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What an Asstronaut

What is it that makes someone an authority on UFOs?  Do you have to be a “ufologist”?  Do you have to have researched UFO sightings, abductions and patterns for years?  Or do you just have to watch one or two UFO specials on Fox or the “History” channel?

Well no, apparently you just have to have been to space.

In a recent interview, former astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell claimed that we have been visited by extra-terrestrials and that the governments have been covering it up for the last 60 years.

Dr. Mitchell is one of the very few people who have set foot on the moon.  He was on the Apollo 14 mission and, along with Alan Shepherd, holds the record for the longest moonwalk at 9 hours, 17 minutes.  Take that Michael Jackson.

In an interview with Kerrang radio Mitchell stated that:

I happen to have been privileged enough to be in on the fact that we’ve been visited on this planet and the UFO phenomena is real. It’s been well covered up by all our governments for the last 60 years or so, but slowly it’s leaked out and some of us have been privileged to have been briefed on some of it. I’ve been in military and intelligence circles, who know that beneath the surface of what has been public knowledge, yes – we have been visited. Reading the papers recently, it’s been happening quite a bit.

Now I respect many things about Mitchell, his education, his experience, his contributions to science.  But this is over the top.  And, although this is making the rounds like it’s new information, Mitchell is known for his “odd” beliefs, including the one about the aliens visiting Earth.

He conducted private ESP experiments with friends on Earth while he was in space.  He even worked with Uri Geller.

Mitchell says:

Geller has been investigated many times all over the world by scientists and magicians who are trying to debunk him. You have to work with these people on their terms. You find out what their shtick is, so to speak, and you set up a science protocol that works within the parameters that they are comfortable with. We did not set up a controlled experiment to do teleportation, for example. We didn’t really know how to do that.

Dr. Mitchell also claims that a remote healer cured him of kidney cancer at a distance.  The healer worked remotely on Mitchell from December of 2003 until June of 2004, when the “irregularity was gone and we haven’t seen it since.”

Finally, Mitchell is a co-founder of the the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS).   IONS was founded to conduct experiments and research into consciousness and “psychic events”.

So where’s the evidence for these aliens and the cover-ups?  Well, as usual, there is none.  Mitchell hasn’t presented any evidence to support his claims.  Nothing but his word.  I’m not saying he’s wrong, but the lack of evidence is the reason why I won’t change my opinion on the matter.  Like anyone else who makes claims, if he can back his claims up with compelling evidence, I’ll believe it.

In the end, the believers and conspiracy theorists will latch onto Mitchell and present him as an authority figure when it comes to UFOs and aliens.  They’ll use his education, his experience and the fact that he’s a former astronaut to make their arguments.  It’ll all just be the usual bad argument from authority.

I mean, he must know right?  He HAS been to space.

“And I know how to swim so I’m an expert on the Loch Ness Monster.” – Steve Novella

4 comments to What an Asstronaut

  • TomWoolf

    I know how to swim, too, and Nessie is my buddy! He visits me by sticking his head up out of my toilet. (I’ve had to ask him to look before he peeps because his nose is reeeeeaaaaalllll cold.)

    BA – with the possible exception of the “swim… Loch Ness Monster” comment, the best lines in your blog are “I’m not saying he’s wrong, but the lack of evidence is the reason why I won’t change my opinion on the matter. Like anyone else who makes claims, if he can back his claims up with compelling evidence, I’ll believe it.” I liked the way you put that.

  • fredeliot2

    We have James Irwin another astronaut who is into finding Noah’s Ark. Does landing on the moon increase the chance of lunacy?

  • Spook

    Oh good, now we have science news right from Kerrang!. That’s about as good an idea as medical advice from Jenny McCarthy.

  • Nigel

    Every time I hear of an Astronaut, especially an original seven, the new nine, or any Apollo astronaut taking a wacky stance, I always feel like I’ve been punch in the gut. However, if you think about it, as a proportion to society having two or three woo believing astronauts out of twelve makes sense. It lends such credibility to the believers out there . . . if Ed Mitchell says aliens have dined in the East Room of the White House it must be true. Makes me sad.

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