What exactly can one say about an episode of Ancient Aliens dedicated to theodicy, the problem of evil? The show covered this topic in their episode on “Aliens and Evil Places” as well as their episode advocating Satan worship. They have an unsophisticated philosophy that imagines the existence of a cosmic evil, even though there is no objective reality to good or to evil, only a relative morality. Rocks and trees don’t care about murder and rape, and it’s almost certain that aliens, should they exist, would have a very different morality than modern Americans.
In this segment the show asks whether evil forces exist and have an objective reality in the form of demons, and whether these demons can infect humans and drive them to evil acts like murder. William Bramley, author of Gods of the New Eden, says that it’s “obvious” that there is good and evil in the world, and Giorgio Tsoukalos argues for a Manichean dualism where the universe is divided into good and evil forces. Once again, it’s important to remember that “evil” is relative to our cultural beliefs at any given time in history. It’s hard to think of any act that has not been declared good and bad at various times. Do the “good” and “evil” aliens switch moral allegiances as our cultural values change?
Following this, the show notes that Hesiod claimed to have received inspiration from the Muses to write the story of Pandora and her jar in the Theogony. Unfortunately, she is not discussed in the Theogony by name, and the story of her jar actually appears in the Works and Days. David Wilcock tells us that Pandora’s jar was a portal to a hell dimension that let aliens in. Next, David Childress cites the Arab legend of the djinn as evidence that interdimensional aliens appear on earth to work both good and evil. I’ll leave you to read about the djinn in the Akbar al-zaman to see that their stories are far too strange and diverse to fall into those boxes neatly.
The second segment looks at the medieval Cathars and their unconventional beliefs, which included a form of dualism. The various talking heads, including Kathleen McGowan-Coppens, who believes herself to be the reincarnation of Mary Magdalene, rhapsodize over Cathar dualism, which is discussed by Peter of les Vaux-de-Cernay in the Historia Albigensis 10 from around 1218 CE: “First, it should be known that the heretics [the Cathars] propose the existence of two creators, one of things invisible, whom they call the benign God, and one of things visible, whom they name the evil God” (my trans.). The show compares this to the Mesopotamian Atra-Hasis epic with the help of Erich von Däniken and William Bradley, who are talking about material that appears both in that text and in the Babylonian Enuma Elish. William Henry claims that the Mesopotamian belief is that human bodies are prisons for the spirit of light. This does not appear in the texts, which claim that humans were jolted to life when the blood of a god soaked into a clump of mud. The Atra-Hasis epic adds the extra detail that the gods spit on the mud. The “light” seems to be a New Age gloss on the concept of a bit of the divine animating the clay.
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The segments of this hour seem to have nothing to do with one another since we jump to telling the story of Rasputin and his malign influence on the Romanov dynasty of Imperial Russia. McGowan-Coppens quotes an almost certainly hoax prophecy that Rasputin allegedly made before his murder, but which wasn’t published until many years after his death. Her other stories of Rasputin’s various visions and antics are similarly ill-sourced, often known only from Rasputin’s own claims to have been in contact with the Virgin Mary or other entities. Crazy people and con artists will say and do anything, so calling his self-developed claims “extraterrestrial contact” is ridiculous. It is, however, entirely in keeping with the purpose and goals of Ancient Aliens to taking the mad rantings of a con artist or crazy person as objective fact, based only on the claimant’s own word. The show concludes that Rasputin, as a poor person from the sticks, wasn’t smart enough to be a con artist, so he must have been a “puppet” of evil interdimensional aliens, which made it look like he was crazy. They believe that the evil aliens “protected” Rasputin until he was finally killed. (Aliens don’t like losers, so they gave up protecting him when he was shot for the second time during the night of December 16-17, 1916.) This segment appears to exist because the show had access to reenactment B-roll footage from a previous History Channel documentary on Rasputin that they could reuse for cheap.
The show asks whether dictators we currently describe as evil were in thrall to the devil. This includes Genghis Khan, Joseph Stalin, and Adolf Hitler. This is interesting since Genghis is increasingly being reevaluated. The show says that the devil is really an alien, and these leaders made a pact with aliens. The show decides to discuss Nazi occult involvement, and here we get into some uneasy territory because many of the claims about Nazi involvement with space aliens or interdimensional beings were made up by Jacques Bergier and Louis Pauwels in Morning of the Magicians, the book that this show indirectly rips off through Erich von Däniken’s appropriation of it in Chariots of the Gods, the inspiration for Ancient Aliens. The show, following Mike Fitzgerald, a frequent and often wrong writer on Nazi occultism (he also believes Noah sailed the Ark to America and that Obama is bringing about the End Times), greatly exaggerates the occult foundations of Nazism based on fringe literature claims for the Nazi occult, and they also argue that the Allies used psychics and magicians to combat the Nazi occult warriors. The show says Aleister Crowley was employed by Churchill (he was consulted by British intelligence as part of a disinformation campaign) and that Crowley invented the V for Victory symbol to counteract the swastika’s occult power. This is a claim Crowley made for himself in the last years of his life (when he took to dressing like Churchill to show his admiration), but no one at the time believed him, and no serious scholar since. David Ritchie of the BBC is usually credited as the inventor of the symbol.
