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Ancient Aliens – The Taken

Ancient Aliens – The Taken

Ancient Aliens – The Taken: Millions of people around the world claim to have been abducted by extraterrestrials; whether or not these extraordinary accounts are some form of mass psychological delusion still remains unanswered.



 

 

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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 pseudoarcheology.

Ancient Aliens – The Taken

The show opens with this past June’s Alien Con, the three-day convention the History channel put on to promote Ancient Aliens as a fringe science and science fiction lifestyle brand. The first scene shows the stars of Ancient Aliens asking the audience how many felt that they had been abducted by aliens, and a disturbingly large number of people raised their hands, though of course there is no way to know how honest they are being. We listen to a number of audience members share their abduction stories, which reflect the same pattern seen in other so-called abduction narratives, patterns that reflect the sort of waking dreams people experience near sleep.

Linda Moulton Howe provides a description of a typical abduction, including sleep paralysis, the sensation of floating away from one’s bed, and waking up after the dream ends. Nick Pope says that there are only two possibilities: that alien abductions are real or a mass delusion. I don’t really know how to take this as seriously as the show wants me to since I have had had the same experience, and recognized it as a dream. I woke up and the dream ended without me actually having ever left my bed.

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Ancient Aliens – The Taken: Millions of people around the world claim to have been abducted by extraterrestrials;

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