Recently we had a discussion concerning crop circles, and I found the circles so impressive as to immediately deduce that they could not be man-made. After further reading at the following article, I realized that this deduction has been made too soon:
Also, after some discussion with Globatron earlier, he referenced:
which makes clear that a human technology devoted to this practice exists. i do not know enough about the science to make any judgments concerning ‘differing’ types of crop circles. I will say this. There is easily an incentive for crop circle creation, financially speaking. The concentration of crop circles in one place is unsettling, and the documented intent of some people to create a hoax makes the whole thing too messy.
my point is this, the presence of hoaxes, untruths, makes any interest in such phenomena illegitimate. it occurred to me, on some level, that the creation of crop-circles with the intent to mislead people into believing in extra-terrestrial influence is a kind of terrorism, a conscious intent to arouse uncertainty in the lives of people looking for meaning. because such events engage very large social structures, we must take seriously the legitimacy of such activity. In a world that is struggling with understanding how to share legal systems and floating notions of morality, such hoaxes add very potent fuel to a growing fire, and make an interest in such phenomena very difficult to defend.
This notion of terrorism as an umbrella term, i like it. i like the idea of subverting it for a larger progressive project, with uncertainty as its core principle, uncertainty in terms of secrecy, of procrastinated leadership, pseudo-science, etc. more coming on this idea.