Sunday, May 9, 2010


With all the recent talk about aliens, the History Channel presented a new 2 hour documentary last week about prehistoric (undocumented) aliens visiting Earth. Things were easier for the aliens in those days before governments started building fences and checking green cards. Hey, pal, you're not from around here, are ya?

Essentially the program cited many
indications that ancient people had contact with the aforementioned aliens. Many of us are uncomfortable with the subject because it calls the major religions of the world into doubt. To primitive humans, visitors from the sky would be viewed as gods. In the Egyptian, Greek, Chinese, Japanese, American Indian, Sumerian and other cultures, their oral and written histories clearly state that their ancestors came from the stars. In Genesis 6.4 of the Old Testament, we have space travelers ("Nephilim" or "Giants") dropping in and mating with humans to create "men of renown". To read these epic histories, our ancestors didn't think it all that unusual to have gods literally dropping in to visit them.

Many of us now believe that modern man did not just "evolve" from primates, but rather was brought to Earth by an advanced civilization. Anthropologists tell us that humans evolved from apes several million years ago, eventually becoming what we know as the Neanderthals. But about 50,000 years ago, Cro-Magnon Man, similar to modern humans appeared in Europe and apparently co-existed with Neanderthals for several thousand years. Just last week, a new study revealed that the two actually had more contact than originally thought. As it turns out, up to 4% of our DNA is that of Neanderthal Man. Cro-Magnon Man emerged between 100,000 and 200,000 years ago in East Africa, but did not evolve from Neanderthals--they were considered a separate and distinct species, although the surprising result of the new study suggests that they were closely related enough to procreate.

We have no fossils to indicate the evolution of Cro-Magnon Man, if in fact it evolved at all. The easy (unscientific) explanation would be that God created Man. But some in the scientific community are poring over the ancient writings of the Sumerians and others and suggesting that modern Man actually came from somewhere else. "God" in that case would actually mean extraterrestrials. The History Channel suggests that modern humans may have been genetically engineered by the ET's. or at least installed the software in our brains. It certainly gets you thinking.

The History Channel program points out similarities between far-flung peoples of the Earth. For example many artifacts show people with elongated craniums. In Egypt, likenesses of the Pharaoh Akhenaten and his wife, the famous and beautiful Queen Nefretiti, show that feature. In fact, the History Channel points out that Akhenaten's mummy was unearthed and it showed an elongated cranium. That was also a feature of pre-Columbian people in South America. In the last century, bones were unearthed in the Andes with elongated craniums. The Dogon tribe of Mali in West Africa to this day binds babies' heads to create this effect. They can't explain why, except that their ancestors from the beginning of time did so. Were these people trying to imitate their "visitors"--or were they the visitors themselves? Tribes on all continents have ancient ritual dances in which the dancers wear what appear to be spacesuits with headgear, similar to what our astronauts wear in space. Ancient artifacts and wall carvings worldwide also illustrate that.

Akhenaten revolutionized Egyptian life down to its core. Before his reign, the Egyptians worshipped many gods. Akhenaten banished them all, and decreed that only one god, Aten, the Sun God, would be worshipped. He greatly changed Egyptian art. Before him, the pharaohs were often depicted in the wall carvings with broad shoulders and slim waists, like bodybuilders. Akhenaten was depicted as he really looked, a short guy with a sunken chest and a potbelly. Some think, because of his odd appearance, that he was actually an alien, or at least under alien influence, receiving a divine revelation that monotheism was the religion of the future. In any event, after Akhenaten's death, the Egyptians reverted back to their old ways.

Although they didn't have telescopes, ancient peoples had a phenomenal knowledge of astronomy. They knew about Uranus and Neptune which Europeans didn't "discover" until relatively recent times. According to the theories of Professor Robert M. Schoch who wrote several books about the ancient Egyptians, the Sphinx and the three Giza pyramids were built thousands of years before conventional historians place them. Carbon dating does not work with granite. Schoch's theory is that their placement reflects astronomical configurations at the end of the Age of Virgo, about 10,900 B.C. He points out that the Sphinx had water erosion, not sand erosion around its base which would indicate that the Sahara was green and rather wet at that time. We know that 10,000 years ago, much of the Sahara was green. And we still haven't addressed the engineering and mathematical complexity of constructing the Great Pyramid. It seems unlikely that pre-Egyptian men of the Stone Age could pass on that kind of knowledge. Schoch's theories were once thought to be crazy, but now they are gradually gaining acceptance among "mainstream" scientists. The great library of Alexandria which might have answered these questions was destroyed in a war in the 7th Century A.D.

