California Crop Circles

Until now crop circles were seemingly one of the New Age obsessions that didn’t originate in California. That’s all changed though, with the appearance of some complex new circles in Salinas, reports ABC News:

An unexplained crop circle in Salinas, Calif., has captured the curiosity of alien enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists across the nation.

The patterns were noticed by aerial photographer Julie Belanger, who told ABC News she was shocked to discover them during a flyover on Monday.

Adding to the mystery is a video posted on Youtube that shows two friends coming across the patterns after seeing green lights emanate from a field…


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  1. The footage on the ground makes this less plausible to me (I could stage that with a green laser pointer).

  2. The acting is so bad in that video it is both laughable and cringeworthy.

  3. “has captured the curiosity of alien enthusiasts and conspiracy theorists across the nation.”

    What in the holy name of Cthulu do “conspiracy theorists” have to do with crop circles. That’s some stupid shit.

    • I think the creation of crop circles are good examples of real conspiracies. They’re created by a small group of people who plot in secret to do something with the intention of deceiving the masses. In this regard, I’m a conspiracy theorist (I don’t have any proof of how this particular circle was made… if it was one person acting alone then no conspiracy existed by definition).

      • denverover | Jan 2, 2014 at 10:42 am |

        “They’re created by a small group of people who plot in secret to do something with the intention of deceiving the masses.”…….
        You are talking about the asinine explanations for the appearances of these “crop circles” throughout the world, ……Right?

    • Anarchy Pony | Jan 1, 2014 at 3:42 pm |

      There’s some pretty big overlap in alien/ufo enthusiasm and conspiracy theorist circles. It’s why the X-files was a popular show.

      • There’s a bit of Chicken versus Egg when discussing X-Files and UFO/Conspiracy Theorists. The show attracted and created many while not seeming to create too many sceptics.

      • heinrich6666 | Jan 2, 2014 at 5:42 am |

        No, it’s because ‘conspiracy theory’ has come to mean anything that is taboo. I once saw on a physics forum somebody who asking about scalar waves get slapped down by an admin because they were in his opinion a ‘conspiracy theory’. No conspiracy people. Not even any people. Still a ‘conspiracy theory’. Sometime soon, if you hold that the moon is made out of cheese, this will be called a ‘conspiracy theory’.

  4. Anarchy Pony | Jan 1, 2014 at 1:25 pm |

    That upper one is clearly the work of silicon valley man children.

  5. jasonpaulhayes | Jan 1, 2014 at 5:24 pm |

    Thats Braille in the center and its a number sequence (1, 9, 2) repeating.

    • Calypso_1 | Jan 1, 2014 at 5:59 pm |

      There is a repeating 192 base pair 8 octapeptide sequence that distinguishes the hybridization/mutation of hexaploid wheat
      This led to the emergence of Mesopotamian civilization.
      Perhaps this is a viral GMO advert.

      • What structure is it that you actually believe to be the 192 base pair 8 octapeptide sequence. You can post images here using the icon in the lower left, so highlight what you think shows that. I’m not seeing it (the Braille does seem plausible, though I don’t know it).

      • Jeffrey Fullner | Feb 6, 2014 at 12:49 am |

        Good comment moron

  6. Rhoid Rager | Jan 1, 2014 at 7:58 pm |

    Crop formations are one of the most important documented psi phenomena. They persist over time, can be unmistakably photographed, measured and documented, and they are available to be seen by anyone (non-experts included). The incredible geometrical structures have become more sophisticated since the 1990s, and they sometimes have complex codes embedded within them. As some of the pics I’ve attached illustrate, some formations show high level math knowledge (such as knowledge of 4-dimensional objects) and mythology symbols among other references across intellectual disciplines.

    If a group of people made this with boards, the beforehand planning and coordination would be incredibly time consuming. If we are to insist that these formations are made by people with boards and rope with GPS, then they must also have more than topical curiosity in cyphers, mythology, geometry, physics and astronomy. However, so far, no group of persons have been able to successfully recreate the complex patterns in any amount of time–let alone overnight.

    It is important not to draw any conclusions such as aliens or ley lines, as this creates fodder for the dismissive tendency of the knee-jerk sceptics (some of who are visible on this thread); but, to acknowledge that what is happening is clearly outside of our current scientific paradigm and general mode of thinking. Epistemologically, this is the beginning of the pursuit of new knowledge.

    • gustave courbet | Jan 1, 2014 at 8:48 pm |

      Well said. I would add that to me the most intriguing aspect of the phenomenon (and the one that distinguishes ‘real’ ones from ones made by humans with boards) is the fact that the crops are bent and woven, and show evidence of microwave radiation that allows them to bend without breaking. You can see the concentric weaving of the crops in the depressed areas on the 5th and 6th pics you posted…

    • Thank you for including a wonderful collection of images showing the complexity of crop circles.

