Arthur David Horn, left, a former CSU professor, speaks about the possibilities of human evolution being manipulated by extraterrestrials, while Leo Sprinkle listens, at the Galactic Gathering conference, hosted in Denver by the Institute for the Study of Galactic Civilizations on Saturday.
DENVER -- Arthur David Horn taught the Human Evolution course at CSU for more than a decade.
In all those years, he never once told his students that they were products of alien genetic extraterrestrials or that their world was controlled by an alien race of shape-shifting reptilian beings.
Since his resignation from the university in 1990, however, Horn has changed his tune. Once a staunch Darwinist and tenured CSU anthropology professor, Horn has devoted the last 19 years of his life to the study of alternative theories of human origin.
After receiving a doctorate in anthropology from Yale University and while teaching at CSU, Horn focused his energies on the study of the evolution of non-human primates, his wife Lynette Horn said.
He now advocates the theory that modern man is not the result of a natural process of evolution, but that evolution was artificially aided by reptilian extraterrestrials. The reptilians bred mankind as servants and continue to rule the planet today, Horn said.
Reptilians have manipulated perceptions of world history and hold power over humankind through their influence over an elite and powerful group of humans, known as the Illuminati, Arthur said. Throughout human history, the reptilian beings have been recorded as dragons or gods.
The shift in Arthur's focus came shortly after meeting Lynette, who was then a metaphysical healer, he said. After many conversations over the telephone, Arthur and Lynette finally met face-to-face in July of 1988 when they spent a week in Northern California's Trinity Mountains searching for Sasquatch, commonly known as Bigfoot.
The couple never spotted the mythic creature, but fell in love, Lynette said. Only a few months later, they were married in the chapel on the CSU campus.
Just two years after their marriage, Horn resigned his position at CSU and the couple moved to Mt. Shasta, Calif. to study humanity's origins full time.
Horn's decision to resign from the university stemmed from a disdain for the "materialistic focus" of the scientific community, he said. After meeting Lynette, Horn had taken a serious interest in the spiritual concept of reincarnation as outlined in Indian and Asian texts, and these ideas were met with resistance in CSU's scientific community, Lynette said.
Horn currently devotes himself full-time to his studies of humanities origins. He takes time off from his studies from time to time to substitute teach in California or to speak on his theories as he did in Denver on Saturday, when he spoke as part of a conference focused on extraterrestrial studies.
Over the weekend, Horn and eight other speakers addressed a crowd of more than 300 UFO and extraterrestrial enthusiasts, who gathered in a Doubletree Hotel ballroom in South Denver.
Speakers addressed a host of topics associated with extraterrestrial life and did not focus on one particular topic or even a single race of extraterrestrials.
Speaker Norma Milanovich relayed messages conveyed to her from an inter-dimensional alien race she called the Arcturians. Speaker Sheldon Nidle claimed to have been in contact from an early age with an alien race known as the Sirians, while Wendelle Stevens related his experiences with the Pleidians.
Outside the ballroom, vendors sold goods ranging from books and DVDs to power crystals, herbal medicines and geometric charms intended to increase telepathic function. One booth offered attendees sessions on using a "Neuro-Integrator" device intended to restore damaged pathways in the human brain.
The Institute for the Study of Galactic Civilizations, a UFO research group based out of Fort Collins, hosted the conference, called a "Galactic Gathering." The institute was founded by Maurice Albertson, once a professor emeritus at CSU and a contributor to the founding of the Peace Corps, conference coordinator N-Polly said. Albertson died in January at the age of 90.
The conference attracted enthusiasts from across the country, who paid as much as $200 for entry to an event many in attendance said was exceptionally well-organized and informative.
"(The Institute for the Study of Galactic Civilizations) is one of the few organizations that really have a professional, scientific and comprehensive approach," said Gayatri Devi, a volunteer from Crestone, Colo.
"I think this is a really relevant convention," CU alumnus and metaphysical student Matt Chambers said.
Though he is not a UFO expert, Chambers said he considered the speakers legitimate due to the scope and organization of the convention.
"It's not like a couple of yahoos sitting in their van."
Adam Apollo, a Web designer, Jedi teacher and self-titled "planetary ambassador" from San Fransisco, found the conference "lukewarm" in comparison to similar events in the Bay area. Those speakers billed for the conference generally did not display the passion or enthusiasm he had hoped for, Apollo said.
Despite his criticisms, Apollo praised those in attendance as being among an enlightened few in the human community and encouraged others to test their own intellectual boundaries.
"If you're not at least curious of what else is out there and what beings are out there, you're not paying attention," Apollo said.
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