“Sekret Machines: Man” by Peter Levenda and Tom DeLonge is a good representation of what To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science is looking to ultimately achieve, which is to inspire a new generation to reevaluate and re-imagine science, society and humanity.
“Man” is a deep dive that looks at all aspects associated with the phenomena, and not the traditional “nuts and bolts” aspect that plagues Ufology. “Sekret Machines:Gods” felt fresh; a gripping new academic look at the ancient astronaut theory, and “Man” feels more like a companion piece in comparison. “Man” is still academic in nature, but written in a way to deal with the rationality and curiosity of the average reader. The book is stout, and feels like a lot of the topics and re-teachings could have been scaled back to make a more concise argument.
Levenda’s occult and religious studies nor DeLonge’s involvement shouldn’t deter some detractors in the UFO field from the book, as “Man” covers more than just the phenomena. Thematically, the book tackles a lot of subjects like what it means to be a human, and how that perception is shifting. “Man” makes a great point that even through history, science and our overall humanity we still haven’t figured out what it is to be human, let alone what the “others”/ the phenomena is. The book feels like a case of science versus spirituality with consciousness at the forefront accompanied with scientific, historical , religious, and political elements.
A few interesting points:
-The experiencer experiences a response that is “spiritually elevated while emotionally devastated”
-Levenda makes the connection that aliens appear to have no knees, as it aligns with spiritual beliefs of deities and angels also being without knees.
-Aliens act more like “machinery than biology.”
-The line of aliens are “not all powerful, they are just powerful in ways we are not,” which plays into the idea of a symbiotic relationship.
-Humans may be evolving into a more consciousness-elevated being, and the existence of the phenomena is helping rewire our brain, perceptions and consciousness.
-Historically looks what at what is meant by fiction and non-fiction, which will certainly spark the debate among those who believe TTS could be “blurring the lines” with its non-fiction and fictional properties.
-The explanation and evidence that governmental studies sometimes go through various names, departments and disconnected organizations for different purposes, which could all explain all the AATIP confusion, and all the anti-Luis Elizondo ”controversy” manufactured by those deep-set in their pre-set beliefs about him.
-“Man” doesn’t shy away from the words alien or UFO, which it shouldn’t.
If TTS is to accomplish its lofty goals, well then one day maybe historians will look back at “Gods” and “Man” as important books outside of the unexplained realm.
By MIKE DAMANTE