Deconstructing The Reptilian


“The lizard brain is hungry, scared, angry, and horny.”
–Seth Godin

Today, just like any good esoteric blog, we’re going to talk about Reptilians:

  • Humanoid/reptile creatures possibly from outer-space, possibly from inner-space…
  • Reptilian humanoids who have supposedly fucked with humanity from the very start of their (theoretically genetically-engineered) existence…
  • The Reptilians, who allegedly can effortlessly shapeshift and blend into society if need be…
  • Reptilians, who, according to the lore, the political/financial/religious/entertainment elite worship.


“What if it was not a hologram that Cathy saw? What if these reptile-like extraterrestrials can manifest in human form? I know it sounds fantastic, but with each month that passes I am more convinced by the weight of evidence that this is the case.”
—David Icke

And with those words in the 1996 book I Am Me I Am Free: The Robots’ Guide To Freedom, conspiracy author David Icke set off on the path that would bring him (once again, if you count his previous careers as football star and TV personality) to worldwide notoriety (or: infamy).

While his densely-packed self-published tomes contain a soup-to-nuts collection of every major esoteric and conspiracy topic from the last 100 years, there is one subject that has become virtually interchangeable with the man, and that is…



If you type “reptilians” into Google Image Search, you will generally find the following types of pictures:

Either Photoshopped pictures of various celebrities and politicians with reptile features…


…or pictures of the celebrities with various features circled and “identified” as evidence of their reptile shape-shifting abilities:


Often, glitches in a digital broadcast will produce what is seen as people “shapeshifting” on-camera:


Then there are images from science-fiction movies and TV, flagged as “confirmation” of real-life reptilians…


Also, the “eyewitness” drawings of various reptilian aliens…


And let’s not forget the images of various historical artifacts/art that supposedly depict Reptilians throughout history…



The contemporary  idea of the “reptilian” is an uncanny intersection of the following factors:

1) Distrust of “Ruling Elites”


The government, celebrities, religious figures, and 1% are seen as not caring about the ordinary populace, and possibly even harboring malicious intentions towards them. Perhaps, goes the theory…they’re not even human!

2) The Influence of Pop-Culture


The reptilian alien is a staple of science-fiction, from as far back as the works of H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard; to TV shows like Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Land of the Lost; to movies like Enemy Mine and  Star Wars; to cartoons like G. I. Joe, Masters of the Universe, and Thundercats.

3) UFO sightings and Alien-Abduction Accounts


While the “classic” big-eyed Communion-style alien is the most commonly cited, various scaly green creatures are also reported (you know, by peeps like Billy Corgan).

4) Primal Archetypes

Please note the face on this dude’s ass

Ancient archetypal symbols of “reptile people” have touched human consciousness for many millennia.

We can tie the pop-culture element to the ancient archetypes; the latter driving the former. Nothing captures the imagination of the public if it isn’t “baked-in” first as primal symbols.

what primal archetypes might look like

It is possible to then tie the UFO/alien-encounter narratives with the pop-culture/primal-archetype matrix. Perhaps people have been under the influence of both the explicit pop-culture ideas and images, as well as the implicit (primal) archetypes.

The distrust of the “elite” then gets “married” to the pop-culture/archetype/”alien visitation” (hallucination?) trifecta to produce…


But where does the Reptilian archetype come from? 

Huey Lewis fan.

I generally keep an open mind, and consider myself a humble explorer into the realms of “forbidden science,” as Charles Fort might have said. If I had to pick a point of view to lean towards, it would be the idea that some people have a genuine “reptilian” aura about them that you know as soon as you interact with them (especially if you’re very intuitive).

This does not mean that they are actual reptile creatures from Inner Earth or Outer Space—but simply psychopaths operating from their primal “lizard brain.”


According to scientists, the human brain has three parts—three “evolutionary layers”—the reptilian brain, the limbic brain, and the neocortex.

And that’s exactly how they refer to it, too: the reptilian brain. This is the deepest, core layer of the human brain, which controls basic body functions and contains the structures found in a reptile’s brain.

A key feature of this part of our brain is rigidity, compulsiveness, and a lack of more complex attributes such as empathy.


During evolution, this reptile brain was “papered over” with a higher form: the limbic, or “mammalian” brain. This added a layer which includes emotions and value judgments. And above that: the neocortex, which introduced the two “halves” of the brain, and which facilitated the creation of language, culture, imagination, and abstract thought.

But regardless of how much our brains have developed, our Reptilian sides seem to always be lying in wait, deep within…and perhaps lying less deep in some than in others.


