The work of Stanley Kubrick continues to spark debate and inspire interpretation, particularly when it comes to films like 2001:A Space Odyssey. For my part, I've long felt that all of the symbolic and allegorical interpretations pale to the actual plot of the film, which hits you with some pretty straightforward AAT, depicts an elaborate government coverup of proof of alien contact, and most importantly taps into the weird narratives of "alien abduction" recorded in very obscure UFO journals in the Fifties and early Sixties.
This all ties into a theory I'd been kicking around dealing with the Elusive Companions- those strange creatures who've had contact with humanity since the dawn of history, using a series of culture-appropriate disguises.
The dumbed-down modern depiction of fairies, sprites and genies tends to overshadow the darker and more compelling contact narratives recorded in folklore from all over the world. As well as obscuring the remarkable consistency among them and the stunning similarity to "alien abduction" accounts.
In many ways, the ECH is similar to the Ultraterrestrials that John Keel talked about or Mac Tonnies' Cryptoterrestrials but the ECH is tied directly into AAT and the idea of the Watchers, or the fabled stay-behind race/class of monitors keeping an eye on the project for the ancient bioengineers.
All of which seeks to explain why remarkably similar accounts of strange encounters and "abductions" have been recorded all over the world and all throughout history, some of which formed the backbone of powerful religious traditions in the ancient world.
Mike Clelland and I mulled it all over in a freewheeling discussion (included above) which touched on details like the oddly-lit white room, the Roswellian aspects of "The Dawn of Man" in 2001 and the distinctly non-physical character of abduction accounts throughout histroy that were explored in detail in the following posts:
These are some of my favorite posts of the past year and a lot of readers grokked them as well. All worth a re-read.
In related news, Tim Binnall has Bruce Rux back on Binnall of America for a talk on ancient Egypt and ancient astronauts and much more. Rux tells tales out of school about Zechariah Sitchin and reveals strange taste in sci-fi comedy. Highly recommended.
BONUS: A lecture on Jungian views of the UFO phenomenon.