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Chariots of the Gods? Unsolved Mysteries of the Past by Erich von Däniken
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Dec 11, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: non-fiction-and-biography
Read in January, 2012

I hesitate to label this non-fiction, because Erich Von Däniken doesn't understand the difference between science and speculation. His "speculative" history uses biblical and ancient textual accounts as proof, and his inability to justify his claims with any evidence makes any critique of the traditional archaeological community amusingly invalid. Taking texts as historical accounts rather than stories is also a frighteningly surface-level interpretation of ancient man.

His overall thesis, not that "Aliens visited ancient man" but rather that "man is too primitive to have created these things without divine (read extraterrestrial) intervention", is disconcerting, because the implication is that the human race is too dumb to achieve anything.

His fanatical speculation detracts from some of his more valid points on the benefits of space exploration and research, and he seems to think the word "possibility" means "likely" rather than "a non-zero probability".

I'm all for a critiques of current processes but, in order for those critiques to be valid, one has to use some evidence.

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