John Keel Project
The John Keel Project is one I have considered since 2005 when I read
The Mothman Prophecies
for the first time.
Keel's book surprised me for its explosive nature. Without immediately realizing it, Mothman became for me like a CERN Large Hadron Collider blasting holes into extradimensional reality.
Since 2005, I have kept an electronic Dreamslog of many of the, shall I say, anomalous phenomena that have occurred and continue to occur in and around my space.
But that is a story that will have to wait for another bullet point...
John Keel is a professional journalist and author of books and many articles concerning paranormal phenomena often referred to in the field as Fortean. Wikipedia states he is "arguably one of the most widely read and influential ufologists since the early 1970s."
UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse
in 1970 and
The Mothman Prophecies
in 1976 just to name a couple of his significant books. Mothman became the basis of the 2002 movie starring Richard Gere and Alan Bates. Gere played the journalist side of Keel, while Bates played the Fortean expert side.
Keel along with J. Allen Hynek and Jacques Vallee became an influential albeit controversial force within the UFO community in the late-sixties and seventies arguing for the paraphysical hypothesis to the UFO puzzle.
Wikipedia quotes Keel who wrote, "I abandoned the extraterrestrial hypothesis in 1967 when my own field investigations disclosed an astonishing overlap between psychic phenomena and UFOs... The objects and apparitions do not necessarily originate on another planet and may not even exist as permanent constructions of matter. It is more likely that we see what we want to see and interpret such visions according to our contemporary beliefs."
Continuing to quote Wikipedia, "In
UFOs: Operation Trojan Horse
Keel argues that a non-human or spiritual intelligence source has staged whole events over a long period of time in order to propagate and reinforce certain erroneous belief systems. For example, the fairy faith in Middle Europe, vampire legends, mystery airships in 1897, mystery aeroplanes of the 1930s, mystery helicopters, anomalous creature sightings, poltergeist phenomena, balls of light and UFOs. Keel conjectures that ultimately all of these anomalies are a cover for the real phenomenon."
The Mothman Prophecies
chronicle the 1966-67 encounters with an anomalous winged entity in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. In his investigations, Keel discovered what he labeled the "
" - that a link exists between Mothman and the UFOs he and others witnessed appearing concurrently in and around Point Pleasant.
Keel argues strongly for the paraphysicality of UFOs, that is, that the objects are not composed of solid matter. Quoting from
"They are transmogrifications of energy under the control of some unknown extradimensional intelligence."
Keel theorizes the UFO/paraphysical phenomenon manipulates the electromagnetic spectrum and something he describes as the "superspectrum".
, Keel uncovers a fascinating curiosity he called "
It is to the Wednesday phenomena that we now turn your attention.
I began seriously thinking whether Keel's discovery of the Wednesday phenomenon represented true reality, or whether it too was a camouflage fostered by the UFO phenomenon.
What exactly is the Wednesday phenomenon?
The Wednesday phenomenon simply stated is that the greatest number of UFO sightings take place on Wednesday - about 20%. That percentage, says Keel, is "well beyond the laws of chance and averages."
Keel goes further - "the best time to see a UFO [is] 10PM on a Wednesday."
Keel is even more specific...
"So if you are eager to see a genuine example of our phenomenon, pick a good Wednesday or Saturday evening, visit the highest ground in the area closest to you which has a magnetic fault, and watch the sky around 10PM. The best times are the last two weeks in March and the first two weeks in April, all of July-August, the last two weeks in October, and the first weeks in November and December."
The following are a few more relevant quotes by Keel.
"UFO events seem to occur century after century in the same geographical locations. A majority of these events took place on Wednesdays and Saturdays and were concentrated around the hours of 6 P.M., 8 P.M., and 10 P.M. These facts in themselves are proof that the phenomenon is guided by an intelligence and that the individual events form part of a larger plan."
