Giorgio Tsoukalos Admits Even He Is Amazed at How "Ancient Aliens" Comes Up with This Stuff
It seems that our old friend Giorgio Tsoukalos is on a bit of a media tour, giving a series of interviews to Philippine media about aliens, TV stardom, and, of course, his hair. Tsoukalos was in Manila for HistoryCon 2016, an exhibition staged by the History Channel to promote the network in Asia. In speaking with Philippine media, Tsoukalos repeated many of his greatest hits, with little to add to them beyond his usual self-promotion and recycling of old claims. The most newsworthy thing to come out of the interviews was Tsoukalos’s admission that the show’s production team generates new “mysteries that even I am not familiar with.” In other words, he seemed to say that the producers, far from documenting the existing “views” of ancient astronaut theorists, are actively concocting new claims and feeding them to the talking heads.
Tsoukalos told InterAksyon.com, somewhat ungrammatically, that the show’s production team “goes to libraries around the world and pore over ancient texts and books and say this is something we can talk about and the fact that sometimes there are things that I never heard before just goes to show how many things we can talk about.” Tsoukalos told CNN Philippines that producers develop topics for the show and then submit them to the regular team of talking heads for approval. Tsoukalos, formerly a consulting producer on the show, has been promoted to co-executive producer, while David Childress, Erich von Däniken, William Henry, Jason Martell, David Wilcock, and Jonathan Young are officially credited as consulting producers.
To be fair, Tsoukalos claims that he does at least cursory research before commenting on the “mysteries” the producers churn up, but the bottom line is clear: The production team is the driving force behind Ancient Aliens and are currently the most active force shaping the ancient astronaut theory, which they bend and shape to the needs of television, not even to the laughably low standard of “proof” represented by earlier generations of ancient astronaut theorists.
That explains a lot about why the show is so repetitive, so out there, and so sloppy, but it doesn’t explain why ancient astronaut theorists would agree to go on TV to mouth opinions about topics they admit to have done very little checking into. I’m sure we can all imagine a few reasons. Tsoukalos also said that only he, David Childress, and Erich von Däniken are allowed to make declarative statements about the aliens on the show. Everyone else, including the narrator, must simply ask questions. “That’s what we do,” he said. “We ask questions.”
Tsoukalos’s description of the show’s process is a bit surprising considering that he admitted in the same interview that he does not believe, as Ancient Aliens so often implies, that aliens and the afterlife are intimately connected.
Now, do I think that aliens and the afterlife are sort of the same? Not really. Because the aliens I talk about are flesh and blood human beings like you and me and they at some point, too, will die. The only thing that makes them different from you and me is that they have access to more advanced technology, and perhaps technology with which they can travel from star to star.
A co-executive producer—whose responsibilities are defined by the Producers Guild of America as “primary creative contributors”—who admits to not believing what his own show has tried to persuade the audience to believe off and on for at least the last five years? Oh, right: They’re “just asking questions,” even if they themselves believe the answer is “no.”
There were a few other notable statements. Tsoukalos said, as we have heard him say before, that his love of ancient mysteries began as a small child, when his grandmother read him Ignatius Donnelly’s Atlantis: The Antediluvian World and Erich von Däniken’s Chariots of the Gods as bedtime stories. More surprisingly, he claims to know that aliens have “the same questions about God, religion, life after death, all those things.” How might he know this? He didn’t say.
Tsoukalos also said that Ancient Aliens is intended as fringe speculators’ revenge on the skeptics. He said he is happy that skeptics don’t get to have a voice on the show, even for cursory balance. “Well, the last 40 years of you just saying how crazy we were, it’s now our time.”
8/29/2016 11:41:58 am
Like a selffulfilling profecy.
8/29/2016 11:50:40 am
Yeah, it really weakens the already incredulous claims made on the show when the stars themselves won't "pore over ancient texts and books" to find something to talk about. Research was never their strong suit, but making a living from this mess sure is.
8/29/2016 12:58:18 pm
Burden of proof - faith
8/29/2016 12:11:44 pm
If "producers" are actively writing new material for the show then where is it? They just keep going over the same stuff week after week, year after year.
