From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> Date: Tue, 15 May 2012 11:55:44 -0400 Archived: Tue, 15 May 2012 11:55:44 -0400 Subject: The Idiocy, Fabrications And Lies Of Ancient Aliens Source: SmithsonianMag.Com http://tinyurl.com/7gkuyza May 11, 2012 The Idiocy, Fabrications And Lies Of Ancient Aliens By Brian Switek Until now, I have assiduously avoided Ancient Aliens. I had a feeling that if I watched the show - which popularizes far- fetched, evidence-free idiocy about how human history has been molded by extra-terrestrial visitors - my brain would jostle its way out of my skull and stalk the earth in search of a kinder host. Or, at the very least, watching the show would kill about as many brain cells as a weekend bender in Las Vegas. But then I heard the History Channel's slurry of pseudoscience had taken on dinosaurs. I steeled myself for the pain and watched the mind- melting madness unfold. I"m actually glad that my editors don"t allow me to cuss a blue streak on this blog. If they did, my entire review would be little more than a string of expletives. Given my restrictions, I have little choice but to try to encapsulate the shiny, documentary-format rubbish in a more coherent and reader- sensitive way. The episode is what you would get if you dropped some creationist propaganda, Erich von D=E4niken's Chariots of the Gods and stock footage from Jurassic Fight Club into a blender. What results is a slimy and incomprehensible mixture of idle speculation and outright fabrications which pit the enthusiastic "ancient alien theorists", as the narrator generously calls them, against "mainstream science.=94 I would say "You can"t make this stuff up", but I have a feeling that that is exactly what most of the show's personalities were doing. There was so much wrong with the Ancient Aliens episode that I could spend all week trying to counteract every incorrect assertion. [More at site... thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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