Monday, October 06, 2014

American Exceptionalism and the rise of Esoteric knowledge



American Exceptionalism and the rise of Esoteric knowledge


It goes without saying that Americans grew out of the age old tradition of accepting gods and monsters, a long time ago. Even though our nation was founded by men who believed In a god that would bless this nation and grant it the power to redeem all other nations.


Fast forward to our age of talking cell phones and virtual worlds and the only monsters we believe in are the ones we find on cinematic screens. And yet across the globe gods and monsters still hold weight in other nations .


So where did our disbelief or refusal to accept old world beliefs come from? Do we blame it on science? It is my opinion that our American Exceptionalism is the driving force behind our reluctance to believe in the unseen.


Go to any other country, from Spain to Russia and you will see that UFOs and their existence is non debatable. In some countries monsters dwell in forests and witches curse crops.


In america, zombies   rule the television screens. We refuse to believe in things that will make us seem uneducated, gullible and maybe even vulnerable.


More and more americans believe in extraterrestrial life and ghosts than previously thought and yet you'd be hard pressed to find a scholar recounting his personal face to face encounter with the hairy man on his last camping trip.


It is an American pride that makes us think that believing in such things is unamerican. Let the other countries stone people for witchcraft. We are far too civilized and far too superior to believe in witches.


Let that country advertise its fear In a monkey man on the streets because they're just not educated enough to realize how ridiculous that sounds.


Across the globe, those that adhere to traditions older than america itself are frowned upon while Here on American shores paranormal encounters continue to persist.


I am often reminded of a scene in M. Knight Shyamalan s film SIGNS, in which the eventual defeat over the aliens in various countries around the world is explained away as ancient methods.


We may embrace a certain pride that we are above such beliefs and that we are too superior to except such childish notions of ancient world long since buried in the sands of all time, but let us suppose what would happen if the monsters declared their existence.


Who would survive then? The barbarians who have clung to ancient wisdoms or the new world with its false sense of security?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Loren Coleman at BOA







There was the Marx Brothers. Lucille and Ethel. Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. Ren and Stimpy. And so the tradition continues every time Tim Binnall invites Loren Coleman to guest on Binnall of America. Yeah, I know what you're thinking: Isn't it Tim and Jeremy? But hear me out. Some people just bring out the best in each other. When Loren interviews with Tim, he talks about everything. When Tim interviews Loren, he asks every question you ever wanted to ask. So, sue me, but when it comes to listening to the Top of the Pops in Cryptozoology or any other realm of curious endeavors, I prefer my Loren Coleman interviews at BOA.

It's like Ramen noodles with Srirachi. Kismet.


You can listen here and then agree with me later...

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Update

Aaron Goodwin obviously was not fired. It was all a joke.

But was it?

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Podcast interviews worth listening to...

I don't care where many people stand on the UFO enigma. I used to. But these days I find myself caring less what other people think the PHENOMENA is or isn't versus what I think it is. It has everything to do with being bombarded with people's beliefs. Sometimes no one is actually pondering the mystery so much as adding their own misguided feelings to the pot.

I'm too old and disenchanted to hear what you BELIEVE it is. What you KNOW it is. That having been said, I thoroughly enjoyed three interviews from three people who err'd on the side of fact, common sense and the just plain plausible.

The first is RICHARD DOLAN at THE GRALIEN REPORT podcast.
The 2nd is STANTON T. FRIEDMAN at THE PARACAST.
Last, but certainly not least, DON BERLINER also at THE PARACAST.

Very insightful, eye opening interviews that made the disenchanted Ufologist in me smile. Maybe this stuff isn't so bad after all.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Mondays...

Aaron Goodwin of  Ghost Adventures show on the Travel Channel was fired for admitting the show was a con. As if any of us didn't already know.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

RICHARD DOLAN ON BINNALL OF AMERICA

IT'S VERY RARE THAT SOMEONE AS PROMINENT AS RICHARD DOLAN WILL SPEAK OUT ABOUT THE VAGARIES OF UFOLOGY, which is why this interview is so refreshing. Dolan says what we are all thinking regarding the certain 'characters' that pervade Ufological circles. I mean, everyone has their quirks and it's best not to knock them for being different. Quirky people make the world go 'round. Myself included... but as Dolan so eloquently puts it, you gotta tone it down.

We all bitch and moan about how Ufology isn't being taken serious. About how the mainstream pokes fun at Abduction scenarios and mass sightings. Everyone's just going bonkers, they say. Which is why it pays to represent the field with a certain austerity. You can't show up to a UFO conference looking like the crazy uncle who lives in the shed in the back yard.

Even if you ARE the crazy uncle who lives in the shed in the back yard.

The fact is simple, fake it till you make it. But mostly, as Dolan touches on and makes a fair example, in regards to his own good health, good health and hygiene, not to mention having a life outside of the field, is essential.

When it comes to Ufological studies, there seem to be way too many kooks in the kitchen, no matter how intelligent, no matter how enigmatic, if the mental health isn't up to par that can be a problem too.

I honestly, truly enjoyed this recording. Everything I myself considered a hinderance to our goal of seeking and finding answers to our greatest mystery is touched upon by Dolan and it is refreshing. In sum total, he is right: We do need brave, articulate people representing. Damaged people who need to look deeper into their own inner conflicts are perhaps not the best people to represent this on-going enigma.

I'm not judging. Neither is Dolan. But let's face it... the World-At-Large is!!!

LISTEN HERE!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

H.R. Giger passes away at 74



My grandmother always said if you mixed yourself up in the macabre, it would most certainly come back to bite you in the ass. I'm sure superstitious folk will look at Giger's death (an accidental fall down the stairs) as confirmation from the dark side. But for me, it's a tragedy in the life of a man who fueled some of my best nightmares.

Giger inspired me to write darker and delve deeper. He didn't hold back when he created his art, no matter how shocking the image. Giger took whatever was in his head and put it out in the world so that it would invade your mind... linger in your head... visit your dreams.

Maybe he didn't want to be the only one exploring such taboo topics of ultraterrestrial sexploitation. In the day and age of repressed, angry people, it's nice to know someone as brilliant as Giger had the power to make us all a little uncomfortable. With ourselves.

Rest in Peace.

Loren Coleman on the PARACAST




Gene and Chris talk to the great Loren Coleman about his views regarding the state of Cryptozoology, its future and his upcoming projects. If you ever wanted to know about Keel's MOTHMAN PROPHECIES and Coleman's perspective on all things crypto... that may or may not be so crypto after all, check this out.