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
If you can find them, that is.
I don’t use iTunes or iBooks. My heart could no longer take the spike in blood pressure that happened when I tried to use their apps and search engines. But for those with an iron will …
Kirkdale has told me both novels and my Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible book are now available as iBooks. After two attempts at Googling the iBook store and getting zero results, someone told me how to find them, so I can tell you now:
Open i-books on a Mac or iPad or other i-device (I guess Windows people just use Kindle). Then make sure you’re in the iBooks store, then use the search box. You can find the books by title or (better) with my name: Michael Heiser.
That works — I just saw it myself on a friend’s Mac.
Just saw this link come up on Twitter:
Air Force UFO files hit the Web (USA Today)
The upload is the work of John Greenewald of Black Vault fame. John deserves thanks for his tenacious, twenty-year effort, via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), to get the government to release information about UFOs. The Black Vault currently has a total of 1.3 million pages of de-classified material available for downloading and viewing courtesy of John’s requests.
Here’s the direct link to the Project BLUE BOOK files if you want to skip the USA Today story. (John has posted the files on the front page of the Black Vault site). You can browse by year or search by key word.
Just wanted to let you all know that the presentations will be recorded for audio AND video. The audios, so far as I know, will be available for free on the church’s website. Regarding video, there’s a bit of a catch. I’ll be bringing back the raw videos files on a hard drive. I don’t want to give people who don’t for me work to do, and wasn’t planning on creating DVDs with these. I will probably turn them over to my son and test his editing skills. He’s fifteen and really into video, so I want to see if he can make these watchable (he’s edited things before, but I’ll be sure to make copies of the files). If we incorporate slides, it’ll be a lot of work for him. There will be ten sessions, two of which are Q & A. That means I can’t yet tell you when they’ll be available or in what form. Uploading them for online viewing seems like the best way to go since I don’t have duplication equipment (does anyone watch lectures on DVDs any more?). Suggestions are welcome. I’ll probably charge a little for the lot or suggest a donation for my son — something to acquaint him with the concept of a job.
Anyway, that’s the plan.
Awesome – I always knew I’d make it!
Today I got an email that included this paragraph from the most recent Jim Marrs book (he’s known for promoting just about every conspiracy under the sun):
“Researchers that worked with Michael Heiser (that critic of Zecharia Sitchin) are government funded and they use a newer base to translate with, which is preposterous to do so, due to the changing meanings and subsets of civilizations over time. The originals were hundreds if not thousands of years older than the database that Heiser’s group was translating with.”
This is incredibly inept on so many levels.
His comment is in regard to my criticisms of Zecharia Sitchin’s absurd teachings about the Sumerian Anunnaki gods (which many – Marrs? – thinks are extraterrestrials / ancient astronauts). On my website devoted to exposing Sitchin’s nonsense, I made a screen capture video of yours truly going to the ETCSL site (Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature), typing in the term for Anunnaki, and then getting the search results — in transliterated Sumerian/Akkadian with English translations. I did that because I wanted to make the point that, when I say NONE of Sitchin’s claims about the Anunnaki exist in even a single tablet, folks don’t need to just believe me — they can check for themselves.
So Marrs somehow (this is the sort of research mistake grade-schoolers suffering under Common Core would make) thinks that I was involved in the ETCSL project. I wasn’t. I was in grad school in another discipline. I’ve never met anyone who worked on the project. (Hey Jim — there’s this thing called a phone you could use to verify that). But wait … maybe this nefarious plot to show Sitchin’s ideas were bogus was so covert, so utterly secret, that even I didn’t know I was part of the project and on the payroll. . . . Hmmm (I’m stroking my chin now).
