Archaeoacoustics, The Matrix Books, and Bill Cooper

In my continuing effort to write here a bit more in 2014 than I did in 2013 (and 2012, and 2011…) I thought I’d muse a bit on something I discovered yesterday as a means of warming up my fingers before diving into today’s work on ENDLESS WEATHER.

I suppose it’s an example of that phenomenon that once you notice something,  you start to see that thing everywhere.  Last Friday, I had a long conversation with Tim Binnall (of Binnall of America) for an upcoming installment of BoA Audio, about The Chaos Conundrum (still $6.99!).  One of the questions that came up was about the archaeoacoustics phenomenon–which, honestly, I’m surprised hasn’t had wider exposure before now.  We talked about it in the context of hauntings and “ghost” hunting of course, as I do in the book.

Last night, doing some background reading for the new book project, I came across the following passage in the first volume of “Valdemar Valerian’sMatrix series.

Photo Jan 12, 6 33 57 PMI’d read the Matrix books, albeit several years ago, but I was astonished that I’d overlooked this connection to the archaoeacoustics/”stone tape” idea.  This example seems to limit the time period during which sounds (and images?!) could be recalled, but it’s an interesting synchronicity.

Also part of my very fun conversation with Binnall was a discussion of the late Bill Cooper and his continuing influence in UFOlogical and conspiracy circles.  I have a whole chapter in TCC about Cooper and his influence on me and others as well.

Despite being dead and gone for over a decade and–especially–despite his renunciation of the literal truth of the UFO conspiracies he had once championed, he remains a prominent figure. His 1991 book Behold a Pale Horse continues to be in print–and is available in Kindle format, as well as audio book. Crucially for Cooper’s legacy, BaPH is one of the few “classic” UFO texts that I can consistently find on the shelves of brick-and-mortar bookstores.  Its popularity (at least on Amazon) is shown by its sales figures and rankings in a variety of categories (this is for the Kindle version):

  • #3 in Occult/UFOs
  • #3 in Astronomy & Space Science/UFOs
  • #5 in Astronomy & Space Science/Astrophysics & Space Science

So–a book which is made up largely of re-purposed conspiracy material (including the Protocols of the Elders of Zion) is selling better than, among others, Einstein’s Cosmos: How Albert Einstein’s Vision Transformed Our Understanding of Space and Time by Michio Kaku.  Now, a lot of that is due to the way in which Amazon categorizes books (and allows publishers to dictate the categories).  Still, it’s a telling thing about “the field.”

I’ll have info on the BoA episode to you when it’s available.

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