- First, I recorded an interview with Chris White for the Ancient Aliens Debunked podcast. We discussed (what else) Ancient Aliens, the sociology of belief, and lost civilization hypotheses. The half-hour interview is available for free download right now.
- Second, I finally have a firm release date for Cthulhu in World Mythology. According to the publisher, the eBook will be released in March, with a print edition to follow in May.
- Third, if you read my discussion of the Tucson Artifacts, the alleged remains of a Romano-Jewish civilization in Arizona, you may want to check out this blog post about how young earth creationists are relying on these artifacts as “proof” that the Romans in Arizona had dinosaurs!
Finally, if you subscribe to me on Facebook, you already know that I lost my grandmother this week. She died on her seventieth wedding anniversary, at the age of 94. There are many great stories about my grandmother, but perhaps the best was this: In the late 1950s, she pulled her children out of Catholic school when the local priest was suspected of inappropriate actions with some of the other children. The priest confronted her and told her that she would go to hell for denying her kids a Catholic education, and she told him, “Then I’ll see you there.” In that day and age it must have taken great strength for a devout Catholic and a woman to stand up to a priest like that.
Given this, I trust you will understand if my reviews of Ancient Aliens and America Unearthed are a bit late and possibly shorter than normal this week.
But this blog isn’t about my personal tragedies, so I will end it by bringing the discussion around to ancient astronauts and death, since both are on my mind. When Philip Coppens’ funeral was held earlier this month, Giorgio Tsoukalos delivered the funeral oration (because, of course), and he then posted these most private of words on the internet (because, again, of course he did). They are an interesting view into the internal contradictions of alternative belief.
Tsoukalos said that he believed in reincarnation and that Coppens was acting as a disembodied spirit guardian while he awaited rebirth in a new body:
I’ve proposed for a while that the period between when our soul leaves this earthly body and transitions into the next reincarnation, that period of time, however long it may be, IS heaven…