In the past, we've briefly discussed aliens from other planets and UFOs.
We know what Rav Avigdor Miller thinks about the whole thing and how it's all merely a repeat of what happened with the generation prior to the Mabul (the Great Flood).
But it gained more publicity recently.
I think we should look at what the great French scientist, Jacques Vallee (pronounced vah-LAY), thought about the whole thing.
Who was Jacques Vallee?
Later, he worked on NASA projects at the University of Texas, then earned his doctorate in artificial intelligence at Northwestern University.
Throughout his career, he worked in science and technology, building an impressive resume via his work at Stanford University, DARPA, and Silicon Valley.
He's clearly highly intelligent. What made him popular was his courteous and modest personality.
He thoroughly explored the topic, spending extended visits in different countries to complete his investigation.
Yes, a lot of UFOs are simply misinterpreted natural phenomena or technology — like the planet Venus, the Space Station, an aircraft, or the Northern Lights, etc.
Some encounters result from hallucinations or manipulation.
And some people simply lie.
So Vallee filtered out the explainable stuff and focused on the events which presented no logical explanation.
And he never believed in extra-terrestrial visitors.
He believed all alien encounters were rooted right here on our planet.
(Which is exactly what Rav Avigdor Miller said too.)
Vallee was open to the idea of entities, just not extraterrestrial ones.
He thought most encounters resulted from either advanced yet secret technology or metaphysical entities.
And Vallee offered 5 arguments why extraterrestrial visitations DON'T make sense.
(For some reason, I cannot find where I originally downloaded a PDF of the 5 Arguments, but anyone who wants to see the original can look for Five Arguments Against the Extraterrestrial Origin of Unidentified Flying Objects by Jacques Vallee as appeared in the Journal of Scientific Exploration.)
Argument #1: Close-Encounter Frequency
So for those who chalk up ETs and UFOs as misinterpreted natural phenomena, Vallee says that natural phenomena doesn't occur as often as UFOs do. Think meteor showers or the Northern Lights or sun dogs, for example.
Yes, they happen a lot and happen regularly, but not as often as UFOs seem to.
Also, UFO encounters occur predominantly at specific times, like between 5-9 P.M. and then again between 1-3 A.M.
Natural phenomenon aren't so punctual. Even though you may only be able to see meteors or Northern Lights at night, they don't only occur at night.
And no, it's not a matter of time zone. Both British and American studies revealed the same timing.
Furthermore, Vallee discovered a large percentage of UFO encounters occurred in deserted areas like deserts, fields, and places without human dwellings.
Abduction encounters occur almost exclusively around midnight.
What other bizarre natural phenomenon goes so closely by the clock?
So dismissing them as natural phenomenon didn't add up for Vallee.
But ETs (extra-terrestrials) didn't make sense to him either.
With Earth so much more visible from space than other planets, plus all the radio waves emanating from Earth over the last century, why would ETs need to constantly land on Earth — especially if they have such amazing technology?
Even if they wanted to take physical samples (especially in the time prior to our modern technology), why take so many samples? Why do they need millions of visits?
Furthermore, nowadays, aliens could tap into DNA banks, blood banks, and embryo banks to access information — much easier and more convenient than landing a whole big craft in a field or invading someone's bedroom at midnight.
Argument #2: Physiology
This makes no sense (yet another point made by Rav Miller).
Why would beings from a world so different than ours resemble us at all?
Even on Earth in the same climate, we find completely different creatures.
For example, go to Arizon and you'll see species as vastly different as humans and scorpions (unfortunately) living in the same home.
Likewise, dolphins live in the water, but must come up for air; fish live best completely submerged.
All the more so, aliens from a different planet should look nothing like us.
Furthermore, Vallee notes how the human physiology suits an extremely narrow environment:
- the exact amount of oxygen we need
- the exact amount of sunlight
- our vision suits the specific electromagnetic spectrum available to us
- Earth's gravity is perfect for us
- Earth's pressure is perfect for us
And so on.
Human physiology fits those extremely nitpicky specifications.
So how could a being from another planet survive on ours, especially without space suits?
It's impossible to believe that on a planet somewhere in the universe, there exists our Earth's exact specifications down to the last detail.
So any being from another planet must live in a very different habitat than Earth's.
Yet even minor differences in pressure or oxygen make survival untenable.
(We see this when a human remains on Earth, yet merely climbs too high up a mountain: altitude sickness.)
So how are these supposed ETs able to walk around our planet, breathe our air, and look like us?
Even if you believe aliens can genetically manipulate themselves to adapt to different environments, why wouldn't they do that everywhere, like to work in space or carry out tests or to colonize the Moon or other planets?
Finally, some close-encounter reports describe ETs as showing amusement, puzzlement, or interest.
It doesn't make sense.
How could beings so different from us not only have such familiar biological mechanisms, but also our same social acclimation?
