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“Ancient Aliens”: The History Channel’s Assault on Truth (theawl.com)
25 points by samclemens on Sept 20, 2017 | hide | past | web | favorite | 13 comments



Jeez I thought this hokum went out with the ark and Erich von Daniken's "Chariots of the Gods?" and "Return to the Stars" - which I fully admit to having read at around the age of 8-9 years old during a family camping holiday round Scotland (along with a healthy dose of Hitchcock's "Three Investigators" kids novels which I had an insatiable appetite for).

Anyway...then Carl Sagan happened for me and I was rescued.


Oh, man. The Investigators were awesome! Made me as a kid want to play around in scrapyards, also getting kicked out of a fair few.


I was amused watching ancient aliens when they were playing with WWII. At one point they ended up getting to Nazi 'levitation tech' which was literally a primative jet engine attached to generators to make magnetic fields.

The thing is that rather than grabbing serious drawings or plans, they grabbed abbreviated ones that were obviously used for training and the type of doodles someone qualifying on a system would make to explain their knowledge (military personnel proving they know enough to trust/fly/maintain their gear). And got utterly obsessed with a hex transformer (uses multiple transformers to shift the waveform of ac, then converts the peaks to get really high voltage DC), declaring alien technology that would never work. It really drove home the point to me how easy it is to eventually find a professional that will say what you want.


In the early '00s, we joked that it was the History-of-World-War-II Channel. Sometimes they'd rotate to other wars in which they could portray the United States in a heroic light. Back then, they were pandering with selectively chosen facts. Now they're just pandering with straight-up BS.


I remember it being called the "Hitler Channel" at one point because of all the WW2 content.


I actually sent them an email complaining about their scheduling and excessive alien theory usage around +/- 3 years ago. Also I raised questions about their so-called specialists. They responded but I was already fed up with their Constant pawn shop hysteria and alien jumbled mess


Wait, does anyone take this seriously? I thought the show was simply satire / a stoner meme.


I can imagine many people take this seriously. Many people take different religious doctrines seriously and believe they are 100% truth. Every religion can't be right. Who is to say who is right and who is wrong.

The earlier episodes of this show were easier to handled then the latest. It seems they are running out of content and are stretching very far.


I once watched this show for 5 minutes with a relative, who replied to my groaning with (paraphrasing) "The pyramids are way too big to have been built by primitive humans way back then. Why not aliens?"


>Wait, does anyone take this seriously?

Unfortunately, people have been taking this stuff seriously since Erich Von Daniken published Chariots of the Gods in the late 60s, which is how, AFAIK, the ancient astronaut meme got started.


Man, I'm in the wrong line of business. I should get into hucksterism.


It worked for L Ron Hubbard (founder of Scientology)!

"You wanta make real money, you gotta start a religion!"


They need to have an episode on Flat Earth.




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