Skyline College Kenneth Feder Frauds Myths and Mysteries Book Discussion


This discussion is based on Chapter 9 of Kenneth Feder’s Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries book. Please craft a well-thought-out response that addresses the following prompt. Responses must be thought-provoking, demonstrate an understanding of the material, and answer all of the questions posed in the prompt. Using examples from the Feder text or external resources (with citation) to illustrate your point is ideal. This response is worth 6 points. A good response will have a minimum of 300 words. To get a full 10 points, you must comment on two submissions made by your fellow classmates.  Comments on your classmates’ posts should be brief and directly address what they have posted. Do you agree or disagree with their response? Why or why not? What was something interesting this student said? Why? etc.

Please refrain from making simple statements and make sure to elaborate on your submission and responses; a good student response will have a minimum of 150 words.Prompt:Watch the following clip:

What about the narrative draws you in? In other words, what phrases and claims seem to make sense to you so that you want to know more? Do we see this type of reasoning in other pseudoscientific theories we’ve read about so far or that are popular today (eg. flat earth theory)? What is the main difference between scientific and pseudoscientific claims? If you were not aware of this difference, would you subscribe to this ideology? Why or why not? What about the idea of ancient astronauts is insulting to past populations?

How does it rob them of personal agency? I think what draws people in about this narrative is that is attempts to answer the question of why? Why did ancient cultures build these gigantic monuments, when much like what was said in the video clip, there was certainly much easier ways? The main difference between science and pseudoscientific claims is that science seeks to make a claim (or more commonly known as a hypothesis) and then collect evidence that proves or disproves said claim. A pseudoscientific claim on the other hand, seeks to find evidence that fits a claim. Say of instance, what is said in the instructions about flat earth theory. If I were to test the theory of whether or not the earth is flat, I would start off with exactly that question:

Is the Earth flat? Then I would attempt to find evidence in order to prove or disprove this. While if I were to take a pseudoscientific claim I would simply state that the Earth is flat and only after stating my claim would I attempt to find evidence that serves only to prove my theory. Such pseudoscientific theories are most definitively seen today. I think anyone who is not aware of such a difference could easily subscribe to this ideology as they would not know as differ, therefore they would not know how to look for other theories or maybe even, depending on the situation, how to even properly question their theories and the theories of others. The idea of ancient astronauts is insulting as it takes away from the accomplishments of past populations. Saying an ancient astronaut is responsible the wonder of the world today somewhat just makes it seem like past civilizations were no better than children getting instructions on what to do from their mother, and, to me personally, paints a picture of a very helpless and even unintelligent past culture.

One thing about this narrative that attracts me is how there was evidence of aliens arriving in ancient history, as evidenced by various paintings and carvings describing events similar to this. Even now, the subject of aliens has been discussed, but there has never been any substantial evidence that aliens are visiting our planet. It never ceases to amaze me that individuals in ancient times left art indicating that something was giving them a visit. I’m wondering if the art represents anything other than aliens, and we’ve misinterpreted it. Some phrase that made sense to me was that the sky is something everyone is interested in. Many people tried to understand more about the sky back then, just as we do now. I’m particularly interested in learning more about the art to understand what it represents and whether it’s accurate or not. If it’s true, I’d like to know how they interact with one another. Another thing I would like to learn more about is how the aliens were able to bring wisdom to the Earth. There were many more points from that video I would like to learn more about like how they mention how there were records in Mahabharata of aliens stories. Even some stories about god flying around on skyships. People believe in a variety of things, so there are several pseudoscientific theories that are still going around today. One recent example is the covid vaccination. Alien is another example of a pseudoscientific theory that is still in circulation today. Many people believe that aliens exist and they visited Earth before. The main difference between scientific and pseudoscientific claims is that scientific claims have a lot of scientific evidence and supporting details, whereas pseudoscientific claims and beliefs that are based on a scientific fact or event. The idea of ancient astronauts is whatever people choose to believe in.

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