Sweigart Report: Human-Alien Hybrids Edition | Vol. 3 / No. 28.1

 Mixed nuts | Photo: theilr, CC BY-SA 2.0


I love the internet sometimes. You know, some days you flip open your laptop and all you get is your run-of-the-mill anti-vaxxers and tinfoil hat anti-GMO conspiracy theorists, and some days you get pure, shiny, medical-grade crazy. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the latter.

The headline reads (I kid you not) “‘I proved human-alien hybrids EXIST’, says scientist who ‘found them living on Earth’.”

It’s the story of an obviously rather credulous fellow named Miguel Mendonça, who has written a book and “published” it on Amazon, about eight people who claim to be human-alien hybrids. All of them came to the realization they were special snowflakes through some kind of hypnotherapy, none of them have had their DNA tested (though of course even if it showed nothing, they’d sidestep that inconvenience with the explanation that “all it would find is their normal code and it would ignore anything else,” so I mean, why bother?), and like all self-reinforcing delusions, their claims are in no way shape or form verifiable. Here’s some of the pure, undiluted good stuff:

Don’t get me wrong, I’d love war and violence to end. I’d also love to have magical powers and for Superman to be a real guy. But we don’t get everything we want in this life, and wishing for a thing doesn’t make it so.
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Richard Ford Burley is a human, writer, and doctoral candidate at Boston College, as well as an editor at Ledger, the first academic journal devoted to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. In his spare time he writes about science, skepticism, feminism, and futurism here at This Week In Tomorrow.