Project Serpo is an online hoax launched in the early 2000s that claimed to have secret materials from an exchange program between the U.S. government and space aliens from the planet Serpo in Zeta Reticuli, where aliens live in mud huts for some reason, that supposedly took place between 1965 and 1978. The details of the supposed transport of twelve astronauts to Serpo mirror those of the twelve who travel with the aliens in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and the rest of the story is a modern amplification of a bare-bones sci-fi conspiracy theory invented in the early 1980s and fed to Linda Moulton Howe: “I learned back in the 1983-1984 time period,” Howe said, “about an alleged exchange program of humans leaving Holloman AFB on April 25, 1964, for Zeta Reticuli with non-humans while I was working on a Home Box Office television special entitled, UFOs: The E. T. Factor. I was told three human men went: one died on the alien planet; one went insane (don't know fate); and one returned to Earth and was given a safe house in which to live the rest of his life on an island provided for by the U. S. government.” The Project Serpo hoax builds on a similar Twilight Zone/Outer Limits premise, but the details are all different.
In any case, details added to the Serpo hoax accrued after their pop culture equivalents. Zeta Reticuli, for example, became the default home world for aliens after Astronomy magazine ran a notorious feature called “The Zeta Reticuli Incident” in 1974 in which it credulously reported, based on teacher Marjorie Fish’s faulty interpretation of Betty Hill’s hand-drawn map to her alien abductors’ home planet, that UFOs came from Zeta Reticuli, otherwise a star system of no particular note with no known planets. Close Encounters laid the template for the transport of twelve people to another world, and then claims about magnesium-bismuth alloys entered the story after Howe’s investigation of Art’s Parts made them UFO-famous only a couple of years before Project Serpo hit the internet.
Now Prasad is spreading the idea that there is some sort of mystery behind the fact that both Project Serpo and TTSA are interested in magnesium-bismuth Art’s Parts and imagine that such parts will revolutionize physics through anti-gravity technology:
So to summarize, we have Project Serpo, riddled with fantasies about alien exchange programs but an insane amount of (surprisingly, mostly accurate physics) discussing multi layered bismuth magnesium metamaterial waveguides and how it functions as part of an engineered system as well as descriptions of Hal [Puthoff]'s research work as if it has already been implemented in an existing interstellar propulsion scheme.
Prasad then concludes that there are two primary possibilities to explain this similarity:
He’s wrong on both counts. The timeline makes clear that the real order of events places Hal Puthoff at the center, not Project Serpo. Puthoff has been working on the fake physics of his fantasy poltergeist-UFOs since the 1970s, as his longtime associate Jacques Vallée helpfully and proudly outlined in Forbidden History, and Puthoff’s views on the subject have never been much of a secret. As documented in Mirage Men, in the 1970s, Puthoff’s remote viewing team of psychics claimed to see adobe-style huts in which aliens lived on another planet. Project Serpo recycled exactly that claim for its incongruous alien home world—and no less than Richard Doty himself identified Puthoff’s material as a close parallel! Puthoff and Howe worked together to investigate Art’s Parts since they were first delivered to the late radio host Art Bell in the 1990s, and Puthoff has, again, not been shy about sharing his imagined ideas about the supposed power of such metals.
Project Serpo first incorporated material about magnesium-bismuth in 2007, nearly a decade after Howe had begun discussing it following her first efforts to have Art’s Parts analyzed. Project Serpo even refers to Art’s Parts as “Roswell (Number 1),” a clear reference to the unsubstantiated claim made by Howe that Art’s Parts were wreckage from the imagined 1947 Roswell UFO crash. As we can see from the evidence of a reference in Richard P. Crandall’s They All Told the Truth: The Antigravity Papers from 2003, magnesium and bismuth were already considered the “formula” for the metal of a “crashed UFO” within months of Howe discussing her first analysis of Art’s Parts. Interestingly, the journal Research & Development mentions similar chunks of metal in September 1993, suggesting that it had been part of a military rocket launch that went awry on the Atlantic coast. This article returned to two earlier claims that magnesium was a key UFO component, the first being the 1957 Ubatuba Bay, Brazil “wreckage” (later determined to be earthly) and the second a 1979 flap about the use of magnesium to propel UFOs. These claims may be the inspiration for passing off magnesium-bismuth chunks as UFO parts, and the 1979 claim from Fermi Labs that proton beams could be channeled through a crystal lattice, which sparked the 1979 UFO propulsion debate via hexagonal magnesium crystals, would seem like the direct predecessor of Puthoff’s and Serpo’s claim that the magnesium-bismuth material is a “waveguide” to channel energy through a UFO.
The Project Serpo hoax simply incorporated and amplified material that Howe and Puthoff had already been flogging from the 1980s to the early 2000s. Since everyone involved was working from the same baseline—Puthoff’s UFO claims, Art’s Parts, and Howe’s magnesium-bismuth claims—it’s no wonder that there is a similarity between them. No conspiracy is necessary, just gullibility and plagiarism. It doesn’t really help matters that the presumed hoaxer of Project Serpo, Richard Doty, who wrote a book about it, not only cites Puthoff by name in interviews but also appeared on TTSA’s History Channel show Unidentified, reinforcing the notion that this swirl of fantasy is interconnected in a closed loop of mutual masturbation.
