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Out of this World: Everything You Think You Know About UFOs is Wrong

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Out of this World: Everything You Think You Know About UFOs is Wrong


With Diana Pasulka


Edwards Interfaith Chapel and Community Center | Edwards

Was Stephen Hawking correct when he claimed that only “cranks” believe in and see UFOs? In her latest book, Professor Diana Pasulka profiles brilliant entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley whose belief in UFOs informs the creation of their innovative and game-changing technologies. But these entrepreneurs are not alone: More than half of adult Americans and more than 80% of young Americans believe in UFOs or extraterrestrial life.
Author and historian of religion Pasulka journeys through the cafes and labs of Silicon Valley to the desert of New Mexico to explore how belief in UFOs is covered up, explored, engaged and created. Pasulka reveals how UFO belief is the religion of the technological age and this belief is bolstered by the potential reality of the discovery of life on other planets, made real by NASA’s periodic press releases supporting this belief.
Stranger yet, Pasulka discovered that technology does have connections to the paranormal. The author’s interviews with technologists and her historical research into the Russian and American space programs reveals the strange and perplexing origins of rocket technologies. Pasulka draws on the latest research into digital and media technologies to reveal how the representation of the UFO passes into minds and bodies, informing memory, belief and culture.
Diana Walsh Pasulka is a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. Her research focuses on religion and technology, including supernatural belief and its connections to digital technologies and environments.
She is the author of “American Cosmic: UFOs, Religion, Technology.” Her current projects include two edited volumes, “Believing in Bits: New Media and the Supernatural,” co-edited with Simone Natalie (forthcoming with Oxford University Press) and “Post Humanism: The Future of Homo Sapiens, co-edited with Michael Bess (forthcoming with Palgrave MacMillan Reference).
This program is underwritten by Rob LeVine

Due to the Coronavirus situation, we will be rescheduling this program.