Passport to Magonia: On UFOs, Folklore, and Parallel Worlds

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Passport to Magonia: On UFOs, Folklore, and Parallel Worlds

Passport to Magonia: On UFOs, Folklore, and Parallel Worlds

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Bad reasoning, bad translations, bad sources and forgeries”, you now can see the title kept its promises... There is a work that is widely known in the UFO community that often comes up in discussions, Jacques Vallée’s “ Passport to Magonia”. Here i shall analyse the main case from which the book gets its name. Ex his item tam profunda stultitia excaecatis, ut haec posse fieri credant, vidimus plures in quodam conventu hominum exhibere vinctos quatuor homines, tres viros, et unam feminam, quasi qui de ipsis navibus ceciderint »

And among those, blinded by such a deep stupidity that they believed those things possible, we saw many in a certain assembly of men, show tied up four persons, three men and one woman, as if they fell from those famous boats.”This man was the Bishop of Lyon, one of the biggest towns of France (it was the case in antiquity, it was the case in Agobard’s time and it’s still the case today). Agobard made the center of his career out of critcising superstitions and fighting remainders of paganism, considering that in too many cases, the christianisation that the church started a few centuries before him was too superficial. Forbidden Science 4: The Spring Hill Chronicles, The Journals of Jacques Vallee 1990-1999 (self-published with Lulu Press, 2019) His scientific career began as a professional astronomer at the Paris Observatory. Vallée co-developed the first computerized map of Mars for NASA in 1963. He later worked on the network information center for the ARPANET, a precursor to the modern Internet, as a staff engineer of SRI International's Augmentation Research Center under Douglas Engelbart. This is the only genuinely intelligent book on the flying saucer/ UFO myth that appears to have been written. However, even the most casual of UFOlogists may find this legendary piece disappointing. Almost every major case Vallee cites has been reported elsewhere, so there is no major revelation in this. The magic lies in Vallee's own interpretation of the data tying it into earlier myths specifically of fairies, goblins, and even religious miracles suggesting that something other than extraterrestrial visitors is going on.

In the late 60’s, Vallee began exploring the commonalities between UFOs, the paranormal, and folklore. His observations were detailed in his book, Passport to Magonia: From Folklore to Flying Saucers, in which he suggested a multidimensional hypothesis.In some senses, this actually helps to reinforce the transhistorical nature of his presentation, but can be a little disorienting at times. In his preface to the 2014 edition of Passport to Magonia, Vallee explains that his attempt to link modern ufology with ancient sightings and folklore was not well received by many. It’s ironic that Vallee himself had assisted Hynek and other modern researchers in creating a paradigm for exploring and better understanding UFO phenomena in the 20th century. Vallee, a scientist who had once argued for the consideration of flying saucers as machines from another planet inhabited by beings from another world, eventually lobbied for the need to think more expansively and consider a link between ancient stories of wondrous encounters and similar tales shared by 20 th-century experiencers. Elijah: Another Biblical fire chariot rider — or was the craft on which he rode something else altogether? Painting by Giuseppe Angeli (c. 1740) Here Vallée reveals is below mediocre methodology and inexistant critical thinking : He choses what he wants in a text (if the part about Agobard debunking the superstitions is deemed false, why the part where Agobard tells the very story should be deemed true ?) and doesn’t hesitate to privilege bad sources, as long as they confirm his pre established beliefs. Vallee uses the first half of his book to expound on his theories and the second half to present an annotated chronicle of a century of UFO sightings (1868-1968). These sightings come from all over the world, but key similarities emerge. While most of the stories are too short and leave us hankering to learn much more about them, there is enough specific detail in each to make them and their experiencers seem convincing. Today, the Internet provides us with instant access to information about key UFO sightings. I marvel at the meticulous chronicling Vallee amassed without the benefit of modern-day data access. He dug up the info dirt the hard way. Even today, we should be most grateful for his efforts. What happened? Do you suppose that ignorant age would so much as reason as to the nature of these marvellous spectacles? The people straightaway believed that sorcerers had taken possession of the Air for the purpose of raising tempest and bringing hail upon their crops. The learned theologians and jurists were soon of the same opinion as the masses. The Emperor believed it as well; and this ridiculous chimera went so far that the wise Charlemagne, and after him Louis the Debonair, imposed grievous penalties upon all these supposed Tyrants of the Air. You may see an account of this in the first ehapter of the Capitularies of these two Emperors.

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