Dr. Joseph Burkes, MD



“Human Initiated Contact Experiences (HICE) and the Consciousness Connection”

Dr. Burkes will describe his decades of voluntary service engaging Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP) intelligences in the course of real time field investigations.  This effort employs consciousness techniques, meditation, and thought projection, in order to have limited interactions with the intelligences responsible for UAPs.  Most people know of this popularly known technique as CE-5’s, Dr. Greer’s Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind.  Dr. Burkes will explain why the acronym HICE (Human Initiated Contact Experiences) is the preferable term.  He will describe his numerous multiple witnessed sightings that have allowed him to formulate a number of radical theories about contact mechanisms employed by UAP intelligences.  These models include the Virtual Experience Theory that outlines the role of technologically induced illusions targeting UAP experiencers.  Dr. Burkes will also discuss his assessment that UAPs likely threaten all terrestrial elites, military, economic and political groups, but not necessarily the Earth’s people.  He will provide his reasoning as to why an intelligence-counter intelligence model for UAP investigations has both practical utility as well as explaining the rationale behind what has been called “The UFO Truth Embargo.”


Dr. Joseph Burkes, MD is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine.  He is a retired internal medicine physician having completed 30 years of service for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group.  He resides in California with his wife Yael, four small dogs and a 108-year-old desert tortoise named Moishe.  Dr. Burkes has been a volunteer UFO investigator since 1992 working with the Center for the Study of ET Intelligence (CSETI), the Peruvian network of contact workers known as Rahma, MUFON and The Foundation for Research into ET and Extraordinary Encounters (FREE).  Dr. Burkes worked with researcher Preston Dennett.  They are co-authors of a chapter on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) associated medical healings that appear in the FREE compendium “Beyond UFOs” published in 2018.  Dr. Burkes also co-authored “Paths to Contact” edited by Jeff Becker.

During the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s Dr. Burkes was a volunteer peace and social justice activist.  He participated in the civil rights, anti-Vietnam War and the physician’s anti-nuclear movements.  He was a leader in Physicians for Social Responsibility that was part of the group International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.  This organization won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985.

Dr. Burkes volunteered as a Working Group Coordinator in the 1990s for Dr. Steven Greer’s Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind Initiative.  Working in that capacity, Dr. Burkes had numerous Human Initiated Contact Experiences, (HICE), popularly known as CE-5s.  Although he left CSETI more than 20 years ago, he has continued to promote the worldwide efforts of the network of activists that he calls “The Contact Underground.”

Dr. Burkes’ blogs that appear on Facebook focus on the mechanisms of contact.  These include the Virtual Experiencer Model that describe the role of illusion during close encounters and the intelligence-counterintelligence model for UFO investigations.  This model for engaging UFO intelligences is based on the assessment that flying saucers threaten all terrestrial elites, but not necessarily the Earth’s people.