were actually the result of clandestine tests of laser-type devices over the crop fields. The devices emit a concentrated energy beam that can rapidly trace complext patterns on the ground, leaving the familiar pictograms in the crop which exhibit the kinds of cellular disruptions reported by Levengood. Vallee said he believes such tests were run in several recent years but might now be concluded. He offered no substantiation for these claims.
Rod Dickinson, among others, said he regarded Vallee's explanation as improbable.
In the abduction arena, a Dutch hypnotherapist named Hilda Musch -- who was not among the speakers but participated in conference discussions -- brought with her a notebook full of drawings made by several dozen of her clients. These drawings showed that abduction in Holland is experienced exactly as it is in the United States. The drawings, which I examined at length, showed all the familiar features of abduction, including the big-eyed "gray" alien beings, the examination procedure, levitation into a UFO, and numerous indications of hybrid children.
The drawings were so identical to "American-style" abduction that I asked how many of Hilda's clients spoke English. She said perhaps half did, but she believed that few if any had prior awareness of American abduction literature. She said that she herself was unaware of the abduction literature when she first began hearing the strange accounts from her clients. Today, she offers workshops for other therapists who are just starting to see such clients.
Hilda said that, although she does employ hypnosis in many case, most of her clients have at least partial recall of their experiences before undergoing hypnosis. All in all, her documentation strongly indicated that the "gray" alien type and "alien abduction" are as much Dutch phenomena as American.
Those wishing more information can reach Hilda Musch by regular mail (she does not have an email address) at: Ranonkelstraat 9, 9611 HE Sappemeer, Netherlands. Phone and fax: 05980-93427.
Featured conference speaker Terence McKenna, on the other hand, said he has a really hard time believing descriptions of the big-eyed "gray" aliens because they are nowhere near alien enough for his taste. He says he's seen aliens himself, and his are really weird.
McKenna, billed as "the intellectual voice of rave culture," is a philosopher, enthnobiologist and commentator on and for the Millennium. He admits to taking a wide assortment of "naturally occurring" hallucinogenic substances, among which his favorites are psilocybin and di-methyl tryptamine, or DMT. It is DMT, in particular, which affords an apparent doorway to a dimension where one can experience a form of alien intelligence McKenna refers to as "self-transforming machine elves." He's seen them quite often, he says. Moreover, he says that independent studies by a number of clinical researchers have shown an approximate 20 percent chance of seeing such "alien" creatures under DMT influence.
"I'm offering something everyone claims to want and no one can produce -- a reliable way of meeting aliens," McKenna said. He stressed that the effects of DMT, unlike other longer-lasting hallucinogens, last only about fifteen minutes. "If you heard there's a twenty percent chance you'll see UFOs if you fly right now to New Zealand, I bet quite a few of you would drop everything and just go," he said with trademark humor. "What I'm saying is, give me 15 minutes of your life and I'll give you a 20% chance of meeting aliens -- and the odds go up to maybe 40% if you increase the dose!" McKenna seemed genuinely perplexed that few UFO researchers ever seemed to take his offer seriously.
McKenna saw a flying saucer once, too -- in full waking consciousness -- but it troubles him to tell the story. It was in the Amazon jungle of Brazil, where he, his brother Dennis, and a number of other associates had gone to study shamanic uses of hallucinogenic plants. It was there, in the mid-1960s, that McKenna made his first acquaintance with psilocybin. At that time, he says, he was a hard-nosed scientific reductionist intellectual. The drug experience, and many other things about his time in the jungle, thoroughly boggled his western-educated mind. His UFO sighting was a particularly impressive incident.
On the advice of a local contact, he sat down one day to watch a portion of the sky where, reportedly, a UFO might appear. After awhile, he noticed a strange, thin, horizontal cloud forming near the horizon. The cloud grew in length, then divided in two. The parts separated some distance, then moved back together again. Then the cloud appeared to move slowly toward him. McKenna wanted to rush to the nearby hut and wake his sleeping friends to come and see, but he was afraid to take his eyes off the moving cloud -- so he sat staring as it moved closer. Before long, he says, it was directly overhead, now clearly a flying saucer and so close he could see rivets in the metal. There was just one thing wrong. "I recognized this thing," he says. "It looked like the end cap of a Hoover vacuum cleaner, exactly the same fake saucer as in George Adamski's photos. This thing flew right over my head, and it was as phoney as a three dollar bill. I knew it was a fake."
But was it really a fake? McKenna doesn't seem to know. For him, it was a textbook case of cognitive dissonance.
McKenna believes that the proliferation of UFO and alien encounter reports are indicative of the approach of "a transcendental object from beyond the end of history." In effect, he says, the future is breaking into the present. This inbreaking influence is emanating from something -- a "transcendental object" -- that will cause a complete disruption and transformation of reality as we know it.
McKenna has filled notebooks with mathematical calculations that show, he says, that the end of history occurs in the year 2012. He has developed a computer program that traces a "time-wave," a graph showing points in history where "novelty" disrupts the normal flow of events. McKenna says he trusts his "time-wave" computer program because it accurately predicts the past -- that is, it shows precise moments of great novelty which correspond to known upheavals of geological and evolutionary pre-history as well as human history, both ancient and modern. The time-wave's ability to model the past is, for McKenna, a good reason to consider how it models the future. And it shows that history as we know it simply ends in 2012 -- plunging, as it were, into total and incalculable novelty. With the end of history so close, McKenna says, it shouldn't be surprising that things are getting pretty weird.
McKenna says that the "time-wave" equations are actually alien artifacts that were given, or revealed, to him more than 20 years ago. He's now convinced that they explain why the Mayan calendar ends in the year 2012, and why a proliferation of prophets, seers, abductees and others are all predicting massive, unprecedented changes ahead.
"The Incident" produced few agreements and no solid conclusions among the assorted participants, except a general sentiment that such gatherings have great value and should happen more often, and this one was just getting started when it ran out of time. I myself am extremely glad to have been present and will undoubtedly ponder the experience for a long time to come.
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