Archive for the ‘Announcement’ Category
This forthcoming book by Antonio Paris looks promising: Space Science: Challenges for the Extraterrestrial Hypothesis of UFO Phenomenon. The link says that the book will “addresses what the UFO community conveniently fails to address.” For what those failures are, click on the link.
It’s that time of year again – my annual summary of how the blog did this year, as well as other related websites that are mine.
The UFO Religions blog is my smallest blog, but has increased in views and visits every year of its existence. This year I had 69,932 visitors. All time (a little over five years’ running) there have been 422 posts to date at a word count of 159,619.
In a related effort, particularly with respect to the ancient astronaut quackery, my Sitchin Is Wrong website served a lot of customers:
unique visitors: 140,232
number of visits: 173,345
website hits: 1,240,863
The Ancient Aliens Debunked YouTube documentary has, to date, just over 2.8 million views. I appeared in that documentary, which was created by Chris White.
More comprehensively, my homepage averaged just under a million hits a month. (I need to start doing something intentional here … and that will happen soon … to get over that hump). Here are the homepage stats:
unique visitors: 362,522
number of visits: 1,034,272
website hits: 11,578,595
I’m nearly home from being away for two weeks at the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society, Society of Biblical Literature, and the American Academy of Religion. AAR had an entire afternoon session on “astro-theology” (how would ET life impact religion – specifically, Christianity). I’ll be saying a few things about that session and more soon.
Those of you following me on Twitter have already gotten this message – and you should all be following me on Twitter (@msheiser) for that and other reasons.
Rob Sheaffer over at the Bad UFO blog offers a whimsical (and in places, disturbing) description of the goings-on at the “alternative knowledge” conference held this past August at the Joshua Tree Retreat Center.
Every UFO conference is a mixture of people (attendees and speakers), ranging from the serious to the sublimely ridiculous. I’ve attended several and by now am familiar with the taxonomic categories. But this one sounds especially cartoonish. Rob describes speakers who were all-white suits (Mommy, is that man God?) and brought human props (i.e., bodyguards) to reinforce the myth of their own self-importance. Some of them were wearing T-Shirts that said “Black-Ops.” Really? Are Black-Ops supposed to be secret? Oh . . . wait . . . I get it – they were hidden in plain sight.
This sort of P.T. Barnum-ish buffoonery (along with the incoherence of the research) is why such people shouldn’t be taken seriously.