Marrs also makes the ludicrous claim that the researchers who produced the database weren’t the original tablets. This shows a deeply flawed understanding not only of the project, but also of the source for the data (another clue for an expert researcher like you, Jim – read the front matter of the site to know what they did). The idea that a database of transliterated cuneiform tablets was really created from “other” tablets besides the ones cited in the database itself is pretty much the dumbest thing I’ve ever read. Jim – what tablets did they use if not the real tablets? When they assign numbers, those numbers aren’t arbitrary — they correspond to known transliterations of known tablets published in scholarly literature since the turn of the 20th century. Any student of Assyriology or Sumerian would instantly know if the transliterations were bogus.
Maybe I’m wasting my time. I’m expecting Jim Marrs to even know what transliteration is.
In short, the tablets in the digital database of SUMERIAN literature are (dare I say) the SUMERIAN tablets. (Think about the absurdity of having to even write that sentence). There are no “older” Sumerian tablets hidden away by scholars (hey, Jim – how did Zecharia Sitchin get those real ones? … just a fun digression … I know Sitchin never translated anything … he used existing English translations of tablets that …. drum roll please … are the same as those in the database that Jim thinks is the result of “other” tablets). The circle of intellectual insanity is now complete.
I feel like I’m writing the script for the Inception sequel.
But there’s a lesson to be learned from Marrs’ stupefyingly dumb statement: this is the level of research quality offered by the ancient astronaut community. Statements so careless and misinformed that one wonders if they’re real. This one was published, so it’s real.
Finally, I’m not paid by the government (apparently Jim made the comment because ETCSL had government funding — like most humanities projects in the world). Since I was no part of it, I never got a dime transliterating tablets, even ones that don’t exist (again, hard to believe I even had to write that).
But just for fun, Jim, here’s something to which you can apply your investigative powers:
1. Documentation that I participated in ETCSL.
2. Documentation that I’ve ever gotten money from the government for services detrimental to the reputation of Zecharia Sitchin.
Will Marrs waste his time chasing these non-existent items? Maybe. After all, he wasted his time trying to prop up Sitchin’s non-existent claims. But seriously, Jim — how easy would it be to produce ONE line of ONE tablet that addresses the items in my open letter to Sitchin if I were wrong? Even easier than making up stuff like you did with your statement.
Be that as it may, it’s exciting to have earned the status of being a living testament to how lame ancient astronaut research really is. It’s a great first-person lesson for my kids and those of others I know — a real-life example that one has to dispense with all coherent thought to believe this stuff.
I did an interview today (1.5 hrs) with Josh Peck, host of The Sharpening. The focus was on The Facade and The Portent, but there are some personal details in the interview as well. It’s posted on YouTube but is audio only.
I recently posted a list of news items that have appeared since The Portent launched — all of which factor into the plotline of that novel. But today its precursor, The Facade, deserves some attention.
Remember how HAARP factored into The Facade (weather modification)? Check this headline out:
The launching point for the above point is the science published in the December 2014 issue of the prestigious Philosophical Transactions of Royal Society (A). Here’s the cover. It pretty much tells you all you need to know:
Weather modification? As the essay I pointed you to initially notes, global elites have been discussing it for some time. In this regard, this excerpt again gives you a hint of the logic:
[The Royal Society's] 2011 press release entitled “Who Decides?” is an overtly Orwellian exercise in problem-reaction-solution that, naturally, argues for a cabal of technocratic insiders to implement godlike power over the unwashed masses who are threatened both by their own ignorance as well as “rogue elements” that could hijack weather manipulation technology.
Mainstream outlet The Verge wound up echoing these supposed concerns in their 2013 article, “Weather wars: who should be allowed to engineer our climate?” which has the subtitle, “Geoengineering could be the silver bullet in fighting climate change — or the start of something even worse.”
That’s the gist of this interesting and informative episode of Exposing PseudoAstronomy. Here’s the episode’s abstract:
Linguist, Dr. Karen Stollznow, discusses some of the communication problems on our own planet and how that translates to the huge potential problems of communicating with any type of intelligent creature who originated off our planet. We used this information to discuss some claimed contactees and how linguists have debunked their claimed communication with aliens.
