"Ufology is a new system of belief, not a new system of scientific fact."
"Why should it be more desirable for saucers to exist than not?"
"I will be disappointed if UFOs turn out to be nothing more than spaceships."
"If there is a Universal Mind, must it be sane?"
A modern myth...
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In 1956, the legendary psychoanalyst Carl Jung published a slim book entitled Flying Saucers - A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies.
Jung was not interested in debating the physical reality of UFOs, but rather in exploring their function as symbolic objects. What meaning did they hold for those who saw them? And why were people suddenly so desperate to believe in them?
In the decades since Jung's pioneering work, "things" have continued to appear in our skies but we are no closer to understanding what they are or what they signify. Even more mysterious are the entities associated with them, which range from friendly space brothers and enigmatic humanoids to grotesque goblins and sinister Men in Black.
Is the Earth really haunted by a vast menagerie of bizarre lifeforms? Or are we merely the unwitting victims of a single mighty intelligence capable of manifesting itself in a thousand different disguises: an infinitely inventive and devious trickster which delights in toying with humanity for its own amusement?
A century ago, the anomalist Charles Fort postulated the existence of just such a being - which he dubbed the 'Cosmic Joker'. Here are some of the Joker's finest moments...