Season Four

57 - Cryptoterrestrials

Mac Tonnies’ book “Cryptoterrestrials: A Meditation on Indigenous Humanoids and the Aliens Among Us” makes the case that the UFO phenomenon is terrestrial in origin. Tonnies’ book posits a breakaway humanoid civilization operating parallel to humanity. The cryptoterrestrials are dependent on us for genetic material, but fear us as an existential threat. They kidnap humans for the material required to replenish their gene pool, while spinning an elaborate and fantastical story of their off-world origins. According to Tonnies, cryptoterrestrials are a better explanation for UFOs and other paranormal phenomena than the more popular extraterrestrial hypothesis, because they explain the nonsensical dimensions of UFO encounters as part of the cryptoterrestrial deception program.
Dane outlines Tonnies’ arguments in favor of cryptoterrestrials and critiques the idea before making the case that the cryptoterrestrial theory advances UFOlogy by reintroducing the potential role of systematic deception in understanding UFOs and paranormal phenomena.

56 - Cosmism (Transhumanism Part I)

Nikolai Federov believed that it is humanity’s duty to colonize outer space, put an end to death, and resurrect the dead. He spawned a movement that inspired the Soviet space program, the musical instrument known as the theremin, and a range of occult, scientific, and pseudo-scientific research programs. Although cosmism was eventually banned by the Soviet authorities, its influence changed the music and film of the twentieth-century USA. Today cosmism is enjoying a revival in modern Russia and is now virtually the state religion of a little-known north Caucus republic called Kalmykia. In 1997 the President of Kalmykia shocked Russia’s leadership when he confided to Boris Yeltsin that he had had a close encounter with E.Ts. Since then the popularity of cosmist ideas in Kalmykia and the Eurasian world has only grown.

55.5 - Introduction to Transhumanism

A five-minute announcement about the upcoming transhumanism session arc. 

55 - Secrets of the Ukraine War

Dane discusses mysterious stories from the war in Ukraine. First, a UFO blasts Russian troops in response to the prayers of a Ukranian church. Second, the Kremlin’s Duma complains of Ukrainian biomutants. Third, Dane provides some real backstory to help make sense of the ongoing Russian allegations of secret U.S. biolabs inside Ukraine. Finally, is the United States transforming into the next Soviet Union?

**Note: This episode was edited on 7/30 after publication. Two minutes of discussion of the 7/29 Olevinka explosion that killed 53 Ukranian POWs was removed. The reason for this redaction is that the discussion was supposed to illustrate Dane’s point that the western press often fails to investigate mysterious events related to the war in Ukraine. On the contrary, by the morning of 7/30, CNN and other western news services have significant stories about the explosion and the U.N. has offered to investigate. We’re happy to see the western media doing their job and hope this bodes for expanded and higher-quality coverage of the many mysteries of the war in Ukraine in the days to come.

54 - HP Lovecraft Fanaticism

HP Lovecraft has been declared the 20th century’s greatest horror writer by Stephen King, and influenced countless movies and video games. This episode explores Lovecraft’s influence with a focus on groups of people who regard him as a source of positive insight into the occult and esoteric. Dane reviews the themes of Lovecraft’s fiction, including the dangerous nature of knowledge, the subjectivity of knowledge, dysgenic horror, scientific occultism, and the Lovecraft mythos. British warlock, Aleister Crowley, seems to have borrowed from Lovecraft as evidenced by their use of similar terminology. The Crowley acolyte, Kenneth Grant, maintained that Lovecraft’s fictional Necronomicon is a real book that can be accessed through dreams. Dane argues against this on the grounds that Lovecraft wrote letters in which he insisted the Necronomicon was fiction. Even if the Necronomicon were real, Dane questions why anyone would want to communicate with Lovecraftian entities since those who do so in Lovecraft’s works tend to meet abysmal fates. Next, Dane discusses Jason Covalito’s book “The Cult of Alien Gods” which argues that the entire Ancient Aliens movement can be traced back to Lovecraft through the French counter-culture of the 1960s. Lastly, Dane discusses the Church of Satan whose own interest in Lovecraft is mitigated by their disbelief in supernatural entities. With all these different groups of people taking Lovecraft seriously, Dane sets out to explain why Lovecraft has such an effect on people. He posits that Lovecraft mastered the art of realism and cites scholar S.T. Joshi’s view that Lovecraft’s stories can be seen as incantations. Dane maintains that Lovecraft may be seen as unusually skilled at the art of making fiction seem real, a magical, if not necessarily supernatural skill. The episode ends with Dane refuting the objection that we ought not read Lovecraft because of his racism. Dane argues that Lovecraft grew out of his racism through real-life experiences and relationships, demonstrating the redemptive virtue of openness to experience. Shunning Lovecraft for being problematic would undermine our own open-mindedness. The listener is encouraged to find out for themselves if they enjoy Lovecraft, but to take care because this man’s writings have an established track record of loosening some people’s grip on reality!

