Monday, June 23, 2008
Plato, the Cave, and UFOs
“The forms that we see, according to Plato, are not real, but literally mimic the real Forms.
In the Allegory of the cave expressed in Republic they are called the shadows of artificial replicas of real things.”
Are UFOs “forms”?
We think they may be.
And if they are. then what are the real Forms, that which the UFO “forms” are mimicking?
Jacques Vallee, and a few others, have been suggesting all along that UFOs represent another reality, a reality behind the apparent reality.
Even as a chair can be a Plato “form” with the real chair Form residing elsewhere – an “elsewhere” that isn’t exactly defined in philosophy or Jungian psychology (where Plato’s archetypes play an important role) – UFOs can be “forms” but where is the UFO elsewhere, where the real UFO Form may be found?
That is the question that Vallee (or Jung in his book on flying saucers) fails to answer.
Without the source or “elsewhere” of UFOs, it becomes difficult, maybe even impossible, to assess what UFOs really are.
But that’s what ufology needs to do: find the “elsewhere” that houses the UFO phenomenon or phenomena.
This means that philosophical disciplines need to be applied to UFO research and investigation.
While we eshew philosophy at another venue of ours, we think the methodologies of philosophy (and maybe quantum mechanics which is more philosophic than scientific) can be worked to attack the UFO enigma.
It will require effort of a serious kind, which we know ufologists are rarely up to, but that is what it will take to get to the core of the UFO reality.
And we know a few pesons who are up to the task, and prepared to make the mental (maybe physical) pursuit.
We’ll keep you apprised of their progress, if any…