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El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jacques Vallee

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posted on Feb, 5 2008 @ 10:29 PM
Jacques Vallee biography - UFO Evidence

Along with his mentor Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Dr. Vallee carefully studied the problem of UFOs for many years and served as the real-life model for Francois Truffaut in Steven Spielberg’s film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. His research has taken him to countries all over the world. Considered one of the leading experts in UFO phenomena, Dr. Vallee has written several well respected scientific books on the subject.

Black Vault entry on Vallee:

The specific thrust of Vallee's work on UFOs and aliens was always that the paranormal / "supernatural" explanation was more workable and better explained observations than the more "nuts and bolts" "space science" Extraterrestrial Hypothesis (ETH).

"Scientific opinion has generally followed public opinion in the belief that unidentified flying objects either do not exist (the "natural phenomena hypothesis") or, if they do, must represent evidence of a visitation by some advanced race of space travellers (the extraterrestrial hypothesis or "ETH"). It is the view of the author that research on UFOs need not be restricted to these two alternatives. On the contrary, the accumulated data base exhibits several patterns tending to indicate that UFOs are real, represent a previously unrecognized phenomenon, and that the facts do not support the common concept of "space visitors." Five specific arguments articulated here contradict the ETH:

* (1) unexplained close encounters are far more numerous than required for any physical survey of the earth;
* (2) the humanoid body structure of the alleged "aliens" is not likely to have originated on another planet and is not biologically adapted to space travel;
* (3) the reported behavior in thousands of abduction reports contradicts the hypothesis of genetic or scientific experimentation on humans by an advanced race;
* (4) the extension of the phenomenon throughout recorded human history demonstrates that UFOs are not a contemporary phenomenon; and
* (5) the apparent ability of UFOs to manipulate space and time suggests radically different and richer alternatives."

Vallee like John Keel has that iconoclastic and surprisingly skeptical approach to UFOlogy that lets them avoid the trap of excluding valid observations that don't fit a pattern. By including all data, in the manner of Charles Fort (and unlike the inept debunkers rejoicing under the umbrella of the Fortean Times), Vallee like Keel has a richer source to analyse. Vallee is also very adept at handling statistics correctly- for example one of his earlier efforts was in debunking the concept of a UFO wave following ley lines or a straight line path across the earth, and in addition negating any notion of geometrical patterning by UFO waves. What he DID find is that UFO waves follow non-mechanistic behaviour- they do not behave like fleets of physical vehicles.

Dr. Vallee's homepage:

From his homepage:

Apart from his work with information technology and finance, Jacques has had a long-term private interest in astronomy, in writing fiction and in the frontiers of research, notably unidentified aerial phenomena. He also serves on the scientific advisory board of Bigelow Aerospace in Las Vegas, Nevada ( He was awarded the Jules Verne Prize in Paris for a science fiction novel in French.

He is interviewed in Sub Rosa Issue 4:
NOTE: PDF file!

Vallee's lasting contribution is the Interdimensional Hypothesis. This is somewhat common now but when advanced by him it was fairly much (pace Charles Fort and John Keel) unique. It seriouslt proposes that UFOs are more like Jungian archetypes and signs in the sky than physical UFOs.

To the extent that the Interdimensional Hypothesis is correct, this clearly places UFOs and all related phemomena to such encounters within the parvenue of the Paranormal.

This of course leaves the much rarer cases which are unequivocally physical, mortal, mechanistic and measurable.

Jacques Vallee however was no simpleton, dreamer, debunker armed with cheap pseudo-skepticism or closet stats nerd who wanted it all to go away.

He saw UFOs and their occupants as extremely dangerous. They form, he believes, a control system, intended to gradually and permanently change our consciousness. Their behaviour and the information they impart are addictive.

Consider the case of Kirk Allen.

Vallee assumes that Kirk Allen was delusional. I can understand why many readers would question that assumption. In terms of true believers of the American UFO Faith, from the Greys to Majestic 12 to underground bases, the fact that Kirk Allen worked at a highly classified military installation in New Mexico will appear to be exceptionally signficant.
You might be interested to know who Kirk Allen actually was—most people who have researched this concluded he was Paul Linebarger, who wrote science fiction under pseudonym of Cordwainer Smith.* Linebarger is a curious fellow—he literally wrote the book on Psychological Warfare and was responsible for the formation of the first military unit devoted to that art.

*Cordwainer Smith is relatively famous as the author of... You Will Never Be The Same.

Cordwainer Smith site maintained by his daughter

Cordwainer Smith was in fact a CIA agent, a senior one indeed. A military man- to the extent that many CIA men are and were, with a rank and privileges obtained in some respects in an out of the ordinary way- and a polymath.

UFOlogy "owes" him a great deal.

With his predilections he successfully tested out a psyops program on an unsuspecting therapist and in the process established a blueprint for UFO disinformation. He also muddied the waters not only of "scientific" UFOlogy but of the study of paranormal phenomena.

Vallee was the needed antidote to this level of deception.

posted on Feb, 7 2008 @ 02:53 AM
For film fans, Vallee was also a consultant on Close Encounters of the Third Kind and inspiration for the Fronsh character in that movie.

Vallee tried to get Spielberg to get on board with the Ultraterrestrial / Dimensional hypothesis, but Spielberg had his orders so the outcome of that discussion was a foregone conclusion.

posted on Feb, 7 2008 @ 03:05 AM
reply to post by DogHead

Hi, great post.
I read Jacques Vallee book 'Dimentions' a few years back....
I have mentioned his name in a post here at ATS a few years back..



posted on Feb, 7 2008 @ 03:16 AM
reply to post by helen670

UFOlogy as a spectator sport is much like a study of Jack the Ripper or the Loch Ness Monster. Many of the consumers / spectators don't want it to be answered. They thrive on the continuing mystery. In atmosphere of ignorance and mystery everyone's view is potentially as valid.

Unfortunately for this terrible philosophy researchers like Vallee come along and establish unequivocally some part of the fact-supported truth.

He was and is held in massively high esteem in my old circles. Unlike virtually all other UFO researchers. Most of them are just patsies- Vallee had the background, personality and will to comb out little bits of fact from all the myth.

What really sums up most UFOlogy to me is the relayed quote Vallee used to describe "belief in" UFOs rather than simply looking at the facts of encounters. Belief in UFOs is mythic.

Myth is not true; myth is truer than truth.

posted on Feb, 17 2008 @ 12:48 AM

Originally posted by helen670

I have mentioned his name in a post here at ATS a few years back..

I think UFO credibility varies in direct proportion to acknowledgement of and adoption of the methodology espoused by, Jacques Vallee.

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