mass hallucinations. The Stories of group sightings and reliability of eyewitnesses

mass hallucinations. The Stories of group sightings and reliability of eyewitnesses


“Mass Hallucinations “have been used to
explain away some the strangest paranormal events to have ever occurred. It’s a default reason that many debunkers
fall back on when trying to explain everything form miracles ghost to good old UFO s. Could this phenomena be a real explanation
for unexplained events or is it just an easy answer for those that find it difficult to
find proof? Do human minds sync up in certain situations
and produce hallucinatory visions seen by many? Let takes a look. Welcome to if………………………………………………….. So what is mass hallucination? The idea is that people forming a group can
convince others of what that they are seeing when it’s something that is not really there. These witnesses experiencing the same visual
and auditory hallucinations at the same time often without a physical stimulus present. This phenomena has become a bit of a trope
in movies and television something akin to the well-known dream sequence. A mysterious beast or monster terrorizes a
town people keep seeing strange lights in the night sky, the movie rolls and then the
conclusion comes it was a vision a figment of the collective imagination
A mass hallucination. This is when we hit the first snag as mass
hallucinations do not work like this, this idea is a myth that has been spread. If you look for actual scientific proof it
is hard to find.it has been the subject of much speculation, but there is very little
scientific basis for the idea that multiple people could individually generate the same
visual imagery and auditory information.in a large group. So what actual science can be found on the
subject? It is known that a group can recall events
that they had little to no part in. People have been known to agree on the details
of a collective observation, even without everyone observing it for themselves. The first to theorize that groups of people
could share these experiences was Gustave LeBon in 1895, he had the idea that not only
was a group more suggestible but that they could see the same imaginings if the conditions
were right. Le Bon believed that a mass of humanity becomes
more he saw the crowd as more than the sum of its parts. Group association tended to diminish capacity
for individual thought and reconcile witnesses’ conflicting observations. A more modern perspective on the phenomena
comes from Psychologists Leonard Zusne and Warren Jones. Their book titled, Anomalistic Psychology:
A Study of Magical Thinking. Proposes that collective hallucinations are
only possible when a mass of men women and children become emotionally aroused, this
arousal priming the brain for suggestion. This works when what is known as the primer
sees or hears something they are convinced is real, they then begin to persuade others
that what they are seeing is real until that persons also share the hallucination, in this
way 1 becomes 2 2 becomes 4 and so and so one. The correlation in sightings comes after an
event when people recall what happened. Through the retelling the event the memories
become condensed into a single shared memory. This memory can be altered from what was originally
reported. This until a few hundred conflicting memories
could be gradually harmonized over successive retellings. Those that support this idea give examples
of the fallibility of human memory. In my view if our memories were so flawed
and easily fooled, why is it is we use eyewitnesses in courts of law? We must trust witnesses to a certain point. So what examples do those that adhere to this
idea point? The Miracle of the Sun occurred in 1917, this
was a mass sighting that came after a culmination of months of encounters with a mysterious
entity reported by three young shepherd children. A large crowd of near 70,000 gathered to see
it and hear the prophecies that were relayed by the three children. These children made the claim that they had
seen the Virgin Mary. This is when we can see differences in the
story appearing with initial reports of everything from a spinning silver disc, falling objects,
and some colour distortions in the clouds, to real-world changes like the sun vanishing
from the sky. In 1518, some 400 people of Strasbourg, people
began to dance uncontrollably sometimes for as long as a month. The lucky ones simply “danced it out, the
less fortunate died from exhaustion. The cause for this “dancing plague” was
not known it was however contagious, was it a mass hallucinatory experience? 1983 the West Bank of Palestine, 943 Palestinian
girls and some female Israel soldiers were overcome by fainting spells and feelings of
nausea. Each accused the other of using some type
of chemical weapon, yet no cause was ever identified. Investigations concluded that while perhaps
200 of the earliest cases may have been due to real environmental factors, all of the
subsequent occurrences were psychosomatic in nature. A more recent event that skeptics point to
as an example of mass hallucination are the Phoenix lights. On march 13 1997, one of the best documented
ufo sighting occur most are familiar what happened on that fateful night that saw some
10,000 residents of Phoenix Arizona witnessing a group of lights 3in a triangular formation
flying silently over the town. The story of this giant, boomerang-shaped
craft, was widely reported and many say this led to a modern mass hallucination. The modern media coverage causing many to
claim seeing the craft when they didn’t. Or is this part of the cover story, the official
story changed many times but still today it remains one of the most well documented and
plausible mass UFO sightings. It’s also important for us to remember that
collective hallucinations have yet to be demonstrated in any kind of scientific process. Those that claim this theory to be true base
their assertions on flimsy evidence at best. It is an extrapolation based on a more well-known
and understood concept, mass hallucination has no unique or proven data to back it up. “Collective hallucinations” have very
little in the way of documented proof in the psychological literature. Mesner has asked the question of “mass hallucination”
claiming that it is nothing more than a theory or straw man argument employed by debunkers
to provide easy explanation for anomalous events. Whether it’s used as a straw man or just
confused with similar concepts like mass hysteria, there just isn’t enough scientific support
for such things as mass hallucinations to accept them as a definitive explanations in
any particular cases. This reminds me of a couple of famous quotes. Carl Sagan said “extraordinary claims require
extraordinary evidence” this combined with Arthur Conan Doyle’s “once you eliminate
the impossible whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth”
Do you think the idea of mass hallucination is a tool for debunking the extraordinary? In many cases, explaining group sightings
as mass or collective hallucinations is equally speculative to the science that attempts to
explain mysterious phenomena. It is no a more “rational” and it should
not be accepted as the default explanation for multiple-witnesses. Do you think this is an explanation? Do you think witnesses’ should be given
an amount of trust? Let me know your thoughts
in the comments’ below.

