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Interesting but not entirely convinced.
on 21 September 2011
I watched this series on History Channel recently with great interest. This series is actually better than the 1st as the latter was old hat to me. Having read nearly all of the books over the last 15 years of those authors interviewed throughout the program. It amazes me however that Graham Hancock is interviewed time and time again! Graham is not a firm proponent of the Ancient Astronaut view, and he is being taken completely out of context. When asked about Gobekli Tepe, he states "in my view what we are looking at here is clear evidence of a forgotten episode in human history" he doesn't even mention the word Extra Terrestrial! Something that is very hard for Erich Von Daniken whom can't even utter a single sentence with out saying it. He is obsessed. Every other word is Extra Terrestrial this Extra Terrestrial that. Watch it and count! A lot of the theories proposed by the authors interviewed have been given other explanations recently by orthodox science and I did feel myself groan quite a few times. What has ruined it for me is interviewing clear cranks like David Wilcock whom has been proved recently to be a fraud and charlatan and whom thinks he is the true re-incarnation of Edgar Cayce!
You can't even compare the intelligence of some of the so-called authors. Having said all this what is most interesting is a great number of ancient sites in the new series that I had not even heard of and which to me gives clear further evidence of the greater antiquity of human civilization, which in my opinion will one day prove to be many hundreds of thousands of years old! If there were truly highly advanced human civilizations on the earth thousands of years ago then you don't even need the Ancient Astronaut theory. I think I heard recently the military landed some helicopters on one of the remote islands in the pacific. The native peoples had never seen white man before and started imitating the soldiers and creating models of the aircraft which they morphed into animal like figures. They basically thought the Gods had landed. This is all true.
This was a great thought provoking series and would be great for anyones collection if you are into this sort of thing, many hrs of thinking to be done over this one!
I just don't buy into the idea that all of mankinds greatest achievements though have been the work of, as Erich Von Daniken would put it, Extra Terrestrials!
Great respect goes out to Phillip Coppens however, R.I.P so sad to hear of his passing. x