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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.

©2019 Oxford University Press (P)2019 Tantor

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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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  • Me
  • 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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  • 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 must read

This book offers a stunning and often surpising insight into what we know as the UFO phenomenon and how it relates to religion, beliefs and reality perception. I heard the author interviewed on Unknown Country and became intrigued. When I saw it was available as an audio I got it and listened to it within days. I will be relistening. I think there is some very vauable material in this book.

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  • nick
  • 2019-03-09

VERY INTERESTING

Great book if you’re interested in ufos at all. Even if you don’t believe in aliens or anything, what you learn in this book will open your mind to almost limitless possibilies. THE ONLY THING WRONG IS THAT THE NARRATOR IS AWFUL. 4 hours in I was still debating with myself if it was an automated voice. She did not to the book justice. I would almost suggest buying a hard copy and actually read it.

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