24 thoughts on “mass hallucinations. The Stories of group sightings and reliability of eyewitnesses

  1. incredible. ive thought about this a lot and its wonderful to see it all summed up. better & better, my friend 💙

  2. A big thank you to you all. The last video broke 1k in 24 hours the first ever video to do so. I was so so happy I have been walking on air for the last couple of days. I wonder if lightning can strike twice?
    I hope your weekend was tip top, let me know how you have been in the comments, let me know your thoughts on the video and if you enjoyed it please hit the like button and a share would be awesome.

    Enjoy your week catch you in the next one.

    best wishes

    IF

  3. I can see 2 situations, where mass hallucinations can take place. If a group of people are expose to a psychoactive substance. ( like a contaminated meal), or other environmental factor (like under power cables). Or other situation being like the " emperor new clothes" where people agree with each other, so not to look bad in the eyes of their peers. Otherwise I think it's just a excuse to debunk a event, when there is no explanation.

  4. I do believe in the power of suggestion but on a huge scale we will get inconsistencies and there's the fact that it would be easy to control the population through it and that hasn't been done. I have a problem believing that hundreds of people can hallucinate through the power of suggestion that would be very hard to prove and believe and for someone to use it as an excuse should make them a laughing stock.. Thanks for the video my friend and take care.

  5. That's kinda like saying the entire crowd got stoned but only One Person took the drug . Just as impossible as mass hallucination . Should be called Mass Recognition , proof positive it happened by the masses . Peace…Now..😊

  6. Congrats We Are IF! And another well done video! Yep I don't buy into mass hallucinations. I think indeed that is how people who don't believe in something dismiss things. It's kind of like how some people are with Cryptids and other things. They actually think well I have never seen it myself so there is no possibile way it exists despite multiple witnesses describing the same thing at the same time. It is very self centered, high minded, egotistical and also narrow minded thinking! Bravo We Are IF. 😊😉❤️

  7. An experiment should be run. Call for a public meeting about something emotional or stressful, and set a few controls in the crowd to claim they see a extraordinary creature/vehicle and then see if the crowd follows suit.

