Teach The Lizard Overlord Controversy

By Carl Zimmer | October 29, 2009 4:24 pm

Who says there aren’t any disagreements over human origins? Not this guy.

[hat tip the Twitterati]


Comments (11)

  1. *sigh*

    This calls for the Star Trek Double FacePalm AND a Bear Double FacePalm.

    I didn’t see any mention of Icke’s name, but that’s what it sounds like to me.

    I liked this part at the end:

    Though he is not a UFO expert, Chambers said he considered the speakers legitimate due to the scope and organization of the convention.

    “It’s not like a couple of yahoos sitting in their van.”

  2. I always liked Icke. He has a way of making his crazy ideas sound plausible. Especially when he accused George Bush of secretly being an evil reptilian alien seeking to dominate the Earth. I can’t be the only to suspect that Icke may be right about that.

  3. Hmm, he got his PhD at Yale. Seems a bit similar to Jonathan Wells, the ID advocate.

    Why does my alma mater keep churning out these people?

  4. My problem with Icke is the vaccine scaremongering. If these were just private beliefs that didn’t affect public health, I probably wouldn’t care about him as much.

  5. Wasn’t Icke also responsible for Balloon Boy?

  6. Kitty'sBitch

    The first time I stumbled across this reptilian thing, I naturally assumed that it was a joke.
    To be honest, my brain still won’t allow me to accept that people believe it. I know that some do, but I’m not strong enough to confront that fact. I just bury the knowledge in the dark recesses of my mind and let it fester.
    There’s no place like home…there’s no place like home…

  7. Aside from the whack factor here – and, thanks for the laugh – I wondered how a married man could seriously decide to quit his prestigious job and become a professional crackpot. So, I ask, anyone, just how lucrative is a career in woo these days? I’m not talking about what James Randi does, but rather 100% crackpot charlatans.

    I also have to wince at the references to Asian woo. Americans have the silliest notion of anything that’s not Christianity.

  8. Noel

    Reminds me of when the ‘girlfriend’ joined up with the guitarist in SpinalTap; just so much woo, inspired by the love of a woman…

  9. Matt

    It’s a hobby of mine to stay up to date on all the latest conspiracy nut-cases. I’ve spent untold hours reading this stuff, and I have to say it makes for some fantastic storytelling. The lizard-overlord people are kind of a minority fringe themselves, even within the fringe community. But having immersed myself in their “theories”, it’s a *little* less absurd than it appears on the face of it. Certainly doesn’t hold a candle to, say, scientology. Not sure if that’s a comfort to you, Kitty, but, these people at least do volumes of, I hesitate to say “research”, but I can’t find a better word. I mean, hours and hours looking into historical myths and gods, drawing connections between Quetzacotl and Egyptology and Grendl and whatnot. I kind of have a grudging respect for that. I mean, at least they’re reading, right?

  10. Good point there Matt. If schools should teach all the theories of creation, then Sitchin gets his slice of time too, and that means the kids have to learn a bit of Sumerian history.

    Of course, that wikipedia article claims his translations have been generally found wrong. I haven’t seriously followed up on the citations yet, but someone felt strongly enough to register a whole domain to point out how wrong he is.

  11. skinman

    Ugh. Why does my state accumulate so many loons? Balloon Boy’s Parents, Ward Churchill, Horn, Ted Haggard. The list goes on but it is too depressing for me to continue.


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