November 18, 1990
EXAMINING THE EARTHLIGHT THEORY…
An investigation into a mini-flap.
by Greg Long.
By now we’ve all heard of “earth lights.” Paul Devereux of Great
Britain coined the term in 1982 when he published EARTH LIGHTS. In
that book, Devereux developed the idea that UFOs are a byproduct of
natural processes in the earth.
Micheal Persinger of Canada had already been saying the same
thing for years in a continuous outpouring of papers in which he
developed his Tectonic Strain Theory of UFOs.
Michael Persinger is the researcher working with pulsating and
targeted magnetic fields in the brain. He and his team created
a “helmet” using nails wrapped with many turns of wire to form
cylindrical solenoids. These were then mounted in a sort of
football helmet to allow them to hang over different parts of
When connected to a computer as a “printer”, various patterns
can be output to magnetically stimulate the brain with specific
and repeatable patterns.
One of the most fascinating results of the experiment involved
the use of subjects with their eyes closed. While a certain
pattern was projected or “printed” to the solenoids, a
flashlight was aimed toward the subject’s eyes and slowly
lowered. (a loose description follows)
Asked to describe what they saw, EVERY SUBJECT said the same
“I see a UFO coming down, it is landing. Now there are
small grey people coming out of it towards me. They are
taking me into the ship. Now they are doing somekind of
physical exploration. I am now being taken from the
As the flashlight beam is lifted up, the subject’s say that the
UFO is now ascending and moving away.
Dennis Stacy investigated Persinger’s work in Canada and
reported on it in a December issue of OMNI. I believe it was
We also have papers regarding other experiments in inducing
feelings or actions in the body using magnetic, electric and
sonic fields. These are being placed on KeelyNet as time and
funds allow, with as much technical data as we can provide.
Unfortunately, despite Devereux and Persinger’s passion for the
concept of a UFO/earth stress link, neither researcher has yet
proven the case that UFOs are purely a natural phenomenon.
Rock has been crushed in the laboratory, eliciting extraordinary
brief pulses of light, but the result of that experiment–in the
words of Brian Brady, who developed the experiment–the crushing of
rock cannot account for “discrete” light forms seen at high altitude
(read : spherical UFOs at high altitude).
In fact, Brady’s experiment even does away with the famous
“piezo-electric effect” as a source of UFOs; in terms of energy
output, piezo-electricity is simply too weak to account for anything
more than momentary, diffuse glows of light.
If you want to demonstrate this effect for yourself Wintergreen
Life Saver candies will generate this piezo-electric glow when
you crunch them between your teeth. Turn out the light and
chew one or more while watching the glow from your mouth in a
As a matter of fact, when this effect was first discovered
about these candies, many people working in hospitals perceived
them as a very real danger. The concern was that people in
oxygen tents might chew one and the resultant spark might
ignite and explode the oxygen in the enclosed tent.
A scientific study was done on this phenomenon and the effect
had no ignition effect whatsoever.
More importantly, how can a mysterious, elusive and unidentified
physical mechanism create STRUCTURED objects? This is the great
failing of the “earth-lights” theory; it attempts to solve the UFO
mystery by ignoring the actual content of the UFO report.
Any unexplained object seen in an earthquake-prone region–no
matter how artificial in appearance or “intelligent” in its actions
-suddenly becomes a byproduct of ionization, plasmas or some other
little-understood electrical process.
In 1981 I began an investigation into UFO sightings that had
occured over 20 years in a single area, the Yakima Indian
Reservation in south-central Washington state.
In the early 1980s, the MUFON UFO Journal published several of my
papers based on my preliminary findings. Now the J. Allen Hynek
Center for UFO Studies has published my complete findings as a book:
EXAMINING THE EARTHLIGHT THEORY: The Yakima UFO Microcosm.
EXAMINING THE EARTHLIGHT THEORY looks microscopically at the
Tectonic Strain Theory of UFOs. I use the Yakima data (nearly 200
reports from a variety of witnesses, plus numerous color
photographs) to test the viability of the Tectonic Strain Theory
which Persinger believes explains the Yakima sightings.
The Yakima data form a “microcosm,” a fascinating, self-contained
world of strange reports, which include a range of unexplained
occurrences–orange balls of light, CE3’s, possible abductions,
Bigfoot sightings, daylight objects, subterranean sounds and more.
Nearly every part of the Reservation experienced some type of
unexplained event over a 20 year period, making the Yakima Indian
Reservation an excellent “laboratory” for detailed examination of
Earthquake faults mark the ridges of the Reservation; it lies at
the foot of the volcanic Cascade Range; and fire lookouts were in
place on top of three mountains to observe and record strange lights
year after year…the right conditions for data collection, plenty
of UFOs and more than enough meticulous documentation to whet the
appetite of a curious scientist in search of an explanation.
EXAMINING THE EARTHLIGHT THEORY takes the reader on a historical
journey, following the sightings to their most recent occurence. All
data of this unique mini-flap are used to thoroughly evaluate the
basic components of the Tectonic Strain Theory. EXAMINING THE
EARTHLIGHT THEORY is an experience in detective work, where all the
facts of the Yakima microcosm are weighed, sifted and evaluated in
the systematic pursuit of a solution to the mystery of the
EXAMINING THE EARTHLIGHT THEORY is available through
the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies
2457 West Peterson Ave.
Chicago, Il. 60659.