Tin Foil Hats and UFOs

Last year I published my own personal story of alien abduction from early childhood into adulthood. When you come forward as a UFO abductee, you become a magnet for UFO believers and UFO skeptics, each with their own agenda.

Alien abductees contact you knowing that you’ll understand. UFO skeptics target you in the hopes of finding a way to use your story to prove that UFOs are a hoax. UFO researchers clamor for details hoping that your tale of UFO abduction will support their personal theories, and apparently, many have theories to prove. UFO authors attempt to hitch a ride on your coattails. Even the government keeps a watchful eye to make sure that you aren’t a danger.

Everyone’s got an agenda and they want you to be their pawn. What happens when the pawn refuses to play chess? They may try to discredit you, or they might go off in a huff. I had my first public run in the other day and it ended with him suggesting that I wear a tin foil hat.

You’re probably assuming he was a skeptic or someone whose goal was to discredit me, but nope, he was a true believer. The trouble was, I’d done a bit of research and knew that he had an agenda that I did not care to support, so I extricated myself as gently as I could.

When you don’t give someone what they want, they generally don’t smile and shake your hand in friendship. He accused me of pretending to be an alien abductee, suggested that I wear a tin foil hat, and then peddled his UFO books to me and anyone else reading our public conversation.

My response was to add a tin foil hat to an old photo and post it publicly in a humorous jest. I figure my fans will understand. But the whole thing got me thinking, who came up with the notion of wearing a tin foil hat in the first place?

Wikipedia puts its origin in a 1927 fictional story called The Tissue-Culture King by Julian Huxley, which suggested that “caps of metal foil” would block mental telepathy. From there it expanded to include UFOs, mind control, hearing voices, electromagnetic radiation, and even government agencies spying on you.

Apparently there’s a grain of truth to the tin foil hat theory. In 2005, a group of MIT students decided to conduct a test. They created three tin foil hats of different designs which they called, The Classical, The Fez, and The Centurion. The results were unexpected.

The tin foil hats did offer shielding from some radio waves, but actually boosted others. Radio frequencies used specifically for mobile communications, GPS tracking, broadcast satellites, space-to-earth satellites, space-to-space satellites, and aeronautical radionavigation signals were amplified by the tin foil hats.

Of course, this set off a whole new conspiracy theory suggesting that the government wanted people to take off their tin foil hats, not that I can imagine actually wearing one. I figure if anyone is attempting to control my mind, if they haven’t succeeded by now they sure as hell aren’t going to.

My personal account of repeated UFO alien abductions is available in paperback, Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iTunes and audiobook.

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