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Hosts Tim Beckley and Tim Swartz welcome to Exploring The Bizarre ( DAVE HALPERIN whose friendship with Beckley goes back to when they were both teenagers. In the UFO controversy, the skeptics are right about the less important point: UFOs have no physical existence. TheUFOlogists are right about the more important point: UFOs are a vitally important subject, never to be dismissed as “bunk” or “claptrap.” Attention must be paid. UFOs, like religion, are a human phenomenon. They have nothing to do with space travel or life on other planets. Back in the 1960s, David Halperin was a teenage UFOlogist. Later he became a Professor of Religious Studies at theUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he taught until his retirement in 2000. His specialty: religious traditions of heavenly ascent and otherworldly journeys. He is the author of five books on Jewish mysticism and messianism, and a novel, "Journal of a UFO Investigator," published in 2011 by Viking Press and translated into Spanish, Italian, and German. His non-fiction book, "Intimate Alien: The Hidden Story of the UFO," will be published next year by Stanford University Press. He blogs on UFOs, religion, and other subjects dear to his heart at

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