On episode 18 of SOMEWHERE IN THE SKIES, Ryan sits down with MJ Banias. This was a deep conversation that could only be processed with whiskey in hand. In this case, it was Maple Whiskey for Ryan, and a 15-year-old scotch for MJ. As a cultural theorist and peripheral student of philosophy, MJ runs us through his thoughts on the UFO topic, the UFO subculture, and the many ways to approach ufology as we move forward in this deeply enigmatic and unapologetic topic. What does ufology have to do with capitalism? Is there room for skeptics and debunkers when it comes to the UFO question? And just exactly how can we move forward without even connecting aliens to the UFO mystery? All these questions and more are asked in this booze-fueled episode that shatters the UFO mythos and picks up the pieces in a whole new light.
Guest Bio: MJ Banias is a writer, blogger, and theorist with a background in Critical Theory, History, and Cultural Studies who critically and philosophically examines the weird, the strange and the anomalous. He was a former field investigator with MUFON, has been featured on multiple podcasts and contributes to Mysterious Universe and Rogue Planet. His work is also featured in a new book entitled UFOs: Reframing the Debate. He is also the creator of the blog, TERRA OBSCURA. This blog is aimed at critically exploring the culture, the people, and the ideas that shape what society considers inexplicable. Using aspects of philosophy, critical theory, and cultural studies, TO questions the common ideologies that form and inform our knowledge concerning bizarre incidents, anomalous paranormal events, UFOs, synchronicities, and other events people consider "strange." To learn more, visit: www.terraobscura.net
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