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    Ancient Alien Debunkers got Debunked

    (The following is pasted from the website:

    The subject of “Ancient Aliens” has provoked vehement contention between proponents of the extraterrestrial deity hypothesis and the skeptical so-called “debunkers.” Perhaps none of the higher-profile critics have been as reactionary as Michael Heiser, the creator of the website: Dr. Michael S. Heiser is a conservative-leaning scholar who is especially critical of the works of Zecheria Sitchin. Sitchin is the author of the Earth Chronicle series and is one of the most popular proponents of the so-called “ancient astronaut” theory. Although Heiser accuses ancient alien theorists of altering the data in order to force it to adhere to their interpretations, it should be understood that Heiser has his own agenda that he is seeking to promote.

    Ancient Aliens Debunked is a video narrated and produced by Chris White, with commentary by Dr. Michael S. Heiser, that attempts to disprove the theories presented in the History Channel series Ancient Aliens. The video can not only be found on the website but also on various video-sharing websites. White claims that Ancient Aliens not only gets a few things wrong but that the entire theory is wrong. What will be shown is that White has made a few outrageous claims of his own that deserve to be "debunked."

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    Heiser is about as intellectually dishonest as they come...

    He distorts what Sitchin says, and takes it out of context.
    When Sitchin says he doesn’t agree with conventional translations of certain terms, Heiser’s criticism is ‘Sitchin doesn’t stick to traditional translations,’ completely ignoring Sitchin’s argumentation for why he thinks the conventional translations are not correct.
    When Sitchin explicitly says that he is speculating, and then writes hundreds of pages to support why he thinks his speculation is correct, Heiser conveniently ignores the pages with arguments without addressing them, while just repeating ‘it’s not supported by conventional translations, and it’s all speculation.’
    Heiser’s criticisms are also filled with logical fallacies (

    In other words, Heiser’s criticism is a classic case of ‘debunkery.’ If you’re not familiar with it, I suggest you read Dan Drasin’s, Zen and the Art of Debunkery,
    An opinion should be the result of thought, not a substitute for it.
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