In a television show from History, ancient aliens are investigated, and the evidence is reported to the world. Their mission: to spread the idea that human civilization was visited by ancient aliens and our future was paved by that contact. Although it is a wildly entertaining subject and one of the more popular topics of archeology and science, there is plenty of reason to denounce this pseudoarcheology and the possibility of ancient aliens.

Like any scientific discovery, with the proper evidence and enough investigation, all truths should be openly presented to the world. If ancient aliens did teach past civilizations how to live in communities and how to construct magnificent wonders, then we should all be ready to accept that truth. The issue with this belief and the pseudoscience that continues to harbor the existence of ancient aliens is that it defaces real history- a history that has been unequivocally discovered and investigated beyond doubt.

The discussion of ancient aliens using advanced technologies to finish the Pyramids of Giza or help the natives of the Americas formulate their cultural mounds does more harm than good. Rather than progressing a theory of extraterrestrial life, it undermines the intellect of non-European cultures, expecting that they need a helping hand to create masterpieces. This, essentially, erases their achievements. And without proper investigation, and instead, a limitation of the facts, these theories begin to run rampant and dismantle what archaeologists have already discovered is history.

According to Forbes, pseudoarcheology books like The Ancient Giants Who Ruled America: The Missing Skeletons and the Great Smithsonian Cover-Up by Richard Dewhurst or John Ruskamp’s Asiatic Echoes: The Identification of Chinese Pictograms in Pre-Columbian North American Rock Writing tends to present misinformation. More than misinformation, these books decide what information to keep and what to leave out, to prove theories that extraterrestrial life has helped forge the human experience. This is a dangerous tactic because when a physicist decides when to leave out a law of physics, great disasters can occur. Instead of building blocks that are made up of strong, proved material, these pseudoarcheologists manufacture entire histories built off of speculation. If humans tried to colonize Mars with ships built from pure speculation, it wouldn’t go over so well.

Even more, many pseudoarcheology books have transformed into a seemingly legitimate body of scholarship because they utilize one another to develop vast theories interconnected with the false information of others. As long as the books fit together to paint the larger picture of a history where ancient aliens existed, writers utilize them, spinning a web that leads readers to believe there is truth without doubt. And of course, readers are more inclined to learn about the alien species that colonized the Americas before Columbus, because it is more interesting than real archeology that investigates the slow evolution of civilization. Between little, green men with the power of space flight and a book describing the long, drawn-out development of human society, readers will probably go with the first. And in this competition for attention, the pseudo will win out every time.

While it seems interesting that ancient aliens were here, guiding us, it can completely eradicate cultures. Believing the Pyramids were built by ancient aliens (because that level of construction would be impossible for humans to achieve) undermines the capabilities of the Egyptians, who used specialized carts to transport heavy bricks to the construction sites. Those achievements become overshadowed by motherships with space-faring warp drives that spawned the Pyramids out of the goodness of their hearts.

If it is true, every piece of evidence would point to it. The majority of the world would not call it pseudoscience. Instead, writers concoct half-baked truths that are dangerous to our society and that eradicate the real history from our brains. That is a dangerous thing.

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