author of Libertarianism for Beginners and writer of/speaker about many other things
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Italians Teaching You About Aliens in General
Some of the most interesting things about life run a high risk of being politically misinterpreted, and one is this thought (more nearly culturally-relativist than nationalist, I swear): Seeing things done by other cultures can help underscore how stupid those things are by giving you a fresh perspective on them -- and by being (to you) more transparently rooted in local norms than the stupidity you're used to.
(Reminder: I do not believe there are any supernatural phenomena at all -- and may attend the Wed. night "Drinking Skeptically" event at Swift Bar to boot -- and, reading between the lines, I'd be willing to bet the sincere-sounding old men in this documentary were duped by magician con men. Note that nearly everything "unearthly" they mention aside from the unimpressive saucer footage was either [A] unobserved, [B] observed only by the money-handling ringleader [hint, hint], or [C] involved a small object being slipped into an unexpected location or shooting some small flames.)
Oh, and it's unintentionally hilarious, in my humble opinion. But my tastes may be slightly odd.