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Confidence where there is only doubt
on 3 December 2017
Aristotle's once wrote that "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." Whilst you may entertain conspiracy theories about NASA you will find them hard to accept. Such conspiracy theorists have tormented Moon astronauts for over 40 years. Buzz Aldrin famously punched moon-landing denier Bart Sibrel in the face in 2002. Neil Armstrong probably spent his life hiding from people like Hoagland. Of course the author claims Aldrin and Armstrong were hypnotised to forget all about the alien artefacts they saw on the moon. I believe there is a special circle of Hell reserved for NASA conspiracy theorists. In this Hell these people get to walk around the Moon & Mars for eternity looking for non-existent space aliens..... And for eternity the Devil will criticise them for covering up when they found. I first read about alleged cover-ups of life on the Moon back in the late 1980's when I was still a teenager and I found the idea entertaining but hardly convincing. The trouble with "Dark Mission" is Hoagland's ability to make his theories so dull. There is a good 20% of this that is probably a genuine retelling of NASA history with another 20% that touches upon quite interesting fringe science. Anyone who has found the theories of 'torsional physics' elsewhere know that it dates back way beyond Tesla and covers an exotic range of ideas including zero point energy, anti-gravity drives and time travel. THAT is interesting but not yet accepted into mainstream physics. Which leaves us with the 60% of the content which is hardcore conspiracy theory. It ropes in the Free Masons, the Kennedy assassination, Roswell and space aliens. The main premise is that NASA is an occult organisation that aligns its activity with the astrological positions of planets linked to Egyptian Gods. None of it is remotely plausible yet, like all good conspiracies, the very lack of evidence and, indeed, any contradictory evidence, is presented as proof of the theory. The author would have you believe that Buzz Aldrin's Holy Communion on the moon was an occult-Freemason-Egyptian ritual. The proof? None. The author just waves it away claiming that the ritual can be traced back to ancient Egypt. Hoagland's approach to statistical modelling is to fire a machine gun at a wall and then draw the target around where-ever the most holes are. The photographic evidence is all so many Rorschach ink-blot tests. The author and his team simply see whatever they wish to see. They have blown up tiny portions of photographs to look at something so small it is nothing more than film grain - then claim they can see enormous structures on the moon made of glass complete with full architectural detail. Yet to everyone else these features look natural. The author presents this all so much "killer evidence" yet is utterly underwhelming & disappointing. Charles Bukowski once wrote that "The problem with the world is that intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid one are full of confidence." Everything Hoagland writes is doubtful. Read "Dark Mission" but Google it often to see how others have debunked it. And, by the way, the photos of Mars in 2001 show there is no face there.