Fortunately, on Twitter, Prasad seems to understand that there is a possibility that Project Serpo hoaxers are using Howe and Puthoff as source material, but he still seems convinced that Art’s Parts are real pieces of an alien spacecraft, and he seems convinced that Puthoff is borrowing from Serpo, even though the Serpo hoax follows Puthoff’s UFO studies.
2/5/2020 09:09:19 am
Project Serpo is as daft as any other faith based religious system.
2/5/2020 09:55:03 am
There is also the known fact that aliens only contacted.those that had Pepto Bismol in their medicine cabinets. They were looking for a ready supply of Bismuth.
Arcturians, Venusians, Zeta Reticuli
2/5/2020 10:09:41 am
Let's not forget the Pleiadians - Linda Moulton Howe believes in the Pleiadians as well
2/5/2020 11:18:46 am
All anti-alienists should read Prism of Lyra by Lyssa Royal and Keith Priest. Time much better spent than obsessing about Scott Wolter.
Your funky friend fred
2/5/2020 11:35:32 am
Are there any photographs of Lyssa Royal’s “Prism of Lyra” in the book?
2/5/2020 12:34:02 pm
There is life and there is fanciful, farcical fiction.Why should one waste time on the latter when there is only so much time. If I am going to waste time, it will be on something I enjoy. Wolter is still an idiot.
2/6/2020 02:37:01 am
If this fanciful, farcical fiction is corroborated by other sources then maybe it is not fiction after all. Read for example:
2/6/2020 10:13:10 am
So after saying that I had no time for unsubstantiated garbage, you tell me to look up additional mind farts? Keep looking behind you, there is an alien back there.......
2/6/2020 11:37:22 am
Exactly how you define “substantiated”? Do not tell me it is scientific materialism which according to its own almost certainly incorrect models cannot explain 95% of the universe it being dark matter and dark energy.
2/6/2020 12:35:13 pm
I looked at www.lawofone.info/ and it is clearly a huge load of horseshit.
2/6/2020 04:29:43 pm
How can you even begin to attempt to equate your fictional nonsense to the advancement of science? Obvious how little that you know about science and less how your redirection of the topic is a fail.
2/7/2020 04:03:25 am
I've got no problem with science in general, just its narrow fundamentalist interpretation. Quoting German physicist Max Planck:
2/8/2020 01:18:53 am
"I've got no problem with science in general,"
2/8/2020 01:54:24 am
Max Planck died in 1947.
2/5/2020 01:10:07 pm
2/5/2020 01:24:50 pm
None of the contents in the above message relate to anything "real" or "tangible" and note especially the total absence of historical provenance. Another example of Nebulous stuff.
2/5/2020 03:21:07 pm
Very true, but the "total absence of historical provenance" creates a vacuum that the History Channel abhors, thus guaranteeing the "total presence of pseudo-historical provenance" in its programming that Jason cannot help himself from viewing and critiquing.
2/5/2020 08:54:26 pm
The word "many" in quotes suggests that he means "not many but one". Or he's a careless writer.
2/5/2020 09:19:21 pm
In my case the word “many” placed inside quotation marks is meant to convey understatement regarding the frequency of gas emissions.
2/5/2020 09:36:28 pm
2/6/2020 02:43:34 am
Doty is a proven liar and conman. Why anyone would be interested in anything he has to say shows how deeply ignorant those involved in this arena are.
2/5/2020 02:30:35 pm
Here is Deep Prasad's bumper-sticker summary of 'Serpo meets TTSA':
More Roswell accretions
2/5/2020 03:38:33 pm
Jr. Time Lord
2/5/2020 06:23:54 pm
"closed loop of mutual masturbation"
No One Cares
2/5/2020 09:04:09 pm
No one needed that explained Skeezix, but if it helps you relieve the pressure, so be it.
2/6/2020 12:06:07 am
I'm Deep-ly concerned about this.
2/6/2020 01:34:51 am
Indeed, DEEP DICKWAD. Time is catching up with "The Aviary".
2/6/2020 06:59:28 am
the problem with remote viewers is that they can't remote view what is missing in their heads
2/7/2020 01:32:21 pm
Way back when, I bought a just published hardback called " Communion. " by Whitley Streiber. Grey alien dieticians telling him, " Don't eat the chocolate." Ever since I've known better than to spend even a penny nor a thought towards all these grifters.
2/7/2020 06:12:26 pm
You mention "the presumed hoaxer of Project Serpo, Richard Doty, who wrote a book about it." What is the name of the book Doty wrote?
2/8/2020 12:41:04 am
We're all LARPing, by the way.
8/31/2020 01:28:49 am
Leaked emails show that the SERPO hoax involved Richard Doty, Hal Puthoff, and Kit Green.
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