Monthly Archives: August 2009

Thinking about UFO Abductees with Harvard Psychologist John Mack

This is a segment from a documentary on Harvard pychologist John Mack and some of the UFO abductees that he has interviewed and worked with. I thought that this segment was especially interesting and informative: Hat tip: Atrueoriginall

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Blogging UFOs: Alien Invasion and the Asian Giant Hornet?

If UFOs with aliens in them are really starting to visit our planet in greater earnest (as UFO believers claim, most notably Temple University professor, David Jacobs), and if those aliens do not, in fact, have warm and cuddly intentions toward us (as … Continue reading

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Science v. Religion? An Evolutionary Biologist Promoting Public Acceptance for Evolutionary Theory with a Really Dumb Strategy

In thinking about biologist Jerry Coyne’s recent forays into the realms of PZ Myers-style religion bashing, I can’t help but wonder: Unless something else is going on psychologically (such as a hatred of religion as such), should religion be the central … Continue reading

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Twitter Approaches Poetry

Shitmydadsays is the best use of Twitter I’ve ever encountered. A 28 year old lives with his 73 year old father and simply quotes him periodically. Here’s a sample: “Don’t touch the bacon, it’s not done yet. You let me … Continue reading

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The Bush-Cheney Years

Nostalgic? From the just declassified May 2004 inspector general’s review of CIA interrogations: Sometime between 28 December 2002 and 1 January 2003, the debriefer used an unloaded semi-automatic handgun as a prop to frighten Al-Nashiri into disclosing information. After discussing … Continue reading

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Blogging UFOs: Are UFO Memories Even Reliable?

In recent posts I know I’ve been raining on the UFO believers’ parade, and I’m trying to keep an open mind about what I’ve discovered after a few weeks of looking into the UFO phenomenon, but the fact that eyewitness testimony … Continue reading

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The Bigfoot Community?

You know that there’s an atheist community, and a gay community, and a lesbian community, and an Italian-American community. But did you also know that there is a Bigfoot community? Look and listen:

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Blogging UFOs: Aliens, Bigfoot, and Epistemic Justification

What happens when UFO eyewitness testimony contradicts expert scientific testimony? What do you do? Well, if you’re a reasonable person, it would seem that wherever eyewitness testimony and expert scientific testimony are at odds, you’ve got to considerably lower your … Continue reading

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Blogging UFOs: A Fresh Baked Alien Cookie

This afternoon it occurred to me that aliens, being a source of sexual and nightmare anxiety for a lot of people, might lead them to make images of aliens into food. You can’t be too scared of something that you can fashion … Continue reading

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Blogging UFOs: What’s the Evangelical Christian Take on Extraterrestrial Visitations?

In the early 1990s, an Evangelical filmmaker produced a pretty good documentary on UFOs. Below is part 1 of 8 from YouTube. As a teenager, I actually saw the first person interviewed (Dave Hunt) at my church a couple of times. Hunt was … Continue reading

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The UFO Hypothesis: Strong v. Weak Versions, and the Skeptic’s Retort

In researching UFOs over the past several weeks, and trying to decide what I think about the claims surrounding them, I’ve noticed that there are strong and weak versions of the UFO hypothesis. In general, people who believe in the strong … Continue reading

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Blogging UFOs: The UFO Hypothesis (and Tom Cruise) on Trial

These past few weeks, as I’ve thought about UFOs as a phenomenon, I’ve found myself confused, going back and forth between the value of testimony v. the value of expert scientific opinion, and then it occurred to me: Juries frequently encounter the exact same dilemma. In … Continue reading

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Blogging UFOs: If UFOs are Indeed Buzzing about in Our Local Skies, Why Wouldn’t We Pick Up Radio Signals of their Interspaceship Communications?

This morning I thought of a rather strong presumptive reason not to believe that UFOs are really visiting Earth: The total lack of radio communication between alleged alien spaceships. You would think that aliens, like humans, would communicate over radio … Continue reading

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Blogging UFOs: Why was the Military’s Response to Roswell Witnesses and the Local Story Disseminators So Heavyhanded?

This excellent video clip on the Roswell incident begins with Jesse Marcel’s son’s recollection of what his father showed him on the night that his dad had recovered debris from the Roswell UFO crash site, and how what Jesse Marcel’s son saw did … Continue reading

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Talk about Alien Contact! UFO Crashes into UFO Museum!

I don’t know where this little museum and gift shop is in the world, but I thought the image was amusing.  

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1942 “The Battle of Los Angeles”: Did the U.S. Military Mistake a Phoenix Lights-Style UFO Incident for an Attack from Japan?

A curious event from February 25, 1942: And here’s an original news broadcast of the incident:

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Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater Believed in UFOs

What I find interesting here is that there have been few senators in American history with more power and clout than Barry Goldwater. But even Goldwater couldn’t penetrate the veil of military secrecy surrounding UFO information. Goldwater was trying to … Continue reading

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Two Interesting UFO Documents: The “Smith Memo” (1950) and Physicist Robert Sarbacher’s 1983 Letter

In my ongoing quest, these past few weeks, to learn about the UFO phenomenon, and decide what I think about it, I’ve found that the following memo and letter are pretty important pieces of documentary evidence among UFOlogists. The first is a … Continue reading

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Mental Health Break: Elephant on a Trampoline

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An Interesting Larry King UFO Segment

And here’s a link to Newsweek’s science article on UFOs last year.

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