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Are all crop circles man-made ?

Posted on Tuesday, 29 January, 2013 | Comment icon 162 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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A crop circle expert from Australia believes that he has evidence to suggest that they aren't.

While there is no doubt that a lot of crop circles are hoaxes, the jury is still out on whether every single crop circle can be attributed to people with planks of wood and a lot of spare time. Researcher Greg Jefferys claims to have uncovered evidence that crop circles have been appearing in fields as far back as 1880, a fact that he believes proves that the phenomenon pre-dates circle hoaxers.

"This discovery proves that claims by various artists to be the sole creators of crop circles are themselves a hoax," he said. "I hope this discovery will stimulate renewed interest in crop circles by serious scientific researchers who have been fooled by the hoax claims."

"An Aussie historian believes he has buried forever the ‘cereal’ lie that crop circles are the work of hoaxers – by unearthing Black Country images of them dating back to 1945 and beyond."

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Comment icon #153 Posted by ciriuslea on 22 June, 2013, 10:34
First up, thanks, Ciriuslea for debating in good faith despite my terseness! OK, agreed. That usually gets me in trouble... That's the bit that needs something specific. What differences, which formation? Yes, I've seen this claim made before, but never, not once, did they elaborate in a way that was verifiable or analysable... To be fair, they've videoed it and given quite extensively detailed explanations that are quite logical. I don't think that is in any way questionable. I don't know - and unless you can provide a link to a challenge that has never been accepted or show the formation tha... [More]
Comment icon #154 Posted by ciriuslea on 22 June, 2013, 10:45
Just a quick comment... While you can point to that Levengood paper as being peer-reviewed, there is a bit of a problem... The editor of that Journal (which is hardly what could be called 'mainstream', has since used these words, and I quote, about the 'regrettable' publication of that paper and the fact that it has never been cited elsewhere by any reputable scientific organisation (with good reason).. In other words, these folks are citing their own work, and no-one else ever has. He continues.. In other words, they blew it when they published that paper, they know it, and now wish to disown... [More]
Comment icon #155 Posted by Chrlzs on 22 June, 2013, 11:07
Fair enough, but the problem is that all of the so-called 'anomalies' are only reported by Levengood - the page you linked to also refers only to his work, so it keeps going in circles. And there is no question that Levengood's 'study' has never been replicated or verified and that it is devoid of some very, very basic scientific methodologies - the things that real scientists MUST use (eg those essential double-blind tests) to avoid things like confirmation bias. And his paper has never been cited by any other serious research organisation, only paranormal-pushing websites.. I did read a sign... [More]
Comment icon #156 Posted by ciriuslea on 22 June, 2013, 11:35
Fair enough, but the problem is that all of the so-called 'anomalies' are only reported by Levengood - the page you linked to also refers only to his work, so it keeps going in circles. And there is no question that Levengood's 'study' has never been replicated or verified and that it is devoid of some very, very basic scientific methodologies - the things that real scientists MUST use (eg those essential double-blind tests) to avoid things like confirmation bias. And his paper has never been cited by any other serious research organisation, only paranormal-pushing websites.. I did read a sign... [More]
Comment icon #157 Posted by Oppono Astos on 22 June, 2013, 12:02
The Burke Levengood and Talbott (BLT) analysis was held up as a major step forward back in the mid-late 90s; however when the same type of plant anomalies were found/confirmed in samples from known man-made circles and indeed even lodging the theories soon lost appeal in the crop circle community. For recent discussions on the subject by Colin Andrews and others - see Andrews' website. .
Comment icon #158 Posted by ciriuslea on 22 June, 2013, 16:35
The Burke Levengood and Talbott (BLT) analysis was held up as a major step forward back in the mid-late 90s; however when the same type of plant anomalies were found/confirmed in samples from known man-made circles and indeed even lodging the theories soon lost appeal in the crop circle community. For recent discussions on the subject by Colin Andrews and others - see Andrews' website. . Are these anomalies accidental then if they have been found in test formations, as going back to them being art installations they don't really serve any purpose...and if the makers are just using string, plan... [More]
Comment icon #159 Posted by angi chiesa on 24 June, 2013, 9:31
Well two things that have caused the making of corn circles. The first was when farmers stuck to TRACTOR TRACKS in order to spray and later reap the harvest with minimal damage to their crops. So these circle makers could reach well inside a field without making entry tracks. These crude patterns developed into some inspired crop circle art work with the advent of more and more accurate hand held GPS. It must of taken some planning and a skilled team to carry out these designs. THESE ARE NOT FORGERIES they are original works . Lets see the next ones due when the current crops ripen.Maybe they ... [More]
Comment icon #160 Posted by slaughtr on 24 June, 2013, 12:32
Here we go again the skeptis boys come out to play! but I'm not one of them.As always I say there are things of this world we cannot find an answer to and this answer to crop circles is clear to see=ufo phenomena.As much as folks don't want to believe it there's the proof in the pudding no scientific bull just pure evidence. Now how in the heck a human can make a crop circle the size of a football field over in 6hours is stupid and and when I see scientist or regular civilians trying to immulate crop circles is sloppy.Crop circles are to elaborate for a human overnight to complete especially i... [More]
Comment icon #161 Posted by slaughtr on 24 June, 2013, 12:37
Just like I told you everybody thinks they have the answer and running there mouth saying nothing you saw the proof live with it.All the giberish and fake know it all's why are you on this site?????????????????????????????????????????????????
Comment icon #162 Posted by Chrlzs on 25 June, 2013, 8:59
Just like I told you everybody thinks they have the answer and running there mouth saying nothing you saw the proof live with it.All the giberish and fake know it all's why are you on this site????????????????????????????????????????????????? Keyboard stuck? It's a discussion forum, slaughtr - do you understand what that means? You would rather censor people and drive them away, just because your pet beliefs are being challenged? You might find Youtube or a personal blog much more to your liking.. Block anyone you don't like, and enjoy your 'freedom'. Or, and here's a wildly imaginative sugges... [More]


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