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Posted 26 February 2012 - 11:22 AM

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Peter Fotis Kapnistos: In 1968, an intriguing theory captured the world’s attention. By chance, two adaptations of a new hypothesis emerged that pondered the possibility of advanced extraterrestrial beings having visited the Earth in the distant past, thereby initiating the foundations of religion. The Swiss author Erich von Daniken is sometimes called the "father of the ancient astronaut theory." His book, “Chariots of the Gods” popularized the argument that ancient aliens interacted with primitive humans. The Swiss born Greek writer and television presenter Giorgio Tsoukalos, seen on History Channel’s “Ancient Aliens,” is the director of von Daniken’s Center for Ancient Astronaut Research.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 12:00 PM

Interesting article, generally speaking I support the ancient astronaut theory, although which version is indeed accurate is a matter of debate from the wealth of theories, many intriguing arguments featured in the 'Ancient Aliens' series on TV.

I think where the correlation between 'god' and 'aliens' is concerned I have always viewed the way in which the human psyche works as not only a rational explanation for 'Ancient Astronaut' theory, but evidence in itself that it may well have happened.

How many time have we watched TV, and seen aircraft flying around, carrying holiday makers and business people around the world, helicopters flying around on pleasure rides, police patrols etc. How would a civilisation whose mental development and advancement had achieved the horse and cart as the pinnacle of transportation technology, react if they saw the President of the United States land on the White House lawn in Marine One? Stepping down the steps and saluting the soldier awaiting him before approaching the podium and making a speech?

We see that as normality, to those still fine tuning their ancient Bugatti Veyron equivalent Donkey and cart transports, this would be beyond comprehension and they would turn to what they know as a source for rational explanation.

If someone flies..therefore they must have wings as this is the only way you can fly....Angels are born.
If they can from the sky...they came from the heavens...therefore they must be gods, or messengers from him.

This is the basis for many religions in my opinion, and if you look at the possible modern explanations for those things in the bible and other religious texts viewed as myths or apocrypha, could we not find other technological answers within them?

I think that unless we have a..pardon the pun...epiphany, as a race with a piece of evidence so undeniable that the realisation dawns on us all that we are not alone we will constantly be little further beyond our donkey transport.

Nowadays we are no different...we see lights in the sky, or craft like vessels and our minds quickly try to quantify it, granted in a more advanced way...

If someone flies...therefore they are in an aircraft
If they came from the skies....they landed and got out

I think we have along way to go as a species before we can harness this theory of alien visitors now or in the past.

Until then, the theory will be fringe subject that is mainly scoffed by the masses....much like when the earth was widely believed to be flat......and we know how that little gem of accepted wisdom worked out :)

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 03:52 PM

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Interesting points you bring up.

I think one of the factors in the equation is that so many humans prefer to close their minds to information that contradicts their world view.  Cognitive dissonance, if you will.  I think religion encourages that tendency, as all manner of superstitious hogwash is imposed upon them, frequently through their 'faith'.

I think Huck Finn was quite observant when describing faith--it is when you believe something you know ain't true.  And so many humans do this.

I think there is no question that we are not the only ones in the universe, and I think that we are pitifully ignorant of so many things.  Without question, this planet has been visited by, or inhabited by species other than what we call 'human'.


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Posted 27 February 2012 - 07:51 AM

I'll be honest, and say that although I don't pay Ancient Astronaut theory much credence beyond offering an interesting intellectual diversion and fodder for Doctor Who/Fringe/Stargate/Transformers/Planetary/etc I do believe that there could very well have been a civilisation before Babylon, something fairly advanced.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 01:48 AM

Really this fits right in with the book of Urantia. Practically every hypothesis in this article.  :sleepy:

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Posted 10 March 2012 - 11:41 AM

The second half of the article about Type IV Civilisations (and i remember now Michio talking about it in an interview i once saw) is insane and instantly did my head in. Definitely going to look into that one..


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Posted 14 March 2012 - 05:38 PM

Frankly, there seem to be an inability by some columnists (and posters) to look critically at the data used and actually learn as time passes.

