Thursday, December 19, 2013

Raelism vs. Science: Raelism, Long Hair & Telepathy

After Rael made the comment, "another confirmation of Elohim’s messages ..." in regards to a Web article by Signs Of The Times (SOTT) claiming to explain: The Truth About Hair and Why Indians Would Keep Their Hair Long, Raelianews published an article titled: Why do Raelians keep their hair long.

The Web article, as summarized by Brian Dunning in Skeptoid #393, "tells the story of native American trackers who were recruited for the Vietnam War, but once given military haircuts, they lost their ability to track, and became useless to the war effort. So formalized testing was instituted, and it was confirmed that only trackers whose hair had not been cut were able to perform, and that cutting their hair caused them to score lower on tests where they had previously scored high. The story goes that the military then exempted native American trackers from regulation haircuts, and that some of the experimenters even chose to do the same."

According to the Raelian Messages:
The point about not shaving off any hair is very important. The human brain is like a huge transmitter, capable of sending out a multitude of very accurate waves and thoughts. In fact, telepathy is nothing more than that."
But this type of transmitter requires antennae, and the hair and beard are these antennae. That is why you should not shave off any hair if you want to make use of your transmitters. (Intelligent Design, pp. 35-36)
As such, the Raelianews article claims that the web article stands as a confirmation to Rael's special knowledge that hair "are [sic.] like antennae" that allowed native American trackers to "access a 'sixth sense'" as long as they were allowed to keep their hair traditionally long instead of very short as required in a standard military haircut. Note, though, Raelism would require one not to shave in order to acquire and maintain telepathic abilities.

According to Dunning's prodding of this matter, the Web article is:
One of the more popular modern stories of the importance of uncut hair is an urban legend, often copied and pasted from one web site to another, so many times that I tried and tried but could not find the original source... [ ]... So far as I've been able to tell, the story is purely apocryphal. I found no citations for any such research ever having been performed. Nor does it seem very likely, as tracking is something at which very few people in the United States had occasion to develop skill in the 1960s and 70s, nor would such skills translate very well from the American southwest to the Vietnamese jungles. 
So this story about the native American trackers and their skill being physically tied to their hair length can't stand up as evidence that a relationship has ever been shown to exist between hair length and some ability.
Moreover, the Web article itself warns its readers with the following disclaimer:
SOTT can't confirm this story or the research it suggests took place, however, we have wondered on many occasions, what is the use of hair and why so many legends refer to hair as being a source of strength, from Samson, to Nazarenes, to the Long Haired Franks.
Also mentioned in the dubious Web article is Kirlian Photography that is nothing more than pseudo-science.

In Rael's 2nd book, that elaborates his alleged visit to the Elohim's planet where he had the honor of meeting all the prophets sent to Earth by the Elohim before himself and who all used telepathy to remain in contact with their extraterrestrial senders, he writes:
Facing me sat a young bearded man, very handsome and very slim. He wore a mysterious smile and an expression filled with fraternal feeling... To his left was a more corpulent man with an Asian face. He had a shaven head. (p. 161) 
My guide, Yahweh, paused for a moment, and then said: "You are now sitting directly opposite... to Jesus... to the left of Jesus sits the one remembered on Earth by the name of Buddha." (p. 165)
One wonders if Buddha got the memo... LOL
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P.S. I have received some new information Rael's plagiarism about this topic. This idea is not from Rael but originally comes from the Robert Charroux's book, "Le Livre du mystérieux inconnu"- The Mysterious Unknown, 1972:

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