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Chariots of the Gods: 50th Anniversary Edition

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I imagine an as yet unidentified form of energy which will one day make the incomprehensible comprehensible. Sirius can clearly have no significance to anybody, unless their civilisation was founded by space aliens. Putting aside the shortcomings of the prose, the book also did not fulfill its promise of showing evidence for aliens having visited Earth in the ancient past.

Throughout the book he underestimated the ingenuity of the people of the past and tries to create a image of them as being stupid and helpless. One often hears the bible and other works misquoted, or quoted to back up a statement or theory, so I took the trouble to reread the passages referred to, not because I disbelieved Von Daniken, but to confirm the exactitude of what he was saying.The appeals to authority and popularity - the various 'Professor Kuehn's - that are too vague to actually be a form of accountability. The worldwide best seller was followed by 40 more books, including the recent best sellers Twilight of the Gods, History is Wrong, Evidence of the Gods, Remnants of the Gods, and Odyssey of the Gods (all published by New Page Books). Don't misunderstand though, this should in no way shake the faith of believers in God, Allah or whatever, Von Daniken merely asks questions and presents evidence.

I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN AND FASCINATED BY ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS,TECHNOLOGIES,AND RELIGIONS. Though you feel sorry for the hapless millions who have actually religiously accepted this book as a treatise on human evolution and birth of civilization. Von Däniken maintains that these artifacts were produced either by extraterrestrial visitors or by humans who learned the necessary knowledge from extraterrestrials. Interestingly, although there was a hysterical fear of early train travel, including a few notes of concern from doctors about things like the level of pollution inside tunnels, the fearmongering was almost entirely drummed up by politicians, businessmen, quacks and madmen, and the train companies had to hire actual doctors to calm the public.

The thing that had me shaking my head in amusement was when the author tried to draw some deep meaning about how these certain temples are connected to the length of the year on Venus and then get that figure wrong.

I LOVE THAT IF YOU GET NOTHING ELSE FROM THIS BOOK,IT IS VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING AND ALLOWS YOU TO EXAMINE ON YOUR OWN,THE AGE OLD QUESTIONS OF, ARE WE ALONE? On my first read many years ago, I loved this book more and even recommended it to a few of my friends. In 1993, von Däniken produced a 25-part series titled Auf den Spuren der All-Mächtigen (Pathways of the Gods) for German television station, Sat. Erich von Daniken has held countless lectures and discussions at public forums and educational institutions. According to von Däniken, humans considered the technology of the aliens to be supernatural and the aliens themselves to be gods.The book also suggests that ancient artwork throughout the world can be interpreted as depicting astronauts, air and space vehicles, extraterrestrials, and complex technology.

In 1977 an eight part Polish comic adaptation of the book was created by Alfred Gorny, Arnold Mostowicz and artist Boguslaw Polch. and he asks this, incredulously, in exactly the same paragraph that he mentions that the first rising of Sirius each year occurs at more or less exactly the time that the annual Nile floods, the central fact of Egyptian culture and economics, begin. copper and bronze objects in early Egypt are, I suspect, mostly Egyptian in manufacture, shockingly. The hostility to intellectuals and their attempts to control (in this case I think through hubris rather than malice?When he, in between these topics, dismisses the Theory of Relativity on the grounds that "19th century mathematicians" proved that trains were impossible because passengers would die when the train reached 21 miles an hour. This is not to deny that there are mysteries in the past, but then so are there in any field of human study - that does not mean that we have to postulate such excesses based on so little evidence.

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