The Gift – The Crop Circles Deciphered
Author: Doug Ruby
Blue Note Books
Reviewer: Arthur Nott
There are many conjectures today regarding the meaning of the Crop Circle phenomenon. These are based on philosophical interpretations, religious meaning, or some even on ancient symbols. But whatever their meaning people seem to relate to crop circles in their own way. For some, particularly those who have been able to walk among the freshly created circles, there have been incredible psychic reactions from a balancing effect to a sense of mind awakening or stimulation.
For many years now researchers have been gathering data trying to put all the strange pieces of this enigma together. Now perhaps we are coming into a time of fitting those pieces together to find answers. One such answer may lie in a recent publication to come out of America, a book entitled “The Gift – The Crop Circles Deciphered” written by Doug Ruby. This book is possibly the first of its kind to propose a technological explanation for crop circles.
Doug Ruby has had 24 years experience in the US Air Force and in commercial air lines, with extensive training in problem solving and in complex aircraft systems. So it is not easy to dismiss his insights out of hand. When Doug Ruby looked at the crop circle designs he saw them as blue prints for a mechanical device. Typically, a blue print has floor plans, elevations and perspective drawings. These crop circles seemed to be in plan only. His experienced mind conceptualised them in perspective and began to make logical deductions. His book takes us step by step through these logical deductions.
He gives an analogy for the basis of working along this line – the way trainers work with dolphins. Man and dolphin must get to know each other by frequent contact. Once rapport is established, a simple form of communication is started whereby some sign makes some predetermined sense. That established, the sign can be amplified and the new form worked on until the sense is received.
Doug feels it is essential in understanding these circles that people study them, experiment with them and get to know them so that the possible meaning or purpose can be discovered.
To raise the designs from floor plan to elevation, he started by making a cardboard model of a simple circle. This was a perimeter with interrupted arcs inside. And here is where the first of a series of possibly non-accidental occurrences took place. He “flipped it up into the air and simultaneously spun it” with his hand. The spinning caused the interrupted arcs to appear as solid lines. The thought came to him that maybe it could be turned into a spinning top to see if it might reveal some particular shape.
His first attempt involved gluing a round button to the back of the centre of the cardboard. And this led on to another idea. He remembered using model aeroplane kits as a child. Pieces in these kits were made of plastic – several small pieces, wheels, for instance, would be linked together by small strips of the plastic. You were meant to break the wheels off the strips and reposition them in their correct places according to the blueprint that came with the kit. Therefore, he reasoned, perhaps the designs of circles on lines were meant to have the circle parts removed from the shafts and repositioned. He removed the circle parts of the designs and threaded them through the centre onto a wooden dowel. Now he could spin the dowel in his hands to see what effect the marks in the circles would show.
When he moved on to the asymmetrical designs, this hand spinning became awkward and got out of balance, leading him to construct a spinning machine out of a fan motor mounted on a box. He inserted the dowel into the fan motor shaft and experimented with spinning at differing speeds. He devised various ways of dealing with the different elements of design, moving pieces along the shaft to positions that seemed to make more sense.
Over time, crop circles had changed from simple circles to more complicated ones such as pictograms. Some of these had small straight lines set parallel to the shaft. When he replicated these on flat board and placed them flat on the shaft they seemed to be telling him that they were meant to be “spacers” or uprights separating one “wheel” from another. He treated the antennae appendages of insectograms (pictograms with antennae) as origami, folding them up from their original position at the circumference of the circle from which they extended. These, too, seemed to create a spacing effect. The next puzzle was what to do with the designs which showed isolated tiny circles and arcs floating off from the main design. He treated them by attaching the “floaters” with thin strips to the main shaft so they stood out just where they were originally.
Incorporating all these different treatments into his models (he had by now progressed from cardboard to wood) he observed interesting visual effects When he spun his models on his spinning machine he saw semi-transparent fields where the model held items which extended asymmetrically, and solid form where the model was uniform. It was not long before the “engineer” in Doug Ruby had figured out a working model of what began to appear to him to be a space craft. The very angles of the underside agreed precisely with what would be necessary for such a craft. He realised that in the crop circles we were actually being given the clues for building our own flying saucers – a massive leap forward in our technology.
One of the most famous crop circles was the Mandelbrot Circle. Placing his wooden model (by now a completed space craft) into the shape of the Mandelbrot and letting the sides of the model touch the inside of the main circle, he tested it on the spinning machine. The small outer circles round the Mandelbrot showed up as a transparent shape surrounding his “space craft” at particular intervals and ratios in respect to the craft.
Another lateral leap of his experienced problem-solving mind and Doug Ruby had twigged he was seeing a force field round a mechanical object. It was time to graduate from woodlathe models and spinning machines to computers. With a simple CAD program (Computer Aided Design) animating and rotating the designs automatically he began to race ahead with discovery. He deduced the energy source – photon energy. He deduced the system for control of flight. It was fitting in perfectly, one discovery following fast on the previous one. The computer was speeding up the discoveries amazingly.
He realised that the crop circle designers had possibly meant all along that computers should be employed in the interpretation of these designs. That they had been using a technology slightly ahead of our development waiting for us to grow into that level of understanding and that, now we were reaching it, we would be able to unravel the clues. But at this point, Doug Ruby has reached the limit of his present capabilities. He does not have access to a computer with a full professional level Computer Aided Design program. On such a program, these designs could be drawn and spun graphically. He feels this is the true medium needed to break the final codes.
If anyone out there would like to take up the challenge this book is a must. The designs shown in this beautifully presented book show you the full progression of his breakthrough logic, with many more designs for others to work on. A book highly recommended, not only for those attracted by the inventive possibilities, but for all who have followed the crop circle enigma over the years.