View PostUM-Bot, on 26 February 2012 - 11:22 AM, said:

In 1968, an intriguing theory captured the world's attention. By chance, two adaptations of a new hypothesis emerged that pondered the possibility of advanced extraterrestrial beings having visited the Earth in the distant past, thereby initiating the foundations of religion. The Swiss author Erich von Daniken is sometimes called the "father of the ancient astronaut theory." His book, "Chariots of the Gods" popularized the argument that ancient aliens interacted with primitive humans. The Swiss born Greek writer and television presenter Giorgio Tsoukalos, seen on History Channel's "Ancient Aliens," is the director of von Daniken's Center for Ancient Astronaut Research.

This is one such example, and unfortunately, one of the really bad ones. No, his "intriguing theory" did not capture the world's attention. Those who actually were well versed in the fields that he dabbled in knew exactly what his so-called theory was from the get go: totally fabricated and utterly wrong. And that has been proven again and again as time went by. How that eluded this columnist I cannot even begin to fathom - unless it is the usual pattern of taking what we like and disregarding what we don't rather that taking what is proven and disregarding what is disproven. <br style="background-color: rgb(233, 233, 233); ">


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The American Presbyterian minister Rev. Barry Downing also investigated the connection between UFOs and religious conviction. His book, "The Bible and Flying Saucers," was a groundbreaking hypothesis on the biblical perspective of the UFO phenomenon.

How was that ground breaking? Answer: it was not, except for the few that have a pathological need to tie aliens into religious aspects here on Earth, an unfortunate trait Mr. Kapnistos himself has shown himself rather prone to engage in, evidence or not irregardless.

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The von Daniken theory suggests that our primitive ancestors "mistook" alien visitors for gods and produced supernatural belief systems around their encounters. Rev. Downing, on the other hand, says that certain so-called aliens are in fact God's angels or divine messengers sent to Earth, including perhaps Jesus Christ himself.<br style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(233, 233, 233); ">

Both wretched and based on pure fantasies.

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Between these two viewpoints has appeared a varied scope of journalism ranging from the Anunnaki, a group of Sumerian and Babylonian deities that supposedly created mankind, to the 1947 UFO incident of Roswell, New Mexico, and more recent lingo like the alleged Face on Mars.<br style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(233, 233, 233); ">

Yes, the lore has been wide and diverse. Face on Mars is not recent lingo, it is from the 1970's.

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The ancient astronaut theory in general supposes that alien visitors were advanced mortals that evolved by Darwinist natural selection, and there need be no creator. Bible ufology, in contrast, states that some celestial visitors are eternal beings created by God, who might be at war in space with aggressive alien entities.<br style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(233, 233, 233); "><br style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(233, 233, 233); ">By strict definition, a god is nothing other than an immortal being. Throughout the timeline of anthropology there have been animal gods, humanoid gods, spirit gods, and totem gods. In nearly every case, they were considered to be everlasting.<br style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(233, 233, 233); "><br style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(233, 233, 233); ">The gods could experience death, pain, and human passion, but death could not hold them. Not all gods were good or caring to mankind. A universal premise of the ancient gods was a "generational shift" or handing down of sovereignty from parent to child. In some cases, humans could receive the reward of immortality and become gods or mate with them.<br style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; background-color: rgb(233, 233, 233); ">

Pretty irrelevant.


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And I gave up. It hurt my eyes to read the last parts as they as the previous parts contained mostly nonsensical non-connected alien-biblical references. Sometimes I wonder how people can make a living out of writing such drivel.

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Edited by badeskov, 14 March 2012 - 05:39 PM.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:52 AM

Hi everybody. I would just like to tell you what mystifies me. Somewhere between 10,000 and 2,500 BCE we humans took an evolutionary leap forward {in terms of civilization} that defies logic.Something happened and the only explanation for which there is at least some evidence is the ancient astronaut theory.Could someone prove me wrong?

