posted on Apr, 12 2009 @ 06:08 PM
Originally posted by moocowman
So Von Daniken made a few mistakes (lies) so what ? Archeologists do it and perpetuate the mistake (lie) I wonder if those that vilify Von Daniken
still teach that an imaginary race of Aryan people conquered northern India.
Actually, Von Daniken is an excellent example to use of "fringe science" because he gives only part of the facts and reinterprets them to fit his
Someone mentioned the Palenque tomb lid, for example, saying that VonD had it right and that the Mayas had no idea what was on the stone. The problem
with this is that VonD deliberately left out the writing that's on the lid and on the sarcophagus and all around the site in order that he could
interpret it as he wished. It would have been embarrassing for his book if anyone could pick it up, go to a dictionary of the Mayan symbols, and
start reading what was written by the Mayans.
Likewise his "ancient Mayan elephant" which shows up occasionally. The image is an "elephant" if you're shown a drawing of only PART of the
object and if you're told "look at the elephant."
Teaching young archaeologists about his books and showing them the whole body of evidence and explaining why he's wrong is the right thing to do.
For many years, it was assumed that rational people would check all the evidence and see that he was wrong and dismiss him. But in the Internet age,
and with YouTube, this isn't happening. Others build on his work without even checking the original material (like the Assyrian seal that Hancock
shows around... and conveniently leaves off the inscription part.)
We do need to educate archaeologists and anthropologists about the "fringe theories" and give them the WHOLE bundle of facts on the artifacts and
sites and claims. We need to show them the COMPLETE artifacts from all sides (the entire lintel at Abydos with the "helicopter") so they can see
the objects in context and see what's around them instead of being shown a part of something that's completely out of context.
And I think they should reshelve VonD's books under "fiction."