EsoterX – If Monsters Don’t Exist, Why Are They Out To Get Me?

The blogger known as EsoterX (aka Aaron Dabbah) is a rarity. He looks at the world of the anomalous, and instead of asking “Who?” or “How?” he asks “Why?” Trained as an archaeologist and information specialist, he turns his intelligent eye on such conundrums as “Fairy Fishing,” disappearing islands, and why unicorns are jerks.

Aaron asserts that anomalies are not so implausible if you are willing to suspend your disbelief. We started with his premise that the search for the meaning of the anomalous is the important part of the equation and our reaction to weirdness is more important than the actual weirdness itself. Moving through subjects at a leisurely pace, we also discussed the strangest of strange stories, such as an account that Charles Fort repeated about a cat who appeared before a crowd and asked “Hot enough for you?” before disappearing in a puff of smoke. We also dealt with the decline of quality humor and satire before he concluded that “Looking for respectability [as a researcher] is a losing game because you’re playing by rules that don’t apply to what you’re looking at.”

Many words and ideas to live by in this episode. He will be back.

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3 Responses to EsoterX – If Monsters Don’t Exist, Why Are They Out To Get Me?

  1. Red Pill Junkie says:

    Ahh… another Fortean blogger with a kindred spirit. He probably is as old as I am, too –X are sooo 1990’s bro 😛

    I think he’s spot on with UFOlogists/Cryptozoologists/anything-else-ologists –hey, how come ghost hunters never coined their own ‘ology’?– and their obsession with legitimacy is somewhat misguided –and a bit sad, truth be told. We certainly saw a whole lot of that last week, didn’t we? 😉

    Sooooo Greg, does that mean YOUR parents picked you out of jail once or twice? Now that I think about it, the biggest altercation I’ve ever had with the law was when I was still a Catholic and part of a youth group; we had asked one of our local churches to let us have an all-night prayer session –yeah, I know– but I guess we were making too much noise because a neighbor ratted on us. Next thing we know, we were all lined up against a wall like criminals, and one of my friends got punched in the balls :-/

    Ah, memories…

    One thing about the ‘advanced technology’ being indistinguishable from magic: Where does it say it had to be complex? IMO super-advanced technology could be deceivingly simple, at least in principle. Like for example when you stack up a bunch of common materials in a geometric pattern in order to create a simple battery.

    The ‘blue men’ reminded me of the kobolds, which are part of the Germanic folklore. That’s where the ‘cobalt blue’ comes from. And of course, the stocky little men who took Whitley Strieber had a deep blue face . I guess they wuved him too 😉

  2. Morgan R. says:

    1) Fantastic show. So far the success ratio with bloggers is pretty good. 2) The best conversations are never finished.

  3. r says:

    Great stuff. Re: the identical names coincidence – there’s also William Tenn writer of odd SF tales whose real name was Phillip Klass. He was about the same age as UFO skeptic Klass and both shared a technical background:

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