The initial sighting, by a child, has transmuted a light or an illuminated object on the sea into a movie about a near splashdown, with jets chasing the UFO, a Guardia Civil boat approaching and a fishing boat focusing its spotlights on an unidentified flying object that continuously changes direction and flies at an incredible rate of speed.
Rubio’s subsequent interest in the UFO subject could well have innocently and unconsciously caused him to elaborate his story over the years. This process produced a false memory of his original sighting that took an extensive investigation to unravel.
Across decades of time, on all continents, witnesses of all professional and educational levels, of all ages and social levels, seem to generate memory-based fill-in interpretations of bright fireball swarms in a startlingly similar format.
If one considers the possibility that Vorilhon was telling the truth, then what tools did he bring to this deeply disorienting, potentially terrifying, encounter? He brought his own familiar tools of the Bible, his Frenchman’s atheism and Voltairian skepticism, his reverence for science, plus the exciting, newfangled myths of Jean Sendy and other ufologists. Stimulated perhaps by an authentic CEIII experience, he applied these tools to tame it, to craft his testimony, rendering it beautiful, touching and “cozy.” He “made sense” of it.
- Nigel Watson
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