Here is the first episode of the series ancient Aliens:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edUwST5hn64&feature=related
I watched it today during my lunch and I feel tempted to get hold of the remaining episodes.
I find this episode intriguing. It reminds me of weird books on UFO’s I used to read when I was a young teenager. It does seem that body of evidence grows to demonstrate the advanced ancient civilizations on earth. I do find it dubious if they may have been of extra terrestrial origin but I keep my mind open for any possibility.
I have no doubt the western scientific world in last few hundred years was heavily biased by Christianity and imperialism and it still is. Our explorers and scientists displayed the same problematic features as does our civilization and culture. I mean by this inflated ego, sense of grandiosity and contempt for everyone different than themselves including our ancestors. When researching tribal societies we compared them to our own standards and ‘mark them down’ often failing to realise their strengths lay elsewhere and that they exceed our own civilisation in different regards. David Howes in his book “Sensual relations: Engaging the senses in culture & social theory.’ explored this subject using the example of the dominant sense of sight that defines our civilization as opposed to touch, smell, taste or hearing.
We often interpret writing of our ancestors as exaggeration or fantasy and this happens mainly if the ancient records contradict our belief systems. Interesting example of this was shown in the episode of Ancient Apocalypse series where the authorities in Egyptology refused to believe the idea that the fall of Old Kingdom of Egypt could have been caused by natural disaster connected to drying up of the river Nile. As the series demonstrates the scientific evidence points towards this but such a theory contradicts the belief in the River Nile always providing for her people still deeply rooted in Egyptian consciousness. Eventually the evidence built up so strong that the authorities were forced to accept it.
I have no doubt that large areas of scientific study exist which remain ignored by mainstream science. I do not think this has anything to do with conspiracies but more likely this emerges from the state of mind of the scientific community and society at large. The issue here comes down to diversity. If we sustain a society in which being all alike or ‘normal’ constitutes a highest value we end up in a society with a narrow field of interests: the same blockbuster movies, football, shopping, church on Sunday, new model of ipod, getting married and having babies, updating your facebook account and maybe few other things. This surely happens to society at large why would this phenomenon not apply to science. Many modern scientists went into space exploration because of reading the same SF novels in childhood. This tells us that we all have influence on each other, we shape each others consciousness and this in return shapes our own experience of the world around us. How many people would be willing to explore subjects contradicting the current knowledge or dogmas if they have a choice of many other ones with more promising prospects?
To sum up, if our field of research has to conform to the wide interests of the public to be explored and on top of this the findings with connotations challenging the main belief systems need to be examined harder than those sustaining what we already know, we can say that we compromise the scientific approach. It certainly doesn’t happen in every case but it definitely does in many. We could see this process as a form of discrimination of the ‘minority’ happening in our own minds almost constantly. We actually ignore the majority of impulses sent to our brain from the surrounding environment. I see this as an obvious limitation to the scientific method. In this light we may consider exploring and expanding the consciousness as a perfectly valid approach to the problem. This brings us back to the basic truth that we can’t understand the world without understanding ourselves.
Knowing that our own understanding of reality has strong limits and that this affects everything we do including science encourages me to consider the impossible to be possible. I think this helps to expand the consciousness and broaden the limitations it imposes on our perception. I have no need to believe in extraterrestrials visiting earth in antiquity but I think it to be worth a while consideration even just for a sake of it. I like challenging and questioning my own ways of thinking. I may have an evil green and sneer few times watching programs like this. At the same time I observe myself carefully and notice those reactions recognising them for what they are: defence, fear of the unknown, dogmatism, grandiosity (don’t think I’m stupid enough to belief THAT!), common sense, amusement and excitement. All in all I find it fascinating.