Pseudoscience Dictionary: Ancient Astronauts

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Pseudoscience: Consists of statements, beliefs, or practices that are claimed to be both scientific and factual but are incompatible with the scientific method (unproven, not testable, or opposed to the consensus of traditional science).


Ancient Astronauts

Definition: A concept based on the belief that intelligent extraterrestrial beings visited Earth and made contact with humans in antiquity and prehistoric times, which influenced development and technology. To date, there is not any evidence or peer-reviewed inquiry to suggest ancient astronauts visited earth.

Reasoning: The primary pathway into “Ancient Aliens” and the ancient astronaut theory is a book called “Chariots of the Gods?” Rivaling “Led Zeppelin IV” as a mystical hippie-era artifact passed through the generations, it suggests that extraterrestrials gave technology and culture to the Egyptians, Mayans, and other ancient civilizations — which sounds fringy, except it, has sold more than seven million copies, with a 50th anniversary edition out from Berkley Books. The 1970 documentary film of “Chariots” was nominated for an Academy Award.

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Conclusion: Used to sell books, make TV and Movie makers rich, this pseudoscience has been propelled into the modern arena.  It makes for good entertainment, but in over 50 years has never shown to be based on actual verifiable facts.

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