In this regard, its opened up plenty of people into new territories such as Zecharia Sitchin who developed the "Planet X/Annunaki" based on how he translated the Sumerian tablets. His work spurred all of these adventurous theories we're seeing propped up. Additionally, you have emerging sciences such as quantum mechanics, m-theory, and the higgs boson search pushing towards some amazing new dsicoveries about physical 4d nature.
The thing I notice far too often though is the leap that people take into certain texts, like the Sumerian tablets. Yes, it makes no sense within certain worldviews that ancient cultures had more precise mathematics and observational skills than we do today...but that doesn't make the way they related it to written form "true" or what we call true in today's world.
You have stunning identical ancient architecture throughout the world that preceded Egyptian culture along with parralelling myths and stories of a polytheistic world obsessed with gold...but I just don't get the jump to aliens.
Sure they referenced them as people of the clouds / sky people when properly translated but that could mean so manny other things.
I definitely need to give credit to Graham Hancock (who I would suggest you all look up; buy; and read his books)...but want people to consider this idea:
Given what we've been able to develop what we perceive as modern "technology" within the last 200 years, who's to say they didn't delve into ridiculous other territories when developing their culture/society.
Another example: the ancient Indian flying manuals
So, maybe there was a global culture dominated by the smartest and largest of our early ancestors that did fly and did go to space and we're the "aliens" so many want to believe exist. In response, the earlier humans that weren't yet at that level perceived their technologies and etc. as god-like behavior/entities.
Then, as the world physically underwent ice ages and global events throughout time, the culture struggled. All along, they were breeding with the different Genera of the common human species and eventually developed into our current mold.
Its simply the concept of intraspecific variation that helped create the intelligent modern man. bud sport (horticultural term)
...and to take this a very trippy step forward (only read this if you want to make fun of me or have your mind blown!):
We're infinitely conscious entities who found these three-dimensional vehicles we call "bodies" within the space-time continuum. When our base consciousness did so, it initiated the "bang" and in this 4 dimensional universe, was able to break apart into different parts. So, in this regard everything is the conscious "god" one entity...just at different levels and we're at a certain peak in which we can gain information and knowledge for the greater higher-dimensional self.
So, there's the self who uses the vehicle to understand so that it can feed into the one dimensional hum of what we perceive as 'infinite all'. So as you live, live for the hunt. The hunt for knowledge, sex, and a perceived happy state.
Edited by Beach, 28 January 2012 - 03:56 AM.