Researcher Giorgio Tsoukalos discussed his research in the ancient astronaut field. The theory, first popularized by Erich Von Daniken, posits that Earth was visited by extraterrestrials in ancient times. Civilization was sparked by the ET's "targeted mutation of our genes in the remote past," said Tsoukalos. Many diverse cultures have similar creation myths that involve descriptions of something like a cosmic egg emerging from a faraway place, and then a heavenly ladder descending with beings who come to teach humankind, he noted.
Tsoukalos suggested that ancient peoples didn't understand the ET aspect and misinterpreted their technology as something magical, spiritual, or God-like. Along those lines, ancient dragons in Chinese folklore and the huge Native American Thunderbirds may have been machines rather than animals, he said. For instance, an ancient Chinese wood carving depicted flying chariots drawn by dragons who bellowed out noise, and had iron feet.
He cited the work of David Davenport who found evidence of an atomic explosion that took place around 2000 BC in the ancient city of Mohenjo Daro in India. Glassy lumps or fragments indicating extreme heat along with unburied skeletons were found at the site. Tsoukalos also noted that on the Golden Record sent out as part of the Voyager mission, it curiously contained a message in Sumerian (a dead language)-- could that be an attempt to communicate with the ancient visitors, he wondered. Look for his new TV series, Ancient Aliens (a spin-off of his earlier special) to debut on the History Channel this April.
First hour guest, radio host Alex Jones offered commentary on the 2010 Census, which he views as a privacy invasion by the US government. Beyond asking about the number of people that live at a residence, questions such as about people's income, and mortgage payments are none of the government's business and unconstitutional, he stated.
Giorgio Tsoukalos sent us two images to accompany his presentation. The first shows Heliopolis, Temple of the Sun god Baal, Baalbek, Lebanon. Notice how tiny the human is in comparison to the megalithic stones used, he writes. The second picture shows the Puma Punku stone carving. "Today, to replicate such a formation we would use sophisticated computer technology. And the ancients, allegedly, did this with chicken bones and obsidian?," he asks.
Bumper music from Wednesday March 17, 2010
Midnight Express (The Chase)
Land of Confusion
Won't Get Fooled Again
For Your Eyes Only
Red Rubber Ball
Tears for Fears
Learning to Fly
Red Sector A
Walk Like an Egyptian
In the Mood
When You Come Back to Me
Only Time Will Tell