On Seeing and Believing
I didn’t expect the demon turn at the end. I was thinking of angels, like the angels that visited Abraham and were offered hospitality, and blessed him and Sara then mysteriously disappeared. Or the angels that visited Elijah.
But perhaps angels and demons travel along the same psychic highway in similar vehicles.
The walls of reality have been breaking down for me for some time now. Not in a paranoid way, but in a revelatory sense. I see how created and curated the world is and I know how my thoughts create the patterns of reality around me. I’m moving on and up from rational materialism and seeing a yearned-for spiritual dimension. It’s awe inducing and a little bit frightening.
This post is wonderfully thought-provoking! Your analysis of Simonton's encounter "feels" correct (demonic in nature), at least compared to the explanations possible under alternate metaphysical framings.
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Very nice post...Your point about metaphysical parameters made me think of Thomas Kuhn’s “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions”, where he argued that every society has an existing paradigm to process knowledge, but because the paradigm is incomplete (as we are all finite beings), over time anomalies that are inexplainable to that paradigm accumulate; eventually, the anomalies grow too large to sustain within the existing paradigm, so a new paradigm is proposed and accepted which incorporates an explanation for those anomalies which then turns the “facts” understood by the previous paradigm on their head, to be understood in totally different ways.
Maybe they just really wanted pancakes ;)
The high strangeness of this kind of encounter is certainly an argument against the entities being aliens. However, it isn't airtight. These encounters frequently involve psychic effects, as indeed the Simonton case does. Entities that have mastered telepathy could, I suspect, quite easily project false images as a form of camouflage. They could be invisible, but they could also make themselves visible in deceptive ways, allowing just enough of a true image through to enable interaction (on their terms), while being false enough to maintain operational secrecy. Not only is the contactee kept in a state of confusion, but the resulting absurdity of the encounter is an obstacle to the belief of others.
Recently I was chatting with a skeptic, a man with a background in astronomy who has put no little thought into this matter. He said that about the only thing that would convince him would be a direct, face to face encounter. I found this interesting, because such encounters are the most convincing on an individual basis but the least convincing on a societal scale.
I know how I would challenge a picture of Lincoln on a unicorn:
He's not a maiden, so the unicorn would never let him near it.
In the Mouth of Madness (1994) the book editor Linda Styles introduces what I can only describe as demonic logic to the main character, “reality is just what we tell each other it is. Sane and insane could easily switch places, if the insane were to become the majority.” This is the opposite of reality that is God’s created order. Without God demonic logic gains it’s foothold, readers of Sutter Crane bleed from their eyes and axe people to death on the street. The Intergalactic House of Pancakes descends on your driveway.
Many years ago I read something from John Michael Greer, who suggested UFO experiences are very similar to historical shamanic descriptions of the unseen. That makes sense to me.
And for my part, I am always mystified when people speak of this world/universe as "fallen," or demonic. I consider it sublime.
Well, we are careening dangerously close to the Gnostic universe in this piece, the ultimate no go zone for all abrahamics. Gnostics have addressed such issues for many centuries now, but hey, WTF do Gnostics know, is the usual societal response.
Certainly, one can reject such an event and indeed most do just that, but crass rejection doesn't answer any of the questions that such events inevitably create.
The truth revealed in this piece is that the world of the senses is but an island in a great sea of unknowable proportions. Like all genuine mystical experience, such encounters reflect the spiritual development of that soul-or lack thereof.
Mystical experience is not some la tee da walk in the garden of love and light, it is a deeply transformative and often devastating experience. The meeting with the numinous is not a conscious choice. It is a fact of human existence beyond the control apparatus of self, religion, and society.
Some never recover from such experiences.
Some never integrate them.
Especially today, in this spiritually illiterate society, integration is quite the task.
