High Strangeness: UFOs & Brain Patterns

Thursday, March 20, 2014

UFOs & Brain Patterns

Last night I was chatting with my dear old friend Lxxx on Facebook, feeling kind of bad that I haven't kept in better touch with her but really glad that I had caught her online and that we were able to have such a great talk after so long.

Lxxx mentioned that she had turned a friend of hers onto this blog, and I asked if she or her friend had ever seen a UFO. She said she wasn't sure about her friend, but she told me she had once seen something strange in the sky years ago when she lived in Nashville. She was out on her back deck, looking out at the sky and the tall trees, then something was seen...
"Still can't explain it," she said. "Nothing obvious but very odd."
I asked for more detail, and she said something that I thought was very profound:
"Not that much to tell. Just hovering lights and a quick departure. I just remember it hitting that part of me that said 'this isn't normal.'"
At what moment do we realize something in the sky isn't supposed to be there?
That immediately got me thinking: I wonder if any psychologist or neurologist has ever studied that part of us that says "this isn't normal." 'Cause if they haven't, they should. I mean, in a sense that's the crux of the whole UFO mystery, isn't it? Someone sees something in the sky that might be "nothing obvious but very odd" and then, without warning, that moment comes when "very odd" becomes "not normal." 

What do we see that triggers that moment? What do we sense? Is the odd thing in the sky sensitive to that moment? Does that explain the "quick departure"?

Any psychologists or neurologists reading this, I hope you'll study this, because I have a sense that it could be really important. And if you do study it, let me know so I can tell you where to send the check.

Which of course I will split with Lxxx!


Terry the Censor said...

A still from Invaders from Mars!

Mark UFO'Connell said...

You get the prize!

I love that image!

Anonymous said...

That movie scared the piss out of me when I was a kid!

Mark UFO'Connell said...

Of all the memorable 1950's science fiction films, "Invaders from Mars" comes closest to capturing the surreal creepiness of alien encounters...

Saucerspud said...

I believe your question of the human brain reacting to something "very odd" or "not normal" harkens back to Jung's thoughts on the UFO phenomena. Just sayin'.

And BTW, Invaders from Mars rocks.

Curt Collins said...

I've taken to calling this the "moment of enchantment," which is often accompanied by a rush of adrenaline. Some have likened this to the "Oz effect," but maybe we're looking at overlapping conditions.
It doesn't have to be a UFO, experiencing something unexpected or stressful triggers a weird state of mind that isn't widely written about. I've been looking, and asking my psychologist friends, but mostly coming up dry. If you turn up something that studies this, please sing out!

Mark UFO'Connell said...

My wife also suggested checking in with Dr. Jung, so I am currently re-reading his UFO book. I will report on whatever I find!

Saucerspud said...

The Jung book is pretty heady stuff (no pun intended) and a bit of a slog to get through, but he has some very interesting ideas.

Another thought, I'm wondering if there's any data from the law enforcement arena regarding one's brain reacting to witnessing something strange or unusual. Seems like that's something that may have been studied before.

Mark UFO'Connell said...

Good conversation on this topic going on with Curt Collins, Yvan Defoy, and Stephen Miles Lewis at Curt's Facebook page.