Welcome to "Weirde Wednesday!" Today I'll welcome two guests who have done work that's a bit outside the box, even by my standards. (And I'm debuting a very weirde little song I just wrote...)
First hour: Journalist and filmmaker Jay Weidner, author of "Ron Paul Will Win in the End." Called by Wired Magazine an “authority on the hermetic and alchemical traditions, ” and “erudite conspiracy hunter, ”Jay Weidner is a renowned author, filmmaker and hermetic scholar. He is the director of the powerful and insightful documentaries, Kubrick's Odyssey, Infinity; The Ultimate Trip, and the forthcoming feature film, Shasta. He is also the producer of the popular documentary films, 2012 The Odyssey and its sequel, Timewave 2013.
Second hour: Temple University history professor David Jacobs, whose work as director of the International Center for Abduction Research (ICAR) has earned him the same kind of controversy and small-minded ridicule I got for seeking and speaking the truth about 9/11. Dr. Jacobs is the leading scholarly defender of the most pessimistic interpretation of the UFO data: That an alien race without much compassion for humans is kidnapping large numbers of people, messing with their reproductive organs, and creating a new race of alien-human hybrids that may be destined to inherit the earth:
"In the past I was completely convinced that hybrids were not walking around with us. That notion was silly and evidence-free. In recent years, however, I have found mounting evidence that has forced me to change my mind. I now believe it might very well be possible that hybrids are integrating into the society and therefore actually walking around here. I feel somewhat foolish saying this, but I have to go where the evidence leads me and, alas, it has led me to this position."
Well, that explains the current crop of Republican candidates (except Ron Paul). And I'm not so sure about Obama, either. Birth certificate, hell - let's DNA test him! Some say Obama's an oreo - black on the outside, white on the inside - but I'm not so sure he isn't mostly gray.
Brief Biographical Information about Dr. David M. Jacobs
Dr. David Michael Jacobs is Associate Professor of History at Temple University in Philadelphia specializing in twentieth century American history and culture. He is former Director of the American Studies Program.
Dr. Jacobs has been a UFO researcher for 45 years. In 1973, he completed his doctoral dissertation in field of intellectual history at the University of Wisconsin--Madison on the controversy over unidentified flying objects in America. This was only the second Ph.D. degree granted involving a UFO-related theme.
He has written and delivered many articles, papers, and addresses on the subject of UFOs and abductions. He has been a consultant to the major UFO organizations. Since 1977 he has offered the country’s only regular curriculum university course on UFOs and abductions: “UFOs in American Society.”
Dr. Jacobs delivered the first paper to a scientific organization about the abduction phenomenon (Cornell University, 1989). He participated in the first session on UFOs at the History of Science Society (Washington D.C., 1992). Since the early 1980s, he has specialized in the UFO abduction phenomenon. He has conducted nearly 1,000 hypnotic regressions with over 145 individuals. He has lectured widely on the subject both internationally and at colleges and universities across the United States.
In 1991, Dr. Jacobs and colleague Budd Hopkins conducted the highly publicized Roper Organization poll of the abduction phenomenon. This was the first scientifically random poll to ascertain the potential number of abductees in the U.S. The results of that influential survey were published in the 1992 booklet, Unusual Personal Experiences.
With abduction researcher colleagues, he has given a series of workshops for members of the mental health community in the methods of abduction hypnosis, research, and therapy. In recent years he has concentrated on developing the proper techniques for the hypnosis and therapy of abductees.
In 1975, Indiana University Press published a revised version of his dissertation by Indiana University Press as The UFO Controversy in America. It was the first positive book toward UFOs to be published by an academic press.
Dr. Jacobs was an assistant editor for Time-Life’s best selling The UFO Phenomenon, published in 1989. This book was one of the widely read books on the phenomenon ever published.
Simon & Schuster published his second book, Secret Life: Firsthand Accounts of UFO Abductions, in 1992. The book was the most complete exposition of the structure and meaning of the abduction phenomenon yet published. Based on over 300 accounts of abduction events, Dr. Jacobs developed the first scientific typology of the abduction experience and outlined a typical abduction experience using the most complete and current information available. This was the first analytical UFO book published by Simon & Schuster.
Simon & Schuster published Dr. Jacobs’ third book, The Threat, in 1998. With over 600 interviews, the book addressed important questions about abductions and clarified issues that have been the subject of much speculation for the past fifty years. The Threat presented the first evidence-driven hypothesis that provided a comprehensive solution to the UFO and abduction mystery.
UFOs and Abductions: Challenging the Borders of Knowledge was Dr. Jacobs’ first edited volume. Published by the University Press of Kansas in 2000, it contains ten distinguished authors who contributed original articles. It is only the second academic press book ever published that takes a predominately positive viewpoint towards the phenomenon.
Since 1972 he has discussed UFOs and abductions on hundreds of radio and television shows both nationally and internationally. Dr. Jacobs’ website is www.ufoabduction.com. His books are available through his website and from online booksellers.
His current projects include books on the methodology of hypnosis for abductees, and new developments in the hybrid integration program.
His website address is WWW.UFOABDUCTION.COM