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Originally posted by DJW001
There are several objections to "Ancient Alien" theory:
1. Lack of professional competence among the researchers. They do not have the necessary understanding of linguistics, philology, historiography, scientific archaeology or astro-archaeology to engage the subject matter.
2. The absence of any evidence that cannot be better explained by conventional interpretations.
3. The propensity of its proponents to create hoaxes, or accept hoaxes at face value.
4. The statistical unlikelyhood that extraterrestrials would single out Earth for their attention, and, having discovered a promising species, abandon it.
5. Formally, AAT collapses into religion, with all its shortcomings. Religious dogma puts an end to inquiry by positing a predetermined dogmatic answer. "Why is the sky blue?" "Because God(s) created it that way, QED." Similarly, AAT puts an end to potentially fruitful investigation. "What were the logistics involved in building the pyramids?" "Aliens did it, QED."
6. Because it collapses into religion, it minimizes human achievement. Aliens didn't build Stonehenge, your great-great-great-(etc)- grandparents did. Take some pride in that.edit on 15-5-2012 by DJW001 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by ButterCookie
We broke away from the deep brainwashing of religion and felt that the bible was pure fantasy, then decided we would abandon the bible forever.
We begin to trust in science and view the world with a more logical approach.
We then made the connection between religion and science, perfectly understanding the Ancient Alien Theory. We recognize it to be the most plausible, and have no problem with accepting the fact that the truth lies in the middle of this religion/science spectrum.
What say you?edit on 14-5-2012 by ButterCookie because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by pierregustavetoutant
There are mountains of evidence for evolution. Millions of years of fossil records for one thing. Active evolution for another. Selective adaptation is very clear in science. Also, there are a huge array of primate fossils showing the evolution from earlier hominids to proto-humans. Never understood the "no evidence of evolution" people. Do they just mentally block out all facts and science?
Originally posted by Xcalibur254
reply to post by ButterCookie
Any evidence for that? We have a clear, uninterrupted, fossil record going from Homo sapiens sapiens back millions of years to at least Australopithecus africanus. Then once humans come onto the scene we have a clear progression of technology and society.
Originally posted by AwakeinNM
It's a theory, why do we have to "accept" it? It's only theory until proven otherwise. Relax, dude.
Originally posted by ButterCookie
Australopithecus did indeed exist in Africa some 2 million years ago. It took another million years to produce 'homo erectus'. Then after another 900,000 years, the first primitive man appeared- aka Neanderthal...
Then inexplicably, some 35,000 years ago, homo sapiens arrive on the scene- aka Cro Magnon man.
The appearance of modern man a mere 700,000 years after homo erectus and some 200,000 years before Neanderthal is absolutely implausible. - (Sitchin, 1976)
Huh???? Are you serious with some of those???
1. Uhh most of the AA theorists like Von Daniken and Childress have more linguistic skills and experience in archeology than probably 99% of humans.
Childress claims no academic credentials as a professional archaeologist nor in any other scientific field of study, having left the University of Montana after one year to travel the world to personally research the subjects about which he would later write.
2. The absence of evidence is a form of evidence. Megaliths.... they're still a mystery.
3. Hoaxes are everywhere in every field.... not sure what your point is with that.
4. Statistical unlikelihood? There are infinite amount of reason why ET's would want to be here. Just cause you can't think of any doesn't make a statistic worth anything.
5. If you actually followed the AAT then you would know that it stays away from dogma and is always and ever evolving.... you know.... that's why we call it a theory.
6. Of course us humans take pride in what our ancestors did. That doesn't mean we blindly accept that they were the only ones here 10 thousand or more years ago. And yes, it matters when we modern day humans still can't explain or reproduce what they have done.