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[[ Read Epub ]] ⚞ The Invisible College ó s t What a Group of Scientists Has Discovered About UFO Influences on the Human Race Okay but not as good as the other two Jacques Vallee books that I ve read. I m showing my fringe evenby having read this book, let alone having enjoyed it Though I don t go around shouting about it, I make no secret of my, let s say, practical interest in the occult, in esoteric spirituality, in Yoga, Tantra, alchemy, and astrology Think of these things what you will, but they embody a worldview and a mode of experiencing the world so viewed which is second to none for the way in which it can and will change the dedicated practitioner But even for a lot of peo I m showing my fringe evenby having read this book, let alone having enjoyed it Though I don t go around shouting about it, I make no secret of my, let s say, practical interest in the occult, in esoteric spirituality, in Yoga, Tantra, alchemy, and astrology Think of these things what you will, but they embody a worldview and a mode of experiencing the world so viewed which is second to none for the way in which it can and will change the dedicated practitioner But even for a lot of people who are willing to do the occasional I Ching throw or Tarot spread, who meditate regularly, or even who practice ritual magic in one form or another, the mention of UFOs will get you a round smirking at and plenty of eye rolling for your troubles.Let me begin by saying that I am entirely skeptical of the idea that space aliens have physically visited Earth I just don t think it at all likely, especially not in the numbers and with the frequency that reports of UFO sightings and visitations would suggest But it is striking how many similar patterns exist in these experiences, and how they change the percipients in notably similar ways And that is Jacques Vallee s approach to the phenomenon he also finds it unlikely that people from another planet are visiting Earth, but does not therefore think that we can dismiss the experiences of so many people out of hand This is especially true when we see how similar are these UFO experiences to experiences from the world over, throughout human history, of faeries, angels, demons, and many other beings of Heaven and Earth.Vallee s final analysis seems to come down to the view of UFO experiences as a control mechanism on human beliefs an interpretation rather similar to something Philip K Dick would come up with, and rather a Gnostic view of UFOs as perhaps manifestations of the Archons Whether or not you agree with Vallee on the specifics of his interpretation, you can t help but admire the depth of his analysis, the genuine scientific curiosity of his approach, and his dogged refusal to dismiss out of hand reported experiences which will not go away Jacques Vallee was associated with J A Hynek at Northwestern University, both of them being portrayed in Close Encounters of the Third Kind , Vallee by Trufault, Hynek, briefly, by himself I had the fortune of meeting the latter when, serving as the head of the astronomy department s new observatory on the shore of Lake Michigan, he led a tour Father brought me to At the time, back in elementary school, I was very interested in UFOs and planetary science and had heard of Hynek as the scient Jacques Vallee was associated with J A Hynek at Northwestern University, both of them being portrayed in Close Encounters of the Third Kind , Vallee by Trufault, Hynek, briefly, by himself I had the fortune of meeting the latter when, serving as the head of the astronomy department s new observatory on the shore of Lake Michigan, he led a tour Father brought me to At the time, back in elementary school, I was very interested in UFOs and planetary science and had heard of Hynek as the scientific consultant to Project Blue Book, the Air Force s public investigation of the mysterious phenomena until it was discontinued in 1969 As it happens, I now live near Hynek s old home in the East Roger s Park neighborhood on Chicago s far north side, friends of mine having attended school with his daughters Northwestern s observatory, alas, is no.Hynek I started reading on my own Vallee was introduced to me, many years later, by Michael Miley, then a writer for a UFO magazine out of California While Hynek was primarily an academic, as reflected by his rather dry, but scrupulous, texts, Vallee, whose background was in information theory and cybernetics, plays abroadly speculative game Unlike most ufologists , Vallee rejects the nuts and bolts notion that we re being visited by representatives of advanced civilizations somewhere out there in space Indeed, he ridicules it, his books, including this one, giving case after case wherein supposed aliens of various kinds perform absurd actions and convey crazy messages to hapless human contactees Further, he goes to great lengths to show how well current contacts of all kinds correspond to accounts from previous ages, all the way back to antiquity, our aliens being their gods, or angels, or demons, or imps Given the great, and inconsistent, varieties of observations and encounters, few of them leaving physical traces for subsequent study, Vallee adopts instead a focus on the effects of such experiences on the experiencers and on their culture, hypothesizing that the UFOs et alia manifest what may be heuristically considered a control mechanism intended to bring about cultural change.This book was written in the early to mid seventies, a period during which Vallee hoped that UFO reports and parapsychological studies were tending toward a cultural paradigm shift The invisible college of the title, beyond being an historical reference to early modern science, refers to the network of students of the phenomena, academic, scientific and governmental, with which he was, at the time of writing, involved The paradigm shift, now, forty years later Perhaps most notable passage is about a Vatican official describing Lucy s Fatima letter opened by the Pope in 1960 and re sealed Allegedly contained a prophecy of the shooting of the Pope by Commie bastards followed by a nuclear holocaust Let s hope Lucy s final batting average is.500 in the prediction business More highly recommended is THE EDGE OF REALITY co authored by Dr Vallee and Dr J Allen Hynek, also published in 1975 Henry Regnery Co, Chicago Most of the reports analyzed in Perhaps most notable passage is about a Vatican official describing Lucy s Fatima letter opened by the Pope in 1960 and re sealed Allegedly contained a prophecy of the shooting of the Pope by Commie bastards followed by a nuclear holocaust Let s hope Lucy s final batting average is.500 in the prediction business More highly recommended is THE EDGE OF REALITY co authored by Dr Vallee and Dr J Allen Hynek, also published in 1975 Henry Regnery Co, Chicago Most of the reports analyzed involve folks who were reluctant witnesses and whose names are never identified Transcripts of interviews stem in some notable cases from government agents themselves, who passed the reports sub rosa to Hynek in the 1960s when Hykek was the USAF consultant on UFOs These accounts read better than a lot of science fiction short stories Edge of reality indeed