The show warns us about the dangers of trying to summon dark forces, and George Noory claims that Aleister Crowley’s interdimensional contact, Lam, was really a Grey alien. Remember: Last week the Grey aliens were robots! Now they’re interdimensional demons!
The show rehashes the famous incident when Jack Parsons and L. Ron Hubbard conducted occult Crowley rituals in 1946, in Pasadena, which David Wilcock tells us is at the same latitude as Roswell, New Mexico, where aliens allegedly crash landed in the next year. Therefore, he concludes that Hubbard and Parsons opened a hole into another dimension through which the Roswell aliens entered, because alien portals are apparently confined to specific latitudes. That’s good to know, especially since the earth wasn’t in the same position in space for the dimensional portal to lead to Roswell and I can’t see how a hole in space time would have anything to do with an arbitrary latitude line. In case you care, Pasadena is actually at 34º N and Roswell is at 33º N.
I stopped caring when Wilcock started claiming that aliens are really parasitic creatures that feed off of “negative” energy, which is why they foment violence and stress to hurt us. This is based on fringe claims that “positive” and “negative” “energies” can affect the crystallization of water—a goofy claim debunked years ago in Skeptical Inquirer and elsewhere. The show then tells us that Bible prophecies are real and that a battle is coming between good people and aliens and bad people and aliens. Angels, they say, are aliens, and, most importantly, THE BIBLE IS 100% TRUE, Y’ALL! BIBLE BIBLE BIBLE!
Ancient Aliens should drop the act of being pseudo-scientific and declare itself some weird brand of heretical Christian Gnosticism and save money by becoming tax-exempt.
8/14/2015 04:04:27 pm
The only thing I learned from this episode is that I should reign in my emotions when near water. I've been such a callous bastard, never knowing I've caused such physical distress to my precious H2O.
8/15/2015 05:04:01 am
I must be an evil person. I have used water in disgusting ways. I have gone to the bathroom in water, I have used it to wash my filthy body, I have washed my dishes in it, I have given it to my pets and I have used in to water my lawn and house plants. I only hope that someday I will be forgiven.
8/15/2015 02:20:35 am
Anyone want to do a pool on how long it will take Ancient Aliens to get an "octopuses have alien DNA" reference into the show?
8/15/2015 08:07:56 am
Of course they do! They are obviously Cthulu-spawn, greatly diminished. That must have been a stipulation in the pact made between aliens and coelacanths.
8/15/2015 04:07:19 am
Any mention of Crowley's contact with Aiwass?
8/17/2015 05:33:32 am
Strangely, I don't think that touched on that. Unless they threw it in while my dog was barking and I missed it.
8/15/2015 04:12:48 am
Also: "The show then tells us that Bible prophecies are real and that a battle is coming between good people and aliens and bad people and aliens. Angels, they say, are aliens, and, most importantly, THE BIBLE IS 100% TRUE, Y’ALL! BIBLE BIBLE BIBLE!"
8/15/2015 05:29:05 am
Sounds like Scientology. Yikes. When they start talking about Xenu reincarnated was Christ in the alien Matrix and coming back to Earth the Illuminati better watch out. I just gave them a plot for another episode. Oops.
The troll Krampus
8/16/2015 01:02:35 pm
Don't flatter yourself.
8/15/2015 06:04:33 am
Segment 6: "Star Trek" yet.
8/15/2015 06:15:17 am
That's funny, I remember David Childress telling us that Satan wasn't such a bad guy.
8/15/2015 06:22:24 am
During the first half hour, a woman mentions something that sounds like Rex Mootie or Moody. Supposed to lure us away from where we should be spiritually, using material wealth. I believe it was after mentioning the Jinn. Anyone know what she actually named? I get nothing relevant Googling Rex Mootie & a bunch of dentists when I used Moody.
8/15/2015 06:36:16 am
Rex Mundi, Latin for "King of the World." I'm not familiar with it being used in primary sources on the Cathars, but I admit that I have not read all of them in the original Latin.
