posted on Oct, 21 2012 @ 12:48 AM
OK, let's try a sensory/perceptual approach to this object.
Evolution has tweaked our senses and ability to perceive and act in favor of survival. Case in point: a camouflaged tiger in jungle brush, or hearing
breathing in bushes, or catching a whiff of big cat musk -- those who noticed and ran survived and passed on their genes to their children, those who
didn't became lunch.
Nature has also endowed us with the ability to 'ignore' (consciously at least) unimportant, harmless or irrelevant stimuli when engaged in some
activity. Take this phrase:
like repetition of the
the in this text
OK, so you may have noticed the two instances of the article 'the' in the phrase. Or maybe you didn't. But if you write and edit text, you will
often see such mistakes. The brain just glosses over it while reading.
So, if a person is preoccupied, common, everyday objects and activities tend to be ignored. but even if preoccupied, an unusual object, movement or
stimulus will tend to be noticed, harkening again to instinctual survival response. ('Dang--I was so busy sexting that I almost fell into that
So now a person sees something in the sky: 'What is it?' A plane or a jet -- no; there's no sound; it must be a balloon -- no, balloons don't
zig-zag and zip around at such speed; it's trash blowing in the wind -- no, again the motion is way too fast and erratic; a bird -- no, birds don't
fly sideways, and anyway can't fly that fast with such weird jerky motions; so what is it?? It's.....something grey, round or oval and domed on top
with shimmering edges like a mirage created by hot asphalt...shaped a little like two plates stuck together moving erratically and very fast and
whoops! There it goes..it's gone! What the hell was it!?' The brain tries to identify it as a familiar object, but ends up with only a
description of the object's shape, color and behavior along with some certainty of what it wasn't.
The brain will continually attempt to identify until it finds a 'fit'; or not, in which case the person will say, 'I don't know what it was, but I
know what it wasn't!'
There were two people in the car, a driver and the photographer. She was busy with the camera, he was attentive to driving. Both were facing
generally forward. IF the object wasn't a common, everyday occurence, one of them might have noticed. Neither did. Ergo, it was likely an ordinary
seaside event, and likely disregarded as unimportant, irrelevant, harmless.
Now, what is one likely to find in the air near the seashore that one would likely disregard when otherwise engaged?