Joseph Burkes MD
UFO Intelligence can create visual displays that are illusions.

UFO Intelligence can create visual displays that are illusions.

In my judgment the answer to this question is a resounding, “Yes!” The explanation for this assertion requires a new theory describing the mechanism of UFO encounters. I call this

theory “The Virtual Experience Hypothesis.”The Internet is awash with faked videos purporting to show UFO hardware. These hoaxes titillate while they deceive. Serious UFO investigators and UFO truth activists bemoan the proliferation of these pictures and yet their popularity in my opinion reflects an almost insatiable hunger for contact with alien beings and reinforces a wild dream that many people have of actually going aboard an ET craft.Over 20 years ago, when I first got involved with Dr Greer’s CSETI, I too shared some of those wild passions and became an activist in what I now call the “contact underground.” In the course of my investigations I discovered that UFO intelligence was deliberately leading me down a path that revealed how they create illusion and false memories. To my initial surprise and bewilderment, in a series of what might be described as “show and tell” contact experiences, I was led to a radically different way of understanding the mechanisms of close encounters.

In this introductory posting I describe how UFO intelligence creates 3 D visual displays that are interpreted as actual physical objects, but are more accurately described as illusion. This is a Virtual Experience of the First Kind(VE-1)

A Virtual Experience of the Second Kind (VE-2) is a real time full sensory illusion that is described popularly as “Virtual Reality, and is portrayed in the sci-fi film “The Matrix.”

The final category, and I imagine the most controversial one, is a Virtual Experience of the Third Kind (VE-3), This is a technologically induced false memory that is implanted into a UFO experiencer’s mind.

I am now in my third decade of UFO investigations and have worked with contact networks of Dr Greer’s CSETI, the Latin American group known as Rama, as well as with independent contact workers. In the course of dozens of fieldwork expeditions we have repeatedly witnessed bizarre visual displays of what appear to be shooting stars. But instead of behaving like natural phenomenon they inexplicably move in a zigzag fashion, or fly up instead of falling down, and even can appear on request.

In the Fall of 1994 I was running CSETI contact teams out to the high desert one hundred miles east of Los Angeles. As outrageous as it may sound, in that remote locale I witnessed a “shooting star” display that appeared totally the same three times in a row. Each sighting occurred in the exact location, had the same brightness, same length of trail, same color, speed and angle of descent in respect to the horizon. And to top it off I saw the first appeared after my co-worker boldly stated to an unseen intelligence. “Show Dr Burkes!

As described in my field notes from that encounter, all three of these apparent meteor sightings occurred after a simple verbal request was made for each to appear.

For a more detailed report please go to the following posting.

How can such an event be possible? Was an ET spacecraft in Earth's outer atmosphere firing out meteors to create the display? No, that doesn’t seem probable. More likely the image was the result of some kind of technology that is holographic in nature.

Several months later during another live “show and tell” session, three dimensional images, including one of an ET being were reportedly seen on the ceiling of a fellow contact worker as I spoke to him on the phone. To my utter amazement. the image was “seen” even after he reported closing his eyes. He also described one eye as tearing during the encounter. This suggested to me the possibility that the energy producing the illusion was irritating his tear glands.

For a detailed report of this event and circumstances surrounding this “Tale of High Strangeness” please go to

For years I have contemplated the significance of this pair of bizarre encounters. I imagine that they were virtuoso displays of the psi capabilities of UFO intelligence. I am left with the disturbing impression that the so-called ETs can use technology to create illusions that convincingly simulate the appearance of actual physical objects and are indistinguishable from the real thing.

If UFO intelligence can hoax meteor displays, is that the limit of what they are doing with experiencers? I strongly suspect not. Images of flying saucers, black triangles massive cylindrical “mother ships” might all be part of their “bag of tricks.” And since they are images rather than physical objects, why not display “UFOs” that can go from standstill to thousands of miles per hour in a few second. This hypothesis thus has the power to explain many parameters of UFO behavior that appears to defy the laws of physics, at least as we know them to be at the current level of terrestrial science.

As in the example cited above involving tremendous acceleration, no alien flying saucer crew would run the risk of being crushed by inertial forces because a holographic projection obviously carries no crew.

Similarly experiencers describe ET beings that allegedly can pass through walls during Close Encounters of the Third Kind. In the UFO literature all kinds of speculation are offered to explain how the aliens might be able to alter their molecular structure to achieve such a feat.
A simpler explanation in my opinion is the technological creation of a visual display.

This doesn’t mean that all close encounters are “hoaxed” (i.e. illusions) and that no physical ET craft or alien beings exist. It is not a question of whether the phenomenon is physical (where an actual object or being is perceived) or whether the phenomenon is neurophysiological (in which a technologically mediated illusion is experienced.) Sightings of UFOs and close encounters that we are witnessing worldwide are in my judgment likely to be the result of both illusory and physical events.

Granted this is a very strange concept to try and wrap one's mind around. I am suggesting that some, perhaps even most sightings of UFOs do not represent physical objects. They are not hallucinations, which is the result of a pathological condition, but rather they are technologically induced illusions!

