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New Skeptoid episode - Men in Black

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#1    Rafterman



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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:13 PM

The latest episode of Skeptoid dropped today covering the infamous Men in Black.  You can read the transcript or listen to the 13 minute podcast at the link.


Dunning does his usual excellent job of looking into the history of phenomenon and, as usual, finding dubious (at best) origins.

Are strange, pale, half-alien Men in Black a reality? They were to the troubled mind of Albert Bender. But obviously, more corporeal government employees do exist, and at least in the days of Project Blue Book, did go out into the field to interview UFO witnesses. But it's noteworthy that not one of those witnesses ever reported being threatened or harassed in any way. The Men in Black remain merely a comic diversion for modern cinema-goers, a source of pulp-fiction for authors like Gray Barker and the many who have followed him, and sadly, as a source of all-too-real torment for those few, like Albert Bender, who suffer from paranoiac distress.

It's also a tale of exploitation of the mentally ill by fame/money worshiping charlatans.


"For me, it is better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."
                                                                                                                                           - Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World:  Science as a Candle in the Dark

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:30 PM

Listened earlier today, another good one as usual.

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