Thursday, 24 July 2008

Edgar Mitchell: nothing to see here

by Charles Pooter

I wish it were true. I wish a respected astronaut with ties to the upper echelons of the US military had come out and revealed the truth about a "cosmic watergate". But, with all due respect to the chap for walking on the Moon, Edgar Mitchell is not a source we can trust on all things extraterrestrial. He has always been an...enthusiast...for the paranormal. Let us briefly review his record on such things:

  • 1971: Whilst on the Moon, conducts unapproved private ESP experiments with friends back on Earth.
  • 1973: Founds Institute of Noetic Sciences(IONS) to "conduct and sponsor research into areas that mainstream science has found unproductive, including consciousness research and psychic events."
  • 2003: Claims he was healed of kidney cancer by a "remote healer".
  • 2004: Tells St Petersburg Times that a "cabal of insiders" inside the US Government were studying recovered alien bodies, and that this group had stopped briefing US Presidents after JFK.

In other words, this is not a new story. Edgar Mitchell is just repeating what he has said before. When it comes to UFOs, Mr Mitchell clearly subscribes to the extraterrestrial hypothesis. But he presents no new evidence and his status as one of the few humans to walk on another heavenly body should not make us ignore this fact.


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Jeremy said...

I don't think conducting ESP experiments disqualifies somebody from being taken seriously. Remote healing... what's the scientific explanation? That is "just happened"? Why is his explanation so discrediting?

The fact that he doesn't have evidence is a problem. But he's also more qualified than most to talk without evidence. I can understand not believing him, but I just can't understand *dismissing* him.

Charles Pooter said...

Hi Jeremy,

I didn't mean to sound quite so dismissive (although I am dismissive of the ET hypothesis). It's just that the way the media reported the story, one would think that Mitchell had never said this stuff--or indeed anything off-beat--before.

I enjoy your blog and your posts on LL2 BTW!


kk said...

Mr Mitchell is the bravest man of our time!
Stop mocking who wants the best for all of us!
its not about aliens, it is the knowlege for us to recognize our place in the universe!HIDING THAT IS THE BIGGEST CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY!