This is another one of my articles which attempt to derive reasonable technical explanations for historical UFO phenomena whose reports lie dormant and virtually unused in our several sightings databases.
Anyone who has read this blog knows that I have a strong belief that alien beings are the occupants of the unexplained UFO sightings. The main reason for such a strong belief is that I started my study of the phenomenon by collecting Close Encounters of the Third Kind (CE3), and after filtering less than credible encounters, wound up with about 300 such events, all of which involved aliens on the ground performing some kind of activity, witnessed most of the time by more than one witness. Are all of these events, collected over a 60+ year time span (1933-1996)**, fakes? For sure, some of them are, but it only takes one for the phenomenon to be validated. Along the way, I have had to accept some findings that make no sense, and that I don’t like. For example, it makes no sense to me that aliens are almost entirely have humanoid shapes. I don’t like believing that there is a coverup. I don’t like believing that abductions may be occurring at a pretty high rate. And so on. I have forced myself to follow the UFO and CE3 evidence and data to a logical conclusion, and some of these conclusions can be disturbing.
But we must forge forward, and try to find out as much as we can about our visitors.
If aliens are visiting us, then we must confront the possibility that some of them are among us in disguise, posing as human. Let us analyze this further.
There are some UFO stories and many Hollywood movies which deal with the disguises that aliens use which allow them to physically live and work (spy?) among us. In this writeup, I have categorized these disguises into 4 areas, and try to use reasoning and sighting data to eliminate a couple of these areas as being not feasible, and therefore, not something to give much credence to as one ponders the nature of alien contact. These four areas are shapeshifters, mental image projection, genetic alteration over several birth cycles, and aliens who are already human enough to pass for an earthling.
UFO craft often exhibit shapeshifting properties. This can occur in stranger ways than the common explanations for the phenomenon can explain. These common explanations are that 1) we are seeing a varying ionization field around the craft or 2) the craft is presenting a different cross section of itself to the viewer. An example of strangeness is two UFOs merging into one with the resultant single image being no larger than either of the original UFOs. In fact, the excellent ufologist Ivan Sanderson even hypothesized that the craft themselves could be living entities which could change shape just like any other animal can. E.g. once a bird spreads its wings, it sure looks a lot different than when its wings are folded. I doubt that Sanderson really believed this was a majority occurrence in UFO sightings, but I think he put this idea out there just for consideration and to show that he had thought of it first and wanted it documented. Well , if the craft can change shape, then why not its occupants?
For an entity to shapeshift I would think that there are severe biological requirements imposed upon that entity. It would have to have a very fleshy musculature superimposed upon either no skeleton or a very thin internal skeleton. For sure, it would not have a chitinous exoskeleton due to its rigidity. It would take a great deal of continuous muscle flexing and mental capacity for that being to maintain its disguise. It would have to maintain control of all of the fleshy parts of its body almost continuously, and that includes the epidermal color changing cells for color matching. A big percentage of its brain would have to be dedicated to this activity. If it had no internal skeleton, then that would allow more freedom to shape shift, but that would impose even greater requirements upon the stamina of the muscles because the skeleton could not be relied upon to allow the muscles to rest while in a standing position. We humans rely upon our skeleton quite a bit to save energy.
We have a shapeshifter on our planet that has been evolving for 400 million years-- the octopus. Videos of it disguising itself show that it sometimes is ok at it, and other times is bad at it, depending on the octopus species and what it is trying to emulate. Note that even though this is one of the smartest creatures in the sea which has had 400 million years of evolution to perfect shapeshifting, it still has mediocre results. Plus it still requires the support of the water around it to maintain its shape even though it is a very muscular mollusk. Aliens have better brains than octopi, but wouldn’t you think that this mental load of maintaining a human appearance while functioning in our society is a bit much? Furthermore, the stories of a big creature which has shapeshifted into a smaller human form belies conservation of mass. And what would the majority of aliens, who are smaller than us, do to achieve our larger size? Create a big air bladder to pump up its volume? Overall, my final opinion about alien shapeshifters is that we don’t have any here working among us, and the likelihood of not having any here is way up there near 100%. Sure, there could be something really far out, such as an alien having as its first step being to “program” for itself its own internal skeleton and then solidify these new skeletal bones to support the muscles, followed by a second step to use the new skeleton’s surrounding muscles to achieve the proper form desired, followed by a color match third step. Once completed, it would then switch these setting over to its autonomous nervous system for unconscious control, leaving its conscious brain freed up for other thoughts. Just think of the energy expenditure required to do all of this. All in all, even though the mental capacity of aliens appears to be greater than our own, I think the additional requirements of shapeshifting when imposed upon both its alien brain and its torso pushes this pop culture idea into the realm of imagination.
Mental Image Projection
Occasionally we run across a movie or theory that an alien keeps its natural shape but simply mentally projects its desired physical image of a human that it wishes to be. Or, if its human acquaintances are few, it has previously hypnotized them into believing that it is a human. For sure, abduction literature tells us of aliens that have imposed post hypnotic commands upon the abductees so that the abductees remember their captors as human. Plus there are even stories of humans who believed in real time that the “person” that they were associating with was human, but upon further analysis was most likely an alien of far different appearance than they realized. According to abduction researchers Budd Hopkins and David Jacobs, aliens use post hypnotic commands all the time. But in our population centers our present society has imposed electromechanical constraints on ourselves which would “out” this type of interloper, such as surveillance cameras all over the place which would be immune to such projection and hypnosis, employee blood samples for drug testing, airport x-rays, and so forth. Furthermore, what if the alien is in a crowd (necessitating a huge crowd control false image), or what if there are lots of mirrors around, or what if someone views the alien from long distance with binoculars? Therefore, it is my judgment that this type of being does not function in our society at all. It may be doing abductions while working out of a base or mother ship (or living in remote and rural areas where it would encounter only a few people so as to control them), but as far as functioning with us in our day to day activities, this just does not happen.
