# Crop Circles: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides) by Hugh Manistre

By Hugh Manistre

An exploration of crop circles, delivering feedback for private learn. It addresses: the historical past of crop circles; theories and factors; technology and the circles; the "New Age", the mystical and the circles; hoaxes; conspiracy conception; and up to date occasions and ultimate mysteries.

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This will give you a flavour of the way the circlemaker thinks and operates. 8. Paranoia and conspiracy We began with the point that the history of the crop circles resembles that of UFO research and it may be observed pessimistically that little or nothing has been learned from the latter. We have seen in the preceding chapter that circle-making has its roots in UFO hoaxes and the sensitivity of some researchers to this led them to adopt a more guarded approach to the circles. Others have been less cautious.

One explanation may be found in the idea of the collective unconscious, itself essentially an ancient idea, which was articulated in Jung's writing. He formulated a model of the psyche in which the personal unconscious of an individual is underlain by the collective unconscious of the entire human race. This may be conceived as a giant storehouse of all human experience, in which the essential elements of all human life exist as archetypes. These may lie dormant, or become active, according to the outer situation in the life of the individual or the world at large.

They go on to describe various attempts to simulate the flattening effect found in the 'real circles'. They concluded that it is impossible to artificially flatten crop without leaving tell-tale traces, such as damage to the plants and footprints and that there are 'certain aspects of true circles that could never be produced... manually'. Their assertions are important because, appearing in a best-selling book and coming from two of the leading researchers, they became accepted as facts. Many other researchers made similar statements concerning the difficulty or impossibility of reproducing effects seen in the circles manually or mechanically and the ways in which genuine circles can be distinguished from hoaxes.