I am concerned that there might be people who in fear would say that this capacity to create illusion is another example of the so-called "aliens’ tendency to "deceive us." Some fundamentalist Christian groups regularly assert that the so-called extraterrestrials are really demonic in nature. Their concept of Satan as being “the great deceiver” would fit into this mechanism, By no means do I believe that UFO intelligence is the “Devil” in disguise. Instead I suggest that there are very practical considerations why a technologically advanced civilization might choose to create visual displays and other forms of virtual experience in human subjects

Illusions, whether simulating shooting stars, or ET craft for that matter, do not require live crews to stage encounters . In other words on a planet obsessed with “national security,” ET craft are in my opinion being attacked and even possibly being shot-down. The evidence supporting this scenario comes from the numerous reports of armed conflict between UFOs and military aircraft. If shoot downs have occurred and some ET beings have been taken prisoner then I imagine their fate might be extremely unpleasant.

Thus ETs might chose to remotely simulate UFOs as a way of alerting mankind to their presence rather than sending saucers through hostile territory. It might be more than just a way of saving fuel, conceivably it could even save lives!

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  • Roman Hines

    Wow, Nice observation i really enjoy reading your in depth analysis. You are doing a good job for everyone by making us more aware of your finding which will further help us to see the bigger picture. Thanks

  • Thomas Kortholm
    Thomas Kortholm

    I find this totally in sync with my belief, that at least some ET intelligences have complete control of light/photons. I other words, they can create perfect illusions we have no way of telling them from real events.

    And, with regards to VE-3, that could explain vivid memories of UFO sighting and interactions as a child, that I still have. Simply because I cannot attribute these experiences to my imagination alone.

    I don’t recall being invited aboard any vessel, but I am ready, I know where my towel is at all times 🙂

    Peace and Light

  • jburkesmd

    The sudden surfacing of distant contact memories with great emotional power has been described by many experiencers. One view is that “memory blocks” have been removed, another is that the memories themselves have been implanted. Either mechanism displays a virtuoso psi talent that prepares people for more contact and from my point of view are good things. Most people however who are accustomed to a world where such things are possible.and would not be wanted as they are understandably frightening. So our job is to overcome our fear, both as individuals and as a society.

  • Vernon Kerr

    Beginning in 1997 in Phoenix, up until 2009 I had at least 7 or 8 very realistic “outdoors” UFO sightings, all of flying craft, mostly in broad daylight. Starting in 2011 I began having bizarre symbolic displays in my bedroom. These varied from fuzzy, seemingly alive creatures that were like large “dust bunnies,” to recognizable photographic images, to even miniature, mechanical-looking craft. During the period from 2011 through 2012, when these displays followed me from my home in Northern California to a 4 month stay in North Carolina, I was on various medications which I suspected might be causing hallucinations. At the end of 2012, I discontinued all use of medications with the result that the symbolic bedroom displays seemed to cease. However during a project in Columbus, Ohio from April through September of this year, 2013, with absolutely no medications in my system, I had four interesting bedroom displays during the night. The first three were electronic-looking, green, pencil-eraser sized lights, arranged in a grid which were present when I got up to go the the bathroom and which disappeared in a second or two after opening my eyes. It was as if the responsible parties were saying, “oops, he opened his eyes, back out of there.” However, the final display was a thing of beauty and reinforced for me the belief that the source of this “confusion” must be benevolent and it must be creating these “encounters” for some presently-unknown purpose. I awoke in that Ohio hotel room lying on my back looking at a “high-definition” winter scene of a deciduous forest with bare trees, with their beautiful lacy fractal branches and twigs being silhouetted against a background of blue-white drifted snow under a gray morning sky. When I opened my eyes the scene did not disappear, as before, but when I blinked my eyes the scene changed to a different arrangement of trees. I did this two more times, making the scene change each time, essentially the same scene but perhaps a different part of the forest. As an experiment, I closed my eyes for perhaps 15 seconds and when I opened them the display was gone. I immediately got up and found my tape measure and got an approximate measurement of the image area above my bed. It was about 4.5 feet high and 9.5 feet wide, arranged in landscape mode, with the image right-side up from my perspective, lying in bed. Although I believe that there is some logical reason for Extraterrestrial Intelligence to be delivering these displays to certain people, I suspect that the reason is beyond our ability to understand and will stay so until after the “disclosure” saga completely plays out.

  • Periwinkle

    I find this very interesting in light of the recent headlines coming out about physicists determining the nature of our universe is holographic. Article:
    Not a new theory, but as usual science must play catch-up. If the overall nature of the cosmos is holographic, where each individual part of the projection contains the whole (like DNA), then perhaps our denser reality is a manifestation of that holograph into slower vibration. This would give credence to the idea many contact encounters are holographic in nature. I would hesitate to use the word illusion, as that word implies at least some deception. There may be, but we don’t yet know if the holographic nature of some encounters is trickery, done for practical considerations like safety, or perhaps that’s simply the way some travel and communication is done in our holographic universe. By many accounts it seems our dense physical environment is the exception to the rule.

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