History Series / AncientAliens

19th Mar '16 2:36:58 PM CheeseDogX
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* CargoCult: All religions are this, in their minds. They've even specifically mentioned this trope in their explanations.

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* CargoCult: All religions are this, in their minds. They've even [[DiscussedTrope specifically mentioned this trope trope]] in their explanations.
19th Mar '16 2:35:57 PM CheeseDogX
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* CargoCult: All religions are this, in their minds. They've even specifically mentioned this trope in their explanations.
19th Mar '16 2:34:42 PM CheeseDogX
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* CreativeSterility: The hosts of the show basically assume that ancient man had no imagination. All myths, legends, etc, were attempts by our ancestors to accurately record things they saw and experienced first-hand. They just didn't have the technological sophistication to realize they were seeing aliens and machines, not gods and magic.
19th Mar '16 2:11:20 PM CheeseDogX
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** The commentators, especially Philip Coppens, likes to suggest the possibility that aliens may have been behind something, then in the next sentence, pretend like the possibility is itself proof of their claims.
19th Mar '16 1:45:33 PM CheeseDogX
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** They will occasionally admit that mainstream (read: real) archaeologists have an answer for the "mystery," or that some of the claims have been proved hoaxes(crystal skulls, crop circles). It's usually followed immediately with something like "But ancient astronaut theorists have a different, more profound, explanation."
11th Mar '16 2:17:22 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar: As part of the show increasingly reaching for alien connections, a Season 7 episode claimed that aliens intervened in the Civil War as well.

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* UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar: UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar: As part of the show increasingly reaching for alien connections, a Season 7 episode claimed that aliens intervened in the Civil War as well.
11th Mar '16 2:15:01 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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2nd Feb '16 10:49:18 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* DocumentaryOfLies: Beyond the series often hilarious leaps of logic, they often skew numbers, particularly for the age of ancient sites, such as claiming the ancient Bolivian city of Pumapunku is 17,000 years old, when it is a mere two to three thousand years old.
27th Nov '15 5:07:58 PM CommandoDude
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** The most blatant and probably oft cited argument is that ancients could never have cut, moved, shaped, or lifted some form of stone without lasers, levitation, diamond saws, or whatever. This despite the fact you could literally do most of the work with stone or copper tools, wood, pure human labor, and a little bit of ingenuity.

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** The most blatant and probably oft cited argument is that ancients could never have cut, moved, shaped, or lifted some form of stone without lasers, levitation, diamond saws, or whatever. This despite the fact you could literally do most of the work with stone or copper tools, wood, sand, pure human labor, and a little bit of ingenuity.
27th Nov '15 5:07:14 PM CommandoDude
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* ArtisticLicenseEngineering: Almost every single argument made by the show's sources can essentially be boiled down to the claim that Ancient civilizations could not have had any way to build the impressive structures they left behind - while conveniently ignoring every tool or practical knowledge historians have learned about of these civilizations.
** The most blatant and probably oft cited argument is that ancients could never have cut, moved, shaped, or lifted some form of stone without lasers, levitation, diamond saws, or whatever. This despite the fact you could literally do most of the work with stone or copper tools, wood, pure human labor, and a little bit of ingenuity.
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