Misdirection and Reinforcement

If the phenomenon is forcing us through a learning curve, then it has no choice but to mislead us. When Skinner designs a machine that feeds a rat only when the right lever is depressed, this is extremely misleading for the rat. But if the rat doesn’t depress the correct lever, he becomes extremely hungry. Man is hungry for knowledge and power, and if there is an intelligence behind the UFOs it must have taken this fact into account. We also tend to forget that we have no choice either: we must eventually study UFOs, and the study, unavoidably, will in turn contribute to the reinforcement itself.1

  1. Vallee, Jacques. Dimensions: A Casebook of Alien Contact. Ballantine Books, 1988. 246. []
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