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2012: ETA- Science Commentary and Sci-fi Stories
From the Agenda- Scifi Fantasy about Dolphs
When I was young, and interested in mysterious things like Atlantis, I wandered into a section of the El Paso Public Library which contained a series of odd books written by James Churchward, an odd man, about an odd place, the lost continent of Mu, the Pacific counterpart to Atlantis. As I recall the books had a rather squirrelly logic, one that even a twelve year old found difficult swallowing. I thing I read all of the series, hoping that something believable would come from it, one gullibility of a twelve year old being that I didn't think anyone would spend all the effort writing a book based on bullshit. Much older now, I'm no longer that gullible, but still hopeful, I find myself reading books almost as goofy, but occasionally I am rewarded with one that actually is supported by rational research, although usually not thorough, scholarly research, but still presenting a feasible argument.
Two of my favorites are Uriel's Machine and Civilization One. Both portray a highly creative and intellectual Stone Age culture in the British Isles, the creators of Stonehenge, as well as many other structure, though not as spectacular, but built for a similar purpose. This is intriguing in itself, but additional factors lead to the mystic: One is that these calendar - astronomical structures are theorized to be build to specification from the Book of Enoch, a key book by the Jewish (Christian) cult that occupied Kumran. The second is that the Book of Enoch speaks of those who guided them as the "Watchers". How much better can it get than that for ancient alien fans?
Additionally the Book of Enoch was lost, only known by secondary references, until the 1800's, the first copy being discovered and removed surreptitiously (stolen) from Ethiopia. Possibly this might have been taken as a fake, but in 1947 the caves at Qumran were discovered, and with them multiple other copies, The Book being the most populous work found at Qumran.
I know there are other sources of the Book, but the single source I own is The Alternative Bible , compiled by Willis Barnstone. This is also a good source for a bunch of other apocrypha, i.e. non-catholic religious writings.
Of course you know that the Aztecs allowed Cortez into Mexico City, giving him the opportunity to destroy them, because they believed him to be a long lost bearded white god, who had promised to return. The case for a Paleolithic European presence is reinforced by the discovery of Caucasian DNA and other skeletal evidence from Stone Age sites into New World; I've linked a few. In any case, we know that Columbus was a late comer, following the stone age people by thousands of years, following the Vikings and probably many others, both European and Asian by hundreds of years.
The point of this digression is several fold: One, accepted theories have a lot of social inertia, even when they are wrong, but they can change, howbeit slowly; and two, it is possible that two competing theories are both true, e.g., the duel occupation of the New World by Europeans and Asians.
Getting back to topic, the long held belief that all combinations of matter and energy were created by the Great Architect, has come under heavy challenge from the time Darwin penned his book Origin of Species, until today it is difficult to find an educated person who is willing to say he or she does not believe in natural selection, even if they have no real understanding of Darwin's writings. Along with the dismissal of the Creator goes the belief in Divine intervention into the lives of beings, and of nations. One can accept or reject it, or you may accept it in nontraditional terms, as I do, having lived through twelve or so situations, each which should have killed me. Don't ask me why, I can only say, I'm very thankful.
Probably, Divine intervention had been beaten down sufficiently by the 1970s that Van Däniken could propose alien intervention, without being burned at the stake, even though main stream intellectuals found the theory's primary value as diversion, similar to a good sci-fi novel. Not many are willing to go out and risk their careers attempting to fortify the idea, but most didn't accept Einstein either, until they saw that light curve around the sun.
Speculation and hypothesis regarding alien intervention has gradually increased over the 40 or so years since Chariots of the Gods. I have not pursued endless books exploring this thesis, but I do recommend Chariots as a thought provoking read for anyone who has not considered this possibility.
Ancient Aliens, produced by the History Channel covers much of the evidence used to support theories of past and present alien contact. The series is fascinating, however the scientifically impossible is given equal footing to the plausible, making it difficult for non-scientists to sort the feasible from pure science fiction. In the series, many of the leading proponents of the alien theory are interviewed, given the opportunity to capsulate their theory and to promote their books detailing their hypotheses. Other than some of the information about current sightings, such as the air battle over Los Angeles, I found little of substance beyond Van Däniken's orginal book. Curiously, many of the items which are pointed to as advanced knowledge tend to imply an alien Survivorman mentality, more than it implies a marshalling of technology for colonization, or even assistance in our technical evolution.
Who Built the Moon? a nice presumptive title by Knight and Butler, and one of their best endeavors from my view. They take something that we all have heard in general science class, that the moon's affect on the earth, through tides, ocean currents, and weather, is important, if not mandatory, for the evolution of life. Furthermore, the declination of the earth's axis allows northern and southern hemispheres to have dormant and growth seasons, winter and summer, allowing a more robust presence of life. This is a nice accident that allows us to be, or is it an accident?
I always like it when a writer addresses some obscure little thing that hooked my curiosity. Such a hook is the moon's relationship with the sun. I was pretty old when it first miffed me, the issue being, why is the moon just the right size and distance from the earth that it covers the sun, well, like a silver dollar covers a silver dollar, exactly perfectly. How many other sizes and distances from the earth could the moon have been, what are the odds that it would be a dollar on a dollar when there was an eclipse? It could have been infinitely different, a dime on a dollar, or a dollar on a nickel, yielding a minute probability that it would exactly be a dollar on a dollar. If you think like a detective who found it at a crime scene, you have to be suspicious.
There are many more accidents of existence which the book addresses, poking the fabric of evolution, until it's no longer proper clothing. Having asserted that the existence of life is no accident, they toss forth the possibilities of responsibility: Creator, aliens, or time-traveler. They pick time-traveler; such purists baffle me. Why are the choices mutually exclusive? Just like the first people to come to the New World, might it be all of the above?
If you like the book, you should try: Uriel's Machine and Civilization One. They both address the first Neolithic culture, and provide compelling evidence that the Stone Age brain was alert and capable of some pretty fancy stuff. I'll address them again in another section.
As always I am grateful for any additional references, information, or suggestions; just email me.
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