I would like to discuss with skeptics and proponents alike why I think that religion is to God as Sci-fi is to science. It will touch on critical analysis of religion, science fiction, comic books, and of course the paranormal. I made a thread of the same title on JREF, but the thread got hacked to pieces by mods and hecklers, and I was suspended by mods who are in my opinion very biased, who I think were offended and threatened by my claims. I found that very few JREFers were up to the task of understanding where I am coming from. There was really only one opponent I found worthy of debating. The others were idiots. I have a higher opinion of the skeptics here, and so I would like to start that conversation over. Plus, I have no reason to think the mods here have it in for me, like they do at JREF. There is a fascinating, mostly secret history to the sci-fi/comic book genre and it directly involves the paranormal, just as the paranormal is directly involved with religion. It has to do with the paranormal experiences of many great sci-fi and comic book authors, and it has to do with UFO phenomena. Sci-fi/comic books inspire us, and sometimes that inspiration influences science. We write sci-fi, and sci-fi writes us. Our secular culture has a modern mythologem - ET. Stories about it are the domain of sci-fi and comic books. It can be shown that the great iconic sci-fi of our culture -for example Dune, Star Wars, Stranger in a Strange Land to name a few- contain within them the monomyth skeletal structure. This same structure is found throughout world religion and myth. Since the skeptic population here is low, I'm not sure of any of you would be interested in this kind of discussion. If not, that's ok. So, I can show that sci-fi / comic books is a modern secular mythology. The mythologem is in the ET. I can show that the paranormal has strongly influenced that mythology through the experiences of authors and readers alike, as it does throughout the rest of world religion and myth. I can show that this mythology influences science, which ties the process of science in to the influences of the paranormal. Any takers?