Now, one of the main sources of ‘science’ within the world of crop circles has been the BLT team. Standing for Burke Levengood Talbott (BLT). John Burke is dead so that leaves just Levengood and Talbott. One of the continual arguments that has been directed at the BLT team was that Dr Levengood, PhD, never actually had a PhD. Despite appearing on many documentaries and being referenced in many publications as having a PhD, it was in fact a lie. Now, the first person to highlight this fact (that I am aware of) is Matthew Williams along with Kevin Randle, and that was quite a while ago. Now, in a new book entitled ‘Consciousness and Energy Volume 2 New Worlds of Energy’ the whole picture is clarified. Slightly. As with all these similar arguments within the world of crop circles, it tends to get to be a bit of a circular argument.
The book is written by Penny Kelly and William Levengood, and despite clarifying the PhD situation the book is not backwards in hyping up Dr. Levengood. The blurb on the Amazon page refers to Levengood being a ‘scientist extraordinaire’, which irrespective of your worldview, I think is a huge overstatement. You create a cure for a disease I will allow you the ‘scientist extraordinaire’ platitude. But back to the PhD. The situation surrounding the PhD is tactfully described thus: “One these ‘partners’ used Levengood’s work to bolster her own fame and fortune, and in an attempt to explain away the fact that he did not have a PhD, she declared to anyone that would listen that he had been awarded a PhD by the National Academy of Sciences”. Can anyone guess who this female ‘partner’ is? Yes, it is probably Nancy Talbott.
Now, one thing stands out here, for me at least: Levengood was either complicit in this or Talbott is some puppet-master who kept Levengood on a short leash. Because if Levengood was aware of PhD being tagged onto his name, surely he would have said something about it? Apparently not. Penny goes on with “They presumed that Levengood had told her this [about having a PhD] in an attempt to make himself look good, but this was not the case”. So, considering the many documentaries that Levengood appeared in, considering all the articles he appears in or is referenced to, at no point did he feel capable of saying to anyone “Oh yeah, you need to drop the PhD bit…” Is Talbott that much of a puppet-master that at no point Levengood could turn to her and say “Enough with the PhD!”?
Now, just to undermine more of Levengood’s credibility she explains that “…someone suggested that he put ‘Dr.’ in front of his name…Levengood, did, in fact, have the equivalent of a doctorate”. The fact is, the equivalent of a doctorate does not entitle you to call yourself Doctor. The following link shows the available professional doctorates in the US, and there is no equivalent doctorate connected to biophysics so I fail to see what qualifications the guy has which allows himself to truthfully call himself a ‘Dr.’. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctorate#Professional_degrees Curiously, despite explaining that he has the equivalence of a doctorate, and throughout the book referring him to ‘Dr.’, he is plain William Levengood on the cover of the book. He has no doctorate and no PhD. The claims of ‘equivalence’ are difficult to quantify as the nature of these equivalent qualifications are vague at best. So on a technical note, not only should he have been making it plainly obvious to the media that he didn’t have a PhD, but he doesn’t really have a doctorate either, “so please don’t call me Dr.”
Why is this important? Well, when you’re making bold claims as to what makes crop circles, when you’re making a name for yourself and coining in the earnings through books and associated products, you can expect scrutiny. In a phenomena that will gleefully talk about ‘truth’ and ‘reality’, it seems that many people do not believe it equates to them or their actions. As for the science Levengood is responsible for, we’ll deal with that real soon…