Archive for July, 2012
The Huffington Post recently blessed ET religious believers with this piece of mythology. The story ( and that’s all that it is, a fairy tale) that President Eisenhower met with extraterrestrials during his term. Here’s the reality: the whole idea is based on interpretation of a timeline “gap” (and even that is an interpretive term) of the President’s itinerary on an occasion or two. There isn’t a single document that states or even suggests such a meeting took place. It is entirely based on wishful innuendo. Don’t like that? Put up the data — something that goes beyond interpretive innuendo (read: BS). I’ll post it here.
I love these sorts of “reports” — some of the same people who’d believe this fabrication will also embrace the Jesus mythology bunk of Zeitgeist. Yeah … there’s clear thinking for you. Real fact-based stuff.
The UK Mail Online posted an update on the so-called “Baltic UFO” a few days ago. I’d encourage readers to check it out, as the update includes pictures of sonar scans. The article theorizes that the object may in fact be a secret Nazi undersea submarine defense. If that defense was made of concrete, that may be possible, since the scans make the object look to my eye as rock or a rock formation, hardly a metallic craft of any sort (another shock, I know).
Jason Colavito has a thoughtful post over at his blog entitled, “Ancient Astronauts and the Decline of the West.” I recommend reading this short piece, as it touches on a significant idea: that, as society and culture in the West declines or enters periods of hardship and uncertainty, the belief in ancient aliens becomes more pronounced.
This thesis makes good sense, and is actually not new or unknown. In most general terms, periods of difficulty tend to make church attendance rise, as people feel compelled to rely on their faith more, or find faith. As Jason observes, periods in American history like the tumultuous 60s and economic malaise of the 70s — and in the current economic downturn and cultural decay — seem to clearly nurture a yearning for space gods to save us and intervene, or to give people something transcendent in which to believe. The 60s and 70s were the heyday of the contactee movement; nowadays it’s the success of the Ancient Alien shows on the Fantasy (“History”) Channel.
Scholars have taken note of this correlation, so Jason is offering readers more than a idle musing.1 Like it or not, the belief in ancient astronauts is propelled by a religious, not scientific, impulse.
- See “Ufology” in Encyclopedia of Millennialism and Millennial Movements (Taylor and Francis) p. 78; Michael Lieb: Children of Ezekiel: Aliens, UFOs, the Crisis of Race, and the Advent of End Time (Duke Univ Press); Daniel Wojcik, “Emergent Apocalyptic Beliefs About UFOs and Extraterrestrial Beings,” in The End of the World As We Know It: Faith, Fatalism, and Apocalypse in America (NYU); and Brenda Denzler, The Lure of the Edge: Scientific Passions, Religious Beliefs, and the Pursuit of UFOs (Duke Univ Press; esp. ch. 5). ↩
Because of the sorts of things Nick Redfern says here, in the first of a two-part series entitled, “Saucers of Manipulation.” Now, Nick doesn’t say the ET view is utterly impossible. He merely points to several things that those committed to an ET view seem to habitually overlook, probably since they favor some other kind of intelligence that doesn’t come from another planet.