If you are a regular reader of Graham Hancock’s website, you know that he offers a slot each month to a fellow fringe author to promote their oddball claims and newest books. You have probably also noticed that a growing number of these articles involve ancient astronauts. While Hancock insists that these featured slots don’t constitute endorsements, it’s nevertheless true that Hancock is giving significant exposure to increasingly extreme content. The latest article is a summary of Bruce Fenton’s new book Exogenesis: Hybrid Humans, which argues that humanity is the result of a genetic experiment conducted by space aliens 780,000 years ago. The book carries an endorsement and foreword from Erich von Däniken, the most famous ancient astronaut theorist. Von Däniken famously argued that space aliens had sex with apelike human ancestors to create humans, and that their first foray resulted in the Black race, which they considered a failure and replaced with whites.
Anyway, Fenton claims to have evidence for space alien intervention, and it is… Well, it’s something. Basically, he became enamored of tjuringa stones, sacred objects to central Australian Aboriginal peoples that he believes were modeled on mind-controlling space alien probes. He thinks that a “professional intuitive” and past life regression therapist named Valerie Barrow holds the key because she had temporary possession of a tjuringa stone and began hallucinating that it spoke to her:
Soon after the arrival of the tjuringa in her home, a discarnate voice began a direct transmission into her mind, not as an external auditory communication. The speaker identified itself as Alcheringa, a star person that arrived on Earth in the distant past and retained a link with the object. In the conversations that followed a lengthy and intricate historical narrative was provided that offered a startling account of human prehistory, involving interactions between our distant ancestors and agents of a non-human intelligence. The personality also stated that Valerie had lived a past life as one of the visiting beings.
Not to put too fine a point on this, or disparage Aboriginal sacred beliefs, but the tjuringa is a rock and rocks do not contain interdimensional technological properties. They are rocks.
Fenton doesn’t endorse Barrow’s conclusion that she and her group of friends are the collective reincarnation of dead space aliens, but he doesn’t discount it either. Instead, he was inspired to try to prove her story correct by collecting evidence for anomalies in the process of human evolution.
I won’t bore you with all the details. A lot of it seems lifted from the classic sci-fi story “A Martian Odyssey,” imagining a silica-based lifeform and all of it amazing powers. Fenton thinks a silica-based lifeform flew to Earth in its silica-based ship, which exploded and melted, creating the vast fields of silica-based australite, a type of tektite found in Australia and southeast Asia. Mainstream scientists believe them to be chunks of rock that reentered the atmosphere after a comet impact launched them upward. Fenton believes they were created by a crashing spaceship because he denies that they are made of rocks from the Earth on account of their lack of water content and because Aboriginal Australians claim they came from the sky. He’s also interested in looking for alien signals in our DNA, though it seems rather odd that aliens would make minor changes in 780,000 BCE that wouldn’t bear fruit for hundreds of thousands of years, assuming their goal was to create something like us. It seems like rather a waste of time. If you have the technology to alter DNA, why not just make what you want rather than wait hundreds of thousands of years on the off chance that evolution might take you there, provided a catastrophe didn’t wipe out all your work first?
Anyway, Fenton talks a bit about Bracewell probes, the name for hypothetical autonomous interstellar research devices, and concludes that Earth is chock full of them:
It is my conviction that the original Churinga were a type of Bracewell probe left here to monitor humanity, perhaps modify our consciousness, and eventually make contact. References to such mystical tablet-like objects with otherworldly connections feature not only among Aboriginal lore but in Hebrew texts and Hopi cosmology. It is likely, in my opinion, that a number of these AI probes were left around the globe.
Tjuringa weren’t tablets the same way that Near Eastern people spoke of mysterious tablets of destiny, tablets of the law, or the later mirror-tablets of medieval lore that could communicate with any part of the Earth. There are only so many shapes sacred objects can take, especially if they have inscriptions or drawings on them, and “flat slab” is a pretty common one.
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