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:40 PM

View PostRoyal, on 15 March 2012 - 05:52 AM, said:

Hi everybody. I would just like to tell you what mystifies me. Somewhere between 10,000 and 2,500 BCE we humans took an evolutionary leap forward {in terms of civilization} that defies logic.Something happened and the only explanation for which there is at least some evidence is the ancient astronaut theory.Could someone prove me wrong?

It is for you believers to convince skeptics like me that you are right.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 09:06 PM

View Postshaddow134, on 15 March 2012 - 05:40 PM, said:

It is for you believers to convince skeptics like me that you are right.
                                                                                                                                                                              I am a skeptic until nothing else makes sense.However, if something wont fit into a neat scientific mold then the search has to go outside normal conventions.Point: at the base of the Sphinx there exists a waterline that science tells us was made somewhere between 7-13,000 BCE.I don't know exactly what this tells us,but it says something.

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:13 PM

View PostRoyal, on 15 March 2012 - 05:52 AM, said:

Hi everybody. I would just like to tell you what mystifies me. Somewhere between 10,000 and 2,500 BCE we humans took an evolutionary leap forward {in terms of civilization} that defies logic.Something happened and the only explanation for which there is at least some evidence is the ancient astronaut theory.Could someone prove me wrong?

I am curious. What kind of leap did humankind take? Can you explain that, because I am certainly not aware of any such?

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:12 PM

View Postbadeskov, on 15 March 2012 - 10:13 PM, said:

I am curious. What kind of leap did humankind take? Can you explain that, because I am certainly not aware of any such?

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                                                                                                                                                                             Architecture,Religion,Astronomy.Mostly in the Middle East but at other points around the globe later on.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:35 AM

View PostRoyal, on 15 March 2012 - 11:12 PM, said:

                                                                                                                                                                         Architecture,Religion,Astronomy.Mostly in the Middle East but at other points around the globe later on.

But how is that by any means a leap? I mean, those developed over long time.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 01:12 PM

View Postbadeskov, on 16 March 2012 - 06:35 AM, said:

But how is that by any means a leap? I mean, those developed over long time.

Cheers,
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Royal is correct.  It is covered very well in a few books by Zecharia Sitchin, check the spelling on his name.  He is deceased now, but the book by him that I read is called The Twelfth Planet, and it explains it very well.  Sumeria was the place, the proverbial cradle of civilization.


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Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:48 PM

View PostBabe Ruth, on 16 March 2012 - 01:12 PM, said:

Royal is correct.  It is covered very well in a few books by Zecharia Sitchin, check the spelling on his name.  He is deceased now, but the book by him that I read is called The Twelfth Planet, and it explains it very well.  Sumeria was the place, the proverbial cradle of civilization.

By all means of respect, but you cannot be serious. I am well aware of Sitchin and his, dare I say, imaginative translations. They have been discussed numerous times around here.

But don't trust me, have a look at this link: http://www.sitchiniswrong.com/. From the intro:

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Welcome to the website devoted to addressing the claims of the ancient astronaut hypothesis popularized in the writings of Zecharia Sitchin. Who's behind this site? My name is Mike Heiser. Who am I? The short answer is that I'm a scholar of biblical and ancient Near Eastern languages, cultures, and religions. Why do I bother with this stuff? Because I don't like ancient texts manipulated to promote false claims. If I were a lawyer I'd feel professionally obligated to tell you if someone was giving you bad legal advice. If I was a medical doctor, I'd owe you the truth if I knew the medicine you were taking was bogus or could kill you. If I was an accountant, I'd let you know if a neighbor's tax advice could put you in jail. I'm none of those things, but I'm trying to provide the same service in my areas of expertise. I can tell you--and show you--that what Sitchin has written about Nibiru, the Anunnaki, the book of Genesis, the Nephilim, and a host of other things has absolutely no basis in the real data of the ancient world. I don't doubt that Zecharia Sitchin is a nice guy; he's just wrong. Nothing personal.
  
Bolding mine.

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Edited by badeskov, 16 March 2012 - 07:48 PM.

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