A Look At The World’s Biggest UFO Convention

Aging boomers, bearded Mad Max types, hippies, burners, little old ladies and medical doctors, ravers — they all shared a common vision. They’ve had an experience that would cause you or I to laugh, maybe label them crazy. But no one’s crazy at Contact In The Desert, the Woodstock of UFO conferences. If anything, people like you and me, the non-believers, we’re the weirdos.

Whatever your conspiracy, it’s served there. Some of it even had a slice (paper-thin) of science. The links between psychedelic drugs, consciousness, the invention of language, art, and human evolution, simulation theory, genealogy, the potential of CRISPR genome editing — were all explored with an alien twist…

Von Däniken, the godfather of it all, was once a hotel manager in his native Switzerland; perhaps his hospitality bent made him such a good salesman. In 1968, he published Chariots Of The Gods, the spark for the ancient alien hypothesis that many have since made their meal ticket…

Ifvon Däniken is the godfather of this gang, Giorgio Tsoukalos is his rockstar heir. Sporting a fake tan and possibly fake hair, (the follicles brazenly defy gravity), he looks the part. “What we’re doing is carrying the message to the masses,” he said to a round of cheers…

If the truth is out there, that’s where it’ll stay, buried, deep in the desert, or high in the sky, one and the same…

Source: Making Contact — The Awl