53 - Aleister Crowley Demystified

52 - The Book of Enoch: A Cryptidnomicon

Enoch. A mysterious biblical figure is described as ascending bodily into heaven in Genesis. He is alleged to have written a book of his travels through the cosmos and encounters with fallen angels; the eponymous “Book of Enoch.” This enigmatic text was revered by ancient Jews and Christians. Today, it is rejected by most established religions, but popular with counter-cultural spirituality and paranormal researchers.

Dane argues that the Book of Enoch is a cultural touchstone that brings together Christian, Jewish and Greek mythology. More than that, the text provides a unified account of the origins of evil including the origins of such ‘creepy evil’ as giants, sirens, evil spirits and fallen angels. Furthermore, the forces of darkness are located in diverse liminal spaces around the cosmos – from hollowed-out mountains to chaotic zones in outer space. This suggests the book is attempting to explain why we encounter paranormal phenomena in fringe and borderland locales. Taken together, all the unusual features of this book suggest we can best see it as a “cryptidnomicon” – a unified account of weird and disturbing fringe phenomena. The episode ends with Dane reviewing the impact the Book of Enoch has had on modern magicians, bigfoot research and UFOlogy.

51 - The Bizarre Life of Rocket Scientist and Occultist Jack Parsons

When he wasn’t testing rockets at Caltech, he was running a popular magick cult from his home. How could a man of science be a believer in the dark arts? How could the man who invented Jet Assisted Take Off (JATO) during WWII have also spent weeks trying to incarnate the antichrist? Dane reviews the sometimes disturbing life and lasting cultural influence of Jack Parsons. The episode ends with a discussion of allegations that Parsons is responsible for bringing UFOs to our world by opening a gateway to another dimension / Hell. I hope you enjoy the show!

50 - The People vs. AIMSOG

Congress attempted to bring the Department of Defense’s new Airborne Object Identification Management and Synchronization Group (AIMSOG) to account Tuesday with an open hearing on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena. Although many left the briefing disappointed, a tense exchange over a mysterious memo raises new questions about what might be going on behind the scenes when it comes to Congress, the Department of Defense, and the search for the truth about UAPs. 

49 - Scientific Evidence of Ancient Aliens - Bruce Fenton Interview

Bruce R. Fenton, author of “Exogenesis: Hybrid Humans” comes onto the show for a deep dive into his theory that an interstellar object – possibly a spacecraft – exploded over ancient Australia. The discussion begins with Fenton recapping his 2020 book, before elaborating on how his research is developing. Fenton’s work is genuinely multi-disciplinary, integrating published results from anthropology, geology and astronomy to support his case that something extraordinary happened in the Southern Hemisphere over 780,000 years ago. If the strongest version of Fenton’s theory turns out to be true, then that event transformed our ancestors into early modern man. Anyone who genuinely wants empirical evidence before countenancing an ancient aliens theory can’t afford to miss this conversation.

48 - Exogenesis: Hybrid Humans

Could extra-terrestrials have intervened in primate evolution to accelerate the emergence of humans? Bruce and Daniella Fenton think so. Their book “Exogenesis: Hybrid Humans: A Scientific History of Extraterrestrial Genetic Manipulation” promises scientific evidence in support of alien intelligent design. Dane reports on the scientific content and the degree to which it actually does support an intervention hypothesis. The answer has a lot less to do with genetic anomalies and more to do with Australian meteorites.

47 - On The Survival of Hominoids

Anthropologist Gregory Forth is making waves ahead of the publication of his new book “Between Ape and Human,” telling the media that the extinct hobbit-man, Homo Floresiensis, is still living in Indonesia. The uncertainty surrounding the extinction of this hominoid species raises questions related to the long-term survival of the human race: Could the Ukraine war go nuclear? Would UFOs intervene to prevent WWIII? And is Musk’s purchase of Twitter a step away from the apocalypse…or towards it?