High Strangeness: UFO Magnet

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

UFO Magnet

Is it possible that some people are more prone to UFO experiences than others? Can some people be "UFO magnets" in the same way that some of us are chick magnets?

A recent study of UFO and paranormal "experiencers" suggests just that. At least, that's my way of interpreting the data.

Project CORE is a very clever and exciting research study conceived of and undertaken by a group of scientists and experiencers that takes a look at the characteristics of people who claim to have had paranormal experiences or UFO/alien encounters and looks for trends and commonalities among them. As the researchers explain, "The goal was to examine the data without prejudice to approach what lies at the core of all these allegedly separate phenomena, insofar as possible." A little over 200 volunteers filled out questionnaires about their life experiences, their physical characteristics and their demographic information, and the resulting data was just released at the end of last year. It's pretty fascinating stuff, even if doesn't explain a whole lot about who has this type of experience or why.
Are some of us predisposed to have this kind of encounter? Is there a way to find out without actually seeing these guys?

But then it wasn't supposed to, really. "Project Core is best viewed as an aid to the development of hypotheses for future detailed investigations," the researchers state. "Some results appear intriguing, but attempting to extract any generalizable conclusions from them at this stage in premature."

I can respect that. Just the same, I can't help but attempt to extract some generalizable conclusions, in the hopes of developing hypotheses for future detailed investigations. Birds gotta fly, fish gotta swim, generalizable concluders gotta generalizably conclude.

The data that I found most interesting looks at frequency of occurrence, and finds that many of the participants report multiple unexplainable experiences occurring in their lifetimes. About a quarter of the participants reported having had 20 or more strange encounters, while seven percent reported having over 100!

How does someone get that lucky? Wouldn't it be interesting to find out more about these frequent fliers? The researchers certainly seem to want to:

"This offers investigators an opportunity to identify individuals having high likelihood to experience future events. Such individuals might be a particularly important resource for future prospective investigations addressing a wide array pf questions about the phenomena themselves and to help elucidate the precise environmental/psychological preconditions conducive to the appearance of paranormal events."

In other words, it may be possible to determine who among is a UFO magnet, and if we can do that, we can essentially use that magnetism to summon UFOs to earth at will. This will, of course, necessitate gathering up these individuals and keeping them all together in a sort of, oh, containment center. I don't see anything going wrong there.

And then, once we have them all together in a concentrated space, we just sit back, fire up the GoPros, and wait for the UFOs to appear...


Jeff Ritzmann said...

Hi Mark-
Thanks for the thoughts regarding Project Core. You're right, the 'why' still eludes us - but then again it's kind of a premature question to ask.

Project Core was only the first step, and now it's on to explore some of the more interesting results more deeply and we're going to have to be a bit more invasive with participants. But, that's (hopefully) going to give us more solid data moving forward - something those serious about this study, and working scientists can really grab on to.

We have a long way to go, but we're all pleased with the first step.

Thanks again,
Jeff Ritzmann
Project Core Team

Jeremy Vaeni said...

From Tyler Kokjohn:

You made my day.

Thank you for taking the time to go through the Project Core material.

More to the point, thank you for doing exactly what we had hoped people would try to do with the aggregated data and findings; ask their own questions, see the implications and come up with new and productive ways to systematically investigate a complex topic one facet at a time.