Be Reasonable: Episode #003 – Duncan Lunan


Duncan Lunan is an author and astonomer, whose 2012 book ‘Children from the Sky’ explored the tale of the Green children of Woolpit. According to a 12th century folklore, two children – one a boy, the other a girl – were found in Suffolk, England, with skin and hair of a green pigment, dressed all in green and speaking in a tongue unlike any earthly language of the time. Many at the time thought their appearance was supernatural…

Marsh and Hayley spoke to Duncan about his investigations into the story, how he thinks the children came to be in 12th century England, and why he believes them to be of alien origin – dismissing the more commonly-accepted terrestrial explanations for the story.

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  1. #1 by B. Root on March 26, 2013 - 14:52

    Uh. What?

  2. #2 by Disagreeable Me on March 26, 2013 - 17:54

    I thought this podcast was much better than the previous one. The guest was encouraged to explain the evidence for his beliefs and so it was much more informative.

    Good job, keep it up.

  3. #3 by Paul on March 26, 2013 - 18:56

    How soon can we expect David Icke to pick up on this?

  4. #4 by Murff on March 27, 2013 - 01:54

    Although I don’t believe those kids were aliens and all, Mr. Lunan was very interesting and seemed like a nice guy. That’s what I like about this podcast, if it were just a debate, we would never have seen this side of Mr. Lunan.

  5. #5 by Fatnick on March 28, 2013 - 14:43

    Duncan’s definitely done his research, and spins a good yarn:

    It sounds impressive when taken in isolation, but there are a number of literary conventions on display here. Indeed, in his Itinery of Ireland, Gerald of Wales has a similar, inverted story, where a young boy escapes INTO an underground fairy land, that sits in perpetual twilight. When he returned to the normal world, he could apparently speak the fairies’ language (which was a little like greek.)

    Then of course there’s problems with the chroniclers themselves: A medieval cleric’s definition of trustworthy witness wouldn’t necessarily be what we would use.

  6. #6 by Stan on March 28, 2013 - 18:37

    I loved this episode. Thank you for a very interesting listen.

  7. #7 by Jack Lewis on March 29, 2013 - 16:25

    When you make a living writing sci-fi books, it’s not particularly odd that the alien theory would be your choice to explain some vague medieval tale of green children. Occam’s razor is probably the least useful tool for a scifi author to have.
    Maybe this podcast will help is book sales a little…

  8. #8 by Thomas Jones on March 30, 2013 - 18:56

    see this podcast, I did with Duncan

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTk3w7wapjg

    theres far less pressure for him to get his story across

    Best

    Tom

  9. #9 by DSM on April 1, 2013 - 13:27

    Really good and interesting interview – look forward to the next one!

  10. #10 by matt massimo on April 3, 2013 - 19:15

    This episode was awesome. I love this podcast. It’s pretty cool. I wanna tell others about it, but people tend to think I believe in it if I tell them about this. It’s hard not to defend these people when they act so nice on the podcast. I hope to see more really cool episodes. Anyway, you guys should look into anatoly fomenko and his followers. Their ideas are almost as goofy as the flat earth society and I think a podcast with them would be pretty awesome.

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