SA's Erich von Däniken?

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bluegray (March 12, 2008, 16:21:00 PM):
I hope the light refreshments and snacks are worth R60 ;D
Mefiante (March 13, 2008, 11:31:18 AM):
I hope the light refreshments and snacks are worth R60 ;D
With the stuff Herschel dishes up and expects you to swallow, I quite doubt it. On the other hand, I wonder whether the inherent comedy could perhaps be worth the price of admission… ;)

Interesting, though, is the reference to the work of Dan Brown. Maybe there’s some merit in requiring that, à la some US creationist school boards and evolution textbooks, Dan Brown’s books be issued with a prominent disclaimer on the cover that reads, “This is a work of fiction. That means it is a made up story for entertainment only. It is not historical fact. It is not a reference work. It is not an exposé of any ancient far-reaching conspiracy involving a cast of shadowy figures. In short, it is imagination draped over a historical backdrop.”

But it probably wouldn’t do any good anyway, considering how Wayne is still basically accusing both NASA and ESA of deceiving the public with their photos of the Cydonia “face” on Mars.

'Luthon64
ArgumentumAdHominem (March 13, 2008, 12:18:59 PM):
Maybe there's some merit in requiring that, à la some US creationist school boards and evolution textbooks, Dan Brown's books be issued with a prominent disclaimer on the cover that reads, "This is a work of fiction. That means it is a made up story for entertainment only. It is not historical fact. It is not a reference work. It is not an exposé of any ancient far-reaching conspiracy involving a cast of shadowy figures. In short, it is imagination draped over a historical backdrop."

Although a bit off-topic, I think that such a disclaimer is futile when the infamous "FACT" page is found in this book immediately before the prologue which reads:

Quote from: Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code
FACT

All descriptions of artwork, architecture, documents, and secret rituals in this novel are accurate.

But he seems to refine this on his website where he claims:
If you read the "FACT" page, you will see it clearly states that the documents, rituals, organization, artwork, and architecture in the novel all exist. The "FACT" page makes no statement whatsoever about any of the ancient theories discussed by fictional characters. Interpreting those ideas is left to the reader.


I wonder how many people who read the book and "interpreted" his FACT page incorrectly actually went to his website to find-out what he really meant by writing that.
Mefiante (November 20, 2008, 21:17:27 PM):
Wayne “I believe conventional archaeologists are dimwits” Herschel is planning his next book, eagerly awaited by a wide spectrum of New Age and other woo-woo adherents. In it, he plans to reveal the source of his “knowledge” concerning human origins.



Ever since entering the public arena, Wayne Herschel has incessantly been challenged by scholars on the source of his material – especially since he proposes a very controversial and entirely alternative interpretation of a vast spectrum of earliest history.
And that is just as it should be. After all, remarkable claims require remarkable amounts of remarkable evidence. Herschel’s first book, The Hidden Records, offered a tedious litany of overly contrived and even invented coincidences instead of actual or direct evidence. Its only value, apart from introducing Herschel’s odd notions about humanity’s origins to the world, was as an instructive study in how to avoid applying Occam’s Razor at all costs.



Since releasing his book not a single scholar has stood up to take the stand in front of the media, either to comment or evaluate the material.
This seems to intimate that relevant scholars are afraid to confront the material possibly because it destroys extant theories. However, the truth is probably much closer to scholars not wanting to embarrass Herschel publicly and/or because his hypotheses are so farfetched as to defy a measured response.



Wayne has now decided it is now time to release the spiritual material his book was leading up to, he will take the stand himself by revealing his source and make most of the new material available in advance of his next book.
Would it be cynical of me to say that there’s little reason to be hopeful of a compelling defence?



Even though the disclosure of his source of material will no doubt spark an even greater controversy…

[Herschel] claims the source to everything he has found is not of this world.
That should clear it all up, then, assuming that one has already accepted Herschel’s basic thesis that we are the descendants of Pleiadean space travellers who came to Earth almost 20,000 years ago.



[The information] came with two conditions. One was the responsibility of presenting the material by securing it with copyright to prevent negative interference that will try and block it.
Funny how that plays directly and conveniently into the author/publisher’s hands. Still, one might wonder why such copyright should be required if the information is of such allegedly cardinal importance to all of humanity. Copyright doesn’t guarantee accuracy. Nor does it guarantee that copy errors won’t occur or that the information will be widely dispersed.



The second condition was that since the complete presentation has enough evidence to enlighten humanity thus starting a ‘new’ belief system, it must be available for all to see freely on the internet and it must carry the name ‘Oneism’.
Giving it a new name and/or making it freely available doesn’t add to its plausibility.

All in all, Hershel’s new book is unlikely to make my birthday wish list once it is released.

'Luthon64
bluegray (November 21, 2008, 09:23:28 AM):
Sounds like he read too much LR Hubbard. If Hubbard can start a religion with aliens to make money, why can't Wayne? :D

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