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Oz-Factor [was: Physiological & Psychological

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 08:24:27 -0500
Archived: Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:29:12 -0400
Subject: Oz-Factor [was: Physiological & Psychological


>From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:52:42 +0100
>Subject: Re: Physiological & Psychological Effects Of Adrenaline

>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>To: post.nul
>>Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2013 13:03:12 -0500
>>Subject: Re: Physiological & Psychological Effects Of Adrenaline

><snip>

>>Joe,

>>Actually, this is pretty much what I was expecting from you.

>And you can expect more of it, Jerry. As always, you will always
>think you are right even when you are wrong, so there is little
>point in disagreeing with you.

>Just as well I haven't mentioned kryptopyrrole.

>...oops...


Joe,

It seems obvious that you don't even know what the "Oz factor"
is. You're quitting while you're behind, which demonstrates
that, at least in this one regard, you have more sense than I
would have credited you with. Of course, you will continue your
discourse with those who know as little of the phenomenon's
dynamics as you do.

For the rest of us:

It bears noting that some Oz-phenomenon cases span hours. Among
the most remarkable cases of which I am aware is one (albeit
hardly the only one) that played out over several hours. At no
time did the witnesses, a married couple with no interest in
anomalies and the paranormal, feel even faintly threatened or
frightened. No unusually intense emotions were involved, nor was
there any occasion for the sort of concentrated, ignore-all-else
attention required in a life- or-death situation. It all began
when they attempted to do a good deed.

As I have stated before, to compare deadly-force decisions with
the passive experience of Oz phenomena is to argue that apples
are elephants Only "skeptics" believe that. The couple thought
their experience, as it developed one evening on the streets of
a mid-sized American city, was sort of odd but that it was no
more than unusual.

It was only later, as they sought to reconstruct what had
happened to them, that they came to appreciate how truly beyond-
explanation it was. Again, as I've noted, this is not atypical.
Debunking mythology notwithstanding, witnesses are not
ordinarily driven into states in which they see their very
existence as threatened, and thus block out all else.
Overwhelmingly, they keep their heads, they observe their
surroundings, and they do not automatically jump to the most
extreme conclusions. Rather, as Allen Hynek demonstrated long
ago with UFO sighters, they are more likely to resort to an
escalation of hypotheses. I can testify to that through personal
experience of an extraordinary anomaly (albeit not of the Oz
phenomenon as such).

It should also be stressed that the couple's was not a UFO
encounter. The Oz phenomenon is not specific to high-strangeness
UFO cases but is observable across the spectrum of extraordinary
experience. It is one reason I came to the conclusion years ago
- I've discussed these views more formally elsewhere - that
while there is a core UFO phenomenon represented by CE2s and
radar/ visuals, there is also a shadow phenomenon of high-
strange experiences (not events as such) linked to longstanding
supernatural traditions which manifest in various forms at
different times and in different places. This otherworld may be
encountered less in altered states of consciousness than in
anomalous ones wherein at least a circumscribed amount of
collective perception is possible. I encourage Listfolk who are
more intellectually astute, energetic, and curious than Joe McG
is to consult the relevant literature.

Incidentally, recently I have been reading psychologist Peter A.
McCue's book Zones of Strangeness (2012). Discussing Jenny
Randles's term "Oz factor," he makes this salient point: (p.
86): "Using the word 'factor' to describe an _experience_ is
inappropriate, since it's more generally used to refer to some
sort of cause or precipitating event (as in, 'Smoking is a
common _factor_ in respiratory disease')." I have resolved from
here on out to call it the Oz phenomenon, not the Oz factor.


Jerry Clark



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