Ancient Aliens – The Alien Hunters: Starting in 1947, a series of unexplained events and sightings prompts U.S. government officials to become alien hunters; theorists offer evidence that similar endeavors were made thousands of years ago.
Ancient Aliens is an American television series that premiered on April 20, 2010, on the History channel. Produced by Prometheus Entertainment in a documentary style, the program presents hypotheses of ancient astronauts and proposes that historical texts, archaeology, and legends contain evidence of past human-extraterrestrial contact. The show has been widely criticized by historians, cosmologists, archaeologists and other scientific circles for presenting and promoting pseudoscience, pseudohistory and pseudoarchaeology.
Ancient Aliens – The Alien Hunters
The first segment discusses plans by scientists to survey the cosmos for signs of civilizations around other stars. Scientists have long believed it likely that life exists in other star systems, but that implies absolutely nothing about whether beings from those worlds came here, the claim that is the bread and butter of Ancient Aliens. Without any real connection to this opening, the show rehearses the early history of UFOs, starting in 1947 with Kenneth Arnold’s sighting, and from there they moved into other government investigations of flying saucers.
While the show claims to rely on government documents to show that the government was involved in investigating Arnold’s sightings, but they tactfully refuse to acknowledge the results of the FBI’s investigation, namely that the flying saucer phenomenon was the result of mass hysteria born of science fiction publisher Ray Palmer’s efforts to link lights in the sky to Richard Shaver’s underground and spacefaring civilization. Those details I collected and published.
The second segment talks about ancient astronomical abilities, particularly the advanced mathematics that the Babylonians used to trace the movements of Jupiter. The narrator scoffs at the idea that the Babylonians could understand math, particularly a precursor to calculus. However, the show is more interested in why ancient peoples cared about the movements of the sun, moon, stars, and planets.
Giorgio Tsoukalos expresses wonder that there are “at least 10” ancient observatories that use stones to track the heavens. Why? he asks. The sky was the ancient world’s clock and calendar, but that answer isn’t enough for Tsoukalos, who says that building observatories is “innate in our soul” because it recalls our prehistoric connection to “the same” group of “extraterrestrials.”