8/29/2016 02:17:20 pm
They're doing the same research the fringe authors have done, which is basically ripping off from other fringe authors.
8/29/2016 08:06:00 pm
AND THE CHANNELS CANNOT PULL IN THE SAME ADVERTISING REVENUE WITH PROPER DOCUMENTARIES
8/30/2016 01:28:18 pm
Alternatively they could try a bit of Slow TV. Last night, BBC4 got an average of more than 800,000 viewers over the two-hour running time of its film of a country bus service. No commentary, no music, just a single bus trundling along (edited to real-time) and occasionally stopping to let passengers on and off.
8/30/2016 11:41:14 am
Hi crainey -
8/29/2016 12:38:04 pm
"pore over" should be "pour over" A pole is on the skin. You pour something over.
8/29/2016 12:38:43 pm
wow a typo within a correction of a typo. Pour not pour.
8/29/2016 12:48:03 pm
The typo appears in the Philippine original. I neglected to mark it with "sic," but I went back and added it.
8/29/2016 01:04:44 pm
"Pore over" is correct. Check the dictionary.
8/29/2016 01:20:28 pm
Wait, you're telling me the production team doesn't dump buckets of water all over books around the world?
8/29/2016 01:25:01 pm
Yup. No sic necessary.
Duke of URL
8/29/2016 01:19:38 pm
CORRECTED CORRECTION: Pore over comes from a little-used sense of the verb pore—namely, to meditate deeply.
8/29/2016 01:25:20 pm
Usually I have my dictionary on hand for checking things I'm not sure about, but I was in a hurry and didn't Google it before typing!
8/29/2016 01:48:31 pm
I think it works like this:
8/29/2016 02:02:01 pm
You just summed up the fringe as a whole. Simply replace "aliens" with Templars, giants, Nephilim, Atlanteans, etc.
8/29/2016 08:08:17 pm
And that Ark of the Covenant that gave birth to mighty Jesus Christ, King of all the Religious Gods, Icon of all Miraculous and Splendid religious bullshit.
8/29/2016 08:13:36 pm
8/29/2016 08:51:07 pm
8/29/2016 02:14:35 pm
AA is all about money, and nothing else. Facts, evidence, science and professionals who have spent years of study and committed themselves to constantly educating themselves and advancing their fields of study are treated as being part of some vast educational/government conspiracy to hide the truth from the public.
8/29/2016 08:10:15 pm
>>AA is all about money<<
8/29/2016 02:50:19 pm
It would appear that the "producers" take the same kind of care and do the same kind of research as the producers of such classic television shows as "My Mother the Car."
8/29/2016 03:29:33 pm
I stand corrected. Pore has two meanings, one a skin opening, another, to mull over or examine, hence pore over a document.
8/30/2016 05:35:12 am
>>You could pour over something too, but usually it has to be liquid. So unless he poured coffee or some other liquid on the documents, it's not so right.
8/30/2016 09:37:56 am
Congrats, Kal! Don't feel too badly about your credibility. You've just done more research than a typical AA producer does for a single episode. High five!!!
8/29/2016 04:12:02 pm
Wow! I think I'm going to have to pour me a tall one when I get home and pore over today's blog in more detail.
8/31/2016 10:38:08 am
I'm glad you're fortunate to not be too poor to purchase a libation to pour for your enjoyment while you pore over this blog.
8/31/2016 02:08:55 am
These guys from Ancient Aliens on History Channel don't have any idea about the real truth that could have happened thousands and thousands of years ago. Why not? Because all the links are lost for good. What was left behind is irrelevant to fill the gaps and what was taken with them is what really can answer all questions. What we have is a lot of hidden cities covered by sand of deserts, forests and oceans around the world. Artificial mountains built to cover some kind of equipment or some dead body as we find in the middle of Australia.
9/4/2016 04:09:31 pm
There are only so many "mysteries" you can investigate before you start making shit up. Even MythBusters eventually started just blowing shit up.
9/6/2016 08:26:58 am
At least watching shit blow up on high-speed film is entertaining. Watching Giorgio on high-speed film would be torture.
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