Archive for the ‘UFOs and Hollywood’ Category
Robert Sheaffer over at the Bad UFOs blog has written MUFON’s epitaph: “MUFON Jumps the Shark.”
I don’t know of any other conclusion in the wake of the PA MUFON State Director claimed that missing Malaysia Airline flight 370 was abducted by aliens. This is the sort of hailstorm of idiocy we’ve come to expect from internet trolls or YouTubers who do UFO stuff. But not MUFON.
That “courtesy doubt” has now been withdrawn. Robert’s piece includes commentary on MUFON’s new TV series, Hangar 1 (the name for MUFON’s collection of UFO stories that the show will pretend are data). The show airs on History Channel 2 (I guess one fantasy channel wasn’t enough). Unfortunately, it’s not hard to show that MUFON’s credibility has been compromised for some time now. He writes of the show: “And what exactly does MUFON serve up from its precious archives? Some of the most preposterous, unsubstantiated stories in the UFO literature.”
Read it and weep (or laugh).
Robbie Graham at Silver Screen Saucers recently posted this informative and interesting piece about one of my favorite UFO/alien-themed movies, Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The movie has long been the subject of a great deal of speculation among UFO researchers and enthusiasts. Robbie’s lengthy post takes you through all the ins-and-outs of those speculations.
Hat tip to Jack Brewer at The UFO Trail for his tweet alerting me to his informative and entertaining “Year in Review” piece in the Paranormal Examiner. Nicely done.
Blogged this over at PaleoBabble, but thought I’d put it here as well.
Jason Colavito has an informative post on the “big-business-factual-data-be-damned” approach of Ancient Aliens. The early section of his post notes connections between ancient astronaut theory and pop-culture, specifically with respect to Marvel comics.
The connections between ancient astronaut worldview and the sort of science fiction of comic books are deep. The comic book worlds pre-date the work of Sitchin and von Daniken. As Jason notes, there are secure roots in the writings of Lovecraft and others, but the more “vulgar” genre of the comic book also plays a significant role in where ancient astronaut theory really gets its “data”.
I recommend to readers two works in this regard. The first is a popular work of non-fiction. The second is a scholarly work (Univ of Chicago Press). Both are fascinating. The second, naturally, is dense and a harder read.
Christopher Knowles, Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes
No, there’s nothing odd about Scientology. Unless you count building an alien space cathedral and spaceship landing pad in New Mexico for the post-Armageddon alien meet-n-greet. If I were in this (literally) space cadet religion, the first thing I’d want to know from my alien overlords is “If your ships can conquer things like gravity, interstellar travel, and the speed of light, why in the name of Tom Cruise and John Travolta did you need a landing strip?”
It would be easy to devote space to how Scientology is just another version of occult theosophy, but that’s already been done by Jason Colavito (see here as well). When it comes right down to it, all that’s needed is to say it’s simply a UFO cult. A cathedral and a landing pad for aliens doesn’t really have another explanation.