posted on Jan, 29 2013 @ 05:00 PM
Thanks for the kind words.
The scary thing I've come to realize is that the MORE familiar a person is with a certain category of visual phenomenon, the more likely they are to
misinterpret other things they see to fit their experience.
Our brain seems to work from partial visual fraghments that cue up existing 'packages' of familiar objects, often -- to save time, and maybe avoid
becoming saber-tooth-tiger-poop, 'filling in' a visual impression as quickly as possible, and in the most immediately dangerous form.
So in my case, I might see a high altitutde contrail at an unusual angle, and 'see' an ascent plume. This really happened a little more than a year
ago out in LA when a CBS News traffic copter got that 'secret SLBM launch' video that was a nine days wonder until it was matched to a scheduled
cargo aircraft overflight.
Everybody here contributes their own experience base, and their own requirement for answers, not knee-jerk instincts. The questions I've gotten, and
the sincere and reasonable misunderstandings about spaceflight i've encountered, have been awesome contributions to my own gradual realization of how
each of our own visual experiences need to be pooled, and overlaid. And it's a reminder to me that my own head is full of similar silly notions about
phenomena you all are intimately familiar with -- and generously share.
The bigger issue of rockets and space events shaping Soviet/russian UFO experiences is an awesome story, too, that I had the immense pleasure of
sleuthing out over the last quarter century. There are a lot of detailed case studies and overviews of my results on my home page.
This one video is just one example -- EACH view of each launch is a small data point in public reaction to them, and their cultural impact.
Whatever is behind the overall phenomenon, it's provided amazing insights into many aspects of culture, perception, and folklore. To me, it's really
worth digging into, because it is NOT 'all nonsense' at all. Even if it may be 'mostly'. But then, isn't everything else in life, too?