By contrast, Ancient Aliens had twice the audience last week. But this week it is swerving into territory I always felt was counterproductive: panspermia. The scientific speculation that Earth life might have been seeded by an infusion of chemicals or even microbes from beyond the stars is superficially attractive to believers in space alien intervention, but it would seem to obviate the need for ancient aliens at all. After all, if an errant meteor could produce earth life, then what did we need the aliens for? In their mythology, the aliens came later, to check up on the seed they sent out, but that seems like an extra layer of bureaucracy that an already baroque vision of history doesn’t need.
However, since Ancient Aliens has covered panspermia many times, technically this episode has a slightly different focus: Are aliens FedExing us technology on meteors?
The first segment looks at the Barringer Impact Crater in Arizona and then discusses how asteroids and meteors have impacted the ancient Earth. Avi Loeb joins the cast of Ancient Aliens to offer his commentary, and his devolution into a full-on UFO nut is complete. He is the new Michio Kaku, who is also on hand to discuss the formation of the Earth and how comets, asteroids, and impacts affected it, particularly in terms of how they seeded Earth with precious metals “used in the electronics industry.” This, naturally, leads to a discussion of panspermia and the question of whether the nucleotides used in DNA came to Earth on a space rock. Giorgio Tsoukalos claims the “secret ingredients” of life came on meteors, and the narrator suggests that this was purposely planned by space aliens, which Tsoukalos then repeats in a somewhat confused and incoherent way.
The second segment looks at the meteorite embedded in the Kaaba in Mecca. It’s a reworking of material from a 2018 episode, right down to claiming the meteor was a communication device. The show then rehashes more material from the same 2018 episode about meteors and their worship in ancient times as divine symbols, somehow understanding less than Arthur Harvey did when he pioneered the study in an 1895 essay on “Aerolites and Religion.” Ancient Aliens then claims that Ohio’s Serpent Mound has a deep connection to Star People because it is located on the edge of an ancient crater. They then make a similar argument about Australia’s Wolfe Creek Crater, alleging that beings from the Aboriginal Dreamtime are physical space aliens.
The third segment covers the interstellar object ʻOumuamua, repeating material from two 2020 episodes, themselves repeating a segment from 2019, though you will forgive me if I don’t remember which one. The only difference is that Avi Loeb is now making a personal appearance to discuss his claim, rejected by most of his peers, that the object was a piece of alien technology. Loeb also alleges that a meteorite that crashed to Earth near New Guinea in 2014 was an alien spacecraft because it was denser and harder than other meteorites. Kaku backs up the claim, though with a requisite “maybe” to avoid going too far down the alien tech road. Loeb, as you will recall, is seeking funding to search for the meteorite at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, and undoubtedly he thinks appearing on this show will help that effort by communicating with the government UFO enthusiasts who have turned the series into a de facto government mouthpiece.
The fourth segment visits Mexico’s Zone of Silence and alleges that various meteor strikes, UFO sightings, and technological crashes that happened there have some sort of connection, but they don’t bother telling us what. A meteor crash there brought curium to Earth, an element that doesn’t appear naturally on Earth but which does elsewhere in the universe. Travis Taylor alleges that an “advanced civilization” forged the curium “in a reactor” and sent their tech to us via meteor. Instead, reality-based scientists believe the curium to be remnants of interstellar material that formed before the sun. Ancient Aliens claims that a giant magnetic anomaly attracts space aliens to Mexico to “terraform” our planet that somehow involves directing meteorites to Earth while also visiting in UFOs in order to … well, they never quite say what they are doing or why.
The fifth segment is yet another cross-promotion for sister show The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch. You will remember that the show did a whole cross-promotional hour to help launch Skinwalker in 2020 and has repurposed material from its sister show from time to time. Taylor claims that the Skinwalker Ranch “phenomena” are due to the “crash” of alien technology or a meteor (he uses them interchangeably in his comments) fifty million years ago. Taylor alleges that aliens may have seeded ancient technology around the world by crashing massive rocks into the Earth to be buried while sending out electromagnetic signals.
The final segment describes Loeb’s efforts to recover the 2014 meteor and his plans to use a magnet to try to collect its fragments. He then speculates in a shockingly blasé way that he expects to collect evidence of an extraterrestrial civilization in this meteor. Michio Kaku cheers him on, though cautioning that the chances of it being E.T. tech are very low. The narrator doesn’t bother to explain why aliens needed to crash meteoric “devices” into the Earth as recently as 2014 if they are also visiting us in their spaceships but suggest aliens are “directing” the “evolution of the planet” in some mysterious way.