However, what about alien invisibility? An invisible alien could travel around among us with impunity. We know their craft have stealth invisibility capability, so could this craft technology be miniaturized down to a smaller size such that an alien could be outfitted with a portable type of apparatus which affords him invisibility? There are a very few stories where this has apparently happened, but only a very few. In the Alberto Rosales website, “Humanoid Reports & Journal of Humanoid Studies”***, there are about 9000 story summaries which average about a half page long, perhaps about half or a third of which involve alien encounters. I have read all of these in my search for CE3 data. So many are obviously the product of hoaxers and impaired individuals that filtering criteria had to be established to sort out the more credible ones. Here are a couple of such encounters from Mr. Rosales’ website for your consideration:
Location. Puente San Miguel, Cantabria Spain
Date: December 1 1977
The principal witness, Emilio Ruiz was suddenly awakened by the barking of the dogs in the neighborhood and a clear luminosity that shone through the window. The witness then saw a gigantic being looking at him through the window, the being stood in a crouched down position. The figure was man like and appeared to have a huge oval shaped head, huge black oval shaped eyes and a silvery white mustache. It then walked backwards several feet looked around and vanished. He wore a khaki colored uniform with a white ring or collar around the neck and a white stripe on one side; it was easily at least 3 meters tall. At the same time another independent witness Balbina Noriega spotted a bright white disc shaped object rising up from the center of a nearby empty field. Strange tracks were found at the site the next day.
HC addition # 360
Source: Juan Jose Benitez, "Tempestad en Bonanza"
Location. Kamloops British Columbia, Canada
Date: January 16 1989
A woman was walking her dog on a cloudy night, when she saw an intense bright light on a nearby hill; the light suddenly turned and flew off from the hill at high speed. The witness went back home but could not go to sleep and was very restless, she walked over to the bedroom window and briefly saw a figure standing in the shadow of a pine tree in her yard, the figure suddenly vanished. It was described as very tall and slim. She also saw a dark metallic rectangular shaped object with lighted windows as it left the area silently.
HC addition # 119
Source: Lawrence Fenwick, CUFOM Bulletin 9/10-90
Most of the reports that have humanoids who vanish probably are hallucinations brought about by any of the many stresses of life, such as sickness, intense dreams, and other possible impairments. The two I chose for this article are not very convincing but are better than most because they have what could be a sighted UFO to go along with the humanoid sighting. Most vanishing humanoid stories have no UFO at all in them, and most of the stories that do have UFOs in them have the alien vanish immediately before or at the time that the UFO takes off. This indicates that the humanoid was most likely transported back into the UFO, and is not lingering around in an invisible state. Most all these vanishing alien cases have only one witness, further reducing their believability.
Because there are so few of these types of stories, I am putting this possibility in the “gray basket” a la Stanton Friedman. It could be possible, but probably is not happening here to any significant extent if at all.
Genetic Alteration Over Several Birth Cycles
Abduction researchers David Jacobs and Budd Hopkins plus several others have concluded that at least one alien group is developing alien-human hybrids who look just like us and can function within our society. They are achieving this through gene splicing over about 5 generations of breeding. The end result is a being with apparently only a small percentage of alien DNA, but whose mind, thought processes, and allegiances are totally alien. As far as is known, no one has caught one of these 4th or 5th generation hybrids and tested it for its DNA to see what alien markers it has so as to prove what the abduction scholars believe. The possibility of alien/human hybrids being here right now is a very strong and disturbing one mainly because so much abduction research by independent investigators points to it, and it bespeaks of a long term project with an unknown end goal.
Aliens Who Are Already Human Enough in Appearance to Pass
The percentage of alien species (of those that have been seen visiting earth) who can pass for human is amazingly high, possibly about 24%*. My logic tells me that it should be in the zero percent range. When you consider that they must breathe our air, withstand our gravity, see in our light, function in our temperature range, and (if they live among us) withstand our microbes and eat our food is absolutely astounding. It seems like a bit much. When you remove the pass-for-human constraint (i.e. include the smalls and the giants) and calculate what percentage of all CE3 aliens can survive our earth environmental conditions , the percentage reaches a mind boggling 80%*. And while we are on the subject, why would any alien want to live here among us? With the bazillions of planets that exist, there may be a very few aliens who might be wish to live here, but it seems to me that the majority that are here probably stay in their secret bases or mother ships. The only reason that any might live in one of our population centers is for surveillance and espionage. That is, they are on assignment; i.e. a mission.
In conclusion, I think that the alien-human hybrids and aliens who are naturally human looking could indeed be here functioning in our society as scouts or spies. I do not believe for a second in shapeshifters. Invisible aliens or aliens telepathically projecting a human image to the people around them are only a very small likelihood, and probably not worth further consideration.
*From my book, “Alien Radix: The Shape of Things That Come”, 2011.
**For a list of these encounters, see my spreadsheet at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Aj0F2i1zgohJdEVzNko2YWswUnVTRS0yUDF6OURDalE&hl=en#gid=0