Have you ever encountered a really cold-blooded, calculating individual who had such a small regard for the lives & dignity of others that you thought that they couldn’t possibly be human? They could be operating more from their primal, “pre-empathy,” “lizard” brain. Which then loops back around to the “reptile elites” theory of Icke and others, which then loops back to the Photoshopped pictures of celebrities with lizard-eyes and -tongues.


Even Icke admits his theory has some relation to that of the reptilian brain:

“…every one of us has a body with much reptilian genetics, including part of the brain called the R-complex, the reptilian brain. It is merely a matter of degree.”

The difference being, that Icke “reads” the reptilian brain, in part, as being literally about some sort of reptile conspiracy…the same way that two people can read the story of Genesis in the Bible and one sees it metaphorically and one teaches it as science in school.



David Icke didn’t always believe in Reptilians however. In fact, much of what he blames “the lizards” for he used to attribute to the more abstract concept of “Luciferian consciousness.” Between 1994, when his book “Robots’ Rebellion” came out, and 1998’s The Biggest Secret, he developed the Reptilian theory and began backing off from his earlier position.

Here is some of his thoughts on this “Luciferian consciousness”:

“A very long time ago, an aspect of consciousness became highly imbalanced and decided to challenge the laws of Creation. These were not laws written down in a book and administered by a judge. They were, you might say, like the laws of physics. Everything needs a negative-positive and male-female balance if harmony is to reign in its consciousness. The balance does not have to be perfect, because both negative and positive experiences are necessary for evolution. But the further you stray from balance, the more extreme life becomes…

I will call the droplet seeking to disharmonize Creation, Lucifer.”

If some of this sounds familiar to you—and you’re a hippy-dippy spiritual-type like myself, it should— it’s because his words on this “Luciferian consciousness” have been cribbed from centuries of esoteric writing and ideas.

But for some reason, when he made the switch from this to the lizards, Icke’s popularity as a conspiracy writer—and, to an extent, counter-culture figure—soared. Through “Reptilian-heavy” books like his 2001’s bestseller Children of the Matrix, he has obviously captured the imagination of a percentage of the public.


So here you have somebody who had a handle on these esoteric and abstract ideas…not even saying there was a real “Lucifer,” but clearly equating it to a more metaphorical concept…and from there, he went on to a hierarchy of lizards who are on Earth and drinking human blood and are impersonating humans and are also the Royal family.

Quite simply, Icke’s movement from the esoteric to the literal is, if nothing else, an example of an excellent “branding” choice.



Marketing-wise, shifting things from the abstract to the concrete meant it reached and connected with a larger amount of people. We’ve seen this happen many times before…like with the aforementioned Bible. There’s a lot of stuff in the Bible that’s repackaged from older and more esoteric teachings.

You know what other popular book is made of repackaged teachings from the Ancients? The Secret.


And the problem here is twofold.

First, many of those teachings were not originally meant for immediate public consumption, but rather were “unveiled” over a course of time during religious study. The counterargument to this, often used by authors of these “mass-market” books, is that this system was elitist and kept vital knowledge away from the masses. That might be true…

…but I think it’s also true that to truly understand—and put to positive use—a lot of these teachings, you need to at least spend some time in study and contemplation. Not merely pick up The Secret from your airport bookstore and think you have all the answers.

But you see: with things like The Secret and Icke’s Reptilian theory, you don’t need to spend time studying and meditating. You don’t need to deal with messy abstractions of thought. It’s merely “The Law Of Attraction.” It’s merely “the reptiles did it.” Good vibes and bad vibes. Good guys and bad guys.

it’s THAT simple!

Like David Icke, Robert Anton Wilson also had a gift for collating and synthesizing countless bits of esoteric lore into books that appealed to wider audiences.

But unlike Icke, Wilson always tried to maintain a partially-skeptical, playful mindset about the entire thing. Because Wilson felt that if we treated these things too literally, if our minds became rigid (read: “reptilian”), that way lies madness.

And Wilson called this madness getting caught in “Chapel Perilous”…a place where you could either find some degree of enlightenment or complete insanity.


I think some of this Reptilian stuff lies really close to Chapel Perilous territory. As ethnobotanist and author Terence McKenna famously said, paraphrasing British geneticist J. B. S. Haldane:

“Our situation may not only be stranger than we suppose; it may be stranger than we can suppose.”

But that’s not a very marketable position. It’s like trying to sell bottled air instead of a nice, solid metal idol. And I think the “concrete” reptile theory is the metal idol, the same way the “concrete” literal UFO theories are the metal idol.

The truth, I think, is something far more strange, ambiguous, and possibly unknowable—but try making a popular History Channel TV show out of that.