Maurene Morgan’s belief in extraterrestrials and UFOs isn’t exactly mainstream. However, at her Tuesday night presentation in Centralia, titled “Unraveling A Mystery: UFOs and ETs in Ancient Art,” the audience filled nearly every seat in the Olympic Club Theater.
“Put all your preconceived notions aside, open up your brain, take this information in and let your mind go where it wants to go,” Morgan said.
Morgan, the Washington State Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) state section director, took artwork from different parts of the world, from different time periods, and showed recurring motifs in it. The presentation aimed to prove that the only common theme and explanation for this was outside influence.
“Ancient art has something to say about our origin,” Morgan said during her presentation.
The presentation was sponsored by Centralia College, Timberland Regional Library and McMenamins as a lead up to the 19th Annual McMenamins UFO Festival, which takes place next month in McMinnville, Oregon.
Morgan began by saying she was “making a case for alien presence in human affairs.” She noted that there is still no agreement for how life began, and there are seven main theories among mainstream scientists.
Morgan’s belief in extraterrestrials and UFOs doesn’t seem to stem from a willingness to accept any idea, but rather, extreme skepticism of how humanity has chosen to write its story.
“The reality we are given is a culturally constructed one to basically keep us dumb and happy, particularly if what’s happening isn’t necessarily for our benefit,” Morgan divulged after the presentation. “What if we do find out we’re ‘owned’ by somebody and we’re being genetically harvested or souls harvested or something like that. We have this real ego thing. ‘We’re the most intelligent species in the universe.’ Well what if we find out we’re a hologram or a sims game? There is evidence for all of these.”
Morgan, who spent five years sailing around the world from 1978 until 1983, spent a good portion of her presentation discussing the Marquesas Islands, a group of volcanic islands in French Polynesia.
Morgan showed stark contrasts between statues she described as “intimate family portraits” and statues with “piggy faces,” both found in the Marquesas. The latter feature is found in various places all over the world.
“There must be a common source for that motif,” Morgan said. “Either these are self portraits, or the people are depicting something they see in their environment.”
Morgan showed a plethora of images where people depicted goggles, flat and concave faces and reptilian beings. Many of the images were from disparate parts of the world, from civilizations that should not have had contact with each other. Morgan was adamant that the images were not photoshopped.
Another common theme among the artwork was of a figure that appeared similar to an astronaut.
“There are so many astronauts that you will find all over the world,” said Morgan, who then posed the theory that astronauts could have time-traveled back.
After the presentation, Morgan took questions. After each question, Morgan asked for tougher, harder questions from audience members, seemingly to encourage the same skepticism she, herself, possessed.
One audience member asked why there were no recent depictions of extraterrestrials, and why the physical evidence has seemed to diminish as technology increases.
Morgan, who assigns cases to field investigators in MUFON, said it hasn’t. She said since she took over as state director last June, she has received 140 reports of sightings. She now receives about 30 each month.
“I’m pretty sure this stuff is still happening,” Morgan said.
Morgan fielded questions for roughly an hour after her presentation. While concluding her discussion, she left audience members with the ominous statement, “We need to know if we’re being studied.”
Multiple audience members approached Morgan after her talk, and one asked about becoming a field investigator.
“There’s vast areas of disagreement,” said Morgan after the discussion. “This is just one way of looking at the world, through this lense. These are areas where academics don’t even want to go. You can just about guarantee that you are never going to get your thesis ever approved. You’re never going to get a job. You are never going to get your books published — you’re never going to get a position in either academia or in the scientific community if you’re on the fringe. The only way you can ever step out is to be somebody like Francis Crick. After he wins the Nobel Prize, after he co-discovers the double-helix structure of DNA, he can come out and say ‘gee, I think we were seeded by an extraterrestrial civilization.’”