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Running over Aliens


If ufology is just a “modern mythology”, then where are all the reports coming directly from Hollywood movie fantasy? Well, the answer is that they are actually quite widespread, though they are normally covered up. By ufologists themselves. But sometimes, they do let some things slip, like the following intriguing case.

Witness says he ran over a creature
“I live on Joinville city [Brazil] and on August 2007 I was returning from Balneario Camboriu through the BR101 highway. It was around 8:30PM. … On the other lane there was a car coming in opposite direction and when our cars crossed each other, it lit the road. Ahead of my car something was crossing the road, which I thought were people, but quite high. Suddenly I saw a naked creature and its skin had a greenish brown hue. It was skinny, bald and walked with its back curved, very much like the aliens from the movie Signs. The creature looked at the car and looked scared. I was scared too. I tried to brake and swerve, but my car went through the creature. At this moment the CD player of my car had an interference and started some noises. I looked through the rear view mirror and there was no one o the road.”
[From the Brazilian Center of Ufology website]

Besides the candid movie references, one other thing that comes to mind when reading such a report is how ethereal it is. The creature simply vanished, there was no actual hit. No actual damage to the car, no dead alien body, which would have been a lame first contact anyway.

In any event, no physical evidence, nothing to verify, only a “testimony”, and one very much like common urban legends about ghosts on the road. One would only have to add that many people saw that alien, that that part of the road has many accidents, because long time ago the alien from Signs was hit right there. On a rainy day!

Making fun of the report, though, is too easy. There are serious points to consider here. Is the alleged witness lying? Only he may know for sure (or maybe even he doesn’t know), and as Sagan elegantly put it, just because someone says something, it doesn’t mean it’s true. It doesn’t mean he’s lying, but it doesn’t mean it’s true.

The driver may have seen something strange on the road, and mistaken it for the alien of the movie Signs. At least two cases in ufology are very similar to it, and they are quite fun. First we have the Symmonds Gnomes , which Aaron Sakulich suggests could have been… owls . Then there are the 1953 Smoo sightings , which Martin Kottmeyer suggests could have been… well, read the article, it’s priceless.

Another possibility is that the driver may have imagined the whole thing. Involuntarily. The similarity between this report and ghost stories, rather than suggesting that there are alien ghosts, suggests both class of reports may have a common origin, and that may be related to hypnagogia, experiences and imagery that occur during the transition state between wakefulness and sleep.

The most famous abduction case, that of Betty and Barney Hill, also allegedly happened on the road, at night, for instance.

This is, of course, just a possible explanation for all these reports, or should we skeptics say, stories. On these few paragraphs, it may sound overly simplistic (“it’s all a dream! And JR is not dead!“), but much serious consideration had been put to this seemingly simple idea, on what is the psychosocial approach to ufology. You may read more on the dramatic structure of UFO reports, its cultural influences (pics here), and the absence of evidence, for a slightly more in-depth look at the point.

It’s an endless debate, though, and granted, each case is unique. One cannot dismiss a priori any report, but considering all of them, and essentially the absence of conclusive evidence, the skeptical approach remains the default.

Because, after all, there are serious reports of aliens with pointy ears. May mytho-ufology Live long and Prosper!

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  1. […] the mind, and neurology as far as it pertains to herself and how her mind works inside her body. Running Over Aliens Forgetomori Mori takes a report of a Brazilian alien encounter that took place on a highway through […]

  2. Emperor April 9th, 2008 10:27 pm

    As you say, it is impossible to say what happened but you are also right that there are odd common features amongst these weird encounters.

    The thing that struck me was not the movie reference (which makes sense as we’d all use analogies to explain things beyond our general experience) but the disappearing and the radio interference are things that have been reported in connection with Bigfoot. This and other odd parallels (that you wouldn’t expect from a simple unknown giant ape) do suggest something is going on.

    Although the solution still remains elusive, but I think the answer lies in these fringe cases.

  3. Mori April 13th, 2008 3:59 pm

    Indeed, the movie reference could have just distorted the perception of a real event. But the distortion is always there, always relevant, something which unfortunately most ETH “investigators” completely ignore, or worse, hide.

    I too find these parallels very interesting, though I do believe the prosaic, psychosocial explanation is the solution to all of them.

    But to me, that doesn’t mean they are “just” dreams, misperceptions, delusions or such, but that dreams, misperceptions, delusions and such are so much more complex and play a much bigger role in our lives than we usually assume.

    That has to be better understood, and Forteana, as a whole, is the way.


  4. Andrew in Korea September 11th, 2010 1:49 am

    “Shome mishtake, shurely???”

    Spock was a Vulcan, his blood was green (see ST:TOS “Journey to Babel”).

  5. abductee December 23rd, 2010 12:26 am

    possible explanation:
    “and when our cars crossed each other, it lit the road. Ahead of my car something was crossing the road”
    -> caustics, as his headlights shine on other guys headlines ( possibly the other car had a misaligned/damaged headlight or other reflecting stuff in the front of the car. )
    “I tried to brake and swerve, but my car went through the creature. At this moment the CD player of my car had an interference and started some noises.”
    -> forces breaking influence the the CD player.
    and he hit noting because he was driving trough a light reflection.

    p.s: kudos to Andrew for pointing out that Vulcans have green blood.

  6. Andrew in Korea December 26th, 2010 2:14 am

    All donations of kudos are gratefully received. 😀

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