Tag Archives: alien

Dr. Ellen Tarr Has Some Good Questions for the FREE UFO Experiencer Survey Folks

This post over at the information-rich UFO Chronicles website drew my attention for reasons I can’t fully divulge right now: “Questioning Alien Abduction Research Methodology.” The post leads to another post by Dr. Ellen Tarr, accurately describes as “a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Immunology [and] an Associate Professor at Midwestern University.” I’ve corresponded with Prof. Tarr in regard to her recent paper on the misunderstandings over (and abuse of) Rh-Negative blood factor. Seems some “researchers” out there want to associate this blood factor with alien hybrids and nephilim offspring (eye-rolls are appropriate at this point). Dr. Tarr graciously gave me a copy of her presentation, which is awaiting publication — hence I can’t get into its details here, at least right now. But take note, all you out there who think such misguided thoughts about Rh-factor blood. Tarr not only shows these ideas to be absurd; she shows the whole thought process about Rh-Negative to be woefully uninformed. You might want to recant early before her work appears in publication. Just a heads up.

Anyway … The above post leads to Dr. Tarr’s thoughts on the recent research survey by FREE (Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters). I blogged about the survey back in July. Dr. Tarr has some critical things to say about the study in her post, “Not So Fast on the UFO Warm Fuzzies.” Here’s her first paragraph:

On Feb. 19, Motherboard posted an article by Daniel Oberhaus entitled, “This Neuroscientst Wants to Know Why People Who See UFOs Feel So Good.” The interview with Dr. Bob Davis discussed recent results of the FREE (Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters) study. Information about the study as well as results from the Phase 1 and Phase 2 surveys can be found on the FREE website. The finding highlighted in the article and in their first paper is that of 3,057 people studied who have conscious memory of “contact with a physical craft associated with some form of non-human intelligence,” approximately 85% “are being transformed in a very positive behavioral or psychospiritual way.” This is an interesting finding, and even Davis points out that is wasn’t what was expected. However, there are a number of reasons these claims should be interpreted with caution and at least a little skepticism.

The short post is worth the read. I’ve asked FREE for the raw data of the survey, which, not surprisingly, they won’t release. Too many of the questions are, in my view (and I’m certain survey-creation professionals would agree and see even more) far too leading. Why not subject the questions (the whole idea really) to those who specialize in the language of such things? Hmmm.

Read More

Daily UFO Headlines 4/20/2017

Read More

Questioning Alien Abduction Research Methodology

Questioning Alien Abduction Research Methodology

     Dr. Ellen Tarr recently posted some thoughts on UFO-related survey results as conducted and presented by FREE (Foundation for Research into Extraterrestrial Encounters). Tarr holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Immunology, is an Associate Professor at Midwestern University, and graciously offers analysis from time to time on such topics as Project Core and alleged Sasquatch DNA.

She interpreted survey results as reported by FREE to be unclear on details like numbers of respondents and exactly how FREE arrived at some of its figures. Tarr’s pointed observations included “the myriad problems with the survey itself and the analysis,” as well as “the lack

Jack Brewer
By Jack Brewer
ufotrail.blogspot.com
4-16-17

of controlling which respondents answer follow-up questions.” As she explained:

There are numerous cases within the survey where more people responded to follow-up questions about a specific type of experience than had claimed to have had the experience. For example, 211 respondents reported having sex with an ET and 236 gave answers regarding what type of ET they had sex with. The likelihood that many items include responses from people who did not have the experience calls many results into question.

Tarr also noted survey results were represented by FREE as specifically including people who reported UFO-related contact experiences with a non-human intelligence, yet it is unclear if all who responded actually interpreted that to be the case. For instance, fewer people reported a craft or ship associated with their experiences than participated in the survey.

Budd Hopkins and David Jacobs at a
2004 Intruders Foundation Seminar

Hopkins, Jacobs and Westrum

Such challenges with surveys and their interpretations have long plagued the UFO community. The design of a 1991 Roper Poll funded by Robert Bigelow and conducted by Budd Hopkins, David Jacobs and Ron Westrum was competently called into question by qualified professionals. The trio arrived at the stunning conclusion 3.7 million Americans had been abducted by aliens through a survey of less than 6,000 people who were never even asked. Instead, those surveyed were subjected to a series of questions of which Hopkins and Jacobs felt themselves qualified to interpret if the responses indicated abductions had occurred. To directly ask respondents if they’d ever been abducted, it was rather incredibly rationalized, would give false results because many people were unaware of their abductions until after hypnosis.

Of a total of 5,947 people interviewed, 119, or two percent, were identified as likely alien abductees. It was from there the conclusion was drawn that about two percent of the American population, which at the time equated to 3.7 million people, had been abducted by aliens.

