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The Space-Gods Revealed : A Close Look at the Theories of Erich Von Däniken [Hardcover]

Carl Sagan , Ronald Story
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  • Hardcover: 139 pages
  • Publisher: New English Library; Reprint edition (7 April 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0450031993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0450031991
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 14 Jan 2010
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As a dreamy teenager in the early 80's I came across Von Danikens ideas and thought they sounded plausible (more plausible than me ever having sex anyhow). And then I came across this book which not only took apart Von Danikens charlatanism but did it in a way that gave me a glimpse of the real story of human history, which is far more rich, complex and amazing than anything as crude as 'space gods'. It also helped lay the foundation for a rational scepticism which has served me well in life. Which is probably one of the reasons I didn't waste my time studying theology....

Having long lost my original copy I have just ordered another copy for a friend who wasn't as lucky as me as a kid and still gives Von Danikens wacko ideas some credence. I'm looking forward to rereading it myself also :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lost Guide to the Chaos of Pseudoscience. 17 Nov 2002
Story, a Philosophy expert proved to be Erich von Daniken's ideological nemesis in the late 1970s/ early 1980s. After a phenomenal rise from obscurity through prison to glory in the space of three years, Erich von Daniken became a phenomenon of publishing history. Then in 'Gold of the Gods' he made a mistake, stumbled on it in the August 1974 Playboy issue and set himself up for many critics to take down.
Following a sound and sensible introduction by the late great Dr. Sagan, Story sets upon von Daniken's theories to prove their unscientific foundations. He then takes the main examples / sites of von Daniken's transgressions upon science and strips them down to prove their fallibility the way von Daniken has presented them.
This was a great work when it appeared in 1976 and it's unfortunate that it has fallen into obscurity. Story followed this up with a second treatise taking on von Danikenism in 1980. Not by coincidence, von Daniken's Space Gods were losing salience with the public and it is thanks to Story and the scientific community that pseudoscience and pyramidiocy shrank drastically in stature. Von Daniken was out for the count until the mid-90s in the English-speaking publishing world, losing him a major market. He is still around and so are the people who swallow his theories. Story's work, however, needs to be located with some effort. Now that you've read this, why not take that next step and see why 'Chariots of the Gods?' was a book for the gullible and the New Age dreamsters who never came down when Vietnam ended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Von Daniken Revealed 26 Oct 2012
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If you have any interest in the art of critical thinking, then there's very little chance that anything written by Eric Von Daniken has seemed either credible or scientific to you, but it's always nice to know that there are books out there that show people feel the same way. Ronald Story's efforts here are short and to the point, but they demonstrate with nothing more than straight forward common sense and honestly researched conclusions, just how much fudging, obfuscation and downright misrepresentation of the plain facts there is in the claims that the oddly famous Von Daniken has made over the course of his career.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A short book, but, oh, so sweet! 8 Jun 2011
The positive reviews already posted by 'Pinko' and 'Johnny' say it all.

I can't add to or detract from anything that the two writers have already stated.

So, I'll confine myself to simply agreeing one hundred per cent with the sentiments expressed about Story's book and Von Daniken's nonsense.

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1.0 out of 5 stars easy to judge if you are clueless 28 May 2009
too many people dismiss von daenickens theories as nonsense - yet nobody has been able to proove him wrong on essentials nor offer alternative explainations. i have studied both theology and history and many of his points are valid - i am quite sure that in about 150 years time evolution and the history of mankind will be re-written. i think people are simply not ready to accept anything else and our society is too coloured by religion that even in the 21 century people accept religious conflict and deaths such as in Ireland. remember we used to think the earth was a disc not so long ago??
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