reply to post by SquirrelNutz
beings from the sky carried 'in the bodies of wingless birds'
That fits very very few religions actually and within a given religion most of the gods have various domains. You've got volcano gods, storm gods,
gods that live on mountain tops, gods that live deep underground. There are common threads but there are also differences. But then there are lots of
common threads in fiction already. Take any genre of fiction, science fiction for instance, there are a great deal of similar movies with similar
ideas depicting similar technology.
1) Similarities in myth do not count as evidence for ancient alien visitation. The finding of a clearly alien artifact of technology (something like a
warp core in the middle of the remains of a fairly primitive civilization), alien fossil/remains, alien DNA WOULD count.
2) I'm well aware that the human race has a history of seeing weird things in the sky. This does not, however, mean that the UFOs in question were
alien craft, or that if they were aliens they landed AND managed to somehow inspire religious myth making by visiting thousands of diverse cultures
over the course of several thousands of years and then miraculously vanishing before modern science can be invented.
How about the overwhelming evidence that seems to be mounting (accelerating, in fact) with current technological methods of recording and
dissemenating the information...
3) I'm curious as to what you think modern UFO sightings have to do with ancient astronaut theories. The only thing a UFO sighting is evidence of is
that someone saw something in the sky they couldn't readily identify - that's all. As far as science is concerned eye-witnesses testimony is not a
form of reliable evidence. Human perception is flawed, that's why there is an emphasis on collaboration and peer review in science, if enough
scientists independently come to the same conclusion it is more likely to be a sound conclusion.
Aside from eye witness testimony and the occasional blurry image or video there is no evidence of UFOs. There certainly isn't any physical evidence of
them that stands up to scientific scrutiny, at least to the best of my knowledge. In any case the existence of unidentified objects doesn't mean they
are of alien origin and their unidentified nature should make this fact obvious. Any speculation as to what these objects are is just that,
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. A few blurry photos doesn't prove that when the Greeks came up with Zeus they were thinking of
aliens. In fact if you actually looked at the myths themselves, instead of arrogantly inserting aliens and ignoring context, you'd see most gods
already have an explanation. It is exactly the same problem seen when ancient astronaut proponents find "UFOs" in ancient art. Anything remotely
saucer shaped, or anything painted in the sky, can be construed as depicting an alien spacecraft.
Baseless speculation is not "overwhelming evidence" that aliens were in contact with the ancients and neither is blurry footage, anomalous radar
blips, or stretching ancient myth out of its cultural and historical context to fit your personal interpretation.
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