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Traces of the Gods: Ancient Astronauts as a Vision of Our Future

Richter, Jonas

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  "DOI": "10.1163/156852712x630798", 
  "author": [
      "family": "Richter, Jonas"
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
  "abstract": "Ancient astronaut speculation (also called paleo-SETI), often labeled pseudoscience or modern myth, still awaits in-depth research. Focusing on Erich von D\u00e4niken and reconstructing his views on god and cosmology from scattered statements throughout his books, this article analyzes his attitudes toward science and religion as well as his concepts of god and creation. In this regard, his pantheistic combination of the big bang theory with a model of god as supercomputer is of special interest. Analogous to interpretatio Romana, D\u00e4niken utilizes what I call an interpretatio technologica, explaining myths by converting them into technological language. Building on the works of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Jean E. Charon, the Swiss writer also develops the vision of a cosmic tendency towards increasing knowledge and information. A short comparison with Ra\u00ebl demonstrates that similar ancient astronaut myths can lead to different applications or worldviews.", 
  "title": "Traces of the Gods: Ancient Astronauts as a Vision of Our Future", 
  "type": "article-journal", 
  "id": "894139"
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