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American Cosmic

UFOs, Religion, Technology
Written by: D.W. Pasulka
Narrated by: Norah Tocci
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
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More than half of American adults and more than 75 percent of young Americans believe in intelligent extraterrestrial life. This level of belief rivals that of belief in God. American Cosmic examines the mechanisms at work behind the thriving belief system in extraterrestrial life, a system that is changing and even supplanting traditional religions. 

Over the course of a six-year ethnographic study, D. W. Pasulka interviewed successful and influential scientists, professionals, and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who believe in extraterrestrial intelligence, thereby disproving the common misconception that only fringe members of society believe in UFOs. She argues that widespread belief in aliens is due to a number of factors, including their ubiquity in modern media like The X-Files, which can influence memory, and the believability lent to that media by the search for planets that might support life. American Cosmic explores the intriguing question of how people interpret unexplainable experiences and argues that the media is replacing religion as a cultural authority that offers believers answers about non-human intelligent life.

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Essential reading for those interested in UFOs

An intriguing book focusing on what is the strangest thing about UFOs: Though seemingly technological and physical, they don't fit the profile of what we'd expect from astronauts from other planets. Rather, the phenomenon hints at a deeper reality involving technology, yes, but also mind, body and spirit. While not mentioning the simulation hypothesis once, the book is highly suggestive of its truth. The universe is informational, and within this informational universe we lowly humans seem to be the focus of some intelligence that can make impossible materials which themselves have informational properties that interface with the human mind. As disclosure rolls out over the next number of years, keeping the insights of this book close at hand will help to save you from falling into interpretational traps. Viewing UFOs as mere space ships will lead you astray.

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  • 2019-02-18

Content - Exceptional - Norah Tocci needs lessons

The absolute WORST narrator I've heard. Norah Tocci consistently mispronounces well-known words. Aren't these narrations reviewed????????


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  • bobbi mcclellan
  • 2019-02-20

Good content, author should have narrated

I listened to the author speak on one of my usual podcasts and bought the book based on her good tale telling. Was sad not to hear her very compelling voice telling its own story in this audiobook. Perfectly enjoyable and thought provoking content :)

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  • Myinklady
  • 2019-04-30

Well written,thoughtful,objective -woman scholar

I heard an interview on the Mysterious Universe Podcast with this writer. She was so exuberant and well spoken I had to hear more of her unique, incredibly intelligent book. During the interview she shared that after the book came out she was been banned on social media for no reason that she knows of! Makes you wonder!The things she writes about aren't shocking but very interesting and compelling -especially in regards to the US and our history with UFO'S. Don't let this completely factual narrative slip by you! Intertwining spirituality with phenomenon is such an interesting angle to me. I absolutely loved this book. I'll be listening to it again asap.

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  • Joel Benavidez
  • 2019-10-13

4th time listening.

I heard about this great book on the mysterious universe podcast, season 21, episode 06. It basically covers all my favorite topics in one amazing story; with the added bonus of feeling like I was reading a self-help book at times (like reading about the protocols). I have even begun applying some in my own life. No wasted money here. Stop reading and buy the damn thing.

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  • Angela H.
  • 2019-08-21

Exellent book!

well narrated, Exellent read on the research of the phenomenon of UFO'S and more. interesting look into the Invisible colledge.

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  • Hjane
  • 2019-06-14

Interesting viewpoint

Loved this as it offered a new point of view for me. Well written and researched. Makes me want to read more of her writing. A lot of the reviewers didn’t like the narrator but I didn’t have any great problem with her voice or interpretation. The only minor problem as a listener was that sometimes I wasn’t absolutely sure that a different voice/person was speaking until a few sentences into the paragraph. Really a minor thing. Overall a worthwhile listen.

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  • Jaybird
  • 2019-05-11

Outstandingly done!

I really enjoyed this book I highly recommend it. I would have wished that she touched on the fact that Jesus did some of these supernatural events as well.

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  • Israel
  • 2019-04-27

Fascinating links between religion and Ufology

I have always wondered about the links between religion and Ufology. The author does a wonderful job of presenting the facts without imposing a conclusion.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-23

Interesting listen

Lots of nuggets in here, I was thrown off on the structure and ultimately what the overall point the author was making.

Didn’t have a huge problem with the cadence as other reviews but it was a tad off.

Not a bad book but not quite as interesting as I would have hoped with such a topic.

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  • Setken
  • 2019-03-10

A most engaging book

I listened twice. There is some very interesting material in here. I do like the way the author has presented her research and couched her findings in view of the highly controversial nature of what she is studying.

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