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 It’ll Swamp Us on Dec. 21, Outer Space Tells Suburbanite It’ll Swamp Us on Dec. 21, Outer Space Tells Suburbanite
  
-{{ :ufo.jpg?300|}} Lake City will be destroyed by a flood from the Great Lake just before dawn, Dec. 21, according to a suburban housewife. ​ Mrs. Marian Keech, of 847 West School street, says the prophecy is not her own.  It is the purport of many messages she has received by automatic writing, she says… ​ The messages, according to Mrs. Keech, are sent to her by superior beings from a planet called ‘Clarion.’ ​ These beings have been visiting the earth, she says, in what we call flying saucers. ​ During their visits, she says, they have observed fault lines in the earth’s crust that foretoken the deluge. ​ Mrs. Keech reports she was told the flood will spread to form an inland sea stretching from the Arctic Circle to the Gulf of Mexico. ​ At the same time, she says, a cataclysm will submerge the West Coast from Seattle, Wash., to Chile in South America. +{{ :ufo.jpg?250|}} **Lake City will be destroyed by a flood from the Great Lake just before dawn, Dec. 21, according to a suburban housewife. ​ Mrs. Marian Keech, of 847 West School street, says the prophecy is not her own.  It is the purport of many messages she has received by automatic writing, she says… ​ The messages, according to Mrs. Keech, are sent to her by superior beings from a planet called ‘Clarion.’ ​ These beings have been visiting the earth, she says, in what we call flying saucers. ​ During their visits, she says, they have observed fault lines in the earth’s crust that foretoken the deluge. ​ Mrs. Keech reports she was told the flood will spread to form an inland sea stretching from the Arctic Circle to the Gulf of Mexico. ​ At the same time, she says, a cataclysm will submerge the West Coast from Seattle, Wash., to Chile in South America.** 
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 [Background:​ In the 1950s many social psychologists were studying people’s tendencies to bring their attitudes into consistency – with other attitudes and with their behavior. ​ Based on a combination of field research and laboratory experimentation,​ Leon Festinger developed “cognitive dissonance theory” that postulates that the inconsistency of attitudes with other beliefs or with one’s own behavior produces an uncomfortable tension state – dissonance – that motivates either change or defensive strategies. ​ Festinger and some of his students were reading about millenarian (end-of-the-world) cults, and noticed that they often did not give up their beliefs when their prophecies were disconfirmed. ​ Then one of them came across the headline and story above in a Salt Lake City newspaper. [Background:​ In the 1950s many social psychologists were studying people’s tendencies to bring their attitudes into consistency – with other attitudes and with their behavior. ​ Based on a combination of field research and laboratory experimentation,​ Leon Festinger developed “cognitive dissonance theory” that postulates that the inconsistency of attitudes with other beliefs or with one’s own behavior produces an uncomfortable tension state – dissonance – that motivates either change or defensive strategies. ​ Festinger and some of his students were reading about millenarian (end-of-the-world) cults, and noticed that they often did not give up their beliefs when their prophecies were disconfirmed. ​ Then one of them came across the headline and story above in a Salt Lake City newspaper.
  
 Festinger and his colleagues decided to study the “cult” that formed around Mrs. Keech, and observe how they would react when their prophecy that they’d be picked up and flown off the earth by flying saucers did not come true.  They hypothesized that the dissonance created by disconfirmation of their belief would motivate them either to change their beliefs or seek strategies to re-confirm them.  They predicted that those who had made strong commitments to the prophecy and to the group would intensify their proselytizing after the saucer failed to appear. ​ The following are excepts from their account, published in When Prophecy Fails by Leon Festinger, Henry Riecken, and Stanley Schachter (1956).] Festinger and his colleagues decided to study the “cult” that formed around Mrs. Keech, and observe how they would react when their prophecy that they’d be picked up and flown off the earth by flying saucers did not come true.  They hypothesized that the dissonance created by disconfirmation of their belief would motivate them either to change their beliefs or seek strategies to re-confirm them.  They predicted that those who had made strong commitments to the prophecy and to the group would intensify their proselytizing after the saucer failed to appear. ​ The following are excepts from their account, published in When Prophecy Fails by Leon Festinger, Henry Riecken, and Stanley Schachter (1956).]
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 In early October two of the authors called on Mrs. Keech and tried to learn whether there were other convinced persons in her orbit of influence, whether they too believed in the specific prediction, and what commitments of time, energy, reputation, or material possessions they might be making in connection with the prediction. ​ The results of this first visit encouraged us to go on.  The three of us and some hired observers joined the group and, as participants,​ gathered data about the conviction, commitment, and proselytizing activity of the individuals were actively interested in Mrs. Keech’s ideas…. In early October two of the authors called on Mrs. Keech and tried to learn whether there were other convinced persons in her orbit of influence, whether they too believed in the specific prediction, and what commitments of time, energy, reputation, or material possessions they might be making in connection with the prediction. ​ The results of this first visit encouraged us to go on.  The three of us and some hired observers joined the group and, as participants,​ gathered data about the conviction, commitment, and proselytizing activity of the individuals were actively interested in Mrs. Keech’s ideas….
  
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