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Perception Matters, Even With UFO’s

A few years ago, when the British government released records of UFO sightings in Great Britain, they confirmed the power of perception.  If you study how people’s UFO reports have changed over time, you’ll note that in the 1940’s and 1950’s people reported UFO’s as “flying discs” or “flying saucers.”  At the same time, the popular Hollywood depictions of UFO’s as in “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951) or “Forbidden Planet” (1956) was intergalactic Frisbees.

But as science fiction movies changed, UFO reports oddly changed as well.  After the powerful opening sequence of Star Wars featured the giant triangle shaped spacecraft, or the unveiling of the Stealth bomber (also triangle shaped), UFO “reporters” started seeing a wider variety of shapes, most notably triangles.

What does it mean?  Our brains make connections.  And whether or not UFO’s are real, we tend to make statements based on familiar images stored in our brains.

Our debt to great stories and myths runs deep. Remember that, the next time you need to share an important message on film, TV, online, or in a book or live event.

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  1. This reminds me of a time when I was telling someone that the bible doesn’t say that the Holy Spirit looked like a dove at Jesus’ baptism, but that he descended like a dove. The guy told me I was wrong. When I asked him why, he replied, “Because, I saw the movie!”

  2. Recently I heard my youngest discuss how today people are wondering whether we are in an unending simulations when they are pondering about meaning of life. I wondered if it was a movie that provided seeds for such thoughts
    I always used to ponder about such connections and associations. Thanks for validating my conclusions and concerns!

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