American Cosmic: UFOs, Religion, Technology

A New Religion, A New Future

Contrary to Stephen Hawking’s statement that only “cranks” believe in and see UFOs, American Cosmic profiles brilliant entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley whose belief in UFOs informs the creation of their innovative and game-changing technologies.

Author and historian of religion Professor D. W. Pasulka journeys through the cafes and labs of Silicon Valley, to the desert of New Mexico to explore how belief in UFOs is covered up, explored, engaged, and created.

Over half of adult Americans and over eighty percent of young Americans believe in ufos or in extraterrestrial life. The new technological infrastructure has birthed several new forms of religion, including religions based on film and fiction. Pasulka reveals how ufo belief is the religion of the technological age. This belief is bolstered by the potential reality of the discovery of life on other planets, made real by NASA’s periodic press releases supporting this belief.

Stranger yet, the author discovers that technology does have strange connections to the paranormal, and the author’s interviews with technologists and her historical research into the Russian and American Space programs reveals the strange and perplexing origins of rocket technologies. Pasulka draws on the latest research into digital and media technologies to reveal how the representation of the UFO passes into minds and bodies, informing memory, belief, and culture.

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Posthuman: Emerging Technologies and the Boundaries of Homo Sapiens

Edited by Michael Bess, D.W. Pasulka

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UFOs: Reframing the Debate

Foreward by D.W. Pasulka, Edited by Robbie Graham

The UFO field has produced thousands of dedicated researchers over the years, and reams of literature; but to what end? What can we claim to know conclusively today about the underlying nature of UFO phenomena that we didn’t know in the late-1940s? UFO study has always suffered from major organizational and methodological problems. It has also become dangerously self-referential.

If ever we are to further our understanding of the UFO enigma, we must fundamentally reframe our debate. We must wipe the board clean and fill it with new ideas, new theories, even new language. We must be willing to start from scratch when the field stagnates. We must be critical, sober, and free of dogma—ready to rinse away the residue of our own beliefs.

UFOs: Reframing the Debate is a collection of original essays exploring alternative perspectives on UFOs and how we might more usefully study the phenomenon in the 21st Century. The book brings together some of the most progressive and iconoclastic thinkers in the field for an incisive deconstruction of current popular ideas. Critical but constructive, this challenging volume represents a range of differing (even conflicting) alternative viewpoints on UFOs and related phenomena.

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