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A Lawn Chair and a Phantom Flying Saucer

Daniel M. Ogilvie

in Fantasies of Flight

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195157468
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199894024 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157468.003.0023
A Lawn Chair and a Phantom Flying Saucer

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This chapter describes two men — Larry Walters and Marshall Herff Applewhite — who took elaborate steps in efforts to fly. Little is known about the childhoods of either of them, and that places us in the precarious position that Freud was in when he transformed his speculations about Leonardo's early experiences into facts and proceeded to use these “facts” to support his “looking for sex” theory of flying. The total absence of early childhood information about Walters and Applewhite precludes any opportunity to play a connect-the-dots game. However, by now, there is a premise about flying fantasies that can be informed and elaborated on by considering the actions of Walters and Applewhite. That premise is that the ambition to rise into the air is a product of latent desires to restore ineffable body sensations that once, a long time ago, before the dawn of consciousness, had been associated with the pleasures of intersubjective union with the mother.

Keywords: Larry Walters; flying dreams; flying fantasies; flight; maternal separation

Chapter.  5927 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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