2/17/2023 11:31:05 pm
" A meteor crash there brought curium to Earth, an element that doesn’t appear naturally on Earth but which does elsewhere in the universe."
2/22/2023 05:36:07 pm
"Its no Man and Impact in the Americas", which is a good thing."
2/22/2023 09:33:45 pm
"Sold out" ≠ "Collectible", Sugarfoot.
2/18/2023 01:04:46 am
The meteorite embedded in the Kaaba in Mecca is actually an interesting topic. Too bad it's being discussed in this format. Have read numerous theories as to the origin of the meteor.
2/18/2023 07:43:27 pm
Haven't had the of pleasure of sleeping through an air blast per se. As a kid I was confronted with a tornado barreling right down the center of my street. As it reached my house my friends and I ducked into my open garage and watched our bikes do an ET scene without riders.
2/19/2023 02:50:16 am
I was 7 at the time of my tornado experience. Hunkered down in a dirt floor basement with my mother and brother. I recall the house shaking, losing power for a little while and Mom lighting candles. Seeing the aftermath the next day was quite an experience too. Learned what looters were as I watched national guardsmen kick the crap out of some dudes where the K-Mart used to be. I don't recall ever seeing anything in that store worth getting your ass kicked over. I remember Mom saying something to the effect of they were lucky they weren't being shot.
2/18/2023 07:49:11 pm
The Kaaba is certainly a legendary object. Find it funny so many scientists so easily accept it is a meteorite, especially when descriptions varied so wildly over time and it is too sacred to examine scientifically.
2/19/2023 02:59:03 am
I recall reading claims of people chipping pieces off the meteorite. Not sure how anyone would accomplish that without being killed. There are also some interesting claims about the cube covering an entrance to an ancient underground city.
2/19/2023 10:53:23 pm
@Alphard Grape: You do read a lot of cobblers, don't you? Claim in one hand, spit in the other and see which one fills up first. Did you ever read about the fact (not claim) that it was stolen and only returned after 23 years?
2/21/2023 07:22:20 am
"Did you ever read about the fact (not claim) that it was stolen and only returned after 23 years?"
2/22/2023 09:47:06 pm
Just applying the principle that facts > claims. The Qur`an itself was written quite a while ago as you may have heard, and no one was talking about security.
2/18/2023 07:37:13 am
Incoherence. Could there be a cruder, more scattershot way to transmit technology?
2/20/2023 05:18:00 pm
I've read extensively on this and other ancient cult objects believed to have fallen from the heavens. Even the mythical Nemean Lion was supposed to have fallen down to the earth from the moon.
2/22/2023 09:50:21 pm
Not "rumored" to be stolen. Do you have a library card?
2/18/2023 11:03:29 am
The world must seem a fantastical place for those who eschew science for mythology, pseudoscience and drug-fueled flights of fantasy - i.e. the talking heads on AA.
2/19/2023 08:48:07 pm
I wasn't afraid of the Tornado even though I was a child at the time, just shocked. It was relatively compact and appeared in a windless, clear blue sky and made a beeline right down the center of my street. Just blew stuff around & set the dogs howling, although it damaged some of the equipment at the storage silos at the gas plant across from me.
2/21/2023 06:35:02 pm
Aliens seeding technology on earth in meteors? Okay, now they're literally stealing ideas from video games, because that was exactly how the Super Robot Wars franchise explained some of humanity's advanced tech in several of its timelines; Aliens dropping rocks literally containing advanced technology on planets as a prelude to invasion. Maybe some of the talking heads saw Original Generation and didn't realize it was meant to be fiction...
2/22/2023 08:54:07 pm
There is a long historian try of regarding stones fallen from the heavens as imbued with power. The Baetl, omphalos , Thunder stone of EnVsishheim, the Ben-Ben, Palladian of Troy, the Ephesian Artemis, Cone of Elagabulus, Needle of Cybele, the Cronus Stone, Jacob's Pillow, the Black Stone (Hadschar al Aswad).
2/27/2023 12:54:45 pm
Some of these magical stones have been allegedly used to create weapons such as Excalibur. There is even the legend of Jim Bowie using a chunk of meteorite to create his blade. I recall seeing an old western several years back where this event was portrayed. It was actually quite comical.
3/4/2023 12:15:30 am
King Arthur bequeathed it to Bowie. It was the Power Stone, later acquired by Thanatos.
3/4/2023 11:41:21 am
That's not at all far-fetched. The Egyptians famously (unless it's false) sourced most of their iron from meteorites.
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