Bishop Berkeley, immaterialism, Copenhagen interpretation, UFOs, subjectivity, consciousness, Schrödinger, Solvay, Einstein, quantum superposition


Most of us adult humans have had “the UFO conversation.” Or, if we abide by the Pentagon’s lexicon preference, the UAP one. “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.” And most of us have come to the same conclusion. And that is — we don’t really know, but… there is something there. The U.S. Navy is among the institutional authorities that have had to recalibrate their approach. So instead of “unidentified flying objects,” the term is now  UAP. If we are going to have THE UFO CONVERSATION REDONE, it will have to be also the UAP chat.

(See our short article about UFO vs UAP, “The Object is the problem in UFO.” And also July 4th UFOs.)

This change of terminology is not casual, or mere bureaucracy. It is an epistemological shift — it includes the role of consciousness in perception. Consciousness is no longer merely subjectivity. It plays the role of artificer — at least a crucial participant — in crafting our perception of external objective things. We don’t just “see things as they are,” ever.

Welcome to the new universe

We play a role which brain science, magnetism, quantum mechanics, neural networks, biochemistry and many other things are part of. But so are we as observers. Physics has taught us that analyzing the nature of any object, now involves the observer as a precipitator of particulate nature (the two-slit experiment, etc.).

Is it really silly to be experimenting with UFO detectors like the one below?

This device (pictured) as an “internal magnetometer interfaced with microcontroller for 24 hour/7 days a week monitoring for magnetic anomalies that have been reported with many UFO sightings.” You can click on the image to read more about it on Amazon. It is also one of the three products featured at the bottom of this page.

UFO detector, magnetometer UAP meter, locating possible paranormal phenomena


Objects, phenomena, consciousness as architect

We’ve already written a short article alluding to the – let’s call it cognitive — nature of this change of language. It is from OBJECT to PHENOMENON. “Objects” are out there, something physical. Whereas phenomena are a much broader class. My experiences may be hallucinations, optical errors, many other things. But that no longer settles the question totally.

Solvay Conferences: a club of wizards meet in Norway

And then there are the Solvay Conferences, in Norway, which started in 1911. They were originally chaired by Hendrik Lorentz, Nobel Prize-winning Dutch physicist. From the start, these sessions were meetings of the rock stars of physics: Max Planck, Poincaré, Rutherford, Einstein, de Broglie and many other innovators attended the first one. The topic was radiation and quanta.

But the most revered of the conferences was the 1927 edition. Fifth in the series, it looked at electrons and photons. — There is a reason why I mention this in reference to UFO/UAP data. One of the themes which emerged out of these, started with the so-called Copenhagen Interpretation. And the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. The fact of human consciousness as a participant in “phenomena”  stepped forth.

Bishop Berkeley’s armchair

Elevated to the attention of these geniuses was the fact that observation was part of what crafted perceived stuff. In some sense the world exists because we observe it. We are walking IN consciousness. That is, the observation precipitates things from the wave state into the object state. (Schrödinger Equation…) Before that, it is a wave of probability in the so-called “superposition.”

Bishop Berkeley’s armchair really does disappear when he leaves the room. And maybe UFO witnesses do cause the flying objects to appear. This mechanism, partly articulated by Jean Baudrillard, French intellectual who died about a decade ago,  underlies movies like The Matrix series… .which we just wrote about.

(Bishop Berkeley — pictured at the top of this article* — was an 18th C Irish philosopher who argued for immaterialism. He was famous AND ridiculed later by concrete-minded people. But not so much today.)

They are going to have to deal with the fact

Still today, physics is trying to provide to the rest of us, something like an acceptable explanation of the dynamics of matter on the quantum level. It appears that Berkeley’s argument anticipated physics. And maybe UFO sightings too!

In these short articles I can’t go into detail on this. But… The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum behavior really REALLY messes with common sense. It also introduces a new way to approach UFO/UAP events. Objects — real world stuff — do not have properties or objective features. NOT until they are observed or measured.

The UFO conversation redone has some surprises. People used to think that UFO witnessings could be artifacts of personality or consciousness. Something peculiar to the observer. Witnesses were ridiculed But when matter on the quantum level is a wave, and it does not really manifest as an object, a THING, until it is observed…. well, we now have a set of new questions and standards for assessing UAP events.

*** The picture a the top of this article is in the public domain. It shows a 1727 painting by John Smibert, depicting George Berkeley, the Irish 18th C. philosopher. The reproduction of the painting is part of Google Art Project. 

Some products to explore.

NOTE: only the one on the level is made for specifically UFO/paranormal activity detection. The other two are devices that will detect actual electronic spying or hidden video devices in your environment. Fascinating reading!


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