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Jacques Vallee was associated with J A Hynek at Northwestern University, both of them being portrayed in Close Encounters of the Third Kind , Vallee by Trufault, Hynek, briefly, by himself I had the fortune of meeting the latter when, serving as the head of the astronomy department s new observatory on the shore of Lake Michigan, he led a tour Father brought me to At the time, back in elementary school, I was very interested in UFOs and planetary science and had heard of Hynek as the scient Jacques Vallee was associated with J A Hynek at Northwestern University, both of them being portrayed in Close Encounters of the Third Kind , Vallee by Trufault, Hynek, briefly, by himself I had the fortune of meeting the latter when, serving as the head of the astronomy department s new observatory on the shore of Lake Michigan, he led a tour Father brought me to At the time, back in elementary school, I was very interested in UFOs and planetary science and had heard of Hynek as the scientific consultant to Project Blue Book, the Air Force s public investigation of the mysterious phenomena until it was discontinued in 1969 As it happens, I now live near Hynek s old home in the East Roger s Park neighborhood on Chicago s far north side, friends of mine having attended school with his daughters Northwestern s observatory, alas, is no.Hynek I started reading on my own Vallee was introduced to me, many years later, by Michael Miley, then a writer for a UFO magazine out of California While Hynek was primarily an academic, as reflected by his rather dry, but scrupulous, texts, Vallee, whose background was in information theory and cybernetics, plays abroadly speculative game Unlike most ufologists , Vallee rejects the nuts and bolts notion that we re being visited by representatives of advanced civilizations somewhere out there in space Indeed, he ridicules it, his books, including this one, giving case after case wherein supposed aliens of various kinds perform absurd actions and convey crazy messages to hapless human contactees Further, he goes to great lengths to show how well current contacts of all kinds correspond to accounts from previous ages, all the way back to antiquity, our aliens being their gods, or angels, or demons, or imps Given the great, and inconsistent, varieties of observations and encounters, few of them leaving physical traces for subsequent study, Vallee adopts instead a focus on the effects of such experiences on the experiencers and on their culture, hypothesizing that the UFOs et alia manifest what may be heuristically considered a control mechanism intended to bring about cultural change.This book was written in the early to mid seventies, a period during which Vallee hoped that UFO reports and parapsychological studies were tending toward a cultural paradigm shift The invisible college of the title, beyond being an historical reference to early modern science, refers to the network of students of the phenomena, academic, scientific and governmental, with which he was, at the time of writing, involved The paradigm shift, now, forty years later A fascinating meditation on the role of UFO sightings and subculture on the development of the human race Vall e has long been one of my favourite writers on the subject the character Claude Lacombe in Close Encounters is rather obviously modelled on him and he tends to avoid the clich s of thinking about the phenomenon in nuts and bolts terms Yes, it s dated in places UMMO is now regarded as a hoax with at least one person coming forward to admit responsibility, and the Socorro Landing t A fascinating meditation on the role of UFO sightings and subculture on the development of the human race Vall e has long been one of my favourite writers on the subject the character Claude Lacombe in Close Encounters is rather obviously modelled on him and he tends to avoid the clich s of thinking about the phenomenon in nuts and bolts terms Yes, it s dated in places UMMO is now regarded as a hoax with at least one person coming forward to admit responsibility, and the Socorro Landing turned out to be a bunch of engineering students from New Mexico Tech pranking a former University security guard turned cop who had been making their lives unpleasant This book is probably the clearest explication of his theory that UFOs constitute a mechanism of social control that is closely related to that of religious beliefs and practices Control by whom, or what, remains a mystery but the argument that Vall e puts forward is intriguing and thought provoking Perhaps most notable passage is about a Vatican official describing Lucy s Fatima letter opened by the Pope in 1960 and re sealed Allegedly contained a prophecy of the shooting of the Pope by Commie bastards followed by a nuclear holocaust Let s hope Lucy s final batting average is.500 in the prediction business More highly recommended is THE EDGE OF REALITY co authored by Dr Vallee and Dr J Allen Hynek, also published in 1975 Henry Regnery Co, Chicago Most of the reports analyzed in Perhaps most notable passage is about a Vatican official describing Lucy s Fatima letter opened by the Pope in 1960 and re sealed Allegedly contained a prophecy of the shooting of the Pope by Commie bastards followed by a nuclear holocaust Let s hope Lucy s final batting average is.500 in the prediction business More highly recommended is THE EDGE OF REALITY co authored by Dr Vallee and Dr J Allen Hynek, also published in 1975 Henry Regnery Co, Chicago Most of the reports analyzed involve folks who were reluctant witnesses and whose names are never identified Transcripts of interviews stem in some notable cases from government agents themselves, who passed the reports sub rosa to Hynek in the 1960s when Hykek was the USAF consultant on UFOs These accounts read better than a lot of science fiction short stories Edge of reality indeed By the end, this has to be one of thecompelling books on the UFO problem I m surprised thatamateur and mainstream researchers don t cite this one as frequently as Magonia though I suppose I can understand why On the whole, this book reads less as a sweeping overview of the phenomena, with case study specifics throughout that build in momentum and strangeness as most UFO books do Here, the book isof a short argument toward Vallee s primary thesis which brings together each By the end, this has to be one of thecompelling books on the UFO problem I m surprised thatamateur and mainstream researchers don t cite this one as frequently as Magonia though I suppose I can understand why On the whole, this book reads less as a sweeping overview of the phenomena, with case study specifics throughout that build in momentum and strangeness as most UFO books do Here, the book isof a short argument toward Vallee s primary thesis which brings together each section to play on the whole in the final chapter namely that the gaps and absurdities in witness accounts are forming a pattern of conditioning of the human race over time What I find compelling as did Vallee, if you read the third volume of Forbidden Science is how he and another famous UFO researcher of the time, John Keel, came to many similar conclusions as to the nature of the phenomena despite forging separate research paths Keel was not a member of Vallee s Invisible College , particularly in the range of credible absurdity and nature of consciousness psychic phenomena hallucinations in regard to most witness sightings Vallee, however, in my opinion, does a far better job distilling these observations into aacademic scientific hypothesis, whereas Keel s are a bit scattered Where Passport to Magonia blew readers minds with its revolutionary perspective on ancient legends of folklore paralleling many modern day UFO experiences, here Vallee levels up the game by providing further insights into the parallels in religious experiences the fascinating standout chapter being the Fatima Miracle with ultimately a deeper understanding of the machinations at work or, as Vallee would likely argue, the effects of said machinations at least As always, the reader is left wantingwhether that bedata,primary sources,stories, or if it s, like me, wantingperspective now forty years later That said, this amounts to an almost mandatory read for all UFO buffs looking for a far deeper and wiser dive than the surface level do you think extraterrestrials could be visiting us hypothesis The invisible college Very interesting details contained in this book about UFOs and paranormal investigation that have taken place over the years A must for all ufo and paranormal investigators. A new perspective on an ancient phenomenaFresh and unique approach rather than the same old little grey men from planet X I have long felt that there is an effort by some powerful force to condition humanity to accept the alien scenario Mr Vallee gives us a new area of investigation. Fantastic Fantastic and wonderful angle on an already complex topic mixed with fantasy and normally not science I greatly appreciate this work and will readfrom this author. &Free E-pub ⇲ The Invisible College ⇢ s t What a Group of Scientists Has Discovered About UFO Influences on the Human Race Interesting, if a bit dated If you ve read Vallee s later books, there isn t much new here There were some interesting case studies Sadly, the one that blew my mind turns out to not be real, the UMMO stuff from Spain. Okay but not as good as the other two Jacques Vallee books that I ve read.