"The Wednesday phenomenon is quite evident in the historical events as well as in the contemporary sightings. A disproportionate number of UFO events seem to be concentrated on Wednesdays and Saturdays, particularly the landing and contact cases. The frequency of the Wednesday-Saturday events immediately removes the phenomenon from a framework of chance or coincidence. After I discovered this basic pattern in 1966-67, other researchers checked it with their own data and verified it. Historian Lucius Farish uncovered a number of early statements and cases which further indicated that this Wednesday phenomenon had been observed and reported upon long ago. In
Myth and Legend of Ancient Israel
, by Angelo S. Rappaport, the following statement appears:
Concerning "demons": They lodge in trees, caper bushes, in gardens, vineyards, in ruined and desolate houses, and dirty places. To go alone into such places is dangerous, and the eves of Wednesday and Saturday were considered dangerous times. Agrath [daughter of the she-demon Makhlath] commands hosts of evil spirits and demons and rides in a big chariot. Her power is paramount on Wednesdays and Saturdays, for on these days Agrath, the daughter of Makhlath, roves about in the air accompanied by eighteen myriads of evil spirits.
"If the UFO phenomenon had a purely psychological basis, then there should be more sightings on Saturday night when more people are out of doors, traveling to and from entertainments, etc. Instead we find that the greatest number of sightings are reported on Wednesday, and then they slowly taper off through the rest of week."
"Psychic and occult events seem to follow the same cycles as the UFO phenomenon. The Wednesday-Saturday phenomenon exists in all the frames of reference. For some reason, the twenty fourth days of April, June, September, November, and December seem to produce exceptional activity year after year. It is probable that manifestations are dependent upon unknown conditions which have an electromagnetic basis."
There it is in the last quote! Lets read it again. Keel said, "
Psychic and occult events seem to follow the same cycles as the UFO phenomenon.
If that last statement is taken as the hypothesis, and part of the cycle that is common between UFO and paraphysical events is the Wednesday phenomenon. Then the hypothesis can be tested statistically and brought up to date.
If the Wednesday phenomenon holds, then perhaps the paraphysical hypothesis to the UFO puzzle can be substantiated with a very strong statistical inference.
For why would UFO events appear side-by-side in the same time sequence pattern as paraphysical events unless a relationship exists between the two frames of reference?
That is the million dollar question...
I honestly don't know if the Wednesday phenomenon is valid.
My hypothesis is that the Wednesday phenomenon might be substantiated, but that is what the John Keel project is all about - to discover by statistical analysis if UFO and paraphysical events share a relationship.
I think the Wednesday phenomenon is a good hypothesis to test.
In order to test the hypothesis, we want you to send us your UFO and paraphysical events.
Here are a couple of things to keep in mind.
If you are sending an event, you must know the date of your event.
have to know the specific weekday. The survey algorithm will automatically convert the date to a weekday.
You will note the date on the survey is divided into three parts: month, day, and year. This format is necessary to feed correctly into the program. You will need to enter
You will receive a response after you send your event letting you know the weekday of your event.
You will also see how the data is statistically lining up with the Wednesday phenomena in real time.
Please be sure to
the page after you send your event to see your responses.
If you just want to check on the progress of the statistical study, you can click on the various hypertext at the top right of the page.
A word about the email address requirement - this is
to have some measure of quality control. Your email address will
be distributed in any way to anyone. I may follow up by email to a contributor if the circumstances warrant further clarification.
If you have experienced a paraphysical event or a UFO event, please fill out the short
, and let the statistical analysis begin.
To fill out the survey, please click on the survey hypertext above, or click on "Send A New Event" hypertext on top right of page.
A paraphysical event is
necessarily limited to the waking state. A lucid dream with elements of UFO sequences or other elements usually associated with the paraphysical could be a valid event. Please note in your description if you know the event is a dream or suspect the event is a dream.
Anecdotal Post Script:
an example of the Wednesday Phenomenon in the world of psychiatry...