For example, I can live in the exact same environment as a cat, but a cat never smiles from joy and I never purr from contentment.
All the more so, it doesn't make sense that a being from a completely different world would share these characteristics with us.
Argument #3: Abduction Reports
Abductees often describe being taken into a hollow or round place and then subjected to medical experimentation.
Their memories are wiped and later retrievable only via hypnosis.
With hundreds of abductees investigated by UFOlogists (and sometimes psychologists), Vallee questions why alien scientists would need to abduct and experiment on humans.
With their mind-boggling technology, alien scientists could easily access our research facilities containing tissue samples, skeletons, and organs. They could access our blood banks, embryo banks, and DNA without any of us ever knowing.
With this pool of genetic data, they could perform all the experiments they want, included reproducing humans and even creating super-humans.
L'havdil, human scientists do not go to the slums of Los Angeles looking for rats to experiment on; they breed them in their laboratories.
So if aliens are so interested in us, why do they create these clunky and inconvenient encounters? (And do so davka around midnight, further adding to their inconvenience?)
Finally, if we humans possess the technology to perform all sorts of procedures with little to no pain (blood tests, urine tests, X-rays, scans, fingerprinting, etc.) and certainly without psychological trauma (unless you're scared of needles), why do these supposedly highly advanced aliens perform procedures described by Vallee as "shockingly crude and cruel"?
Argument #4: History
Historically, many cultures share stories of these encounters as occurring in spherical settings, with the familiar experimentation and other interactions.
If these accounts are true, then why haven't aliens evolved beyond that for the past few millennia?
Argument #5: Physical Considerations
Meaning, they don't seem wholly physical.
Despite looking wholly physical, UFOs engage in weird behaviors like:
- suddenly appearing or disappearing
- changing their appearance
- merging with other seemingly physical objects
- extreme G-forces
They also don't seem photographable.
Especially with cell phones in almost every palm today, plus the smartphone's excellent photographic quality, we should be able to get decent photographs of UFOs...yet we don't.
If ETs are basically physical beings with superior physical technology, their aircraft should conform to known physics.
But they don't.
What Does Vallee Say?
It seems he believes there could be entities (like the demons, fairies, or subterranean humanoids popular in folklore throughout the world).
He offers the idea of time travelers and psychic phenomenon, including a Jungian idea of a collective consciousness projecting these images.
He seems to think it could be a combination of factors, like secret advanced technology combined with psychic phenomenon.
To his credit, he doesn't insist on one unified theory for it, admitting that the abduction stories puzzle him the most.
Mostly, he explains why the ETH theory makes no sense, searching for other possibilities instead.
The Technology to Produce Otherworldly Encounters Exists & Has Existed for a While
Some of it seems to be what Judaism considers demons or subterranean humanoid creatures — in other words, some kind of non-human & often harmful entity.
But technology definitely is an option here.
We know the major superpowers tried to develop flying saucers as early as the 1940s. They claim to have abandoned their plans...but why would they give up such promising technology?
Especially since we put humans on the moon in the Sixties (with such primitive technology and computer science compared to now!), who knows what's going on in Top Secret facilities?
Rivka Levy produced a fascinating post on the topic, describing how the Germans experimented with quantum physics, then were brought to the USA in Operation Paperclip:
Many UFO witnesses describe a whole-body sensation: They see the UFO and the lights, hear it, feel vibrations and energy in the air, and experience strong emotions — whether positive or negative.
We know they possess the technology to project holograms onto the night sky.
It's not far-fetched to assume some governments or militaries produced exceptional drones or other aircraft.
In fact, notice the otherworldly and spooky appearance of the new B-21 stealth bomber:
In contrast, binaural sounds can produce euphoria, focus, and a sense of well-being.
Advanced science certainly possesses the technology to combine all this together and produce a convincing illusion which impacts all the senses.
A Theory behind the Alleged UFO Attacks in Brazil
For example, throughout 1977-1982, the city of Belem (carved out of the Amazon jungle of Brazil) suffered a wave of aerial attacks by UFOs and beam-weapons, affecting thousands of people.
The Brazilian military tried to deal with these attacks, which injured and even killed some people.
A great many people left Belem during this time.
I do not know what happened.
But I do know this:
- During World War II, Belem hosted a military air force base.
- After World War II, Brazil accepted over 1000 Nazis into their country.
If at least a handful of these Nazis were military scientists, it's completely plausible to theorize that by the late 1970s, top secret advances could produce such aircraft and weaponry, plus we know the Nazis have no compunctions about mass terror and murder in the name of "scientific experimentation."
We really don't need the theory of "aliens from outerspace" to explain such events.
Forewarned is Forearmed
This means that any so-called ET event or encounter reported or witnessed (even globally) — no matter how frightening or convincing — is staged.
And that's important to know.