This morning I turned on the Today show only to learn than the former Russian spy who was paid to come to America and have sex with powerful men, Anna Chapman, has received her own Russian television show (on non-Putin-controlled RenTV) devoted to supernatural mysteries, including (of course) extraterrestrials and ancient civilizations. According to media accounts, the show launched in 2011, so I am not sure why she’s granting media interviews to promote it now. Fortunately, the show is in Russian, so I have no idea what it’s saying behind the cheesy special effects.
Not so with a new Australian book that claims that ancient aliens from the Pleiades genetically engineered human beings and… oh, like you haven’t heard all of this before. (In fact, I briefly mentioned it last month.) The four authors of Ancient Aliens in Australia propose the “revolutionary destruction” of Darwinian evolution and the “Out of Africa” model of human distribution. Instead, they propose to make (guess where?) Australia the center of human development, based on oral traditions of the Australian Aborigines: “The Original Australian people claim that not only are they the originators of modern humans on Earth but that they are the children of beings from the stars. [T]he first claim is now shown to be true, so what of the second?” And if wishes were horses then beggars would ride. According to the authors, disputed artifacts (mostly stone tools and bones slightly older than the assumed date of Aboriginal arrival c. 50,000 BCE) and assumed rates of DNA mutation prove a human presence in Australia for between 400,000 and 2 million years, when interpreted in light of what they call “aural” (but mean “oral”) histories.
The authors claim that they found a star gate in Cairo (suspiciously close to where the movie Stargate placed its own portal) and met with an extraterrestrial being, who confirmed for them the history of the civilization of the Pleiades.
Anyhow, whether you accept the book’s premise depends on how much you trust that they have special access to interdimensional aliens.
But in promoting the book, one of the authors, Bruce Fenton, who is not the economist and frequent CNBC guest of the same name, so far as I know, made a bizarre claim that I think does a good job of illustrating how alternative writers build castles in the air by piling claim upon claim:
Though the core thesis is of course on the matter of beings from the Pleiades being key players in engineering Homo sapiens sapiens, my own favourite part was my work on the hypothesis that the Pleiadian-human hybrids of Palenque had extremely high levels of endogenous DMT in their blood, hence their blood being considered a sacred offering and a key to other spiritual dimensions of existence. As far as I know such an idea has never before been explored or even contemplated as the explanation for why Mayan Lords (many of whom being such hybrids) were the only ones that had blood considered suitable for rituals.
DMT, or dimethyltryptamine, is a psychedelic compound that can function similarly to a neurotransmitter. It is found naturally in mammalian bodies in trace amounts and more readily in plants, but it can also be synthesized into a hallucinogenic drug. It is the primary chemical agent in ayahuasca, which you will recall is the hallucinogenic drug of choice for Graham Hancock, who uses it to communicate with transdimensional gods. It is also used by South American shamans to gain access to the spirit world. David Lewis-Williams has identified such altered states of consciousness as the origins of religion.
Fenton seems to have decided that such explanations are not good enough; instead, his own life experiences can now be attributed to alien blood, a personal connection to the aliens who are substitute gods. Indeed, Fenton describes Ancient Aliens in Australia as dealing with mind-blowing “metaphysical” and “cosmic” truths, again reinforcing the relationship between ancient alien beliefs and a desire to create a physical basis for the divine.
Notice that Fenton chooses Palenque as the site of his alien landing—the same place that Erich von Däniken found his “rocket” carving on Pacal’s coffin lid. This is no coincidence. The idea that the Maya kings were alien hybrids is an old one; Alan Landsburg was the first to suggest it in his Outer Space Connection (1975) movie (narrated by Rod Serling) and its companion book. There, Landsburg proposed that the Maya were a colony of hybrid aliens (though primarily at Uxmal rather than Palenque) and that they misunderstood the idea of cryogenic freezing as a form of immortality and therefore set the date of 2011 (later revised to 2012) as the time that the frozen aliens would thaw out and return.
Fenton and his coauthors have simply adopted old 1970s ideas, added some of Graham Hancock’s drug-fueled “mysteries,” and moved the whole thing to Australia as a new twist on Zecharia Sitchin and his Anunnaki.
Old ideas never die. They just get recycled and resold.
