Wednesday, June 8, 2016

#1673: Steven Greer

Steven Macon Greer is a retired MD and ufologist, and the founder of the Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI) and The Disclosure Project. The Disclosure Project seeks the disclosure of allegedly suppressed UFO information – the fact that the government doesn’t release documents that demonstrate the existence of UFOs and visitations is of course evidence that the government is engaged in conspiratorial cover-ups, and the more they fail to demonstrate the existence of UFOs, the clearer it becomes that the conspiracy is vast and far-reaching and that the government possesses information that would change and shake up everything (the existence of advanced energy and propulsion systems is apparently a central issue). That’s what happens when you go off the rails and down the rabbit hole to epistemic hell like Steven Greer.

CSETI was established in 1990 to create a diplomatic and research-based initiative to contact extraterrestrial civilizations (Edgar Mitchell is a member). According to CSETI “the extraterrestrial hypothesis is not just a theory, but is a fact of life,” which suggests some confusion over the meaning of the words “hypothesis”, “fact” and “theory”. The Disclosure Project was established in 1993 not only to disclose the government’s alleged knowledge of extraterrestrial intelligence, but also to grant amnesty to government whistle-blowers willing to violate their security oaths by sharing insider knowledge about UFOs. Greer claims to have given a briefing to CIA director James Woolsey at a dinner party, but this is denied by Woolsey and attendees. He did, however, appear in a Larry King TV special The UFO Coverup? in 1994, and made a presentation at a background briefing for members of Congress in 1997. He also appeared in the 2011 conspiracy film Thrive together with luminaries like David Icke, Nassim Haramein and anti-GMO celebrity Vandana Shiva, and has been featured (but of course) on the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens series. Here is a video of Greer discussing different types of aliens; according to Greer dozens of benevolent extraterrestrial races are already here and eager to make contact,– apparently none of them are technologically savvy enough to circumvent the cover-up efforts of municipal bureaucrats, however.

In fact, Greer is known as a serial extraordinary claimant, and hardly a month seems to go by without him receiving and reporting on new, conclusive proof of what he is already convinced is true (example; example), such as new “government documents” delivered to him by anonymous officials (often related to well-known hoaxes or myths such as the infamous MJ-12 documents), and one of his most notable traits is his complete disinterest in even cursorily trying to verify any of the claims or even check whether his sources are trustworthy or even minimally coherent.

His more recent efforts include being co-producer of the quite laughable documentary Sirius (directed by NLP practitioner Amardeep Kaleka), which covers his work and theories over extraterrestrial life, government cover-ups and close encounters of the fifth kind, and is partially based on his 2006 book Hidden Truth, Forbidden Knowledge (reviewed here). The “documentary” consists of various pieces of “evidence” and interviews with people who claim that secret, alien technologies are being suppressed by the government (or other groups); it also features some free energy conspiracies and claims that man-made anti-gravity vehicles have been used for nearly 50 years to perpetuate ET-abduction hoaxes in order to maintain control over the population (Greer doesn’t believe in abductions since all the aliens are benevolent). One notable feature of the film is its coverage of the so-called Atacama skeleton, a six-inch skeleton found in Chile in 2003 of what is demonstrably a human suffering from a variety of severe genetic disorders (that’s not how Greer interprets it). There is some 9/11 conspiracy stuff there as well; apparently the 9/11 terrorists were part of a conspiracy to prevent us all from realizing that UFOs are real (“It is hard to concretely prove that 9/11 was a false-flag attack because the people behind it are so good covering their tracks” – just think about that claim for a moment; the scriptwriter obviously didn’t).

Greer thinks peaceful contact with extraterrestrials is not only possible but that he is currently in telepathic contact with them through meditation techniques he has apparently developed himself (often with technobabble-like titles such as “Coherent Thought Sequencing” or “Koch-Kyborg Pyramidal Visualisations”). Greer seems to have come to transcendental meditaion after a near-death experience during which he came in contact with “cosmic consciousness” and started levitating and performing miracles; currently, he can summon UFOs by projecting his desire to see them through meditation. You can apparently also contact them using laser pointers.

Over at the dominant view seems to be that Greer is a reptilian, mostly because he claims that all aliens are benevolent, which according to those who subscribe to the reptilian-overlord view is obviously false and thereby demonstrates that Greer must be a reptilian agent. They even have a collection of photos of Greer to prove it (and, for good measure, throw in a link to young-earth creationist Eric Dubay rambling about the government conspiracy to hide the truth that the Earth is really flat).

Diagnosis: We’re sure the world Greer thinks he inhabits is an interesting place, but it has relatively few points of connection with the real one. Relatively influential, but probably quite harmless; he could certainly have spent his energy on more constructive efforts, however.

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