How pseudo-science changes with the times.

Jason Colavito, an expert in alien astronaut pseudo-science, has an excellent article discussing the waxing and waning of the popularity of ancient astronauts and Atlantis beliefs.

The ancient astronaut theory had its heyday in the 1970s and gradually withered during the 1980s as economic prosperity drove away the spirit of ennui and returned America to a full-throated embrace of superpower status, reflected in renewed enthusiasm for the empire of Atlantis and its “lost civilization” mirror-images. But after 9/11 the heady confidence of the Atlantis empire-builders gave way to the aliens again, and the economic crisis of recent years opened the door to a renewed call for a mythic past of savior gods, especially those who could be expected to return to punish the wicked and reward the righteous, preferably by December 23, 2012, the (incorrectly assumed) end date of the Mayan calendar.

One thought on “How pseudo-science changes with the times.

  1. Brad Reddekopp April 29, 2014 at 07:32

    Nice find. I enjoyed reading that.

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