First, the good news: I am so close to finishing Legends of the Pyramids that I want to take the rest of the day to close the books on that project, at least until after the holidays, when the publisher will send me the typeset page proofs to proofread and index. Therefore, I will keep the rest of this entry short. Therefore, our second topic for the day: The hunt for “alien” metal is spreading. It was bad enough that To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science convinced the U.S. Army to help them analyze “Art’s Parts,” but now there is a new piece of alleged Roswell wreckage in the care of a new team of researchers.
Silicon Valley CEO and physicist Deep Prasad of ReactiveQ recently made headlines because he planned to turn his attention to using high tech methods to hunt UFOs. Now he is partnering with physicist Kevin Knuth and crop circle enthusiast Colin Andrews to study what Andrews claims to be “exotic” metal recovered from Roswell, New Mexico. On Facebook, Andrews claims that the metal came from the Roswell crash and that he has eyewitness testimony to support his claims. Since the Roswell crash never happened, this is prima facie not wreckage from a flying saucer.
I am interested, however, in the reasons that the “metamaterials” keep getting tied back to the fictitious Roswell crash. After all, TTSA’s set of “Art’s Parts” were originally claimed in the Art Bell era to be Roswell wreckage until TTSA scrubbed that identifier from them in a bid for credibility. I guess it must come down to the fact that you need to have a crashed saucer to justify having the metal; otherwise, you are reduced to arguing that space aliens can cross the gulfs of space in craft so rickety that they drop parts like a rusty Yugo.
For what it’s worth, Prasad lashed out at me on Twitter the other day claiming that I am too “confident” that the supposed alien metals under analysis by UFO groups are not parts of flying saucers. He alleged that he is not half so confident that they are UFO wreckage as I am that they are not. I’m not sure that is quite the insult he thinks it is. First, it means that he’s been promoting claims he admits to lacking the evidence to support. Second, it means that for being a STEM wunderkind, he is rusty on the scientific method. The null hypothesis is the assumption until evidence proves otherwise. Besides, I have never claimed to have proof of anything, only to say that the advocates of “alien” metal claims have, up until now, produced no evidence to support their insinuations.
Finally, I wanted to briefly mention that the new presidential administration of Jeanine Añez in Bolivia has begun a crackdown on supporters of the former president, Evo Morales, by wrapping itself in the mantle of conservative Christianity. This weekend, a speaker at a pro-government rally called indigenous Bolivians and traditional Bolivian culture “demons of the witchery” and “Satans.” Bolivia is home to Tiwanaku and Puma Punku, among the most famous pre-Columbian sites in South America, and, of course, places cable TV has called the work of aliens and American Nephilim hunters have associated with demon-human hybrids.
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