Psychologist Carl Jung, in his book Flying Saucers, stated:
“something is being seen, but it isn’t known what…. This formulation leaves the question of ‘seeing’ open. Something material could be seen, or something psychic could be seen. Both are realities, but different kinds”.
Albert Einstein said, “as far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and so far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality”.
Between 80 and 90 percent of (UFO) reports are said to be misconceptions of fairly conventional, natural or man-made phenomena, hoaxes. What about the 10% that remains unexplained?
Theories about UFO and aliens are numerous but can be divided into four categories:
Intelligence from another planet with advanced technology
In the thirties, Mars and the Moon were the most popular candidates for hosting aliens but it seems that we have to go beyond the solar system to find the first planet with similar living conditions than the Earth. Though scientists last century thought the planet Mars might be a good candidate, and some even thought they detected a huge canal system stretching across the planet, recent probes sent to Mars have failed to detect even bacteria-like creatures, let alone a civilization capable of producing a flying saucer. With the rest of the planets in our solar system seemingly too hot or cold, the best hope for intelligent life seems to be across the void of interstellar space in other parts of our galaxy. If we do assume there is intelligent life in places other than Earth, where might they be? In an attempt to detect intelligent life beyond our solar system researchers have conducted a number of SETI programs trying to use radio waves to detect the existence of other civilizations. So far no SETI program has been successful in finding intelligent life, but there are millions of stars in our galaxy alone that might have planets that could harbor life and carefully looking at each one of them will take a long time.
Hidden earthly intelligence
According to this theory, what we call aliens would be pre-flood civilizations that have found a refuge in the depths of the sea, or underground.
Intelligence from another dimension
In a 1950 monograph California occultist N. Meade Layne proposed that UFOs and their occupants come here not from other planets but from another order of reality. Layne called this place Etheria and declared that it surrounds us yet is usually invisible.
The aliens that we are seeing would be humans of the future…. our own children…. travelling through time in order to prevent the chemical crisis that caused them to evolve into “chupacabras”. This would explain the “time-line” of sightings and the secrecy of the U.S. government regarding their findings. Our future-humans arrive at times when chemical progress is at a peak – in order to either warn us or attempt to prevent the progress of the technology that will go awry and cause physical mutations.
Aliens are only the results of hallucinations caused by numerous alterations of the mind of witnesses, including psychological or sociological factors. Many scientists, particularly those who are skeptical of the existence of UFOs, argue that all sightings are the result of the witness’s ignorance, emotional state, or psychological health, or caused by unusual environmental conditions adversely affecting an individual’s perception. This argument is used in most cases of paranormal apparitions wether it is a ghost, a Bigfoot or an alien.
Arguments against this theory point out that witnesses usually describe their sightings with a certain level of precision and consistency. UFO reports from emotionally disturbed individuals are rare and easily identifiable. However, there are individuals who claim to have received messages from alien beings, often by “channeling” these messages in a trance-like state.
According to a 1972 study by Lester Grinspoon and Alan D. Persky, two psychiatrists associated with the Harvard Medical School, flying saucers are misperceptions of sex organs. Most UFO witnesses are persons suffering from untreated psychological disorders that have reverted to “primal modes of thinking” and lapsed back into childhood. This includes dreams and hallucinations that are mistaken for reality. In this state of ambulatory schizophrenia, victims recall their “earliest infantile perceptions.”
An approaching flying soccer would be interpreted as an hallucination of a mother’s breast while a cigar-shaped object, a phallic symbol. “The flying objects,” Grinspoon and Persky pronounced, “are representations, symbols, of highly libidinized primary objects in the development of the individual. They are symbols of extremes of gratification and of omnipotence.”
Other researchers believe that the stresses and upheavals in modern society have created a need in many people to establish “contact” with UFOs or aliens. They say that such a need exists because modern society has rejected traditional values and beliefs, leaving individuals adrift with no direction or hope. Through their belief in UFOs and technologically superior aliens, some people can place their faith in something or someone who can help humanity solve its problems and restore purpose to the world.
According to Max H. Flindt, schizophrenia is caused by subconscious racial memory of the ET branch of the family tree, longing for home. Considerable differences between glandular and nervous systems between primitive humans and ETs would provide a basis for traumatic tension associated with regressed memory.
Misinterpretation of natural phenomenon
The “earthlight theory” states that UFOs are unusual natural phenomena. Ball lightning is an example of a rare and incompletely understood phenomenon. Proponents of this theory argue that geological stresses in the earth’s crust produce glowing balls of ionized gas that are ejected into the atmosphere. They think that the properties of this gas (called a plasma) may have strange effects on the people that come near it; plasma may stimulate areas of the brain to produce vivid hallucinations, which might be the basis for abduction cases.