During the past century, individuals, newspapers, and military agencies have recorded thousands of UFO incidents, giving rise to much speculation about flying saucers, visitors from other planets, and alien abductions. But the extraterrestrial phenomenon did not begin in the present era. The first case reported turns out to be in the 1500s B.C. in Egypt. Although Dr. Vallee does not come to conclusions about UFOs, what his research shows is that reports of such phenomenon have been occurring since antiquity. He says, “What Chris and I contribute is a series of data points that have been missing from the study of the phenomena. How far back does it go? What are the patterns? And, if the phenomenon has been with us since antiquity, then, what does it say about these things being from another plane? I think it may be more complex than that.” Join us for this exploration of the mystery of UFOs. (hosted by Michael Toms)
Jacques Vallee, Ph.D. is one of today’s most widely respected researchers of unexplained aerial phenomena. He earned a Masters Degree in Astrophysics while living in France and holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Northwestern University. His life experience was the model portrayed by Francois Truffaut in the Steven Spielberg award winning film, Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
He’s the author of numerous books, including:
- Passport to Magonia: On UFOs, Folklore, and Parallel Worlds (Contemporary Books 1993)
- Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects from Antiquity to Modern Times (co-author with Chris Aubeck) (Tarcher/Penguin 2010)
To learn more about the work of Jacques Vallee go to www.jacquesvallee.net.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
- Why hypnotizing people is the wrong method to explore the problem of their encounters with strange and unexplained phenomenon
- How the Air Force disgraced itself by the Condon Report which wanted to get rid of the UFO problem
- How the change in public opinion is making it possible for people of stature to do report their UFO experiences
- Why ancient cultures have names for this phenomenon such as devil, elves, fairies, goblins, leprechauns, demons, and angels
- How, having knowledge of UFOs from older cases helps us to look at new cases in a more informed way
- Why we should not jump to simplistic conclusions about unexplained aerial phenomenon
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 10/6/2010 Program Number: 3384