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UFO links 'holding back' crop circle research

August 1, 2016 | Comment icon 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."

Source: ABC.net.au | Comments (67)


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Comment icon #58 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 6 years ago
Then you're blind.  The evidence is blatantly obvious, from actual studies to people actually coming forward and showing us how they did it.  People.  Humans.  Not aliens.  It's not a bold claim.  It's just plain simple facts. It makes me sad that in this day and age someone with any sort of intelligence can still be fooled by crop circles.  Reports of "electromagnetic" readings and plants bent from the inside is utter garbage and make-believe.  You approach these things with a very closed-mind, and each time you seem to allow your gullibility to outweigh your critical thinking.  It's intellec... [More]
Comment icon #59 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 6 years ago
Most.  These that consider themselves artists, didn't, obviously.
Comment icon #60 Posted by freetoroam 6 years ago
Yes, with the pencil, pen,  paint or spray can they are using to do their art with. What do you suggest the crop circles artists sign their names with?  There is a very famous artist, who no doubt would fit right in with  the "most" artist category, out of respect...who did NOT sign all his work...look him up, his name is Banksy.
Comment icon #61 Posted by freetoroam 6 years ago
Here are some of the crop circle artists and why they chose not to sign their names: The possibility of creating an artifact that may well be interpreted as being of non-human origin was an intriguing proposition.  http://www.circlemakers.org/leaders.html     Trying to sign the name John Lundberg would have been a feat in itself, let alone give the game away.....but somehow I believe if they even just put their initials, the alien believers would think that aliens could sign in our letters..  
Comment icon #62 Posted by toast 6 years ago
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Comment icon #63 Posted by toast 6 years ago
Logic for starters: Fact: humans are able to make CCs Claim: some CCs are made by ETs // Fact: dogs are able to make dog turds Claim: some dog turds are made by ETs  
Comment icon #64 Posted by psyche101 6 years ago
Some Crop Circles I honestly think are not "Man Made" It seems obvious to me that Nature is getting in on the prank. Being downunder, I can comment I think on a few locals ones, some are qute famous, but only for the tall tale that goes with them, not for the circles themselves, which seem pretty bland, either Aliens Use Australia for Crop Circle Practise, or all the "D" Student alien's taking "Crop Circle Making101" have to work on Australia for some reason.    Our local circles seem to have quite a few uninspiring designs such as: Honestly, I cannot see how that is amazing in any way, it loo... [More]
Comment icon #65 Posted by Mangoze 6 years ago
Comment icon #66 Posted by Mangoze 6 years ago
... repeatable under lab conditions then we might have a conversation. But these crop circles can be made with things of rope and wood. 
Comment icon #67 Posted by ChrLzs 6 years ago
Speaking of bad analogies (which are one of my personal favorite but least recognised of the logical fallacies), I was rather intrigued when I found out (from that circlemakers site posted most recently by Freetoroam) that another personal 'favorite' of mine when it comes to tinfoilhatters-that-pretend-they-are-scientists, Rupert Sheldrake, was once involved in setting up a Crop Circle Contest.  Woohoo...  Here's a PDF about it - note that it isn't a peer-reviewed paper or anything... Frankly, it was all pretty lame - they just invited teams to replicate a really tricky (not!) crop circle desi... [More]


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