1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond (3.8.09)

CONTINUING CONTROVERSY [2j]

Four decades may have passed, but the ideas put forth by Erich von Däniken are still captivating his followers and frustrating his skeptics to this day. Like an Old Testament prophet or an ancient shaman, the author, is still out there, spreading his firmly held message, that we are not alone.

“The Stone Age people couldn’t have drawn a straight line through the mountain ranges for thousands of miles. And our Stone Age friends did not arrange thousands of stones in geometrical shapes. Someone had to have directed this.”

Erich von Däniken (Author, Chariots of the Gods? )

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But while the proof of von Däniken’s theories may be debatable, their influence on movies (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), TV Series (The X-Files), and even radio programs (Coast to Coast AM), is undeniable.

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“It’s a tremendous lightning rod for fiction and for fictional storytelling. The classic Battlestar Galactica series started with a narration that said, ‘There are those who believe that life here began out there with tribes of humans far across the Universe that may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians and the Toltecs and the Mayans.’ You know, that’s straight out of von Däniken, as in that kind of belief, you know? It puts us in contact with an idea of a mythological intelligence. And that is one of the things that we as human beings crave desperately, is to know that we’re not alone in the world, and that somebody else out there is either looking after us or coming to fight for us, and that will unite us against a common enemy.”

– Javier Grillo-Marxuach
(Science-Fiction Writer / Producer)

“I was reading a lot of books from Erich von Däniken. And I can imagine that’s true, what he wrote in his books. And so, I can imagine this, that we had help from aliens. But I don’t know. I’m not sure.”

(local resident)

“We only know so much in this world, and what we do know is so limited. And every day, we’re finding more that require us to ask more questions and bigger questions and think bigger. It’s possible that something from another planet came, some other life-form, intelligent life-form came and did this.”

 (Emily Gaud)

“I mean, who knows? It could be because, the origins of many things are lost in antiquity. All we have are remnants and shreds of evidence to suggest what might have happened.”

   (Gregory Sanders)

“If someone told me that it was proven that aliens had a part in this, I wouldn’t be that surprised. Why not?”

(Lindsay Conroy)

“To be honest, Ancient Astronaut Theory has never cropped up in a discussion with my colleagues. I don’t care how many pints into it we’ve been, we have never discussed Ancient Astronaut Theory in any credible way whatsoever.”

– Todd Disotell, Ph.D. (Anthropologist, New York Univ.)

“One of the good things about Ancient Astronaut Theory is that it makes us think. It brings out the ‘What about this? What about that?’ We need explanations for all these things. And I think that one of the main reasons why mainstream archaeologists get a real knee-jerk reaction to the Ancient Astronaut Theory is that it’s very disturbing to them, because they don’t have all the answers.”

David Childress (Author, Technology of the Gods)

“Now, some of them may believe that life could exist in the Universe. But their bottom line is: ‘Show me the proof.  Show it to me for real. I want to see the spaceship. I want to see something concrete, not just a few pictures that everybody can interpret as being this or that.’”

George Noory (Radio Host, Coast to Coast AM)

Farfetched. Ridiculous. Insane. Ancient Aliens visiting Earth centuries ago, building monuments, influencing scriptures? But what if it all turned out to be true? What would happen if just one piece of evidence turned up – one stone, one key, – that proved that von Däniken had been right all along? And if he is right, what does that suggest about our future? If they’d come here before, could they come again?

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“Even I think the idea of aliens and them visiting us is very exciting and interesting, and it would be really cool if that happened. So, it gets people excited about the question. Maybe they start thinking about it. And like many things, they might ultimately come to thinking about the physics or the archaeology and get involved in the scientific process. So, that can be a positive side effect of these theories and their popularization.”

– Michael Dennin, Ph.D.
(Physicist / Prof. of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine)

“If it turns out that the Ancient Astronaut Theory is wrong, I will be the first one to say, ‘Okay, no problem.’ But so far, certain pieces of evidence have not been debunked.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“If the Ancient Alien/Astronaut Theory is somehow proven to be true, this would be a huge boon to my work and the search for other planets like Earth with life on them. Because if Alien Astronauts have visited Earth in the distant past, it means they’re pretty nearby. And it means that we don’t have to look very far to find planets like Earth with signs of life on them.”

Sara Seager, Ph.D. (Prof. of Planetary Sciences, MIT)

“But evidence has to be treated with a great deal of caution, because it has different meanings. I’m not sure what the reaction of the population will be.”

– Dr. Luis Navia
(Prof. of Philosophy, NY Inst. of Technology)

“It will strengthen the general concept that our history of religions in the world needs to be looked at again with more respect and also with more wonder. Meaning, what are we supposed to make of this now? And what are we supposed to be doing with this now?

– Rev. Barry H. Downing
(Author, The Bible and Flying Saucers)

“If science detects life on Mars, if science detects a UFO, then we need to take what science is saying to us and begin to rethink about ourselves on Earth in light of the possibility of new life. Does that change our understanding of God? It should, if anything, broaden it. If we do find alien life, we should rejoice.”

– Sister Ilia Delio, OSF

(Prof of Spirituality Studies, Washington Theological Union)

“And honestly, the way things are going on this planet right now, I would welcome a visitation every once in awhile – a little help.”

George Noory (Radio Host, Coast to Coast AM)

“There is no doubt that my hypothesis will be accepted by the mainstream. It’s maybe a question of just five or ten years. Sooner or later, we will have contact with someone out there, and then the thinking changes completely. And one day, they will return. And if you don’t listen to Erich von Däniken, you will have shock of the gods.”

Erich von Däniken (Author, Chariots of the Gods? )

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References:

[1] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: Season 1. [DVD Back Cover]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[2] History™. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: April 20, 2010, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-1.

[2a] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond. [DVD Footage: Introduction]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[2b] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond. [DVD Footage: The Catalyst]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[2c] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond. [DVD Footage: Gods on High]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[2d] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond. [DVD Footage: Biblical Evidence]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[2e] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond. [DVD Footage: Illustrated History]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[2f] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond. [DVD Footage: The Pyramid Puzzle]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

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[2i] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond. [DVD Footage: Astronomical Alignments]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

[2j] Prometheus Entertainment. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.1 – Chariots, Gods, & Beyond. [DVD Footage: Continuing Controversy]. Los Angeles, CA: A&E Networks, LLC / History™.

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[4] History™. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.3 – The Visitors. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: April 27, 2010, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-1.

[5] History™. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.4 – The Mission. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: May 4, 2010, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-1.

[6] History™. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.5 – Closer Encounters. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: May 18, 2010, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-1.

[7] History™. (2010). Ancient Aliens: 1.6 – The Return. [Episode Description]. Retrieved: May 25, 2010, from http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/season-1.

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