I recently came under a lot of social fire for dismissing the ancient paintings of “spacemen” wearing “space helmets” that people like Erich Von Daniken claim are incontrovertible evidence for the existence and presence here at one point or another of alien life forms.
I have never seen the paintings of these space suits, but I am sure that they can be explained quite easily as either a flight of artistic fancy, or armour. When I mentioned flight of fancy I was told that these people were living thousands of years ago. What: did they lack the imagination to think of funky attire/appearances/beings back then??
My suggestion that the paintings could be armour or other common bodywear was shot down with the comment that 3,000 years ago or more people didn’t have armour. Yeah, right.
I am interested in hearing more about this ridiculous topic. I am not discussing the possibility of alien life, which I am sure exists somewhere in this vast universe. I am questioning that someone would paint aliens that look like us wearing space suits. The likelihood of alien life forms that resemble us is extremely low. The likelihood of aliens finding our planet on the edge of a galaxy thousands of years before we begin to make electromagnetic noise is highly unlikely. Anyway, I am interested in learning more about these paintings, if I can find them online I would be grateful for a link.
My own search on the web turned up a large number of wild claims and rabid web sites. Possibly the clearest-headed one I found is at http://buferd.a1pro.net/~kb6dj/chap1.html (skip to Chapter II). The sort of evidence provided on that web site sounds very sketchy; using evidence like that you could make a case for almost anything. I know I can probably form cases against most of these claims but I hardly have the time to disprove absurd claims–HOW do I explain this to those who are desperate to believe in best-selling books that make charlatans sell 28 million copies?? I am also interested in the reactions of the readers of these boards
You simply can’t explain Occam’s Razor to most people out there, they are allergic to the straight path. Help me out!
PS: Carl Sagan’s “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” does not work with most people.