domingo, 29 de junho de 2008

Crop Circle Science


When the subject of crop circles comes up, there seem to be just two ways to go: they’re hoaxes or they’re made by aliens. Certainly many intricate designs have been made by people armed with planks and surveying equipment in the dead of night, but some of the strangest things have happened before, during, and after the circles form (or are formed) as well.

My English buddy Mark PIlkington insists that all crop circles are made by hoaxers (or artists) like himself and his friends. Even so, he and others have told me about instances when the circle makers have been stopped in their tracks by strange lights, sounds, and sensations. For a couple of years now, I have been content to take Mark’s word for it.

Nevertheless, there seems to be a significant percentage of crop circles which exhibit anomalies that can’t be easily blamed on people like Doug Bower and Dave Chorley or their skulking nocturnal offspring. Many of these anomalous aspects have been investigated by a woman named Nancy Talbott and her organization, BLT Research Team Inc.

For nearly a decade, BLT has been looking at crop circles from an analytical perspective, using a team of volunteers and scientists who gather samples from the circles and subject them to biological and chemical analysis. They seem to have found evidence that something very weird is going on in at least some cases. Observations include soil changes, microscopic and macroscopic plant structure changes, and effects in seed yields from affected crops (both increase and decrease.) Most of the anomalies can be explained as the effects of heat, identical to those produced by (among other things) microwave radiation. One researcher has actually patented a device to improve crop yields using a device that subjects seeds to “organized plasmas.”

From their website:

The BLT Research Team Inc.’s primary focus is crop circle research - the discovery, scientific documentation and evaluation of physical changes induced in plants, soils and other materials at crop circle sites by the energy (or energy system) responsible for creating them and to determine, if possible, from these data the specific nature and source of these energies. Secondly, our intent is to publish these research results in peer-reviewed scientific journals and to disseminate this information to the general public through lectures, mainstream articles and the internet.

In light of their research, it becomes increasingly difficult for me to accept that all crop anomalies are produced by stomping on plants with boards. Some as yet unknown force-natutral, manmade, or other-may be at work. You may not agree with everything presented at the BLT site, but their efforts are almost singular in the field of crop circle study. It’s certainly better than another analysis of sacred geometry or hypothesizing about alien messages. I plan to ask Talbott to appear on Radio Misterioso in the near future.


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