  8. I don't usually comment twice but after thinking of a time the public could be mass hallucinated must of been back in the 1930s where everyone had just radio to entertain, the Orsen Wells war of the world's program had all listeners gripped with fear because of an Martian invasion and as we have to use our imagination to put pics to the story that was the best chance of hallucination on a huge scale but it never occurred.. An excellent example to debunk the idea of mass hallucination..

  9. I don't know if it will be real or not.. But something like that may happen in the future that a lot people going to be hallucinating by the second coming of Jesus Christ..
    I really don't know how the government is controlling our minds to believe in something that is not there..
    Maybe that's why we see a lot phenomena in the sky..
    Awesome video.. Thanks for sharing..💖

  10. It is likely group-think that makes people that didn't witness things say that they did witness things just to be part of the group that claimed to have witnessed something amazing.

  11. No, no no and Again NO. Last gasp explanation for all the "swamp gas" that's been seen and let us not forget all those"weather balloons"😂😂😂. Mass hallucination? Oh please. Great vid!😊

  12. Nowadays, 'mass hallucination' would be a govt excuse, like 'weather balloon', used anytime 'they' want to convince people they aren't seeing what is actually there. Especially when trying to cover up their black ops projects, which could involve just about anything, given the available technology, both known and unknown to the public. My opinion at least 😉 Thanks, my friend, for a very interesting vid on a fascinating subject! 👍👍

  13. people get executed because of witness testimonies, so yes, little more Trust wouldn't be bad sometimes.

  14. Mass hallucinations are , in my opinion, an expression coined by the journalistic to answer the unanswerable.
    There is also an element of misunderstanding of the concepts of collective consciousness and collective subconscious. And at that point I am going to leave it as whilst I understand what I am thinking, trying to distill that into concrete words is nigh on impossible.

  15. I couldn't agree with you more. I've actually thought about covering this topic. Excellent job! One thing I will say though, certain substances could cause "mass hallucinations" ie – lsd and melting walls, dmt and tiny robots, absinthe and green fairies, morphine and butterflies etc. The only thing is that everyone would have to be on whatever substance. Imo, that's the only way you can have a true mass hallucination.

  16. The word Hallucination is like the word Pareidolia…just a way to explain away something without saying 'I just don't get it'.

  17. Not sure how adding mass hallucination to the mix makes things eaier to explain. And besides most people can easily see the different between something they imaged and something they did see. Only a few people struggle with this. Having a large group of people all struggling to notice the difference is even more stranger then anything the group could claimed they have seen. Yes people can get confused and mix things up. But something did happen, the problem is we don't know what did happen. Debunking everything by saying it was just a mass hallucination doesn't get us anywhere.

  18. Debunkers do not investigate cases they use a broad brush explanation that is most implausible ?
    Investigations of UFOs have found the witnesses truthful by lie detector test many times as in the Travis Walton case using the best person they could find and only he made up the questions and he said they were truthful except one fellow tested inconclusive as the test did not work on this agitated individual !

    The fact we are not alone has disturbed current beliefs in religion – science – history and must be rewritten in all textbooks which is being denied for many reasons !
    Myths of Gods in our past may in fact be real beings not like us but very advanced intelligent beings with great abilities and technologies !

    God created more than one flock in the Bible so keep your faith it has room for reality to exist without balloons or meteors being explained as real UFOs !

    We humans may have been Co-created using Gods spark of the spirit by other beings doing Gods work thru out the Universe everywhere !

    The BIG PICTURE could be so vast our minds cannot comprehend it at all or make any consensus but only foolish assumptions like we here from UFO investigation groups and Org.
    Shooting at them to hijack there technology is so very foolish which is the Military agenda that we should take it away from the military and put it in wise hands not greedy war mongers hands !
    Contact has been made and we were given a functioning craft as a exchange program was began by 12 soldiers some female and they were taken to another world for 2 years and several died and a few stayed there by there wishes !

    They were debriefed for 2 years after there return !
    The beings we very organized like military soldiers are and they all worked together but did DNA experiments with creatures that resulted in abominations according to our soldiers !
    They appeared to be animals but it was hard to tell what they were !

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