Are UFOs the product of other planets or merely of overactive imaginations? Are the mysterious events of the Bermuda Triangle only sensational journalism? How does one explain rocks and ice falling from clear skies? Are reports of the appearance of prehistoric animals and of nonhuman forms old wives’ tales or facts?These unusual events have stimulated the curiosity of man for years and have been the subject of lurid accounts in popular press. Now Michael A. Persinger, a psychologist and research scientist, and Gyslaine F.
Lafreniere, his research associate, apply the modern sophistication of computer technology to understanding these phenomena. Their work examines the full range of these so-far unexplained events.Data on 6,060 unusual events have been accumulated and divided into such categories as falls (of rocks, animals, ice), electromagnetic and sonic phenomena, ghost lights, explosions inside structures, UFOs, transient glows on the moon, solar peculiarities, unusual forces focusing on individuals, objects appearing and disappearing, spontaneous human combustion, etchings, shadows on glass, group fainting spells, nonexistent animals, sea serpents or prehistorical creatures, and unusual animal behavior.The information on these Fortean events was fed into a computer to determine whether any patterns developed. Do such events occur repeatedly in the same geographic areas? Are events associated with thunderstorms or other natural phenomena?The reports on these rare events are made by human observers, and scientists know that man is limited in his observation by his education and understanding. To the man or woman who is convinced of the existence of superior beings on other planets, a mysterious moving light on the horizon has the ready explanation of an alien space ship investigating earth and perhaps landing on it. To a person of different psychological make-up, the moving light is merely swamp gas or an illusion.