Ultimately this book is worth reading so that you can observe all the twists, turns and sidesteps the author goes through to try and convince you You could look at it as training in how to build a good healthy scepticism If you read his book and survive, you may well make a good scientist.
view spoilerhide spoiler Erich Von Daniken S Chariots Of The Gods Is A Work Of Monumental Importance The First Book To Introduce The Shocking Theory That Ancient Earth Had Been Visited By Aliens This World Famous Bestseller Has Withstood The Test Of Time, Inspiring Countless books And Films, Including The Author S Own Popular Sequel, The Eyes Of The Sphinx But Here Is Where It All Began Von Daniken S Startling Theories Of Our Earliest Encounters With Alien Worlds, Based Upon His Lifelong Studies Of Ancient Ruins, Lost Cities, Potential Spaceports, And A Myriad Of Hard Scientific Facts That Point To Extraterrestrial Intervention In Human History Most Incredible Of All, However, Is Von Daniken S Theory That We Ourselves Are The Descendants Of These Galactic Pioneers And The Archeological Discoveries That Prove It An Alien Astronaut Preserved In A Pyramid Thousand Year Old Spaceflight Navigation Charts Computer Astronomy From Incan And Egyptian Ruins A Map Of The Land Beneath The Ice Cap Of Antarctica A Giant Spaceport Discovered In The Andes Includes Remarkable Photos That Document Mankind S First Contact With Aliens At The Dawn Of Civilization Erinnerungen an die Zukunft Chariots of The Gods, Erich von D niken Chariots of the Gods Unsolved Mysteries of the Past German Erinnerungen an die Zukunft Ungel ste R tsel der Vergangenheit in English, Memories of the Future Unsolved Mysteries of the Past is a book authored in 1968 by Erich von D niken It involves the hypothesis that the technologies and religions of many ancient civilizations were given to them by ancient astronauts who were welcomed as gods 1984 1358 192 1361 20 1380 1361 243 1386 231 9647736142 1378 319 9649212914 1385 394 9789648155266 1386 1387 1389 292 9786005791051 .
183 190 6 brilliant psychedelic wonderous book.
even if you dont believe a word of it.
if you enjoy it there is a book called the spaceships of ezekiel , by j.
f blumrich a NASA engineer , in response to daniken for me, an engineer who began his career in aircraft desgin in 1934, and who was working on large rockets and spacecraft, such books provide wonderful entertainment, and nothey discribe exciting events that occured at times and in places that cannot be checked so, when the daniken arrived, i read, i smiled, grinned and laughed until i found a passage in which daniken write about the prophet ezekiel here were the technical statements and claims right in the fields of my own professional knowledge suddenly it seemed very easy i would take a bible and would explain why a certain von daniken was wrong how sure i was I soon lost my grin, became profoundly curious, and what followed was a wonderful experience, unusual in evert respect, an undertaking which was done exclusively in my spare time, since NASA, my employer, is not engaged in such matters Hardly ever was a total defeat so rewarding, so fascinating, and so delighful i think this is the perfect response to daniken it doesn t matter if you think it s real it fascinates the mind and it expands the depths in which you think and it causes you to question aspects of our history our history which is written on cave walls and ancient texts a whole civilisation which is so far away, we cannot comprehend, we dismiss it all as a mythical superstitions perhaps civilisation has devolved perhaps we really have forgotten the teachings of beings from another cosmos or it might be a load of shit either way, an unforgettable book.
5 Stars I think this sums up the book Don t misinterpret my rating I gave it 3.
5 stars based on entertainment value alone To sum up the belief the author, in the past, aliens visited pre homo sapien man, bred with the women and came back later to check up on us and breed a bit .
The author attempts to prove his theory that aliens visited ancient man by stating repeatedly that ancient man, given the knowledge they apparently possessed, could not have accomplished, without help, many of the wondrous things they have been credited with or have obtained Clearly the author believed that ancient man was a stupid religious being.
I could rant on the stupid theories in the book but I will let you do it yourself Although many of the theories are nothing but wild postulation, the subject matter is interesting I have always been intrigued about the possibility of alien life, so, crazy as this guy is, its a fun subject.
I read the book like a wild piece of fiction and was not disappointed.
I am not ashamed to say that there was a time when I took Erich von D niken seriously now, stop the sniggering, it s not funny Maybe it was a side effect of my mother s crazy theory, which she narrated to me again and again, that the Pushpaka Vimana in the epic Ramayana was a real aeroplane and the sights described as Rama, Lakshmana and Sita flew back to Ayodhya from Sri Lanka was really written from first hand accounts Well, you must admit it was a really pretty fantasy.
Now here was a guy who was apparently presenting scientific evidence for the same I was overjoyed I devoured the bookand slowly, doubts began to appear.
Because there is very little science in the book, you see What we have is a book long rant of a crackpot enthusiast who cannot even get his mythology correct After some time, even the most gullible reader will feel that this is to borrow from Wodehouse pure apple sauce.
Oh well I ll give him three stars for entertaining me.
D niken must have won some mighty awards for this one, right Right I have to admit that it was seriously entertaining though, mostly in imagining who it was who played the practical joke on D niken each time he sticks his neck out on an imagined fact Just to sum up the book how can anyone imagine a concept like Time Travel without having experienced seen it Surely Victorian England was visited and ruled by the Time Lords who then vanished leaving us to roil in our longing stories People who have read the book, please laugh along with meThis is not to deny that there are mysteries in the past, but then so are there in any field of human study that does not mean that we have to postulate such excesses based on so little evidence I can t resist going off on the same vein again How can anyone imagine talking animals Surely ancient India was home to intelligent and highly literate animals as well as the sporadic aliens, all conspiring to befuddle the poor humans into worshiping them and then mythologizing them.
The mistake is to rigidly try to classify the myths as facts or stories If only D niken had taken the time to understand the power of symbolism in myth making hell, he could have done that purely by reading a few comic books By the way, was it only me or was D niken s usage of the word utopia just all over the place and far away from the accepted meaning I read Erich von D niken s Chariots of the Gods many many years ago I borrowed it from my college roommate in the late 1980s and even giving this book one star, is basically at least in my opinion just one star too many Now aside from the fact that the information presented by the author is at best wildly speculative and weirdly imaginative, Chariots of the Gods also andimportantly has a to me profoundly anti humanistic and even perhaps borderline racist feel to it For to me, it has ALWAYS seemed as though the author, as though Erich von D niken simply cannot and will not accept the fact that the great civilisations of the past were or could have been created by humans that humans, but perhapsspecifically the great non Caucasian civilisations of the past, such as the Maya or the Aztecs could simply not have been intelligent and or advanced enough to create monuments, art, music, whatever , that therefore, the great civilisations of the past must have been the product of alien invasions, alien contact and that even religion itself must therefore also be a product of the latter, that deities, angels, mythological beings were originally aliens, the aliens who supposedly taught humanity, because humanity itself was somehow not imaginative, intelligent and capable enough to create civilisation, buildings, independent thought And yes indeed I do well realise that there are some and perhaps even many who actually seem to believe in von D niken s theories, and I also know that there are others who find his theories interesting and entertaining albeit also unbelievable But his speculations, the assertions as they are shown and presented in Chariots of the Gods and his other and similar books have always left a rather nastily bitter taste in my mouth, a feeling that the author in many ways actually tends to actively despise humanity, and that he especially despises and cannot accept the fact that individuals like the Mayans, the Egyptians, the Aztects were able to create, to think with cleverness and intelligence read their OWN cleverness and intelligence.