When Jason reviews any "New Age" material, it's with a guilty until proven innocent POV that emerges from almost any review he does. For example:
Kripal has also embraced Communion author Whitley Strieber, with whom he wrote a book on the supernatural, and has taken to describing the alien abductee as a “prophet,” though he does not believe that Strieber’s abduction occurred in the physical world.
I don’t know what’s going on with Kripal, but his ever-closer orbit to the Ancient Aliens school of quasi-spiritual speculation will only continue to give aid and succor to ancient astronaut theorists as they continue their quest to speculate their way to fame and fortune.
But what bothers me is this drifting toward a weird spirituality. It’s been a long time in coming, born of the failure of UFOs and space aliens to produce any tangible evidence of their reality. The recent versions, though, of paranormal spirituality are a far cry from the spiritual flying saucers of the 1950s, which imagined angels and demons riding in silvery discs. Now, the spirituality seems to orbit around New Age/Gnostic ideas of consciousness and false reality.
You will remember that Graham Hancock has taken consciousness as a major theme of his latter-day work and claims that hallucinogenic drugs provide a path toward communicating with cosmic entities. In this view, our minds become receivers for transmissions from other dimensions, much as Kripal imagines that imagination taps into supernatural forces. Similarly, Ancient Aliens continuously emphasizes Theosophy’s Akashic Record, the imaginary library of all wisdom in the sky that psychics can visit mentally to access hidden truths. And of course we can’t forget the UFO-poltergeist hypothesis pursued by Hal Puthoff, Robert Bigelow, and others, which imagines flying saucers to be manifestations of ghostly energy from other dimensions, seeping into ours through wormholes.
At the most ridiculous end of the spectrum, geologist Robert Schoch is also spiritualizing his claims and embracing a quasi-religious exploration of consciousness. Schoch is most famous for his radical re-dating of the Sphinx to thousands of years before dynastic Egypt, and last year when his colleague John Anthony West’s died, Schoch expressed his growing belief that the material world exists within a larger supernatural context, albeit one where the supernatural is some sort of unexplained inherent property of hydrogen
In other words, this is total garbage, but I'll let you know how much woo there actually is in this fringe source!
Notice how he's gone from the most "bat shit crazy" to Robert Schoch--from the least credible to archeology, and ties them all together as New Age crap. Colavito is respectful of writers like Graham, to a point, showing what a tolerant guy he really is, but then trashes Graham to illustrate his own masterful debunking credentials.
Jason has no real scholarly credentials whatsoever. His understanding of history rarely makes it's way to primary sources, and his understanding of archeology is dilettante: how often has he traveled outside of New York state across the globe? I wonder if he's even made it to the Catskills or the Adirondacks. . . .