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Alien Notion

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Thu, 05 May 2005 13:14:40 -0400
Fwd Date: Thu, 05 May 2005 13:14:40 -0400
Subject: Alien Notion

Source: Metro Silicon Valley - San Jose, California


May 4th 2005

Silicon Alleys

Alien Notion

By Gary Singh

Besides being a successful Silicon Valley venture capitalist,
Jacques Vallee has researched the UFO phenomenon perhaps more
than any other person currently alive. He has written almost a
dozen books on ufology, and he was the real-life model for the
French UFO scientist in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Vallee lives in San Francisco, but he recently infiltrated
Silicon Valley to summarize his four decades of research in a
public presentation at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
in Palo Alto.

The reason Vallee has irked so many ardent UFO believers for
decades is that he doesn't believe UFOs are nuts-and-bolts
machines from outer space or spinning silver disks operated by
aliens from another universe. Crudely simplified, he was the
first scientist to suggest that UFO experiences are in fact
interactions with interdimensional beings that have always
existed among us=97invisible hands toying with human society from
a different level of consciousness. It's not just a physical
phenomenon. It's a sociological, spiritual and psychic
experience all wrapped up into one.

Vallee also suggested in several books that many of these so-
called "abduction" tales are the result of manipulation, either
by the government or the interdimensional beings themselves.
Even though his work was documented in former Metro scribe
Jonathan Vankin's 80 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time, Vallee
has commanded a huge amount of respect over the years, even from
UFO debunkers. As he's been quoted everywhere, "The UFO
Phenomenon exists. It has been with us throughout history. It is
physical in nature, and it remains unexplained in terms of
contemporary science. It represents a level of consciousness
that we have not yet recognized, and which is able to manipulate
dimensions beyond time and space as we understand them. It
affects our own consciousness in ways that we do not grasp
fully, and it generally behaves as a control system." He has
also theorized that UFO experiences echo those of traditional
contact with nonhuman consciousness in the form of elves,
fairies or demons throughout several cultures for millennia.

Since Vallee has spent decades filtering out the lunatic fringe
on this matter, he didn't want any advance press about his
lecture, and I went along with that. He understandably didn't
want kooks with preconceived conclusions showing up and turning
the whole presentation into a circus. Instead, he wanted to keep
the lecture purely a scientific one.

So it only makes sense that the event was hosted by the
Foundation for Mind-Being Research (FMBR), a 25-year-old Silicon
Valley-based organization of scientists, engineers,
spiritualists, artists, philosophers, psychics and psychologists
devoted to establishing consciousness studies as a bona fide
science. One of FMBR's main principles is that the four-
dimensional space-time world of ordinary human experience may be
inadequate to accommodate the physics of the mind sciences.
Vallee's research throughout the last four decades intertwines
with that theory.

"This lecture was an experiment," he explained via email
afterward. "I am staying away from the media and public
presentations because the field has become so polarized between
different ideologies that anything I would say as a scientist
would be lost in the noise. The FMBR group is unique because it
is open-minded and understands the nature of research. Thus it
provided an opportunity to test my current conclusions about the
phenomenon before a responsive, yet critical audience."

In the presentation, he explained that the entire UFO discourse
has degenerated into a confrontational and polarized situation
between the hard-core skeptics and the extraterrestrial
believers, and we need new radical hypotheses. So Vallee and
others are going back underground and returning to the days of
the Invisible College, the title of his 1975 book about a group
of scientists researching UFOs while keeping their names and
activities out of the press.

"The phenomenon presents great opportunities to learn about the
world and human nature," he explained. "I continue to do
research, but I do it with my own resources, in communication
with a small network of scientists and investigators around the
world. Good progress can be done this way, in an environment of
trust rather than confrontation or hype."


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