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UFOs have nothing to do with space travel or life on other planets. They're about us--our fears, our hopes, our yearnings. About the alienness lurking within our own souls.
UFOs have nothing to do with space travel or life on other planets. They're about us--our fears, our hopes, our yearnings. About the alienness lurking within our own souls.

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"We pick our demons. We build our worlds around them" - David Halperin talks with students

But do we need to build our worlds around demons, who often turn out to be human beings just like us? It's an age-old disease that has turned epidemic. Curable? Stay tuned.


Learn more about David Halperin at https://www.davidhalperin.net
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"A slit in reality" - David Halperin talks with university students

Danny Shapiro and Don Quixote both want to find the slit in reality, pass through it to the place of their dreams. Both fail. What do you do, after that failure, with the relics of your dreaming?

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Sick mother, dying baby - David Halperin talks with university students

What happens when your mother, the pivot of your household, is frail and dying? In the mirror of your fantasy she turns into a sickly, half-alien child. You love her; you ache to get away from her. When she dies, you pay the price.

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"Cervantes and I" - David Halperin talks with university students

Why does "Journal of a UFO Investigator" have themes in common with "Don Quixote," on questions like: what is reality? What is alternate reality?

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"A beautiful blonde in an evening dress ... and then I woke up" David Halperin tells about how his novel "Journal of a UFO Investigator" came to be: from teenage fantasies and dreams, and his experience of living with a mother who was slowly dying. What would happen if he hadn't woken up?
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"UFOs - Visitors from Inner Space" - David Halperin at Northern Michigan University

UFOs are real and alien--visitors from deep inside us, where there's enough alienness to fill a galaxy. They have nothing to do with spaceships or life on other planets. They're about us, our longings and terrors. David Halperin, novelist and professor emeritus of religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, explores the UFO in ways you've never seen or heard before, with a full-house crowd at Northern Michigan University, November 18, 2015. http://DavidHalperin.net

+David Halperin is the author of five books on Jewish mysticism and messianism and a novel, "Journal of a UFO Investigator," published by Viking Press in 2011 and translated into Spanish, Italian, and German. He's now at work on a non-fiction book, "Intimate Alien - The Hidden Story of the UFO," which develops the ideas set forth in this lecture.

#UFO #NorthernMichiganUniversity #DavidHalperin
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On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, I had the honor and pleasure of visiting by Skype with the students in Professor Michael Joy's honors course at Northern Michigan University.  The course was on the literary influence of Cervantes; the students read "Don Quixote," Goethe's "Sorrows of Young Werther," Flaubert's "Madame Bovary" ... and my "Journal of a UFO Investigator."  What an experience it was to discuss my book with those wonderful young people!  Here are some highlights of our conversation.

Learn more about David Halperin at: http://DavidHalperin.net 
#donquixote   #NorthernMichiganUniversity   #MichaelJoy   #JournalofaUFOInvestigator      #DavidHalperin   #UFO  
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“Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus … cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.”
–John 11:41-44
Is THAT what the movie is about?
http://www.davidhalperin.net/interstellar-movie-fifth-dimensional-beings-and-the-raising-of-lazarus-contains-spoilers/
(Image from http://yhoo.it/1qEDWv8.)
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"We cannot doubt that numberless worlds and systems of worlds comprise this amazing whole, the universe; and as little, I think, that the planets which roll about the sun, or those which roll about a multitude of others, are inhabited by living creatures, fit to be inhabitants of them. When we have this view before our eyes, can we be stupid or vain or impertinent enough to imagine that we stand alone or foremost among rational created beings?"
--Henry St. John, Lord Bolingbroke (1678-1751); quoted in Arthur O. Lovejoy, "The Great Chain of Being"

Lovejoy's book--the most fascinating I've read in many a month--shows how belief in intelligent extraterrestrial life followed from the philosophical premise of the "Chain of Being," once angels had been taken out of the chain. (As they were by anti-religious rationalists like Bolingbroke.)
How many times have you heard Bolingbroke's rhetorical question voiced by people today--in almost the same words? And for the same unspoken reasons?
(Image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_St_John,_1st_Viscount_Bolingbroke)
#extraterrestrial #alien #bolingbroke
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30 years after his death, the mystery of Gray Barker continues to intrigue. Not a mystery of space aliens, but of a strange, extraordinary, tormented human being, the creator of the "Men In Black." RIP.
Photo (1980) from a post by my old friend Rick Hilberg, at https://www.facebook.com/rick.hilberg?fref=ts (December 4). Wonderful comments there by Allen Greenfield and others.
#ufos #graybarker #rickhilberg #allengreenfield
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