First half guest John Hogue is an astrologer and writes about the occult, parapsychology, mysticism and prophecy. He has looked at the astrological charts of all the major candidates to inform his opinions and predictions about what we might expect in the days leading up to November 8th, and told George that "Predictability is going out the window this year." Even so, he explained how this uncertainty would affect the electorate. Hogue sees a terrorist attack or some other serious military action coming either in the next few months or in August or September, which will change the entire tone of the election and which he referred to as a "foreboding prophetic wildcard moment." At that point, people will be far more willing to take a risk with a non-traditional candidate that they wouldn't have in the past.
Hogue thinks that Trump is the only one who could possibly beat Clinton. He also addressed the issue of global warming and his research that leads him believe it is real and caused by human activity. He says that studies commissioned in the 1990s by oil companies exist and show that they knew this at the time. During the call-in segment, 25-year-old Cory mentioned that he wouldn't be voting in the upcoming election because he didn't think it would make much difference. Hogue reacted with his opinion that the political "passive-aggressive attitude of millenials are making them objects of a new fascism." Urging the audience to be on the lookout for abuses of power, Hogue concluded that history "doesn't necessarily repeat itself, but it does rhyme."
In the second half, author Laird Scranton joined George to recount the theories of Immanuel Velikovsky, as well as his own research into the striking similarities between the cosmologies of the ancient cultures of Europe and the Middle East. The talk started with the subject of the ancient archaeological site at Gobekli Tepe in modern day Turkey, where megalithic stones were quarried and laid with extreme precision about 10,000 years ago that Scranton said "precedes evidence of the tools required to build it." He has found evidence recounted across the myths and history of ancient cultures who seem to all agree that they had outside help in their efforts at civilization and learning. Scranton believes that humans had a "sort of a foot up from somebody else in ancient times.” The African Dogon tribe, as well as the Greeks, Egyptians, Mesopotamians, and ancient Buddhist cultures all describe basically the same story, according to Scranton. They also include the idea that "matter is the byproduct of the influences of two universes."
Velikovsky was trained in psychology by a student of Sigmund Freud and counted Albert Einstein as one of his early partners when he was publishing scientific papers in the early 1920s. After moving to the U.S. just before WWII, he began to develop his theories of cosmic "catastrophism." His 1950 book Worlds In Collision argued that the formation of the early solar system was influenced by planet-sized objects moving through the orbits of the main planets and colliding with them. He also wrote that a large body was torn from Jupiter and moved about the solar system as a huge comet before settling into orbit and becoming the planet Venus, which was recorded in early mythologies. Scranton wrote about Velikovsky's struggles with the scientific establishment and eventual vindication on some points, such as water on the Moon and a "tail" on Venus, which points away from the sun like a comet. Scranton says that his theories have now been echoed by mainstream astronomers to explain the formation of exoplanetary systems.
Bumper music from Wednesday February 10, 2016