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Former NBA Guard Baron Davis made a shocking announcement during his guest appearance on ‘The Champs‘ podcast, hosted by comedians Neal Brennan and Moshe Kasher. In the interview, Davis begins to tell the story of how a road trip from Las Vegas to Los Angeles turned into a horrifying alien abduction story.

The former New York Knicks Guard goes into details about his experience inside a strange structure, filled with alien beings who proceeded to examine him. Davis, does not recall much after that except that when he awoke, he was back in his car, taking an exit off a Los Angeles freeway. NBA, alien abductions, and missing time.


  • BW

    The topics of UFO sightings, encounters with entities, and abduction lead me to a question that seems rarely addressed.

    If we consider all of these events as something unreal like a mass delusion, that leaves us with the unavoidable conclusion that there is a lot of individual and mass mental illness among humanity.

    Yet, when such reports are discounted by debunkers, those discounting the reports never seem to want to bring up the issue of widespread mental illness and how society should approach the problem. This response is a cop-out. I say there is an issue that has to be considered, and, if possible, addressed: either something genuinely paranormal is going on, or, a lot of people are delusional. Ignoring the situation for decades on end is not a responsible approach by our society.


  • You are drawing a lot of generalizations there. Just as is done when some people refer to UFO and other sightings as mass delusion.

    First of all, mass hysteria is not necessarily manifested as everyone seeing the same thing at the same time, rather one or two people seeing something, spreading a story and others simply picking up the story as their own (often embellishing it) until there is a sort of critical mass and everyone just automatically believes something because they have heard it so many times from other people that they relate the story as if it were a commonly accepted truth. There is not necessarily a mental disorder involved. Not out of the norm anyway.

    Secondly, you are presuming that ALL events are considered mass hysteria and they are not. You are also presuming that all debunkers consider these events mass hysteria and they do not. There are actually a narrow minority who consider mass hysteria a viable explanation, and only in specific cases where the evidence supports it. It gets a lot of press, especially because it makes people sound smart or informed in just the same way that spreading a UFO or other sighting makes them seem informed. Then the stories on both sides grow out of proportion.

    On the UFO side the story grows until so many people are making fallacious personal claims that certainly the government must be covering something up (and that story begins to grow). No one ever asks how, if the government is covering something so thoroughly “up,” how do so many people know about it?

    On the “debunker” side, there are many people who never look beyond the headlines, even on this site, and think mass hysteria = problem solved because that is what fits into their narrow world view. It keeps anything unusual far away by explaining it away as a very human problem.

    With believers and debunkers alike there are those who have a background in science or observation and investigation and carefully consider evidence, discarding what is clearly nonsense while examining deeper what remains. There are also those who will take whatever they hear as gospel because it was what they wanted to hear and fits their preconceptions.

  • BW

    But Henry, my point stands. Either something odd is going on, or a lot of people are seeing or experiencing things that are not real. Okay, in between there are events like someone seeing a flying object that really exists but is not what they think it is; let us discard those reports.

    Toss out any categories of “events” that one may deem dubious (tunnels under Nevada, etc.). There will still be a lot of reports left over.

    I still assert there is a cop-out going on. Mind you, if a person doesn’t believe any given report, I fully understand that is their business. What I have less tolerance for is people debunking but who are also disinterested in the implications of the reports being inaccurate. It is over-generalizing to say that every such instance is wanting to have one’s cake and eat it too, but there is a lot of that going on.

    Bear in mind this has been going on ( in terms of the modern UFO phenomenon) for decades. Yet, the overall response seems largely the same — the reports are dismissed — and then — nothing. The debunkers wind up over the content of the report, but can’t be bothered to consider the implications of why such (what some would call) outlandish reports continue to manifest.

    I know of one book by a mainstream physicist who seriously looked at UFOs while a “flap” was occurring. He, as you write, “examined what remains” — and his findings are, to say the least, intriguing. But as far as I can tell, it did not dent the public or official response one bit. And that was, again, decades ago.


  • I absolutely agree with you that there are intriguing reports. I was primarily addressing your statement:

    “If we consider all of these events as something unreal like a mass delusion, that leaves us with the unavoidable conclusion that there is a lot of individual and mass mental illness among humanity.”

    But cannot agree with “a lot of people are seeing or experiencing things…” I would agree that there are a few about which no terrestrial explanation can be found to explain the events.

    I have never denied that there are reports about which we clearly do not have all the facts, only that there is a gap between “we do not have all the facts” and the presumption that the missing facts can be taken as evidence of alien visitation, inter-dimensional visitation, or time travel from our own future (those being just a few of the various explanations popular among believers). I do not claim to know either way, I only argue that the evidence that does exist must be:

    A: Substantiated
    B: Not purely anecdotal
    C: Highly scrutinized by qualified personnel
    D: Compiled to form a complete picture BEFORE a conclusion is drawn

    In these days when every smart phone has a camera, and now seemingly an app that pastes a UFO into any picture, the waters are significantly muddied. Reports that would seem to support other sightings are too polluted by popular perception based on entertainment, pop culture and a never ending tide of ill informed believers who write books in ignorance while claiming enlightenment.

    Let’s take for example the recent flurry of attention around Steven Greer. He has jumped on the free energy bandwagon, a contemporary political and social issue, tied it to his claims of government cover-up (see my previous statement) and decided that because he believes he must be correct. Greer’s claims he has the capacity to summon UFOs, communicate with them and arrange mass sightings at which hundreds of witnesses are present. Every cell phone has a camera, every iPad, many mp3 players and that is not even considering people who take a pocket sized digital camera everywhere they go. If you are invited to Greer “happening,” and he does invite people, don’t you think there should be one picture to support his claims? But because he is a doctor, and on the surface seemingly rational, offering support for the popular notion of conspiracy people make the choice to believe.

