This is one of the most beautiful “crop circles” I have ever seen.
I put the words “crop circles” in quotes because I don’t think that this term properly describes what we are seeing here. This is a work of art. Carefully thought out and planned, with geometric precision and inspired imagination, this design goes with the grain as an expression of a human being’s heart and mind.
Yet as sure as the media is duty-bound to make ghost sightings and UFO’s part of their regular smorgasbord of pop-news, “crop circles” hold a similar position within the media’s paranormal templates. It just wouldn’t be a summer news cycle unless there were reports and photographs of crop circles, along with the appropriate colorful personalities to enhance the story’s charm and mysticism.
Here is a crunchy-bit from the article that appeared in last week’s Telegraph. When asked about the possibility that this particular creation was a tip-of-the-hat to Harry Potter’s owl …
Pattern expert Karen Alexander dismissed the claims.
She said: “The owl is an ancient symbol of wisdom, so perhaps it is a message to people that we should be thinking deeper about the world around us.
“This is obviously a time of some upheaval in the world so perhaps this is a sign that we should be looking backwards for some wisdom in how to deal with today’s problems, rather than anything to do with Harry Potter.”
I think Ms. Alexander helps make my case that “crop circles” are nothing more than human artistic expression. Any person can look at something, infuse it with deep feeling and emotions, and derive from it sensations that make the most sense to the observer. When I first looked at the picture, I couldn’t help but wonder how many licks it takes to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie pop.
For you see, I have yet to read any of the Harry Potter books, nor have I seen any of the movies. I am waiting for when my daughter is a bit older so that we can explore the Harry Potter world together, so I had no idea Harry Potter even had an owl before this news item hit the internet. I suppose I could have invoked the “wisdom of the owl” emotions that Ms. Alexander feels, but it just didn’t go that route in my head.
There are people, still to this day after decades of widespread attention and public awareness, who believe that these works of art require fantastic and untenable explanations. This is despite all of the overwhelming mundane evidence to the contrary. Let’s face it – you really have to work hard to suspend reality to believe that “crop-circles” are caused by extra-terrestrials or more “naturalistic” explanations, such as ball lightning.
A favorite argument made by some cerealogists (those are people who study these shapes in the wheat) say that the designs are too complex for human beings to accomplish in a short amount of time (usually one night’s worth of work.) Not so, say the folks over at Circlemakers.org. Peruse their website and you’ll see video clips of these complex patterns being created by the most intelligent (and creative) life forms known to exist. These artists give you step-by-step guidance so you too can do everything that the “experts” deem is too complex.
As far as ball lighting goes, it goes without saying that there is no conceivable way that ball lightning creates the complex geometric patterns we see, such as the owl picture. But can it flatten crops causing even the most basic patterns without any singing or burning? While it is impossible to know for sure, mainly because science has not yet figured out or narrowly defined exactly what ball lightning is, it seems highly implausible. Ball lightning sounds cool, it is somewhat mysterious, and it is easy to throw around (pun intended) in the context of circular patterning. But ultimately, the lack of any evidence makes it a non-viable candidate. Hell, wallabies high on opium spinning in the poppy fields of Australia seem to be able to do what the pseudoscientists ascribe to ball lightning, ley lines, mini black holes, and a host of other whacky ideas.
The other little interesting point of note in the Telegraph article is the quote from a Harry Potter fan …
Steve Killick, a Harry Potter fan, said: “It is very exciting to think that there are fans of Harry from other galaxies. Most of the world has fallen in love with Harry Potter so it makes sense that most of the universe will do eventually too.”
Mr. Killick, like many other victims of a lifetime’s worth of credulous bludgeoning by the media, believes that extra-terrestrials not only created this “crop circle”, but at least one of them has an affinity and deep appreciation for Harry Potter. To him, crop circles made by ET’s as a testament to Harry Potter is as normal a thought as the sun rising in the morning. This is pretty sad when you think about it. As is the case with too many people, critical thinking plays no role in Mr. Killick’s most basic assumptions about the universe.
The term “crop-circle” should be retired, once and for all. “Crop Art” is the only reasonable and appropriate description for such activity.