Mike’s not a ufologist, but FATE Magazine named Mike to its 2005 list of the 100 most influential people in the field. Mike is, however, a scholar in the fields of ancient near eastern religions. He’s also devoted more of his life than seems advisable to the scholarly study of western occultism and alternative religions oriented around the belief in aliens. Religion is religion — it’s all the same? Not true.UFO Religions RSS
Yes, you heard that correctly — “Loch Ness” and “UFO” in the same sentence.
The photograph is below, with a close-up (both via the Huff Post):
Here’s the analysis — someone with obvious experience in photography and these sorts of “effects” on photos. Quite interesting.
This is the sort of thing the UFO community should be endorsing and doing — it would demonstrate seriousness with respect to separating the mistakes from the truly anomalous. Here’s the “About” page to this debunking site. It’s not about blind zealotry.
Kevin Randle offered an interesting post today describing the about-face of Dr. Richard O’Connor (note that several commenters on this blog defended this guy early on). O’Connor was the scientist who offered a forensic analysis without a body — he declared from the blurry slide that what many knew up front was a mummy was “non-human”. Well, at least he’s come to his senses.
But to be honest, I’m not impressed. How anyone — especially someone with credentials and experience — can draw such a conclusion without a shred of biological evidence (not so much as a DNA sample) is inexcusable. More than that, it’s downright embarrassing. I’d ask what he was thinking, but it doesn’t appear he was thinking at all.
Jack Brewer has posted the thoughts of those who have contributed to his request for opinion on whether MUFON should ban the parties associated with the Roswell Slides fiasco:
It’s worth your time if you’re interested in ufology — past, present, and especially future.
Here you go – well worth a watch. Hat tip to Mr. Tudor for this.
Remember this the next time someone starts talking about the likelihood of alien contact.
Jack Brewer recently summarized the state of affairs regarding the Roswell Slides fiasco that has played out over the last month: “The UFO Trail: Roswell Slides: It’s All Over but the Accountability.” I recommend it to all of you who are interested in this latest parody of Roswell research. For those who want to read about what will go down as a textbook example of what’s wrong with UFO research, I recommend the Roswell Slides website.
Calls for accountability have actually begun. The assistant state director of Wisconsin’s MUFON chapter (Mark O’Connell) has written MUFON’s International Director requesting that those involved in the Roswell Slides debacle be banned from speaking at all MUFON events. Mr. O’Connell posted that letter on his blog under the title “Eradicating the UFO Pestilence.” Ouch.
Yesterday Jack Brewer contacted several individuals (myself included) who have an interest in what can be done to change the sideshow climate of UFO research to share thoughts about the call for a MUFON ban. I’ve sent my thoughts to him. I’ll naturally be interested to see what others think on the matter. When Jack posts those responses, I’ll let you all know. Personally, I think a ban is worth consideration, though I don’t think all the parties in Mr. O’Connell’s letter are equally deserving of something that harsh. It’s difficult for me to believe Rich Dolan would knowingly endorse something this careless and inept. But the sentiment about ufology cleaning up its act is on target — as is the need for accountability. I’d recommend a vetting process for conference presenters in the future. As noted above, when Jack Brewer presents responses to the MUFON challenge, I’ll direct readers to it.
Just a note – I approved the final manuscript for Supernatural last week, so Amazon now has both. All that we’re waiting for is the production of the launch video for the books. It won’t be long now till the books are shipping.
I’ve also fallen behind (more than usual) on email and posting some things here. I wanted to get the “companion website” for Unseen Realm done, which it basically is now (99%). That will go live when the books ship. I’ll get caught up in the next day or two.
Hat tip to Terry the Censor for tweeting this link. Highly recommended.
So says Peter Griffiths, a former Scientology member. You can listen to Natalina’s fascinating interview of Mr. Griffiths here.
A friend of mine in Bellingham, WA – Rich Baker, who’s my co-host — decided it would be fun to start a small group that discussed the theological messaging of science fiction movies. We’re going to meet once a month (it’s open to the public, but we’ll no doubt start with people from church or work). We just had the first meeting. Everyone watched Star Wars (at least the original episode 4) and then we met to talk about it. I posted a few short readings related to the film and encouraged people to read those, too. When we met, I recorded the discussion. I just posted that audio file on the site. You’ll see it on the landing page, but it also lives here (with some notes and one picture).
Here’s the official “About” explaining what we’re doing:
Cinematic Theology discusses the theological and religious worldview messaging articulated by word and image in science fiction motion pictures and television series — the “scientific mythologies” of a modern, technological culture.
The episodes derive from recorded meetings of a group of Christian science fiction enthusiasts in Bellingham, WA. There will normally be one meeting/episode each month. Discussions take place on the scheduled date and recorded. The audio is subsequently posted in podcast form on the site.
Before each meeting, the movie or television episode that will be discussed is posted. Reading material is occasionally included for discussion. Meeting times and topic information can be found on the “Next Episode” page, linked in the upper right-hand corner of the podcast homepage.
Let me be clear about this idea: it’s an experiment. Don’t expect the audio quality that you get with the Naked Bible podcast if you subscribe via RSS or iTunes. Why? Because I’m doing it. I don’t have an experience person like Trey on this one. I don’t really know much of what I’m doing. It just seemed like a fun idea and something I should do.
So check out the site. Our next meeting time isn’t posted yet. It’ll likely be in early June. We’ll be talking about the Avengers and Jack Kirby’s influence/theological messaging.
Yes, the pun is intended.
As I (and of course others) suspected as soon as we saw the picture, the alleged alien is a mummy. OpenMinds TV has an expose here. Good work by Alejandro Rojas and, in particular, Isaac Koi.
Make sure you download the Anthronotes study of the mummy, linked in the above post. And yes, there was a number on the skull.
So what have we learned? Here are some thoughts:
1. Jaime Maussan should no longer be considered a reliable researcher in ufology. To be honest, I’ve thought for some years now that he’s amazingly gullible. If you didn’t think he jumped the shark before, he’s in orbit now.
2. Ditto the above for anyone who promoted this “discovery”. You might think it harsh, but deal with it. This is precisely the sort of thing that gives serious researchers in this strangeness field (and others) a black eye. People who are this gullible and so prone to uncritical thinking shouldn’t be given any air time for their pseudo-research.
3. People who donated money to this cause ought to contact lawyers and sue. Maybe if that happened we’d see less of this BS.
Gosh – I wonder if Edgar Mitchell’s looking for a TV camera now. He was an astronaut, you know.