    • Virtually Yours | Jan 2, 2014 at 9:33 pm |

      “Crop formations are one of the most important documented psi phenomena…to acknowledge that what is happening is clearly outside of our current scientific paradigm and general mode of thinking” My apologies, but this seems like a bit of a stretch to me. We have already observed some instances where humans have made these designs…

      For the more advanced ones, I agree that boards and ropes seem unlikely, but who is to say that there is not some form of tech already in existence which could be more than capable of producing said designs? Imagine a fleet of drones arranged in a line and/or grid pattern, hovering over a field. They could, in theory, fly back and forth over the crops (kinda like an aerial 3-D printer), pushing down on the crops with a force similar to that described in the comment by GlitchThtGtAwy: “According to this theory the circles are caused by the sinking down of an energetic vortex from the atmosphere. A vortex so ionized that it should be seen as a form of cold plasma of low density which causes a strong electromagnetical field.”

      Is it possible that we already have such tech? If we don’t, then perhaps “someone else” does. But in either case, it would still be the result of a physical phenomena, and not that of psi. But to clarify, perhaps I should also ask: when you say “psi”, what specifically are you referring to? What is being done and by whom and for what purpose?

      • Rhoid Rager | Jan 6, 2014 at 8:51 am |

        Sorry for the late response. Been busy lately. I’ll answer you explicit question first–namely, what is ‘psi’. I like the wikipedia definition–if that’s not too mundane; “the purported process of information transfer or energy transfer in extrasensory perception or psychokinesis that is unexplained in terms of known physical or biological mechanisms”.

        What I like about this definition is that it is reliant on a teleological component–there is intention behind the phenomenon which excludes it from being categorized as ‘random’ in nature. It has to do with mind interacting with matter–hence teleology–and the medium or method of that interaction has not been identified with current understanding of the apparent constant conjunctions of the universe (‘laws’ if you want).

        Considering your suggestion of drones flying back and forth over the crops, it strikes me that significant technological resources would be required to produce such an effect. Since technology is the physical articulation of humans cooperating with each other, this evokes a question more in line with those we deal with in the social sciences–intentionality. In other words, why would someone or a group of people do this? There is no credit taken by any party that can reproduce the results of the images I have posted. It’s been tested and failed to the best of my knowledge. Further, the ambiguity of the majority of the formations–with the lone exception of the 2002 Crabwood formation (the face and encoded disc pic above), one of the more complex and methodologically-elusive formations–leaves open more ground for interpretation than would be expected of phenomena produced by a economically-driven rational party with access to immense resources and the inclination to put them to task to create messages in food crops.

        But perhaps that’s what the point of the crop formations is–to leave enough ambiguity to beckon interpretation into their meaning so as to spur individual thought and efforts to better understand the world around them. I think it is indisputable that there is intelligence that accompanies the intention behind this phenomenon. The intelligence does not seem to be ostentatious; rather, it is subtle and inviting in it’s approach. These qualities do not seem to be congruent with those humans who currently have access to the technological resources that would, hypothetically, be capable of producing these formations. But you may freely dispute me regarding this.

        Regarding your final point of it ‘still being a physical phenomena’; yes, it is the interaction of mind with matter; of intention and intelligence with atoms; but the method, means and convergence of immaterial intention with material reality remain inadequately explained. Nevertheless, they are real and documented before our eyes. Given their ambiguity and objective nature, perhaps our best course of action would be to not only try to explain how they are made, but also why.

  7. It has occured to me while reading this that the crop circles resonate with something I read years ago about druidic sigils/spells/talismans. According to the source ( a Llewellyn book, so possibly made up) the spell is carved into a tree to harness longevity, essence, and intention from the living source. Odd that I’ve never put that connection together with the obvious symbolism of cropcircles.

  8. Cortacespedes | Jan 2, 2014 at 2:01 am |

    Never underestimate the power of a small contingent of human beings driven by ultra-imaginative creativity, combined with the proclivity to fuck with you endlessly. ( ;

  9. nicholas p. | Jan 2, 2014 at 12:51 pm |

    is it just me or does that crop circle look like a computer board

  10. nicholas p. | Jan 3, 2014 at 12:04 pm |

    has anyone tried to decifer the center yet i dont think it is brail it looks more like a binary code to me. the ones are the dots and the zeros are the spaces in between.

  11. trompe l'oiel | Jan 3, 2014 at 12:08 pm |

    I was just at the Georgia Guidestones, talking to a group of people about this, they brought it to my attention. One of the gentleman claimed that anyone who thinks that all crop circles are man made have probably never witnessed one firsthand and that their opinion is moot. He explained that the nodes, in the cases of energetically derived crop circles, are bent through expanding the water in the stalk and having steam release precisely so that the stalk bends not as if it were tamped down, but as if some form of energy directed it with precision. He explained that anyone who has an opinion on crop circles without ever experiencing one first hand have nothing to found their skepticism on, because their is an inexplicable nature to many crop circles around the world. It’s very unscientific to just dismiss all crop circles as a prank.

    The arrogance of humanity knows no limits, with our supremecy and privacy obsessions, we don’t enjoy the idea of dimensonally active forms of consciousness that can turn our livelyhood (agriculture) into graffiti.

  12. I laughed when I saw the video on Nvidia’s blog where they interviewed the contractors hired for this stunt and heard the creator speak of his work. Of course the lead man they hired had a British accent (and that this is an extraordinary non-UK appearance for crop circles).

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