    Despite what conspiracists would have you believe, the first automaker to turn up with a car powered by something other than fossil fuels that performs lie or better than what we currently have, or even actually gets 100 miles per gallon will make a fortune that makes Bill Gates look like a panhandler. If Boeing or Airbus had propulsion systems that were lighter and more fuel efficient than current jet technology you would not be able to see clouds for the density of airliners in the sky taking passengers around the world for less than the cost of their hotel rooms when they get there. If NASA had alien tech we would be putting boots on the ground on Mars and the moons of the outer planets. As soon as we no longer need fossil fuels the Middle East becomes irrelevant and we no longer need to pander to conflicting religious beliefs there.

    Let’s look a the story above. When Davis returned from his “abduction” did he go immediately to a doctor for examination to determine if he had been probed in any way? Did he check his cell phone records to see if there was any anomaly in its location? Halfway through the story he changes it to Illuminati, and he makes the claim that he is now mentally “sharper” and better and retaining more information, yet is still barely capable of the English language.

    Reports of Grays do not pre-date their appearance in pulp fiction of the early 1900’s. Reports of Nordics and/or Tall Whites do not pre-date the movie “The Day The Earth Stood Still.” Reports of Reptilians do not pre-date the original television series “V.” Reports of sightings by pilots where the object seen does not appear on radar do not pre-date the notion of stealth aircraft. All of these and many other species are reported to come from planets around stars with cool names from sci fi, despite that we have observed these stars and know they lack the potential to have life bearing planets. And the vast majority of stars simply have numbers in a catalog, the general public simply lacks easy access to that, and cannot find those stars in the night sky.

    Almost all reported aliens are basically humanoid, and reflective of pop culture and folk tales. There are websites, I do not have any handy at the moment but they are easy to find, that post UFO sightings on a world map. Those sightings cluster by the thousands over the course of decades exactly along the lines of population distribution on the planet. “More eyes on the sky?” Or more idiots looking up who don’t know a plane from a horsefly?

    The question then becomes, why no contact? If aliens are here, and remaining here incommunicado through some secret agreement with a hidden world government, or some agenda of their own then why make thousands of appearances over the most densely populated regions of the planet? There is no information they could not be more effectively gaining by simply monitoring our electronic communication which all goes through satellites, well out of sight.

    Why do such reports continue to manifest? YouTube, FaceBook, the internet in general and local news so desperate to compete for content they do not bother to fact check. Have you seen this?

    Here is another thing to consider. When Orson Welles broadcast “War of The Worlds” in 1938 he clearly announced what he it was a dramatization. Many people tuned in late or simply did not pay attention and panicked. Welles continued to announce that the broadcast was a dramatization but some people just don’t listen or choose to believe. Another theory has been that there was an expectation in the general public that something should happen along these lines.

    I should really have turned this into an article, but there it is.

  • BW


    Thank you for the lengthy response. I have not presented my comments well. My “beef” with the response to the phenomena is not particularly with how seriously it is taken by the public at large, or even what it may (or may not) be.

    I’ve even gotten beyond wondering if the phenomena is real. As I’ve grown older, it has become more of a pondering that if such amazing events do on occasion occur (say 0.1% of all reports are reasonably accurate in what they describe), then whatever it is we may be interacting with is something that we may never “catch up” to, in terms of being able to objectively describe and identify it.

    My issue is this. Real or not, the phenomena has some very real consequences for our society. Deciding whether a particular sighting has any merit or not is simply scratching the surface — sort of like knowing there is a dangerous wild animal in a room where we’re all sitting, but all we do is occasionally comment on the gamey odor.

    It is this lack of response to the implications that I find disturbing. The phenomena has a cost; at the least, a fair amount of revenue for many nations in terms of military and intelligence agency response to reports (and psywar operations among other actions). That is real. The loss of pilots attempting to intercept UFOs — that is real. A real, if hard to pin down in its magnitude, loss of public confidence in the government because of the muddled official response. The U.S. government spending revenue because it feared the phenomena could be used by enemies as cover for an attack — again, real.

    And, again — no matter what one believes as to the origins of the public’s ideas about the phenomenon, the presence of so many reports leads one to wonder just how many people may either (a) have only a tenuous grasp of reality, or (b), are sensing a reality that most of us can’t perceive. Or perhaps a mixture of (a) and (b). Is this supposed to be okay as in everyday normal? And yes, there are legions of clowns “out there” who just make up stories to stir up others — certainly made easier by the web these days.

    Two other comments to wrap up.

    Lest anyone misunderstand, I didn’t post these comments by way of an offhand slap at this site. There have been articles and threads on this site that I have very much enjoyed. I particularly enjoy the discussions of modern photography and how difficult it can be to positively identify objects in the sky.

    Regarding Henry’s comments about “greys” etc. not being described in reports since they appeared in fiction — I would turn the horse around and suggest a reading of Vallee’s Passport to Magonia. What is described as “aliens” today is not very much different from what people have described for a very long time under different names.


  • “My issue is this. Real or not, the phenomena has some very real consequences for our society.”

    Or are symptomatic of something going on with our society.

    : )

  • BW

    IMO, both.



  • BW

    Something for the files on this one, Henry and Xavier.