Critical review was provided by parapsychologist Susan Blackmore and sociologist Ted Goertzel, among others. The work of the late psychologist Robyn M. Dawes and political scientist Matthew Mulford, the latter of which became an expert in research methodology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, showed how questions on the survey were poorly constructed in ways known to produce flawed results. Goertzel wrote:

This conclusion is also strongly supported by Dawes and Mulford’s (1993) innovative study at the University of Oregon which demonstrated that the dual nature of Hopkins, Jacobs and Westrum’s first item, which asked about waking up paralyzed and about sensing a strange person in the room in the same item, actually led to an increased recollection of unusual phenomena as compared to a properly constructed single-issue survey item. Textbooks on questionnaire writing universally warn against “double-barreled” questions of this sort because they are known to give bad results. Dawes and Mulford confirm this and further offer the explanation that the combination of the two issues in one item causes a conjunction effect in memory which increases the likelihood of false recollection.

While the Hopkins, Jacobs and Westrum scale is not a valid measure of UFO abduction, they have inadvertently constructed a useful measure of another phenomenon: the tendency to have false memories.

The poll and its questionably interpreted conclusions continue to be cited in UFO circles in spite of its flawed construction. The problematic aspects of its methodologies are typically not addressed when claims are made of some 4 million Americans being abducted by aliens. The objectivity of Budd Hopkins was further questioned due to such circumstances as his claims surrounding alleged alien symbols purported to have been seen by abductees while aboard alien craft. His questionable interpretations and desire to “stack the deck,” as he put it, were documented in the 13-minute video clip below shot by Carol Rainey.

Standards of Evidence

An important point, in my opinion, is that Dr. Tarr and other qualified experts demonstrate a willingness to address the UFO phenomenon and offer review of research produced by ufology. The scientific community is often criticized for dismissing the topic out of hand, and the complaint may be justified at times, but there are clearly exceptions.

Furthermore, it should be noted that such critical review is part and parcel of the path to establishing fact-based evidence. The critiques of qualified professionals should be embraced and addressed, not discarded with aversion. It is when standards of evidence are recognized, and professional research protocols are collectively respected and implemented, that the UFO community will mature and begin to gain the credibility it has long claimed to seek.

Please join me this summer in Roswell at a conference themed 70 Years Later: Modern Challenges to the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis. I’ll be discussing exploitation in ufology, the intersection of the UFO and intelligence communities, and related topics.

Read more »

Read More

Possibility of Alien, Silicon-Based Life Grows

Possibility of Silicon-Based Life Grows
     Science fiction has long imagined alien worlds inhabited by silicon-based life, such as the rock-eating Horta from the original Star Trek series. Now, scientists have for the first time shown that nature can evolve to incorporate silicon into carbon-based molecules, the building blocks of life on Earth.
By Charles Q. Choi
Astrobiology Magazine
2-8-17

As for the implications these findings might have for alien chemistry on distant worlds, “my feeling is that if a human being can coax life to build bonds between silicon and carbon, nature can do it too,” said the study’s senior author Frances Arnold, a chemical engineer at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. The scientists detailed their findings recently in the journal Science.

[…]

Still, researchers have long speculated that alien life could have a completely different chemical basis than life on Earth. For example, instead of relying on water as the solvent in which biological molecules operate, perhaps aliens might depend on ammonia or methane. And instead of relying on carbon to create the molecules of life, perhaps aliens could use silicon.

Read more »

Read More

UFO Research Just Might Save Mankind – Tom DeLonge

UFO Research Just Might Save Mankind – Tom DeLonge

     For a long time, Tom DeLonge’s interest in aliens came out in small ways. In the early years of Blink-182, he would read about abductions and quantum physics for hours as the band drove from gig to gig through the desert. For 1999’s Enema of the State, the multi-platinum album that launched the group to TRL megastardom, the
By Elisabeth Garber-Paul
www.rollingstone.com
4-6-17

singer/guitarist wrote the song “Aliens Exist.” And in the years that followed, as DeLonge founded a tech company, continued to play with Blink and started the band Angels and Airwaves, he kept researching what he calls “the phenomenon,” the collection of eyewitness accounts that has led generations to believe we’re not alone.

“Does part of me get bummed?” says DeLonge of band estrangement. “Totally. But it doesn’t consume me”

But since DeLonge parted ways with Blink-182 in 2015, his interest in extraterrestrials has become more than a hobby. “The more I got into it, the more I realized it was all real,” he tells Rolling Stone. “

Read more »

Read More

Encrypted UFO Messages Left Behind By Missing Man

Bruno Borges

     A 24-year-old Brazilian man obsessed with UFOs has vanished, leaving behind a room with encrypted messages written all over the walls.

Bruno Borges disappeared on March 27 and hasn’t been seen since.

By www.9news.com.au
4-6-17

Borges was working on a series of encrypted books believed to be about extra-terrestrial life.

When police searched his room, they found walls covered with coded messages including quotes from the Bible and Leonardo da Vinci.

