“Ancient Aliens” Wants Us To Know….


Ancient Aliens is one of my guilty pleasures. I read Erik Von Danekin’s Chariots of the Gods while an impressionable teen – the Nazca lines still  ignite ponders as to why an ancient culture would cover a remote plateau with images only identifiable from above. As much as I believe we are not alone in the universe, I lean towards “civilizations lost” long before contemplating alien intervention. History channel’s Ancient Aliens is more of a window into ancient astronaut  conspiracy mindsets.  “Millions of people around the world believe we have been visited by extra-terrestrials, what if it were true, as ancient astronaut theorists believe”.

In no particular order, some of the things ancient astronaut theorists believe….

Ankor Wat in Cambodia is said to have a depiction of a stegosaurus – how could they have knowledge of extinct creatures? Could it be ancient aliens eradicated the dinosaurs to make room for mankind?

Bigfoot is evidence of an ancient alien experiment.

Ancient Samaria holds clues to the Annunaki, a race of aliens who visited earth in search of gold. They altered Hominid DNA to create man as workers. When the Annunaki grew tired of mankind’s lust and greed they brought down the great flood – the flood mythology borrowed by the bible.

Adolf Hitler escaped with key scientists in a “time bell” at the end of the war.

The founding fathers incorporated alien symbolism into structures and design of Washington D.C.

I could go on for hours reporting Ancient Alien “fact”, or should I say “questions”. I wish there was a middle ground – a safe place for wonder –  residing between stuffy, dust covered mainstream history and acknowledgement that lack of plausible explanation doesn’t mean alien intervention. Just because we didn’t learn about the unexplained in school – no reason to make conspiracy fodder for the masses.

Ancient Aliens goes full circle from “that’s something interesting” to “oh, come on now”. The problem is, all of it gets lumped together in “conspiracy” camp – why can’t we simply agree – a whole lot happened outside history’s mainstream timeline. It may suffer explanation, yet happened just the same. I grow weary of ancient alien jokes and dismissively closed minds.

This post from last year sums up my point of view….

https://notestoponder.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/why-puma-punku-makes-me-smile/

 

Guilty Pleasure


I’ll come clean and admit a guilty pleasure – I’m addicted to television, not just any TV, specifically the History and Discovery channels. My PVR is set to record anything about the universe, ancient history, aliens, or conspiracies. The first two are easy to digest, the last two – not so much. Far from being a conspiracy or alien nut there’s still plenty of thought provoking ponders to sift through.

Ancient Aliens has sent me along the research path countless times. The show becomes tiresome, and I hardly ever make it to the end, but along the way I do pick up questions that are difficult to answer. Not for an instant do I think we are alone in the universe, nor do I believe Hitler escaped in an alien time capsule, the Sasquatch is an alien, or ancient Egyptian and Maya kings travelled through a star gate to distant worlds. I do wonder how precisely cut stone weighing up to 100 tons could be quarried miles away and transported across river valleys to the top of mountain peaks, then set in place so precisely you couldn’t slip a hair between them. It plants a smile on my face to know pyramids in Mexico are lined with Mica quarried 3000 miles away in South America. Rather than alien intervention I believe in lost civilization; I’m certain thousands of years history pre-date our accepted historical timeline.

Conspiracy Theory with Jessie Ventura or Brad Meltzer’s Decoded are way out there. Just the same; I thank them for my knowledge of the Alaska triangle and Bohemian Grove. While reassured that George Patton wasn’t murdered, I’m not buying that copper from the Great Lakes fuelled the Bronze Age or the Knights Templar hid the Holy Grail in America.

Anything you ever wanted to know about the universe is waiting for you on television. Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, The Universe, Known Universe, Cosmic Front – it’s all there. For the first time in my life I “get” string theory, know the difference between White Dwarfs and Red Giants, understand why tossing a cast iron frying pan into the sun would create a super nova, and that one day the universe will run out of hydrogen and go dark. Aftermath and Life After People have shown me what would happen if the world ran out of oil, the earth stopped spinning, we had no moon, or were hit by a massive asteroid.

I fall asleep listening to Monarchy by David Starkey or Neil Oliver’s The World After Stonehenge; something about a British accent that sends me off to sleep. In my corner of the world we have the Knowledge network; commercial free programs like The Story of India, Spice Trails – chronicling the early spice trade, or Brazil with Michael Palin.

Admitting my guilty pleasure is not a source of shame. I’m smart enough to take things with a grain of salt, put them in perspective, or use my research skills to learn more. In all honesty i would be lost without a voice to put me to sleep every night.