posted on Mar, 30 2009 @ 12:25 PM
Herschel relies strongly on the suspension of disbelief amongst his fans. Taken as a whole, he offers an almost operatic portrayal of our history and
space travelers from the past. He uses imagery from Sci-fi/fantasy movies to encourage identification with his interpretations. Now, most people would
find it a leap of faith to accept Star Wars and National Treasure as scientific evidence of Martian pyramids and 'stormtrooper' helmets on Mars. He
neatly sidesteps that doubt by inferring that Hollywood is an instrument of the Masons and is presenting reality as fiction.
If parts of his theories are isolated and investigated the whole fabric unravels and we're left with the pareidolia and misinterpretations of an
His assertion that Cydonia and the 'face on Mars' are real evidence of interplanetary civilization falls flat at the first hurdle. The face on Mars
has been imaged from many angles at various resolutions and is clearly a mesa...
The 'pyramids' on Mars have also been imaged many times and reveal themselves to be natural geological formations. Most images don't even lend
themselves to the 'suggestion' of pyramids. Herschel overcomes these conflicts by using cherry picked over-processed images and using color to
emphasize his interpretation.
These are used to support his claims that Egyptian and S. American pyramids are built by the same race that built them on Mars. By demonstrating that
there are no pyramids on Mars, he has no argument. His references to alignments with Orion's belt reflecting those of the Martian pyramids no longer
exists so he can't link it the the Egyptian pyramids. Furthermore, the concept that the Giza Plateau is designed to portray a 'star map' of the
constellation Orion is not grounded in any evidence.
Mars doesn't have square miles of algae, pyramids, helmets or huge statues of Egyptian-style faces (any statues at all) so his contention that they
are 'star maps' is based on non-existent evidence. We can see that a large part of the evidence he uses to claim the existence of 'hidden records'
is actually absent. It's a house of cards.
I'm not dismissive of the enjoyment and wonder that can be found by reading his ideas. I grew up reading Charles Berlitz and dreamed about 'lost
civilizations' and alien visitors. I still wonder about the alien visitors, but I'm now wholly convinced that there has never been a lost advanced