Sensory deprivation and UFOs
Type of Spiritual Experience
Sensory deprivation is such a major part of hallucinatory and visionary experience, that it occurred to me that some of the sightings of UFOs may well be related to sensory deprivation.
The map below was produced by the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies from Chicago. It is a map of UFO sightings in the US. It indicates the number of UFO reports per 100,000 people by county in the continental US.
What can we see from the map?
- There is a marked difference in levels of ‘UFO visitations’ between the eastern and western halves of the continental US.
- Marked exceptions to this rule is a hotspot in northern Minnesota, and several others spread out mainly in Missouri and Illinois.
- ‘Aliens’ like the west, but generally don’t care for Dixie: the south is remarkably UFO-free.
- Preferred landing spots of UFOs are concentrated in the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, the three coastal states and Nevada – with a spike around Area 51.
And what marks out these particular areas? Long long straight roads, deserts, very little noise, in some areas monotonous landscapes that seem - when you are in a car - to go on and on and on. There is the real possibility that in a warm, air conditioned silent car or in a mobile home camped in these landscapes, that sensory deprivation has caused hallucinations. They will appear, incidentally, totally real and in a sense they are totally real.
There is also the possibility that a number of these places are telluric hot spots.