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Alien Identities : Ancient Insights into Modern UFO Phenomena Paperback – September 1, 1995
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"...Alien Identities is absolutely seminal, a real ground breaker...A "must-read" addition to the field." -- Whitley Strieber, author of Communion and many other UFO books
"...stimulating, well organized, and an encyclopedic smorgasbord of UFO data and ancient Indian counterparts...stands to become a classic." -- Berthold Schwarz, M.D., psychiatrist and author of UFO Dynamics
"A Summa Ufologica of great importance...Thompon has written perhaps the most honest UFO book extant in the English language." -- Gnosis magazine
About the Author
Richard L. Thompson was born in Binghampton, New York, in 1947. In 1974 he received his Ph. D. in mathematics from Cornell University, where he specialized in probability theory and statistical mechanics.
Dr. Thompson has done scientific research in quantum physics, mathematical biology, and remote sensing. He has extensively investigated ancient Indian astronomy, cosmology, and spirituality, and he has developed multimedia expositions on these topics. He is the author of six books on topics ranging from consciousness to archeology and ancient astronomy.
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Authors such as Dr. Jacques Vallee have given interesting historical overviews of UFO lore. Of course, all these accounts are 'accounts' and 'Lore', they are not scientific evidence, but since these experiences don't seem to happen on command inside a science lab, this may account for that problem. The fact that the surgeon general has not yet made a ruling about the existence or effect of UFOs or 'experiences' potentially related, will not change whether they or the experiences exist.
ALIEN IDENTITIES is a book title I cringe to give to people and consider an embarrassment to the content. Consider it was written when such a title (not to mention Streiber as an intro) were apparently considered a hot sell and hence the publisher promo. The CONTENT of the book has a calm, fair, respectability in its own fashion that belies the assumption and hype of the title.
This book is a great introduction for people new to the subject. The first half is a recount of documented Vedic history, which is part and parcel of their religion. The second half is a recount of documented recent history--accounts in the UFOlogy field. Which, like religious history, are equally tenuous and unprovable.
However, when you read the detail from the historical accounts, and then you read the detail of claims from the last half century, the parallel is more than just striking. It's pretty much obvious to anybody with half a brain and no major personal bias that the modern day accounts are clearly talking about some of the same kind of things as the ancient accounts.
In the context of how seriously we should take modern accounts, for which we have little hard proof and a lot of confusion, a realization that they are hardly a novel new result of science fiction books is important.
In the context of religion, "the Gods," and many accounts biblical as well as Vedic, it is thought provoking to say the least.
I highly recommend this book. It reads well, it is interesting, it is informative, and it doesn't pretend to be anything it's not. It makes no claims. It is one of the very few UFOlogy related books that I have kept on my shelves for years.
"Passport To Magonia" and Evans-Wentz's "The Fairy Faith In Celtic Countries."
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The author, Richard L. Thompson, is actually a member of the Hare Krishna movement (ISKCON), where he...Read more