I don't think that there's many people who will say that I don't know what I'm talking about, a Cambridge archaeologist once described my posts as
"Generally correct", which is about the best accolade I have ever received from anyone anywhere.
I have been posting on internet forums since 2003 when I was 33 years old.
I have been studying the ancient world since 1983 when I was 13 years old
It all started for me one time when I stayed at my grandmothers house. She used to buy me cheap paperbacks to give me something to do while I stayed
with her, because back in those days TV had two channels and poor reception.
One of the paperbacks was "the Twelfth planet" by Zechariah Sitchin.
I was immediately hooked and also terrified, Mr Sitchin had imo made a great case and provided enough evidence to convince a 13 year old, with zero
knowledge of the ancient world, that human civilisation had been founded by Aliens from outer space. And they weren't nice Aliens, like ET, who I had
seen at the cinema earlier that year, but the bad kind, the kind who used humanity to further their own ideals.
So I read all his other books and was totally convinced that there was a rogue planet out there, which was coming back very soon and which would
destroy my way of life (eating sweets, bunking off school, chasing girls)
The years passed and the way that the brain usually operates is it finds details to support your beliefs, this is the basic premise of religion, you
start with an idea and then allow the gullible brain to soak up supporting information, this process totally entrenches the belief and that in turn
dictates to the reasoning process what information to believe and what not. It renders the believer immune to facts and evidence. Learning stops and
defence of the faith begins.
Then I moved on to Von Daniken, who was saying the same sort of things, but with evidence from the rest of the world, it really did seem to me that
aliens were a reality and of course Hollywood didn't help dispel that myth at all.
To me, all the answers were then easy to attain, what were pyramids but nuclear bomb shelters, that's was why there weren't many rooms inside and why
the rooms that did exist were in the middle protected by all that rock. Why were there massive stone blocks used in ancient buildings, obviously
again, as a defence against Nuclear weapons in the ancient past. I started to collect similarities from different cultures which showed how there was
at least some lost technological race going around teaching people the same things. Take the Olmec heads for instance, the first thing you see is that
they look a bit Negro, but what you should be seeing is that they are all wearing helmets. Helmets were a much more recent invention, Kings didn't
care if one of their soldiers got an axe through the head, he had thousands more and they were cheaper to recruit than to buy a helmet.
So my own cognitive bias convinced me of the reality of the ancient world and the aliens who inhabited it. This lasted until I was around 30 years
old. And then something happened which changed my life forever.
I got ill, I picked up a couple of sleep disorders Delayed Sleep Phase syndrome combined with Irregular sleep wake cycle disorder, which rendered me
next to useless, allowing me to only sleep for a couple of hours every day. My doctors wouldn't prescribe me any sleep medication, because it is
addictive and that would not help. So it left me in a state of perpetual zombie hood. Unable to think beyond the most basic of needs because of
fatigue. Of course there were some good days where I'd get 3 or 4 hours sleep and even better days when a friend would come around with some pot.
Slowly, I started to fight back from my illness, where I would be able to function normally half the time with a mixture of good sleep practice and
marijuana. The state was paying me money because I was ill and I was able to earn more money on the side because of something I can't talk about here
which is definitely NSFW
So I could afford an internet connection and found Amazon very helpful. I already had all of Sitchins books, so started looking for other writers
writing about the same thing, this was 2003 and do you know, I couldn't find a single thing that wasn't just a straight copy from Sitchins work. Alan
Alfords Gods of the New millennium could have been a new release from Sitchin for the lack of anything new it contained. So I decided that I would use
Sitchins sources and started to look them up to see if they had written anything relevant.
The two who I could remember were
Sir Leonard Woolley
Samuel Noah Kramer
and I was in luck, they had both released loads of books and I ordered quite a few of them and devoured them like a hungry man devours a sandwich.
I started with Woolley as he had been the primary excavator at many Mesopotamian cities, I couldn't believe it, none of it supported a single damn
thing that Sitchin had claimed. It was pretty basic archaeology, with Woolley describing the every day life of the local people while at the same time
documenting his discoveries in print.
So I read Kramer, everything he had ever written and again not a damn shred of support for Sitchin.
This led me to being completely ambivalent for a while, having two opposing viewpoints in my head. Sitchin had actually stated that his source was one
of these two men numerous times and yet the two men themselves totally contradicted that claim. Not a single piece of evidence from either of them
supported anything that Sitchin had said. It became clear, that Sitchin was one of life's great liars, he had convinced people that Aliens had visited
ancient civilisations by fabricating almost all his evidence. I was totally crushed, because this meant that all my beliefs up to that point were
based on lies.
However, I was still left with a fascination for the Mesopotamian culture, and it soon became clear to me, that as a civilisation, it had been
overlooked by pretty much every fringe writer of the day, because they had all just copied Sitchin. More fool them, they didn't know what they were
shovelling was made up crap and when I tried to tell them they threw claims at me like
"I am a paid shill"
"I don't know what I'm talking about"
"I am an academic devotee"
"I am lying for some cause or government"
These are all the same claims that you fringers throw at me now and they are still all equally invalid
What I am, is a person who used to believe what you do, who knows all the made up facts that you do, who knows the source of those facts which you
don't and who at every turn has a superior knowledge of the discussions I engage in than 99% of the other people posting in the thread, because I only
post in threads where I know the facts already.
So here's the truth, if you have read fringe sources and believed them, that's one thing, but if you haven't fact checked what you believe in, then
your belief isn't knowledge, its just faith. And Faith I have to tell you, is about the worst thing you can deliver your cognitive ability over to,
because faith is the end of learning.
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