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Archive for 2009

Daddy’s Forbidden Closet of Mystery: UFOs and the Holographic Hypothesis

Sunday, 6 December, 2009

[Note (3/13/10): In the first version of this post, I began by proposing–I thought somewhat originally–that UFOs were like the laser pointers used to entertain cats. A reader pointed out, however, that that the UFOs-as-laser-pointer idea was offered a couple years ago by Mac Tonnies on his blog Posthuman Blues (September 29, 2006). I had […]

Belittling Ufology

Tuesday, 17 November, 2009

How many times in the history of ufology has flip derision been the media’s or the government’s reaction? Arizona Governor Fife Symington’s farcical, dismissive news conference after the Arizona Lights incident, for example (as shown in James Fox’s terrific documentaries Out of the Blue and I Know What I Saw). Or the vaguely comedic spin […]

SETI, UFOs, and the Scientific Sublime

Monday, 16 November, 2009

What Dreams Really Are

Wednesday, 11 November, 2009

[edit 1/10/09 — The original post is now clarified and expanded in my article “Dreams and the Art of Memory: A New Hypothesis About Dream Bizarreness“] Every few months a psychologist—or now, more often, it is a neuroscientist—aggressively promotes their new theory of why we dream, and it gets picked up in the press as […]

Manifesto of Extraterrestentialism

Monday, 2 November, 2009

The time has come for a new Copernican Revolution. Such a revolution would be, not merely a realization and understanding of our place in the order of things, but a true coming-to-grips which painfully and profoundly reorders our thinking. The realization must be this: Humans are not the apex of sentience or consciousness or intelligence […]

The Truth About Vegetarianism

Monday, 2 November, 2009

The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability is, to me, a perfect followup to Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes, which I waxed ecstatic about a couple years ago. Such a powerfully as well as sympathetically stated case against all the arguments underlying vegetarianism is long, long overdue. Keith, a former, very committed vegan, […]

Bigfoot, UFOs, and the Right to Bear Experience

Tuesday, 8 September, 2009

I’ve been writing here lately about UFOs, which is something of a departure for me. But for a long time I’ve been interested in things Fortean—amazing or paranormal experiences, mysticism, the occult and the paranormal, or fringe-science topics like extraterrestrials and Bigfoot—in short, things that transcend the humdrum and everyday. Part of the reason is, […]

“You see, Earth, it’s not that we’re lazy, it’s that we just don’t care.”

Monday, 7 September, 2009

In his writings on contemporary culture, the philosopher Slavoj Zizek likes to invoke a concept borrowed from psychoanalysis, “the subject presumed to know.” Basically, we often project onto specific other people and institutions a sense that they hold the answers about us. It is derived from a patient’s inner conviction that his therapist really holds […]

“They” Are Not “Them”: A Hybrid View of the UFO Presence

Sunday, 6 September, 2009

For many years I was skeptical of the UFO phenomenon. I was persuaded by SETI pioneers like Carl Sagan: It’s pretty certain that the universe is full of intelligent civilizations, but the vast interstellar distances and the vast timescales involved in traversing them made the notion of an alien presence in our skies seem (to […]

Infinite Regress Chicken Salad

Thursday, 13 August, 2009

I have to share with you the most delicious chicken salad ever. Behold, I just now invented it, this very evening. Stick three boneless, skinless chicken thighs in the broiler and meanwhile saute a good sized, finely chopped shallot in some butter, with some salt. Just before the shallot is nicely browned, add a bit […]