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Crop Circles & Their Meaning?
An article and comments about a new crop cicle video......interesting.
Billy Cox writes about a DVD documentary called â€śWhat on Earth? Inside the Crop Circle Mysteryâ€ť by Suzanne Taylor that was released this week. Interesting to note, the filmmaker herself comments on the article at the bottom.
The Sarasota Herald Tribune
Messengers cloud the message
by Billy Cox
August 11th, 2011 10:55am
Last week, without producing a single culprit, Physics World journal explained away crop circles as elaborate hoaxes using magnetrons, GPS and laser technology. Within days, De Void received a DVD documentary called â€śWhat on Earth? Inside the Crop Circle Mysteryâ€ť by California filmmaker Suzanne Taylor, and it was officially released on Tuesday.
De Void tends to avoid the crop circle thing because itâ€™s as unrewarding as UFOs and may well be part of the same thing. Excuse me, miss? My head hasnâ€™t exploded in several months â€” can I order some chocolate cherry bombs off the menu, please? But Taylor has been at it for nearly 20 years now, and when something drops in your lap, doesnâ€™t cost money, and doesnâ€™t require any reading or effort to ingest, hey, as an American, Iâ€™m all in.
Taylor doesnâ€™t present any definitive answers, either, but her slant skews toward non-human intelligence. Which is fine, unless youâ€™re one of these people who thinks tangential associations can be problematic. Among the eclectic mix of folks receiving â€śSpecial Thanksâ€ť at the end credits, for instance, is conspiracy-addled â€śexopoliticianâ€ť Alfred Webre. No reason to linger here, you can Google the guy and drawn your own conclusions.
Thereâ€™s also a New Agey feel to the drama, and thereâ€™s nothing necessarily wrong with that. The things weâ€™ll learn about quantum mechanics and the mindâ€™s creative abilities over the next century will make todayâ€™s geniuses look Cro-Magnon. Still, for a cheerleading project that aspires to broaden the debate, the â€śWhat on Earth?â€ť range of characters can be a distraction. There are architects and dowsers and philosophers and geometers and computer geeks and musicians and mystics, some with names like Stanley Messenger and Baroness Edmee di Pauli. Itâ€™s a little like watching one of those Larry King UFO panels that cram too many people into a space so small youâ€™re left with a residue of stereotypes and cliches (â€śAre we being prepared for contact?â€ť â€śOnce you lose your link with nature, you lose your link with God.â€ť)
That said, â€śWhat on Earth?â€ť is still worth a look, if for no other reason than the attention it swings onto the swirl of baffling symbolic mathematics pressed upon the fields. Filmed primarily in southern England, the 81-minute glimpse at a mystery that has transformed not only rural countrysides but their adjacent communities is a legitimate appeal for someone â€” or something â€” to step forward.
Taylor contrasts the crude crop circles by confessed hoaxers Doug Bower and Dave Chorley, as well as those of London pranksters calling themselves Team Satan, with the infinitely more sophisticated tapestries for which no credit has been claimed. The established hoaxes and the unresolved pictograms are worlds apart. And the geometry, the pi ratios, the vesicas, the squared circles, octagons, cubes, this fusion of art with math, so precise and exacting â€” to what end do they serve?
Whatâ€™s the motive? More than 20 years of evolving sophistication under cover of night and no oneâ€™s broken ranks? Whoâ€™s running this show? The Mafia? Grover Norquist?
But can we ever truly separate the messenger from the message?
Among the many analysts Taylor relies upon is Nick Kollerstrom, whose line-diagram reconstructions at Crop Circle Geometry â€śaim to help ordinary students to learn mathematics, in a unique approach that is artistic as well as intellectual.â€ť Superficially, anyway, it seems dispassionate and reasonable.
But what Taylor doesnâ€™t tell us is that the British science writer and historian lost his fellowship at University College London in 2008 for his contention that the Auschwitz gas chambers were only used for disinfectant and hygiene. Kollerson has also argued the 2007 London subway bombings were an inside job, not the product of Muslim fanatics. Maybe this is all irrelevant to Taylorâ€™s documentary. But Kollersonâ€™s many critics today refer to his work as â€ścrap circles.â€ť Do his politics invalidate his geometry? Certainly theyâ€™ve allowed the uninformed to discredit the whole phenomenon with broad strokes.
In the end, â€śWhat on Earth?â€ť puts us back where we started. Thereâ€™s more work to be done here, but it must be rigorous. And fearless. As one witness tells Taylor, â€śWhat drives us madâ€ť about the crop circle creators is â€śthe fact that they donâ€™t want anything, theyâ€™re not selling anything.â€ť In this ego-driven day and age, that fact alone is a breath of fresh air. Not even the notoriously reclusive Unabomber, whose very freedom was contingent upon anonymity, could resist the temptation to show the world how smart he was.
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August 11th, 2011 6:44 pm
Iâ€™m your filmmaker and wish you hadnâ€™t noticed those associations. Alfred Webre is way off most of my charts, but he was a friend before either of us were into any of our current pursuits and he helped me with some connections in making the film. What a shame that Nick Kollerstrom has ranged afield of the circles, because he is brilliant at the geometry â€” if school kids learned from his online course http://hypermaths.org/cropcircles, they would have a passion for geometry, and he makes an intelligent critique in my movie of our contracted worldview.
Glad you liked with you did. Your readers might enjoy a 4 part webinar Iâ€™m hosting about the circles for Evolver Intensives, starting August 20th. Itâ€™s a very imaginative course, where will go way beyond the nuts and bolts of the phenomenon into how the circles relate to the universe and what their implications could be: http://evolverintensives.com/upcoming/personal-planetary-transformation.html
Re Physics World, their explanation was so preposterous that I thought it might create a backlash, where, seeing how ridiculous the debunkers are, people would take a fresh look at the evidence and see that the whole phenomenon canâ€™t be explained away.
by Suzanne Taylor
"If the human brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple that we couldn't."