Talk:Erich von Däniken/Archive1

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but he's fun isn't he? RojerB-KtF! 08:47, 17 July 2007 (CDT)

Funny, and it still makes more sense than a talking bush in the desert. MiddleMan 09:14, 17 July 2007 (CDT)

Not gonna lie, when I was a credulous fundie in middle school, this book blew my mind. Still fun to read through though I know it's bullshit now. -- Metz77 (talk) 07:35, 5 August 2010 (UTC)

I was pretty impressed by it when I was ten. It helped that I knew nothing about the actual history it pooped all over - David Gerard (talk) 10:10, 5 August 2010 (UTC)

His books make for enjoyable reading, but at least I can see through some of it now.-Albannach (talk) 18:55, 14 March 2013 (UTC)


Is it me, or the article fails to mention that he wrote more than eight other books between the Chariots and the Gods? Perhaps they were not translated in English or faded in the background woo?--ZooGuard (talk) 17:37, 5 August 2010 (UTC)

Probably the latter. Go for it - David Gerard (talk) 00:03, 6 August 2010 (UTC)

Basic flaws[edit]

Mummification (including steeping in assorted chemicals which are unhealthy, and removal of internal organs) is an aid to immortality.

All aliens are humanoid - why? Why not Paul the Octopusoids, or mice, or triffids.... (talk) 19:22, 25 January 2011 (UTC)


(Note to writer/editor: The original film Stargate was openly based on ideas from von Daniken's book Chariots of the Gods, and von Daniken himself helped with the film. So accusing him of plagiarizing is backwards and shows a lack of research. I could write pages about how off-base this entire Von Daniken page is, but I'm sure you would just delete it so I won't bother.)— Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs

BoN edit. Тytalk 02:12, 7 November 2011 (UTC)

The BoN is right about the main idea of Stargate, though that blurb does sound like a breathless ad for a sci-fi movie. :) I think that David Gerard wrote the section, I don't know what he was thinking. I'm going to remove it.
As for the rest, the article does need more sourcing and more clear delineation of snark and verifiable facts. I can write summaries of the rest of the Däniken books that I have, but I don't have time at the moment and the books are several hundred kilometers away anyway.--ZooGuard (talk) 10:09, 7 November 2011 (UTC)

The 1974 Playboy interview and the 1977 NOVA documentary[edit]

I've found two contemporary debunkings of his early books. Here is a scan of Däniken's 1974 interview in Playboy (he gets skewered) (hat tip). A full, bad-quality version of NOVA/Horizon's The Case of the Ancient Astronauts documentary is available on YouTube (link). It features Carl Sagan and Thor Heyerdahl, including video of his expedition to Rapa Nui/the Easter Island: islanders cutting, dragging and raising statues using only "primitive" tools. It also comments on the Ica stones and shows the guy who made them making one. Just compare the tone and the conclusion to the modern "documentaries" on the History Channel. :(--ZooGuard (talk) 08:05, 21 May 2012 (UTC)

The Space Gods Revealed[edit]

Is it really co-written by Thor Heyerdahl? When I search "the space gods revealed thor heyerdahl" on Google, this article is the third result, which leads me to believe the cake claim is a lie.--Krejtalk 01:40, 14 March 2013 (UTC)

Huh, so it is - David Gerard (talk) 07:17, 14 March 2013 (UTC)
Removed.--Krejtalk 18:09, 14 March 2013 (UTC)

Broken link[edit]

This whole domain seems to be down - does anyone have a current link for the content? Helen 15:37, 17 February 2014 (UTC)

  • The Hall of Maat has a lot of good stuff debunking nutty ideas about the ancient world, including some of those espoused by von Däniken.
I've fixed it - it has been moved on another domain - now it's, not (talk) 16:06, 17 February 2014 (UTC)