Re: ABC & racist pseudoscience

28 Sep 1996 18:53:16 -0400 (John Rice Cole) writes:

>Sept 26th, ABC-TV in the US broadcast a "new" show, "Chariots of the Gods?"
>featuring the totally debunked claims of Erik von Daniken which were published
>and broadcast in the 70's! Von D's claims were not presented with any
>competent archaeological analysis or comment--they would have been blown out
>of the water, of course. Von D's premise that the Mayans, Incas, etc. could
>not have done nifty things without help from outer space is flat-out racist.
>These people are/were thoroughly modern humans as capable as you or I. To
>imply otherwise is pseudoscientific racism.
>--John R. Cole
>I'm an archaeologist, but I don't play one on TV.

Not only racist, but also "presentist." Presentism, bias against all
things done in history that are different today, is a cool new word I
learned recently.