"Hermeneutics was initially applied to the interpretation, or exegesis, of scripture.
The terms "hermeneutics" and "exegesis" are sometimes used interchangeably.
Hermeneutics is a wider discipline which includes written, verbal (and non-verbal) communication.
Exegesis focuses primarily upon texts.
Modern hermeneutics includes both verbal and non-verbal communication as well as semiotics, presuppositions, and pre-understandings.
Hermeneutics has been broadly applied in the humanities, especially in law, history and theology."
I was reading Jeff's book where it was written,
"Meheust also employs mythical language to say the same thing.
Hence he can describe the entire UFO phenomenon as a "technologized Hermes", after the Greek trickster god of lucky finds, language, and communication, doorways, and dreams (and the etymological base of our own "hermeneutics").
Here he points out that in reading the abduction narratives one often has the impression that the victim has "penetrated" into the UFO as if it represented "the other side of the mirror."
Like Alice in Wonderland, the victim has somehow entered another universe, this one of an atemporal and non-spatial order....
He thus sees these narratives as a return of the repressed Hermes archetype, as a lived embodiment of the most basic of Hermetic principals, "where the high and the low cease to be perceived as contradictory".
I couldn't help thinking what you would get if you crossed a man's genes with Hermes' genes, like some kind of Frankenstein experiment, and the thought popped into my head that you would get Her/man monster. :-)
In episode number 18, which first aired on January 21,
1965 Herman is goofing around with his ham radio set (which is
apparently a homebrew -naturally- transceiver with headphones,
microphone, large horn style speaker, a large quantity of tubes, one
HUGE tube and a bank of dry cell batteries) when he overhears some
kids playing Martian with their walkie-talkies.
Naturally the kids lead Herman and Grandpa into thinking there really ARE Martians on Earth, and being good citizens they notify the airforce."
Herman Calling Mars!
Unlike Herman on his HAM radio, I think Jeff Kripal is doing some really good work in his books with his theories about the strange and paranormal...or should I say The Super Natural?-)