Since my background deals so much with translation, I can tell you there are all sorts of issues that are overlooked in “alien contact” research that are raised in this episode. Why would we assume aliens (if the contact were real) would speak in English? Any human human? Why would we assume they’d use sound at all? Visual imaging only takes you so far, too, as any translator knows. Abstract concepts require more than concrete images. Language is required.
Basically, contactee and abductee accounts are sorely lacking with respect to explaining this disconnection. Telepathy requires either imagery and words (both, really) — and so telepathy actually isn’t a very good explanation for alien communication. But this is the sort of stuff only linguists would think of to challenge our thinking.
The episode is one hour and is well worth it.
Some funny lines, as I’d expect from Billy.
The beginning is what’s significant:
Biggest story of the year? The historic, government-level partnership between France and Chile, hands down. We’re talking about a trans-Atlantic bridge of aerospace engineers, physicists, astronomers and military resources, bringing transparency and skills to bear on the most mysterious and elusive challenge of the modern age. Unprecedented. And the media didn’t even show up to make fun of it. Amazing. No network blowdrys to announce “And now, for a real out-of-this-world development!” No wire services to work the ol’ tongue-in-cheek lead: “Although France and Chile speak different languages, their scientists are now joining forces to try to decipher Little Green Men.”
Should be interesting … especially if the Chileans can penetrate genuine secret information from places like Argentina as well.
On the cover of The Portent (as was the case with The Facade before it) tells readers that the content elements of the storyline are all real. Some folks might think that’s just marketing. It isn’t.
Since the release of The Portent this past August, several content elements have made the news. I’ve listed them below. Those of you who subscribed to my newsletter years ago know that I did the same thing with The Facade. I write faction, folks. I’m not exaggerating when I tell hosts in interviews that it takes me a solid year to do the research for a novel. They’re like a thesis.
From the NASA website: Materials Manufactured from 3D Printed Synthetic Biology Arrays
- Synthetic biology would make alien life real, but bogus.
Aryan mythology and Bethlehem (“Nazi Secret Enclave could be the real birthplace of Jesus)
- You’ve all heard that the Nazis wanted to deny Jesus was a Jew. How they (scholars who were sympathetic to the idea) argued that is part of The Portent.
Nazi ‘Nuclear Weapons’ Complex Discovered In Austria.
- The storyline includes how Nazis developed fissionable uranium without a nuclear reactor. This was the purpose of the Nazi “Bell” (Die Glocke). Which brings to mind this obscure science journal article, which notes that the process used by the Nazis has been confirmed in more than 100 published studies.
- [NOTE: Update on 1/2/2015]: Filmmaker Says He Found Hitler’s Secret A-Bomb Facility (Newsmax via the Washington Post)]
Roswell, German UFOs, and FOIA documents on the U.S. Army Website(“Why the U. S. Army Hunted for UFOs after W. W. II“)
- This sort of stuff part of the plot of both books
- Sounds good … until you understand its role in transhumanism and what that really means.
- Because migrations are a big part of origins mythologies.
All that and much more … and of course ancient texts and biblical theology.
In three weeks I’ll be in New Bern, North Carolina. The dates are January 16-17 (a Friday night and Saturday). I’ll be doing ten sessions, a couple of which will be open Q & A. The topics range from biblical studies (divine council material, how to think about the Bible) and apologetics in a post-Christian, neo-pagan world. The full schedule, along with registration information (it’s not expensive) are found here.
Except for the Old Testament Godhead session, this will be the first time I’ve presented these topics in a church (i.e., outside academic conferences). In the Friday night sessions I’ll be focusing on things like gnosticism, postmodernism, transhumanism, and “science fiction mythologies” (the sort of convergence of things I aim for in my novels with an apologetics bent). Saturday will be broad, topical overviews of items I write about in The Unseen Realm. If you’re in the NC. SC, VA area and can come, I hope you’ll do so to encourage the organizers — and to chat. It’ll be fun and informative.