Documenting the UFO: A Review of The Phenomenon, Unacknowledged, and Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind

The last few years have a brought a frenzy of activity in the field of Ufology as it enters more and more into mainstream discourse. In 2017 The New York Times broke a story on a covert US government UFO research group called AATIP (Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program). Following…

Conspiracy Hypotheses vs. Conspiracy Theories: On Meaning Making and Discernment in Conspiratorial Thought

"Now, I'm not into conspiracy theories, except the ones that are true”.  —Michael Moore In this piece I want to bring some concepts from the philosophy of science into contact with conspiracy thinking. The intention of doing so is to help bring some clarity and discernment into which various conspiracy…

Limited Scientistic Hangouts: Giordano Bruno, Cosmos, and the Alchemical Nature of Science

In the first episode of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey, the sequel to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, we are introduced to the great Renaissance sage Giordano Bruno. The story depicts Bruno as a martyr for scientific reason against the backward reactionary forces of medieval Catholicism. It’…

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