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American Cosmic

UFOs, Religion, Technology
Narrated by: Norah Tocci
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Summary

More than half of American adults and more than 75 percent of young Americans believe in intelligent extraterrestrial life. This level of belief rivals that of belief in God. American Cosmic examines the mechanisms at work behind the thriving belief system in extraterrestrial life, a system that is changing and even supplanting traditional religions. 

Over the course of a six-year ethnographic study, D. W. Pasulka interviewed successful and influential scientists, professionals, and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who believe in extraterrestrial intelligence, thereby disproving the common misconception that only fringe members of society believe in UFOs. She argues that widespread belief in aliens is due to a number of factors, including their ubiquity in modern media like The X-Files, which can influence memory, and the believability lent to that media by the search for planets that might support life. American Cosmic explores the intriguing question of how people interpret unexplainable experiences and argues that the media is replacing religion as a cultural authority that offers believers answers about non-human intelligent life.

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wow what a great story

Over and over I kept thinking "yes I'd never thought about it like that before". Right up there with anything else in the genre. I'd go as far as to say it's on a par with Majestic by Whitley Strieber. The theologians viewpoint and deep knowledge of religion really intrigued me. If you have an interest in this subject matter get this book now! Only criticism is the narration sounds a bit robotic.

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The Truth is inside of us, not out there!

American Cosmic is as much about our own spiritual destiny as our materialist world view of Ufology and the technologies that are spun off from relics and artefacts of crashed objects. It ties together ideas from quantum physics, religion, eye witness accounts of UFO's, belief systems and the impact of the media thereof, and the future of mankind.

it was an interesting and fun read.

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  • 18-02-19

Content - Exceptional - Norah Tocci needs lessons

The absolute WORST narrator I've heard. Norah Tocci consistently mispronounces well-known words. Aren't these narrations reviewed????????


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  • bobbi mcclellan
  • 20-02-19

Good content, author should have narrated

I listened to the author speak on one of my usual podcasts and bought the book based on her good tale telling. Was sad not to hear her very compelling voice telling its own story in this audiobook. Perfectly enjoyable and thought provoking content :)

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  • Hjane
  • 14-06-19

Interesting viewpoint

Loved this as it offered a new point of view for me. Well written and researched. Makes me want to read more of her writing. A lot of the reviewers didn’t like the narrator but I didn’t have any great problem with her voice or interpretation. The only minor problem as a listener was that sometimes I wasn’t absolutely sure that a different voice/person was speaking until a few sentences into the paragraph. Really a minor thing. Overall a worthwhile listen.

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  • Jaybird
  • 11-05-19

Outstandingly done!

I really enjoyed this book I highly recommend it. I would have wished that she touched on the fact that Jesus did some of these supernatural events as well.

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  • Myinklady
  • 30-04-19

Well written,thoughtful,objective -woman scholar

I heard an interview on the Mysterious Universe Podcast with this writer. She was so exuberant and well spoken I had to hear more of her unique, incredibly intelligent book. During the interview she shared that after the book came out she was been banned on social media for no reason that she knows of! Makes you wonder!The things she writes about aren't shocking but very interesting and compelling -especially in regards to the US and our history with UFO'S. Don't let this completely factual narrative slip by you! Intertwining spirituality with phenomenon is such an interesting angle to me. I absolutely loved this book. I'll be listening to it again asap.

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  • Israel
  • 27-04-19

Fascinating links between religion and Ufology

I have always wondered about the links between religion and Ufology. The author does a wonderful job of presenting the facts without imposing a conclusion.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-04-19

Interesting listen

Lots of nuggets in here, I was thrown off on the structure and ultimately what the overall point the author was making.

Didn’t have a huge problem with the cadence as other reviews but it was a tad off.

Not a bad book but not quite as interesting as I would have hoped with such a topic.

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  • Setken
  • 10-03-19

A most engaging book

I listened twice. There is some very interesting material in here. I do like the way the author has presented her research and couched her findings in view of the highly controversial nature of what she is studying.

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  • Jackie McComb
  • 19-07-19

Nora Tocci narration horrible.

I can’t listen to the book because the narrator ruins it completely. Her odd pauses, speeding up and slowing down for no apparent reason, I honestly felt a little like I couldn’t comprehend the English language. I’ve listen to audiobooks for years and had narrators I liked and others that I didn’t like as much but this is beyond the pale.

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  • nick
  • 09-03-19

VERY INTERESTING

Great book if you’re interested in ufos at all. Even if you don’t believe in aliens or anything, what you learn in this book will open your mind to almost limitless possibilies. THE ONLY THING WRONG IS THAT THE NARRATOR IS AWFUL. 4 hours in I was still debating with myself if it was an automated voice. She did not to the book justice. I would almost suggest buying a hard copy and actually read it.

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