From reader Mogens Winther,
a teacher of physics, astronomy and maths in Sønderborg, Denmark, comes
this item, which invoked his brief comment: “Stupidity never
stops.” Somone named “Geri” wrote to “UFO Facts”
– at UFOFacts@yahoogroups.com
– with an inquiry:
Orbs or raindrops???
Geri first received a
response from a Victor M. Vargas, evidently connected with the “UFO
had a severe storm here last night in Central Florida. It was worse than any
storm I have every experienced (with the possible exception of a few big
hurricanes). The energy was palpable and the dark cloud cover made it look like
night. We had over 2,000 lightening [sic] strikes in one hour (lots of
energy), along with rain and hail.
went outside and took a photo. When I looked at it, it resembled the Orb
photos. I was on the front porch and there was no water on my lense [sic]
and no hail falling. I have attached the photo and I would like to know... Is
this my first photo of Orbs? or are these just raindrops?
appreciate your expertice [sic].
Geri and all,
you want to compare your orb photos with the ones on the link to James
Guilliand's web page: www.eceti.org/Eceti.ORBPhotographs.html.
Now, these “orb”
photos are excellent examples of how the imagination – and lack of
experience – of amateur photographers can lead them to preposterous
conclusions. They are actually puzzled by these digital anomalies! In
particular, note the one at www.eceti.org/EcetiOrbPhotos/2008SPWTCIV.jpg
– hardly an “orb” photo, but one that
confounds the amateurs equally well.
(To refresh your data-base
on such matters, see www.randi.org/jr/051002.html and
do a search on the word “conditioner” to bring up the item. Then go
to www.randi.org/jr/051702.html and
search for “opinion” for the specific item. There are many
more – 73 – “orb” references in SWIFT archives.)
But this “Dr.
Boylan” of “UFO Facts” referred to above, just who is he?
Good question! Dr. Richard J. Boylan, Ph.D., describes himself as a
scientist, anthropologist, university associate professor (emeritus), certified
clinical hypnotherapist, and researcher… a consultant to Star Kids and
Star Seeds seeking to understand better their origin, identity and mission, so
they can achieve full awareness of and clarity about their identity, inner
growth, spiritual development, and future path. [He] provides hypnotherapy for
recalling full details of partially-remembered close encounters with the Star
Visitors, stored in subconscious memory.
The references to
“Star Kids,” “Star Seeds,” and “Star
Visitors” pretty well tell the whole story. Boylan embraces the sci-fi
notion of visitors from superior species visiting Earth and mystically
“advancing” certain children – much as Arthur C. Clarke wrote
about in “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968), though Clarke did it with
an adult… Of course, this idea – as well as the myth of
“indigo children” – is fully accepted by some woo-woo
parents, who can be so easily convinced that they have produced a superhuman.
Dr. Boylan says he has
research into human encounters with the Star Visitors. This has led to his current
focus, creation of the Star Kids Project, Ltd, and working with these
genetically-upgraded children with advanced abilities, and their families.
And, as a capper to this
illustrious career, he actually
been interviewed on numerous radio and television programs, including NBC's
Sightings twice, on Paramount Television Network's Paranormal Borderline, three
times on Art Bell's Dreamland program, and as many times on George
Noory’s Coast To Coast AM program.
Well, that convinces me, folks! The reputations of these shows says it
Another inquiry to Dr.
Boylan – shown here exactly as written – must have pleased him,
since it plays the music he wants to hear, and which he delights in repeating:
know that orb folks take different color and specially shapes, that is, they
are not always round. they can be square, diamond, oval, star, irregular, etc,
shaped. however, i don't understand the reason for their various shapes, maybe:
because they are different groups (as to say races/ages within them?)
because of their vibrational level or evolution
would love to learn more about them, but have not found an answer for this
question anywhere, including internet.
response arrived from Dr. Boylan. As expected, it was fully woo-woo in nature
are living life forms which are composed of energy, most often in the visible
sentient, self-directed beings they can change their shape and internal
appearance at will. I cannot claim to know all the Orbs' individual reasons for
changing or selecting a shape. But they can be whimsical, and they sometimes do
so as a way of responding to a Human's contact and communication.
Boylan, Ph.D., LLC, Councillor President, Star Kids Project, Ltd
this PhD really believe what he’s written? Has he any supporting evidence?
said it before: the mind boggles...
As an example of how real
scientists handle this particular anomaly of digital photography, consider the
item that Mogens sent me to illustrate the point:
just found these "orbs" amazing – in ccd astronomy they are
known as irritating dust "donuts" or "speckles," but with
the woo-woo ufo- and ghosthunters they are – without discussion –
regarded as being an intelligent lifeform.
Mogens sends us to this site
– where we find a fascinating description of how such images are
electronically processed to eliminate such artifacts. And, as he says, this is
how real scientists handle problems, not by inventing ridiculous
scenarios that will earn them the recognition of the popular press.