September 1992 ...
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UFO believers "crazy"? One of the typical charges leveled against those
who profess a belief that the UFO situation is real, or worth
investigation, or who make claims of paranormal experiences or
"evidence", is that said person suffers from mental abberations ranging
from a "fantasy prone personality" to "temporal lobe epilepsy" to
"paranoid schizophrenia with delusions of grandeur". Skeptics, or
"debunkers" as they are known in the UFO community, are often quick to
point to psychological explanations, rather than leave their academic
armchairs and actually conduct investigations into what those who have
taken the time to seriously research realize may become the most
important issue of the twenty-first century.
history of UFO's in the public mind has certainly had its share of
"kooks". In the mid-forties Ray Palmer, the publisher of the science
fiction pulp magazine "Amazing Stories", printed stories from a man
named Richard Shaver exposing hitherto secret revelations of a vast
underground advanced civilization, the remnant of ancient colonists
from another world who fled the destructive effects of our sun's rays.
Those left behind degenerated into demonic figures Shaver dubbed
"Deros", who used telepathy rays to control the minds of surface humans
for their own twisted amusement, and were responsible for the
appearance of what would later be dubbed UFO's.
aforementioned magazine's circulation soared in response.
Interestingly, many readers came forward to claim that Shaver was
correct, that they too had experienced bizarre encounters with "Deros",
and their "good guy" counterparts the "Teros".
pioneer and controversial scientist Wilhelm Reich has often been
accused of various mental illnesses later in his life. Claiming to have
discovered "Orgone Life Energy", he was imprisoned as a medical quack
by the U.S. FDA for distributing a simple box he claimed accumulated
"orgone". He also invented a device he called a "cloudbuster", which
directed orgone in the atmosphere to control the weather. During an
expedition to Arizona to prove to the government that orgone was real,
by using the cloudbuster to bring rain to the desert, he claimed to
have used his device to disrupt UFO craft he observed hovering over his
There are abundant examples of
disturbed-seeming behavior in UFO history. The names Albert Bender,
Howard Menger, George Adamski and Sammy Scrimbird are familiar to many
UFO buffs. Even today, social and psychological confusion seems to go
hand in hand with prolonged involvement with the UFO scene. Recent
channeled "Hatonn" predictions falsely warning about Earth travelling
through a "photon ring" that would cause mass blindness are a current
example of the delusion and manipulation that are still rampant, amid
sincere efforts to understand this vital situation.
is going on here? What is it about UFO's that has such a powerful, even
damaging, effect on the human mind? And why are even psychiatrists who
are not "believers" beginning to take the trauma associated with the
abduction experience seriously? The answer to these questions could be
deeply disturbing! Proceed with caution!