Singer David Bowie is well known for the allusions to his extra-planetary experiences throughout his career. After the release of his newest album, The Next Day, which was recorded largely in secret over the last two years, the singer’s fans have been reminded somewhat of the esoteric facets of this famous and, at times, odd musician. One critic has already called the album’s sudden appearance and rise to the top of the charts as being, “the greatest comeback in rock’n’roll history.” But perhaps rising amidst the British pop charts isn’t the only kind of takeoff Bowie has experienced throughout his life.

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at

7 Replies to “David Bowie’s Quantum Topological UFO

  1. “Time takes a cigarette, …puts it in your mouth.
    You pull on your finger, then another finger, then your cigarette.

    Whoa, whoa whoa whoa, you’re a rock and roll suicide”.

    One of my favorite artists of all time. I did listen to the albumn at full volume like it suggested…with head between speakers.

  2. Be still my heart !

    “… was not the an object, but a projection of my own mind trying to make sense of this quantum topological doorway into dimensions beyond our own…” very interesting yes! and i’d not heard naught about this sighting before, thank you Mr. Hanks! it’s making me think, but i’m on the run and my thoughts are disordered….i will want to drop in with ordered thots later i hope!

    fhwew, he sure favors an old boyfriend of mine who i haven’t seen in years, it’s disconcertin’. I wish i was half as good looking as some of my old beaux, that much i know! have fun, steph

  3. between the vaccuum and the washing machine…

    “…I believe that what I saw was not the an object, but a projection of my own mind trying to make sense of this quantum topological doorway into dimensions beyond our own…”

    I like the turn of phrase here (hello, lyricist) but even more the concept expressed. While most people take ‘my mind projected…’ to mean something like ‘it was my imagination’, Bowie’s saying that when confronted with the unimaginable his mind dealt with the utter alien-ness of the experience by ‘filling in the blanks’. In other words, he saw something, but it is hiding behind the image generated by his mind…altho he has a strong sense of what that original ‘something’ was.

    I’ve often wondered what long-time practitioners of mindfulness meditation would experience in a similar situation, as the practice consists of learning to ‘unlearn’ the automatic labels and judgements we put onto all the ‘culturally deemed relevant’ stimuli in our environments. Even in my own limited experience i’ve found it’s quite possible to scrub away at all these automatic perceptions.

    It would be interesting to compare reports by practitioners to those of non-practitioners, or even to see if repeat experiencers would be interested in practicing to see how that effects their contacts.

    Meanwhile, the laundry….steph

  4. I think the alleged quote was made up by the writer (no actual source given).

    However, Bowie has spoken of his UFO sightings and Extraterrestrial interest/knowledge to various people. See: Timothy Green Beckley ‘UFOs Among The Stars’; Michael Luckman ‘Alien Rock’; various biographies.

    A lot of information can be found on-line, including Cherry Vanilla 1973 interview (audio); ‘David Bowie 1974′(video); ‘David Bowie 1975 (video), and articles/press cuttings.

    It’s clear from it all, that he knows more than he’s revealed; but what it is that he knows, is less certain.

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