Shermer, Michael (Skeptic)
I met Whitley Strieber (“Communion” abduction author) on TV show. I asked him what he does. "I write science fiction & fantasy." Of course.
— Michael Shermer (@michaelshermer) June 23, 2016
Shermer was referring to being on Bill Maher’s show Politically Incorrect, during which Strieber took Shermer to task for not being aware of books like Unconventional Flying Objects by Paul Hill.
In the 1990s I met UFOlogist @WhitleyStrieber on Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect. In the green room before the show I asked him what he did when he wasn’t writing about being abducted by aliens. He told me that he writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels.
— Michael Shermer (@michaelshermer) June 12, 2023
“Skeptics want to believe that fewer people believe, that more people are aware of explanations like sleep paralysis or false memories. “People are capable of these fantastic experiences without them being real outside of the brain,” said Shermer, adding, too, that the camera-phone age is increasing the burden of evidence on experiencers.”
“As for alien abductees, Shostak points out that Whitley Strieber’s book, Communion, launched the modern alien abduction movement. And guess what Strieber does for a living? He is a SciFi/fantasy/horror writer! Actually, I knew this already because I met Strieber in the green room at Bill Maher’s ABC show, Politically Incorrect, and Whitley and I were chatting it up over coffee and granola bars in the green room before the show when I asked him what he did when he wasn’t writing about being abducted by aliens. He told me that he writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels. The show was over right there in the green room! What else is there to say to a guy who writes this stuff as fiction, then slaps a “nonfiction” label on the book jacket?”
How to Talk to a UFOlogist (if you must) – August 25, 2009
Michael Brant Shermer (born September 8, 1954) is an American science writer, historian of science, executive director of The Skeptics Society, and founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, a publication focused on investigating pseudoscientific and supernatural claims. The author of over a dozen books, Shermer is known for engaging in debates on pseudoscience and religion in which he emphasizes scientific skepticism.
Shermer was the co-producer and co-host of Exploring the Unknown, a 13-hour Fox Family television series broadcast in 1999. From April 2001 to January 2019, he contributed a monthly Skeptic column to Scientific American magazine.
Shermer was raised in a non-religious household, before converting to Christian fundamentalism as a teenager. He stopped believing in God during graduate school, influenced by a traumatic accident that left his then-girlfriend paralyzed. He identifies as an agnostic and an atheist, but prefers “skeptic“. He also advocates for humanism.
– Source: Wikipedia
Michael Shellenberger on UFO Whistleblower – Skeptic (YouTube)
- the original article in Debrief
- the authors Leslie Kean and Ralph Blumenthal
- why this story was not covered by the New York Times or the Washington Post
- whistleblower David Grusch and his claim that the U.S. government and its allies have in their possession “intact and partially intact craft of non-human origin,” along with the dead alien pilots
- claims of the many types of alien ships and alien beings, and that the aliens might be multi-dimensional in nature
- that there is a sophisticated cover-up by the military of which even the POTUS isn’t aware
- what Shellenberger’s new sources told him about Grusch’s claims, and more…”