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A Question About ETs

Ever since Erich von Däniken published Chariots of the Gods? in 1968, people have been in an uproar. The idea that extraterrestrials may have once visited Earth in the past is one that not many can accept. Most people flatly denounce it. And it seems to engender a lot of hot emotions on both sides of the aisle.

Yet the controversy continues, with writers like Zecharia Sitchin promoting the idea via an intriguing reinterpretation of ancient Sumerian cuneiform tablets. His books span from 1976 until his death in 2010, their very longevity indicating they enjoy a large following. (The first one, The Twelfth Planet, sits at # 496,474 on Amazon as of this writing.) So at least he was not chased out of the village by crowds wielding pitchforks and torches.

But these fringe thinkers are not the only ones contemplating the idea. The late Carl Sagan, one of the founders of the SETI program, wrote and talked about the possibility. Besides his novel Contact, he authored a white paper in which he speculated on the issue. While conceding that his conclusions were provisional, he wrote: “It follows that there is the statistical likelihood that Earth was visited by an advanced extraterrestrial civilization at least once during historical times.” (https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19630011050.pdf) And while not claiming to believe in the so-called “face on Mars”—another fringe idea along the same lines—he said in an episode of his TV series Cosmos that it couldn’t hurt to use the Viking spacecraft to “take a look.”

This attitude may be gaining a new foothold among some scientists. Two years ago, Silvano Colombano, another SETI researcher, stirred up public ridicule for giving an in-house talk to fellow scientists suggesting the organization devote some time and funding to looking into the possibility that aliens might have visited Earth at one time. Again, the naysayers had a field day, attributing to him absolutist beliefs he himself denied holding. But it shows that the idea has far from gone away.

The truth is, there is evidence of something that doesn’t quite fit with accepted theories to be found all over the planet. No one knows what this evidence demonstrates. But in my opinion, keeping an open mind and actually doing research is better than just closing the door altogether.

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Published by T L Trevaskis

Author of The Forgotten Disturbed. Explorer of spirituality, consciousness and magic. Psychonaut.

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