UFO Conjecture(s)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Ancient Alien Question by Philip Coppens

Philip Coppens' new book is sub-titled A New Inquiry Into the Existence, Evidence, and Influence of Ancient Visitors.

Journalist Coppens is the scruffy guy who appears in The History Channel’s popular Ancient Aliens series.


When I see him on television, I think that he should cut his hair and get a shave, but after reading his new book, I should just keep quiet and savor Mr. Coppens erudition and exceptional writing abilities.

The man is brilliant and scholarly, in that he provides a surfeit of sources and information to bolster his view that extraterrestrials once saturated the Earth, leaving knowledge and remnants seen or found in a plethora of locales, such as Egypt, Meso-America, and a lot of other places.

He sometimes moderates von Däniken’s views, as those about the Nazca lines, which von Däniken has ameliorated himself since his first hypothesis about the lines representing landing strips for alien spacecraft.

Many of the artifacts touted by ancient astronaut theorists are included in Mr. Coppens illustrative array of words, drawings, and photos -- a batch of splendid colored pics lie in the middle of the 320 page book.

Ancient Astronaut aficionados will find much that they’ve read in von Däniken’s books or have seen in the History Channel series, but Mr. Coppens provides little known details that are fresh for even the most knowledgeable AA enthusiast.

I read things about Carl Sagan – a man I thought I knew a little about – that enlightened.

Information about Oannes, the Sumerian fish-god [Page 197 ff.], the Piri Reis map [Page 189 ff.], ancient India flying machines [Page 113 ff.], Crystal skulls [Page 126 ff.], and Panspermia (and Louis Pasteur) [Page 225 ff.] are just a few of the many topics Mr. Coppens elaborates on, often with esoteric details not well-known even to the well-read.

The book has footnotes, an extensive bibliography, and a generous index, but it’s the overwhelming impact of the AA clues in the text that make the case for alien visitation in the past.

Skeptics and debunkers will have a difficult time eschewing what Coppens brings to the ancient astronaut table, bolstering the views of von Däniken all the while and giving a nod to those, such as William Bramley (The Gods of Eden), who’ve also provided AA views.

The book retails for $19.99 and can be found at Amazon.com, of course, Powell’s books, and other established bookstores, online and off.

It’s a New Page book, which is a Division of The Career Press, Inc., Pompton Plains, NJ.

More about Philip Coppens can be found at http://www.philipcoppens.com

Information about the book, the author, and other books of the genre can be found at http://www.warwickassociates.net

New Page Books is at http://www.newpagebooks.com

Career Press is located online at http://www.careerpress.com



  • I'm not a big fan of AAT (AAH and whatnot) and haven't found any writers out there who can make a decent case for the idea.

    Their apparent curiosity is enough to go trawling through 'sacred texts' and never enough to read the academic research by people who frequently make such study their life's work.

    Going from your examples, these have been flogged to death in all the AAT books and TV shows. Vimanas and, no doubt, 'atomic weapons' get mentioned alongside quotes by Oppenheimer? Crystal skulls that have no provenance etc.

    There are good reasons why AAT should not be taken seriously. One is that ignorance doesn't equal aliens; it's crazy god in the gaps thinking that has the internet full of people who believe aliens built a pyramid. Not all the pyramids, just the one.

    Secondly, it's inherently anti-intellectual and built on the suspicion that centuries of scholarship should be tossed out on the whims and fancies of some dozen writers. There's no logical integrity to 'well aliens built that...but we built this.'

    Thirdly, it's another reason for people to laugh at ufology, although I think we can live with that!

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Tuesday, October 25, 2011  

  • Kandinsky,

    I'm a doubter by nature but was hooked by von Daniken, even when he was errant.

    I don't know why alien visitors would visit this Earthian outpost of ours, and have written about that often.

    Yet, some archeological questions by the "normal" scholars don't add up, and the Ancient Astronaut believers raise some interesting questions.

    The circumstantial hypotheses they present are sometimes compromised by including such things as crystal skulls, as you note.

    But, over all, I'm inclined to give them a hearing, as nothing is outside possibility.

    However caveats abound, and one can't run screaming into the internet that Earth was visited by alien beings, long ago, or even now.

    Still, saying gods came to visit is just as silly to atheists, so we, you and I, should remain intellectually aloof, until a final proof is provided.

    (Some Facebook friends chided me for being soft on Coppens, but I'm a sucker for writers who do as much legwork as he has, giving many asides that seem valuable.)


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, October 25, 2011  

  • Berlitz and Daniken are also partially responsible for my own interest in all this nonsense.

    Bermuda triangles and 'the ancients' are the snares and lures that have drawn many a fool into this messy field. I hold my hands up to being influenced by both and certainly a fool.

    On the bright side, we go out and learn about subjects that we wouldn't ordinarily need to know about. Yeah, it's largely fruitless, but so are most pastimes.

    By Blogger Kandinsky, at Tuesday, October 25, 2011  

  • Kandinsky...

    The Bermuda Triangle, UFOs, Loch Ness, Bigfoot, Ancient Aliens are kinds of modern fairy tales.

    Whether they represent any truths (or not) is moot, but they are interesting as tales.

    So, we may be gulled, but we are enchanted somewhat (maybe a lot).

    Such "paranormalities" are our fictions, perhaps.

    And if there are hidden truths inside them, all the better for our life-adventure, as meager as that adventure may be.


    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Tuesday, October 25, 2011  

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