The three Giza pyramids near the Sphinx, which I've recently visited, are in the same configuration as Orion's Belt in the summer night sky. From North to South, those are commonly known as the pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. The most important star for the Egyptians was the "dog star" Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. Its position signified major events of the year, like spring planting. The goddess Isis, depicted as a mermaid, is linked with the star Sirius.

The West African Dogons, who are believed to be descendants of the ancient Egyptians, have an ancient tradition that gods, resembling mermen and mermaids, called Nommo, came from the Sirius star system 5,000 years ago in 3-legged space ships. This whole thing sounds fishy, and you can believe what you want, but their ancient carvings are amazingly accurate models of that star system, which wasn't discovered until the 20th century. Their oral history, told to French anthropologists in the 1930's, describe Sirius B as a small, heavy star. Sirius B, first photographed in 1970, is the companion star to Sirius. It is a white dwarf star, about the size of the Earth but so dense that it weighs as much as the Sun. The great density of this star wasn't discovered until recently. The two stars rotate around each other in a spiral pattern similar to DNA in a 50 year cycle which the Dogons were aware of. This is not visible to the naked eye, and not even to most telescopes. The Dogons also describe a Sirius C, but because of its small size, we moderns haven't discovered it yet. Take it from the Dogons--it's probably there! On the other hand, the Dogons celebrate this cycle every 60 years. Go figure!

Speaking about the Nommo, these same guys appear in Babylonian, Akkadian and Sumerian mythology. Are their mythology stories independent of each other? More study is needed.

Don't even get me started on the Sumerians. They left us much written history which we're in the process of deciphering. If we can believe the few archaeologists who speak and read Sumerian, author Zecharia Sitchin, prominent among them, these ancient people were descended from the Anunnaki, a people who came to Earth from a large planet called Nibiru about 450,000 years ago to mine gold, needed for their planet's atmosphere. The writings indicate that Nibiru apparently swings between our solar system and that of Sirius on a 3,600 year cycle. Sirius is 8 light years away. As you can imagine, there are lots of holes in his theories, and many scientists think he's a crackpot, drawing his conclusions from a mis-translation of the language. For example, Nibiru would have to travel at a speed over 400 miles per second, far faster than the Earth or solar system travels through space. But we shouldn't entirely dismiss the Sumerians' accounts, which tell much about their culture. Other than reading their prolific accounts describing various kings who reigned for thousands of years at a time, anthropologists and archaeologists have no independent evidence where this advanced civilization came from.

If they came out of the Stone Age, they certainly did so at astonishing speed. Some of this stuff is pretty extreme, but if these folks evolved from cavemen, or whatever, you would think that their civilization and language would evolve slowly also, and be very simple in ancient times. But early languages were quite complicated and early civilizations were very advanced, especially in astronomy, engineering and mathematics.

The History Channel production discusses our DNA, of which 98% is essentially "junk" DNA which does not appear to have any effect on our appearance or traits, and may be left over from evolution. We still have much to learn about that, but until we can find a real alien and analyze his DNA, we can't prove we're related.

In conclusion, I think the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) program is a waste of time and money. Incidentally, the government does not fund it. There are many indications that they've already been here, seeded the planet, and moved on to another. But they check up on us regularly, occasionally crash landing (see Roswell). The U.S. government may or may not be keeping them in Area 51, and if they are, would would be the point of funding SETI? And the ones far away are probably not impressed with the re-runs of I Love Lucy that we're beaming to them, so they probably won't answer anyway. Physicist Stephen Hawking has warned us recently that we should be careful because some extraterrestrials may be hostile. We may or may not be descended from them. The answer is still out there!



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