UFO links 'holding back' crop circle research
August 1, 2016 | 67 comments
How exactly do crop circle artists accomplish such intricate patterns ? Image Credit: sxc.hu
Professor Richard Taylor has called for a renewed effort to understand how crop circles are formed.
The art, physics and psychology lecturer from the University of Oregon maintains that ties to UFO conspiracy theories have prevented crop circles from receiving the attention that they deserve.
While it has become generally accepted that these enigmatic formations are the work of artists as oppose to extraterrestrials, little serious research has ever been undertaken to understand exactly who is behind these intricate creations or what methods they are using to produce them.
"I just find it absolutely fascinating that each year around the world these crop circles keep on appearing and it remains a mystery," said Professor Taylor.
"There is a huge amount of rigorous fundamental science that could be got out of this research, but many scientists are put off getting into crop circles because they are considered a crazy thing."
In total more than 12,000 crop circles have been documented across the world to date.
"I know the UFO supporters always say these patterns are so intricate a typical human being couldn't do them," said Taylor. "But that's the mark of a very good artist."
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