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Clear, Detailed and Passionate,
This review is from: The Ancient Alien Question: A New Inquiry Into the Existence, Evidence, and Influence of Ancient Visitors (Paperback)
As an open-minded sceptic on matters such as this, it was with a certain amount of hesitation that I bought this book. What prompted me was that the author "is considered to be a believer by the sceptics and a sceptic by the believers". So, to me, that is potentially someone who looks at the information presented, weeds out the nonsense and seriously considers the implications of whatever is left, even if it doesn't quite fit in with current scientific paradigms. Nevertheless, as the late Carl Sagan once said, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
In this book, the author examines the topic of ancient alien visits. He considers various theories that have been advanced; he follows several individuals on their quests for answers to explain puzzling facts; and he analyzes each case generally with a clear, logical and open mind. In many instances, when he examines the ideas of certain obviously (to me) misguided individuals, he never ridicules them but analyzes their findings and opinions, finds them wanting, and then discards them. Despite the fact that I don't always agree with his interpretations, I must admit that much of the evidence presented is not so easy to dismiss. The only chapter that I had great difficulty with was the last one: Evidence of Nonphysical Contact. Here, the idea that gods may be contacted through the consumption of certain (some say hallucinogenic) drugs was a bit much for me to swallow; this chapter's abstract issues does not make it as convincing, in my opinion, as the others.
The author is very passionate about his subject matter. His knowledge of the field is most impressive. He writes very clearly in a friendly, lively and engaging style. He is very detailed with the information that he presents: name places, dates, individuals' names and accomplishments, etc. This book should appeal to anyone who is intrigued by the possibility of ancient aliens having visited earth, and interested in the current views of those trying to weed out the nonsense and decipher the meaning of the remaining evidence.