Brian Switek, science writer for Smithsonian.com, once lambasted the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens series as “some of the most noxious sludge in television’s bottomless chum bucket.” He was reacting to an episode that audaciously suggested that aliens had exterminated the dinosaurs to make way for the human species. That was a particularly spurious theory but this series, recently renewed for a fifth season, has been widely criticized for advancing all manner of pseudoscience and pseudohistory.
Perhaps the best take-down yet is this three-hour documentary, Ancient Aliens Debunked, by Chris White with an assist from Mike Heiser. While it’s long, it covers a lot of ground, including Puma Punku, The Pyramids, Baalbek, Incan sites and Easter Island. White and Heiser also get into ancient artifacts: Pacal’s rocket, the Nazca lines, the Tolima “fighter jets,” the Egyptian “light bulb,” UFOs in ancient art and the crystal skulls. Text issue they explore include Ezekiel’s wheel, ancient nuclear warfare, Vimana’s, the Anunnaki, and the Nephilim. If you’re curious at all about these arcane matters, give it a watch. H/T Ameristroika
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