8/20/2015 04:01:10 am
If I'm not mistaken, Rex Mundi was a late theosophic phrase that was drawn from older dualistic sects and twisted to fit their spiritual concepts. It was meant to embody the evil nature of the world. Cathars and Bogomils saw the physical realm as a corruption of the perfect spiritual intentions of God, ideas they drew from Gnostic and Zoroastrian beliefs. But I don't think it appears in a religious/philosophical context before the 19th century. (Some kings claimed to be 'kings of the world' earlier.)
8/28/2015 12:39:05 am
Oh, lady after my own heart! I, too, was trying to Google Rex moody and got a bunch of doctors. I'm in awe that these atheists can actually believe that aliens are real, hell they gave us our ability to speak, dontcha know!? Even though there's no proof, but to they don't believe God is real??? Or Satan, for that matter, since all dark forces are aliens! Wtf is our universe coming to? The bible IS real! Read it!
3/24/2016 05:03:25 pm
7/22/2016 05:22:35 pm
I noticed a bunch of psychiatrists came up when I tried to Google it! Lol maybe he doesn't want to be found...
8/15/2015 02:57:23 pm
I just found a video of Tsoukalos at some convention. If anyone wants to check out some of the interesting comments he made in it, here's the link:
8/15/2015 10:16:20 pm
This is so weird to me, coming from a fundamentalist Christian background, this weird mix of biblical literalism and...I dunno, what would you call it? Alien theology? Thinking back to the church I grew up in, I wonder what they would have made of this. (Probably picked out the bits they liked as confirmation and assigned the rest to demons, I assume.) Conspiracy theories were huge in the community I grew up in, where a sort of conservative Libertarianism melded with Christian fundamentalism (basically, lots of guns, militias, and religious fundamentalism--historically, a *great* combination). The biggest divide in the community was between those who believed that aliens were real (like my dad) and those who thought UFOs and abductions were all the work of demons. No one doubted that the stories were true and that there was a massive government coverup--just who to attribute it to. It took me a while to shake off those beliefs, as I was totally convinced as a teen that there was an alien coverup, a huge government conspiracy, period. Visited Roswell as a teenager like it was a freaking pilgrimage. Thanks to people like Michael Shermer, I'd already started to critically examine and discard those beliefs by the time I found your blog, but your website was a big part of my early education in critical thinking and skepticism--as well as a continued source of education (and entertainment)!
The troll Krampus
8/16/2015 03:11:14 am
FYI, Erin: That "<3" emoticon is to some people to represent a penis and ballsack instead of a heart. I assumed you meant heart but just thought I would make you aware of that. I couldn't stop laughing because everyone in my social media circle uses that emoticon to represent a penis and ballsack.
8/28/2015 12:47:47 am
Thank you for bringing the penis thing to light, as I was big on using that symbol! Lol!
8/16/2015 08:04:38 am
One of you sees a penis. This says much about one of you. It's a heart.
The troll Krampus
8/16/2015 12:54:39 pm
What is your point, Kal?
8/17/2015 01:23:33 am
Aliens - one size, fits all "theories".
8/17/2015 05:06:28 am
Now that Edgar Mitchell is all over the news that aliens stopped a war between the US and the USSR I suppose AA will soon have him on in a special episode. Ed Mitchell was a heckva an engineer and test pilot/astronaut and his quick thinking on Apollo 14 probably saved the landing but I think he says this stuff just for fun to stir up the UFO nuts out there
8/21/2015 10:52:10 pm
What would you call matter and anti matter a fictitious scientific find?so u think there is no evil or no good either.douche bag...
8/28/2015 02:05:07 am
I hope everyone has the good Christian sense to decipher the ridiculous from the intelligent. I mean really, aliens? If they are real then God created them. They are included in the universe and we know who created the universe! This whole idea is scurrilous and is a prime example of Satan's buffoonery! Hope for everyone's sake you have the good sense to watch this crap with clarity and hope to see you in heaven! (aliens, lol!)
5/13/2017 03:15:44 am
All you disbelievers and "skeptics" are sadly the ones without "the eyes to see and ears to hear." Or maybe just in plain old denial because it's too scary to face the Truth - the Truth of the Ages!! Fascinating stuff, this Ancient Aliens.
Mos high Chadro the redeye jedi
9/4/2018 02:25:40 am
These comments have been pretty entertaining.
I think dark forces Sounds like George Lucas's in Star Wars because we got some Characters who know the dark side of the force Like every Sith Lord like Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Darth Bane,
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