Read more »

Read More

Sleep Paralysis and Alien Abduction

A few months ago my PEERANORMAL podcast did an episode on the phenomenon of sleep paralysis. As is our format, I and the other hosts read several peer-reviewed articles about the topic and discussed them. Below is an article we didn’t discuss, as the episode wasn’t specifically about alleged alien abduction. I offer it here because it is accessible on the internet:

Richard J. McNally and Susan A. Clancy, “Sleep Paralysis, Sexual Abuse, and Space Alien Abduction,” Transcultural Psychiatry vol 42:1 (2005): 113–122

This paragraph (p. 115) frames the article and the study that generated it:

Although other scholars have suggested that reported encounters with space aliens may have origins in sleep paralysis episodes (e.g. Spanos, Cross, Dickson, & DuBreuil, 1993), few have directly assessed any ‘abductees.’ As part of a laboratory study on psychophysiologic reactivity to audio-taped scripts of ‘memories’ of alien encounters, we interviewed 10 abductees who mentioned apparent sleep paralysis episodes accompanied by hypnopompic [“upon awakening” – MSH] hallucinations (six women, four men; McNally, Lasko et al., 2004). Abductees were recruited through newspaper advertisements seeking people who believed that they had been abducted by aliens, and by word-of-mouth via other local researchers who had worked with this population. The hallucinatory content included feeling electrical sensations (sometimes painful), seeing alien beings in the bedroom, seeing flashing lights or glowing objects, and feelings of levitating off the bed. Most abductees had experienced multiple episodes.

The authors also conducted studies of victims of CSA (childhood sexual abuse) in regard to sleep paralysis episodes. From later in the same article (p. 119) they note that “Our studies suggest that people who report having been either abducted by space aliens or sexually abused as children experience episodes of sleep paralysis at higher rates than do those denying histories of alien abduction or CSA.” The authors also discuss possible correlation between belief in alien abduction, CSA, and sleep paralysis.

Read More

Alien Life – 7 Best Places in the Universe To Search

Alien Life – 7 Best Places in the Universe To Search

     In 1899, Nicola Tesla claimed he had tuned in radio broadcasts from the planet Mars, history’s first reported SETI signal. For most of the century-plus since, techniques have changed but the relentless focus among those seeking life beyond Earth has remained the same:
By Corey S. Powell
www.nbcnews.com
3-30-17

Mars, Mars, Mars. That fixation inspired two Viking landers, four rovers, 14 orbiters, and endless hopeful NASA news conferences, yet the evidence for Martian life remains a big round zero.

Meanwhile, other discoveries have been opening scientists’ eyes to a broader universe of possibilities. Data from the Galileo and Cassini probes showed that liquid water is wildly abundant inside our solar system’s icy moons. The Kepler space telescope has rapidly expanded the number of known planets, now 2,950 and counting. And as they have peeped deeper into the 200-billion-plus stars of the Milky Way, astronomers have started to realize that true ET signals might not look anything like signals at all.

This list reflects the latest thinking about where extraterrestrials might be hiding — a rich assortment of ocean moons, alien planets, and distant stars where something very odd, and possibly artificial, seems to be going on.

Read more »

Read More

Motor trail group surprised by mysterious human-like being in forest of Bandah Aceh, Indonesie

Recently members of a motor trail group took a tour in the forest of Banda Aceh which is the most western province of Sumatra, Indonesie when suddenly a strange small figure emerged from the forest.

As a result the first rider fell to the ground, then the figure stopped on the track, observed the bikers before he ran away with a considerable speed.

Although the bikers on their motorcycles followed the figure who walked barefoot, they were unable to catch up with him. The figure managed to disappear into the forest again.

There is much speculation that the figure was not a human being but is it possible that the figure is a grown adult with dwarfism who lives alone in the forest or may be the figure, given his reaction, is a member of an isolated group or tribe who don’t know the rest of the world exists.

Note: I have asked my Indonesian friends whether there are tribes still living in the forest of Bandah Aceh or not and they told me that there are still tribes living in the forests of Kalimantan and New Guinea Papua but in the forest of Bandah Aceh was very unlikely.

The following video has gone viral in Indonesia and one wonders what or who is the small figure that suddenly appeared in front of the bikers?

 

Read More

Aztec UFO Incident Still Debated 69 Years Later | VIDEO

Bookmark and Sharevar addthis_config = {“data_track_clickback”:true};

Aztec UFO Incident Still Debated 69 Years Later

      AZTEC — Saturday marks the 69th anniversary of an incident that is still up for debate. Some claim that March 25, 1948, an alien spacecraft landed or crash-landed in Heart Canyon.
By J.R. Oppenheim
www.kob.com
3-24-17

“Hundreds of military and intelligence documents that since the Freedom of Information Act and research shows that something happened here, and something happened in and around Aztec,” Brooks Marshall as he stood below the bluff where a few books and other research claim the craft landed.

From below, there isn’t much to see. A photo Marshall produced showed that the site below the supposed crash site used to have many tanks used for some manner of gas production. Marshall said he can confirm the picture, he moved to the area in the 1970s, working at El Paso Natural Gas.

Read more »

Read More