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Stephen Yulish was always interested in UFOs and was a member of NICAP and APRO in the 1960s after reading Project Bluebook. He studied astronomy and exobiology at Case Western Reserve University and graduated in 1969. He eventually became a History Professor at The University of Arizona for seven years where he visited Allen Hyneck's Tucson group. He became interested in Bible Prophecy after he had a headon collision with Jesus Christ in 1988. He is presently disabled with MS and writes about endtime scenarios. Email Stephen Yulish. Visit Stephen Yulish's website.

Who's the one high on drugs here?
by Stephen Yulish PhD

Posted: 15:00 August 13, 2008

Cristian Negureanu's article "Moses and the Spaceships of the Gods", UFO Digest 8/09/08, raises the provocative question of who's the one high on drugs here?

Dr. Negureanu rightly criticizes the thesis by Israeli cognitive psychologist, Benny Shanon of Hebrew University, that Moses was under the influence of drugs when he heard the Ten Commandments from God on Mt. Sinai and so were his Jewish followers. Dr. Shannon made this outrageous yet erroneous conclusion after experiencing hallucinogenics while in the Amazon and realizing that these same plants were in the Middle East and that the lights and sounds experienced by Moses on Mt. Sinai, as well as the burning bush that was not consumed, and the pillar of fire that the Jews followed were all hallucinogenic apparitions.

I think, first of all, that Dr. Shanon drank too much ayahuasca and was still too high too make such a drastic hypothesis. According to all the scholars in the field, the Jews in Biblical times did not participate in such undertakings and they were certainly not a part, as he claimed, of any Jewish religious ritual. Sorry!

Secondly, and maybe more importantly, while his critique of Dr, Shannon's theory of drug use by Moses was right on, Dr. Negureanu seems to be partaking of that same hallucinogenic drink, ayahuasca, which Dr. Shannon was. After all, while Dr. Negureanu does say that Moses was not on drugs, he goes on to say that "Moses frequently met the angel/spaceship of God/Yahweh /Anu on Mount Sinai and other places". He spoke of "communication between Moses and the spaceship by means of cerebral implants". He stated that the "Red Sea was parted for Moses and the fleeing Jews by a spaceship, after the first born of the Egyptians were killed by a laser from this spaceship".

We know that Moses was not high on drugs from the Biblical and historical record of Old Testament scholars as well as the religious traditions of Jews, Christians and Muslims but neither can the aforementioned people attest to the relationship between Moses and spaceships. Were both Drs. Benny Shanon and Cristian Negureanu high on these same hallucinogenics when they developed their theories? Both of their cockamamie speculations leave me wondering.

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