This week, I am busy working on my All About History cover feature, so I don’t have a lot of time for blogging. Instead, I will share with you today a report from the unreliable tabloid Metro about what Ancient Aliens star Giorgio Tsoukalos is reported to have said a few days ago at the annual Contact in the Desert gathering of Ancient Aliens stars and their hangers-on. According to the paper, Tsoukalos was rather blunter about allegations of proof of extraterrestrial visitation when speaking to a friendly crowd than he is when opining on television.
He said, ‘The reason that we’re in the crap that we’re in today is because of misunderstood technology.
With the caveat that I don’t entirely trust Metro to report anything related to ancient astronauts with anything approaching accuracy, I do find it interesting that Tsoukalos would declare the pyramids to be an example of alien technology, given that he spent most of the past decade loudly insisting that aliens didn’t build the pyramids and weren’t involved in their construction except to have delivered the plans for how to build them to the Egyptians. “Repeat after me: The pyramids were NOT built by aliens,” he said in 2011. Of course, he went on in that same statement to wrongly claim that al-Maqrizi’s Al-Khitat was an “ancient text” that proved that the aliens offered “assistance” in the building of the pyramids. This was wrong on two levels: First, the text doesn’t attribute the pyramids to sky beings but to antediluvian Egyptians, and second, it’s not ancient. It’s from 1400 CE.
I more astonished, though, by Tsoukalos’s allegation that the world today is full of “crap” and that it’s the fault of religions inspired by space aliens. That quotation really called for a bit more context, and I would have liked to see the article explain just what he was talking about in a bit more detail. That said, it seems pretty clear that Tsoukalos has a low opinion of religion, and in private he is much more willing to express his liberal and anti-traditional views than he is on TV. It amuses me a bit that even pundits on the far fringe of acceptable thought feel compelled to self-censor to avoid offending cranky TV audiences, or that producers censor them for such purpose; but then I remember that these jerks are doing real and lasting damage to science and civilization by promoting a quasi-racist cult of unreason. They should be put on TV to rant away in all their awfulness and see how long they last.
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