This is a short, little video of which I wished I had more information regarding when and where it was taken: Jacques Vallee, possibly our favorite UFOlogist in the world* –even though he deliberately chose to move away from the public eye of UFOlogy, because he grew tired of all the asinine in-fighting between ‘researchers’ promoting their favorite BS (Belief System)– is shown discussing a few things about the phenomenon and its undeniable link with what we call ‘psychic phenomena’ –something MANY nuts-and-bolters refuse to acknowledge to this day.
He also briefly mentions his participation with SRI, the non-profit research institute which originally branched out of Stanford University –fun fact: SRI was responsible for the AI research behind Apple’s Siri– and was focusing on study the possible military and security applications of ‘Remote Viewing’ under the guidance of Hal Puthoff and Russell Targ during the 1970s and until 1995, when the program was (officially) cancelled.
It wasn’t long before the UFO phenomenon become ‘entangled’ with the members of the Stargate Project, something which likely hurt the credibility of an already outlandish pursuit. A brief study of Remote Viewing, however, will bring anyone with an open mind to the conclusion that the program’s (apparent) cancellation had nothing to do with its actual effectiveness though, but because the seemingly ‘occult’ properties of Remote Viewing did not sit well with the religious sensibilities held by the higher echelons of the US top brass –not to mention that spending billions of dollars in spy satellites is part of what makes the wheels of the Military Industrial Complex turning…
Finally, Monsieur Vallee brings up the famous COMETA report, which involved credentialed scientists and retired generals presenting the best available evidence in support of UFOs’ existence, whose objective was to request academic circles and government bodies to take the phenomenon with the seriousness it deserves.
Unfortunately the report never gained the traction its redactors’ hoped for, and Vallee thinks the reason for that has to do with what is still the biggest blight plaguing this field: The Roswell Mythos.
Why, the fact that ‘World UFO Day’ is supposed to commemorate what many researchers still believe is the be-all and end-all of UFOlogy, is proof enough of how this field is still too American-centered; ironic, considering how this is supposed to be a global mystery.
C’est la vie…
(*)If you want to understand why Vallee is our fave, you should probably grab a copy of Passport to Magonia [Amazon US & UK] and Messengers of Deception [Amazon US & UK], both re-issued by Daily Grail Publishing.
UPDATE: Our friend Eric Wargo informs us the video above was taken during the Q&A session of Vallee’s talk at the 2007 IRVA (International Remote Viewing Association) conference. The entire presentation is available here.
Incidentally, you should also check out Eric’s interview at The Paracast, in which he delivered a lot of thought-provoking ideas about synchronicities and UFOs.