In all my research and reading on the phenomenon of UFO's - UAP's? - and aliens, I've never come across this story, which is strange because I thought I'd heard it all by this point. And this is quite a strange one. But, there's a fine line to these sorts of things, and after reading enough of them, I feel like you learn to discern the obviously fake from the might-be-true, and, in my opinion, absurd and outlandish stories like this ring more of "might be true" than the obviously fakes. This is to say that I agree with you on your demonic hypothesis. I know it's not exactly uncommon to equate aliens and UFOs with demonic activity, but I also think that our current zeitgeist has a very narrow-minded idea of what demonic activity actually looks like. I'm also not entirely convinced that, if there really are incorporeal entities out there causing outright Exorcist-style spectacles with spinning heads and speaking backwards and what not, that those are actual, real demons and not some other stripe of metaphysical entity (if they happen at all, which, again - not sure if they do and IF they do, I'd be happy to never witness one, so, knock on wood), when it seems like their ultimate goal - at least, as we speculate it to be - would be better served in less.... explicit ways. In my own personal experience, a sudden, violent experience can be deeply unpleasant, even traumatizing, but there's a certain way that something absurd and nonsensical and ever-so-slightly off will haunt you in a much more pervasive and unshakeable way. It's a little difficult to articulate entirely. I guess what I mean is I've been in car accidents, and even though I was shaken up badly after them, I never really had a problem getting in the car again. But I've had far less violent and physically harmful experiences with certain types of places and things that make me hard pressed to ever step foot in them or interact with them ever again, and I think about them a lot more than I do the car accidents I was in, even though I think you could argue I was in no immediate danger or physically hurt during these experiences. Maybe the brain just processes different trauma in different ways - I can't say. But this was a very intriguing piece. Thank you for sharing and bringing this story to my attention.
I have yet to really put forth a more plausible analysis on this entire landscape of encounters and supposedly extra-terrestrial vehicles. The old engineer in me categorically refuses to limit encounters to more explainable rationales, at the same time my experience is that people have always tended to explain things they don't understand as 'magic.' The pastor in me recognizes that there are many scriptural encounters with the supernatural - or what we, in our limited capacities think of as super-natural.
Demons? Perhaps, but unlikely, considering they're not given the prerogative of physical manifestation anywhere I've read in scripture - otherwise what you suggest toward the end there, would certainly be realized. A visual perception into the spiritual world? Again, unlikely as his conveyance of water and receipt of a burnt-looking pancake tends to indicate this was physical and not ethereal.
Then again, one could possibly make the case that cardboard pancakes are indeed served only in hell.
Never eat the food!
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Wow. Very interesting and there are several ideas in here I have not been seeing in the things I read. All this started with a note I left on an article on Subst. by Theodore Atkinson, who sent me an interesting (although at first I was merely puzzled) response and you came in at some point. I had seen you newsletter before but I was confused and put off by the "weird" name you use). However I am into this stuff now. It is a welcome relief from, and different from, the usual mRNA horror stories I have been reading. I like the fact that there are several ideas there that are new to me. Persons who go to my humble little pathetic Substack thing get all kinds of stuff: literature, memoir, culture and my own economics, in the category or subdivision called ECONO posts.
A long time reader of JMG (like moi) https://www.ecosophia.net/a-primer-of-magical-combat/ would be familiar with the concept of the enchanted and the disenchanted world views, and also their cyclical nature. In our case, we live at the end of a disenchanted, rational materialistic phase that first picked up steam in the Enlightenment. That way of looking at things has certainly run out of coal and so we are now making the great swing back to the enchanted world. This is already well underway and (I believe) science fiction played the role of a bridge between them, permitting “science” to imagine the unimaginable. Aliens in flying saucers are the “gateway drug” to fairies, ogres, dragons and all the rest of the flora and fauna that inhabit this realm.
What did Joe Simonton really experience? Perhaps he saw what the shape-shifters (who have no form of their own) thought he should see, and they put on the appropriate skin suit. The alien lack of verbal communication is interesting, I have some personal experience with that.
Thanks again for writing, much appreciated!
The incident was much written about at the time. The pancakes appeared to be exactly that . They werenot radioactive. They contained fats, carbohydrates, proteins. The extractables (fats) were analyzed by UV and IR spectroscopy and are consistent with vegatable fat, melting near room temp, as opposed to inorganic oils. The ash was analyzed by emission spectophotometry for elements--all ordinary. C-14 analysis indicated levels conistent with organic material grown in the ealry 1960's, i.e. flour ground from recently harvested grains, as opposed to grains form some other time (on Earth) or place.
The investigators said Simonton was a very ordinary, jovial fellow, who gained nothing from the whole affair and probably had a vivid dream, that he mistook for reality as sometimes happens. A number of of elements in the dream, such as the "exhaust tubes" are inconsistent with the behavior of the object.