Archive for May, 2011
Hollywood’s shallow-but-incessant swipes at Christianity are of course nothing new. But now we’re treated to using a grey alien as the vehicle for humorous backhanding of the faith. And this time we get a bonus: the mirage of science and Christianity being incompatible. Now there’s up-to-date thinking. But I’ll grant it’s easy to mislead viewers into thinking Christian thought can’t address tired old arguments against a theistic worldview. Honestly, though, what can you expect from an industry that has produced a panoply of movies that, fifteen years ago, would have gone straight to Mystery Science Theater 3000 for the mockfest they deserve? Does it really take any intelligence to give us movies like Gnomeo and Juliet, Rango, Hoodwinked, and the Smurfs. Talk about a brain drain.
But it isn’t about brains; it’s about making their own religious statement (poorly, but widely).
My blog reader treated me this morning to this post from UFO Mystic. It is headlined “NSA Document Verifies ET Contact” and touts a de-classified NSA Technical Journal article by H. H. Campaigne that examines radio signals from space. The article determines that the signals show intelligence and then ends by saying that more signals from space have been received. Must be Disclosure! A little digging would show that wasn’t and isn’t the case.
The PDF at the UFO Mystic link takes you to an NSA Technical Journal article from volume 14, issue no. 1. The first paragraph alludes to an earlier article (volume 11, no. 2) which is not provided by UFO Mystic (or the site from which it got the story), nor by many other websites tossing this “disclosure” around. Here is the earlier article (also written by Campaigne), which took less than five minutes of my time to find. That article in turn refers to yet another previous article (NSA Technical Journal, volume 11, no. 1) written by Lambros Callimahos. Another five minutes of work. So what’s the point?
The point is that, taken in order and context, this whole thing is a thought experiment between Callimahos and Campaigne, and their readers, in the NSA Technical Journal on hypothetical contact and decipherment of an ET signal. These were released in 2004 to boot — to no hullabaloo. Disclosure Gullibility FAIL again. The whole exercise is sketched out here if you are curious.