Meade Layne

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Meade Layne (September 8, 1882 – May 12, 1961)[1] was an early researcher of ufology and parapsychology, best known for proposing an early version of the interdimensional hypothesis to explain flying saucer sightings.[2] Layne was the founder and first director of Borderland Sciences Research Associates.[3] Prior to his public work studying ufos, Layne was professor at the University of Southern California, and English department head at Illinois Wesleyan University and Florida Southern College.[1]

"Etheria"[edit]

Layne speculated that, rather than representing advanced military or extraterrestrial technology, flying saucers were piloted by beings from a parallel dimension, which he called Etheria, and their "ether ships" were usually invisible but could be seen when their atomic motion became slow enough.[2][4] He further claimed that Etherians could become stranded on the terrestrial plane when their ether ships malfunctioned,[5] and that various governments were aware of these incidents and had investigated them.[5]

Furthermore, Layne argued that Etherians and their ether ships inspired much of earth's mythology and religion,[2] but that they were truly mortal beings despite having a high level of technological and spiritual advancement.[2] He claimed that their motive in coming to the terrestrial plane of existence was to reveal their accumulated wisdom to humanity.[6] These revelations would be relayed through individuals with sufficiently developed psychic abilities, allowing them to contact the Etherians and communicate with them directly;[5][7] in particular, he relied extensively on the mediumship of Mark Probert as confirmation of his theories.[8]

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Borderland Sciences Research Associates". borderlands.com. Borderland Sciences Research Foundation. 
  2. ^ a b c d Reece 2007, p. 16.
  3. ^ Constable, Trevor James. "The Case for the 'Critters'". In Steiger, Brad; White, John. Other Worlds, Other Universes. Health Research Books. pp. 70–2. ISBN 9780787312916. 
  4. ^ Davis, Erik (2006). "Space Brothers". The Visionary State: A Journey Through California's Spiritual Landscape. Chronicle Books. p. 192. ISBN 9780811848350. 
  5. ^ a b c Reece 2007, p. 17.
  6. ^ Reece 2007, pp. 16-7.
  7. ^ Greenfield, Allen (2006). Secret Cipher of the UFOnauts. Lulu.com. p. 13. ISBN 9781411667594. 
  8. ^ Probert, Mark (1975). "Note Concerning the Mark Probert Mediumship by Meade Layne". The Magic Bag. Book Tree. pp. xv–xviii. ISBN 9781585092581. 

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