NASA Quoted Out Of Context: Archaeology, Anthropology, And Interstellar Communication

NASA Quoted Out Of Context: Archaeology, Anthropology, And Interstellar Communication

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Petroglyphs similar to the ones featured in Figure 15.1 referenced in the quote below.

Blink and you missed it. NASA uploaded a 300+ book to the intertubes by the SETI Institute’s Douglas Vakoch. Mainstream bloggers latched like a  pit bull on the following passage.

We can say little, if anything, about what these patterns signify, why they were cut into rocks, or who created them. For all intents and purposes, they might have been made by aliens.

William Edmondson, late of the University of Birmingham, authored that gem, and now he’s being painted as the second coming of Giorgio Tsoukalos.

Take the full text in context:

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Consider again, therefore, the desirability of establishing symbolic/linguistic communication with ETI. It is helpful to review some parallels from human existence that pose problems for us today. One of these is “rock art,” which consists of patterns or shapes cut into rock many thousands of years ago. Such ancient stone carvings can be found in many countries, and the example in Figure 15.1 is from Doddington Moore, Northumbria, England. We can say little, if anything, about what these patterns signify, why they were cut into rocks or who created them. For all intents and purposes, they might have been made by aliens. Unless we find a readable exegesis of them produced at the same time they were made, we will never be able to say with certainty what the patterns mean.

The line ending in ‘aliens’ from the original manuscript is noted, “One need only think of books by Immanuel Velikovsky or Erich von Däniken to see where that line of thinking can end up.”

Don’t believe me? Read the book for yourself, rather than having someone read it and formulate opinions for you.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with von Däniken, Velikovsky, nor their theories. Cynical skeptics are so swift to bite anything approaching their hivemind’s definition of ‘woo’, rather than engaging the other side in reasonable debate. How else can debunkers celebrate their euphoria, except by arguing facts, rather than opinions?

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That’s right, “atheist” is a code word for cynical debunking skeptic with an inflexible opinion.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to reacquaint myself with SETI. In the meantime, what’s your take? Send your message to us between the 18 and 21 centimeter bands, or shoot your mouth off on our Facebook page, at Twitter, or in the comments below.


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Ah, creative paraphrasing by zealous bloggers. One of my biggest pet peeves.

“There’s absolutely nothing wrong with von Däniken, Velikovsky, nor their theories.”

“Reasonable debate”? Sure. Please reasonably explain how flies evolved on Jupiter, survived on the ejection of Venus from Jupiter, then survived the vacuum of space and the 20 km/s atmospheric re-entry.

Why bother? Apparently opinion trumps facts here.

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To think we are the only planet that supports life in a place as vast as the universe is foolish and arrogant in the extreme.in my mind it seems to be almost a mathematical impossibility when you stop to think about how truely vast space is if anyone knows this it’s NASA. How ever,that doesn’t mean that everyone at NASA believes that some UFO stopped here to let it’s occupants out to crave alien graffiti in some random rocks,I hope they would have better things to do.

There is much in the artifacts of the ancients that build a strong case for intelligent life on earth for at least 100 million years. In fact, evolutionary theory requires this to be the case. These ancients were not modern humans but seem to be our ancestors.

Therefore, if these ancients were ET, then we are all descendent from ET.

My research dates both the ancient Egyptians and the Mayans to tens of millions of years of age. New scientific research supports this dating.
Read my blog: http://black2tell.wordpress.com. Mr. Black

Watching Ancient Aliens and uncritically believing everything you read on crackpot websites does not count as “research”.

And no, the theory of evolutionary does not require it.

What does atheism have to do with aliens and the strange assumption that any alien would have better things to do than what… like assuming a priest, which is just a cult leading psycho eyeballing altar boys and collection plates is too “godly” above such things. But priests will be priests. And so what that modern art existed alongside science fiction bible forgings way back when…

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