9/30/2013 06:26:40 am
I was in my teens in the 60s when von Daniken's "Chariots" came out, and I thought it the best thing since ice-cream -- for about a month or so. It got me reading ancient history more intently. And I discovered, inter alia, that the Ancient Egyptians used rope, and, ultimately, that the intercession of "gods" was totally unnecessary for the rise of any civilization across the world.
10/1/2013 02:16:49 pm
Have you ever researched Peru?
9/30/2013 07:16:58 am
They talked to the aliens? Well, that's unassailable proof, right there. Just like Helena Blavatsky's Tibetan mystic texts, James Churchward's clay tablets, Peter Griffin's "Ghost that Never Lies" ...all equally real. When the evidence is that solid, it doesn't matter that it can't be examined!
9/30/2013 07:33:47 am
At least the "Ghost that Never Lies" was willing to make a TV appearance.
9/30/2013 11:11:45 am
I'm not going to lie, I am far more intrigued by the Anna Chapman story.
9/30/2013 11:14:25 am
It is the more interesting story (seriously, if you can be a de facto prostitute-spy and still host a show about ancient mysteries, what would disqualify someone?), but since I can't speak Russian I just don't have anything more I can add. Which is a shame.
9/30/2013 11:32:24 am
Eh, I wouldn't worry about the lack of Russian. I find TV is usually more intelligible with the sound muted. Most TV "documentaries" in particular, use the dialogue as a hedge to their claims, while visually blasting their ideas at you through set, location, and imagery decisions.
The Other J.
9/30/2013 12:34:25 pm
9/30/2013 11:23:22 am
Ok, I just watched some snippets of the show. It's her walking around in a different set of clothes every 10 seconds, and lots of closeups, in between some of the most hilariously surreal set pieces I've ever seen (Winston Churchill is at a map, and then what I can only assume is Merlin shows up and presents him with a model of Stonehenge).
9/30/2013 05:20:33 pm
"Aural histories" Perhaps they DON'T mean "oral" and actually mean histories passed from ear to ear in some new, secret language of blood circulation pulses enhanced by conch shells. Or telepathy. Or they're just very repressed men who can't write or say the word "oral" without thinking about sex. I leave you to decide.
9/30/2013 06:09:14 pm
One slight typo, Jason: it should be "if wishes were horses, THEN beggars would ride," rather than "THAN beggars would ride." Causative vs. comparative.
10/1/2013 02:37:53 am
Yeah, the Pleiades . . . which are young, hot, short lived stars, 115 million years old and spectral class B whose habitable zones are Kupier Belt distances of 50 AU. No one has ever lived there or will likely ever live there, unless they towed their planet there and enjoy intense radiation baths.
10/2/2013 02:21:21 am
"Notice that Fenton chooses Palenque as the site of his alien landing—the same place that Erich von Däniken found his “rocket” carving on Pacal’s coffin lid."
5/20/2014 08:13:05 am
Why are we so greedy for new technology? Back in the 1930's it was claimed the Americans traded humans for food, experimentation and breeding in exchange for technology. It appears this has taken place over and over throughout history. We should be concentrating on feeding, housing and educating the people of the world. Taking care of each other is more important than building a better spacecraft.
8/1/2014 08:39:36 am
Fenton's arguments are batty. But if you are going to present yourself as an expert in psychopharmacology at least spell dimethyltryptamine correctly. And it is not a neurotransmitter and it is not found naturally in the body of mammals.
8/1/2014 10:23:19 am
I can't spell worth anything, as most regular readers know. I've fixed the spelling. The scientific literature says that mammals and humans produce the substance in trace amounts, and I have clarified this above, as well as that it functions similarly to a neurotransmitter. How, precisely, am I presenting myself as an expert in psychopharmacology?
8/1/2014 12:30:25 pm
What "scientific literature" relates that DMT is found naturally in the body? It has a part of its structure that is similar to serotonin. So does LSD and lots of other hallucinogens. DMT is not a neurotransmitter. What textbook in the field of psychopharmacology or medicine relates that DMT is found naturally in the body?
8/1/2014 12:49:02 pm
You know, you don't need to be an ass about it. I'm obviously not an expert. I read what I can and do the best I can. The following article talks about the substance as one of a class found in mammalian brains:
10/17/2018 10:07:49 pm
Aliens Created Us! They have now discovered that humans were designed by a higher power, with a “set of arithmetic patterns and ideographic symbolic language” encoded into our DNA.
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