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Re: Let me be the first to announce.....

They are actually quite amusing to watch. People believe them, and no wonder, since they have more "evidence" than Monster Quest, Bigfoot Hunters, Ghost Hunters, etc.

Critiquing an episode would be instructive class exercise in critical thinking.

I doubt the core group of AA experts on the show believe the stuff they are spewing. They're just fleecing the sheep.


On 4/28/2012 8:34 AM, Terry Davis Jr wrote:
I sense a new Internet Meme coming on...

"Where did the dinosaurs go?"

Crazy Hair Guy (forget his name): "Aliens"

Crackpot theories like this are the reason why I want to be a scientist. So
I can slap the stupid and crazy down. Of course, my opinion on it is that
"Ancient Aliens" show is a conspiracy theorist's dream coming true.
Television is just down hill anymore and it's sad when it could be a viable
educational outlet. I think it's more or less "what will give ratings" and
the fact that television is overly commercialized. This is part of the
reason why I do not have cable in this household. I guess that's a rant for
another day though. All I'll say is that we need more educational and
enriching programming and none of this nonsense on. I might have my dad DVR
it for me. That's mostly to just laugh and point out the flaws of the logic
amongst family and friends.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu] On Behalf Of
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Sent: Saturday, April 28, 2012 10:09 AM
To: danchure@easilink.com
Cc: DML; vrtpaleo
Subject: Re: Let me be the first to announce.....

Last Winter I--and a fair number of some other paleos--got approached to
be in this show. I wonder if they found a victim among the professionals,
or just had to grab some guy off the street to be their "expert".

On Sat, April 28, 2012 3:29 am, Dan Chure wrote:
Just saw a trailer for next Friday's riveting episode of Ancient Aliens
of the History Two channel.  It's about how alien visitors wiped out the
dinosaurs in order to make way for a more intelligent species. Riveting
stuff.  And yes, about 25 years ago the now defunct Weekly World News
ran a 2 page article entitle "Alien Hunters from Outer  Space Hunted
Down Our Dinosaurs".  I believe I still have a copy of that somewhere.

Teach the controversy!


Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Email: tholtz@umd.edu   Phone: 301-405-4084
Office: Centreville 1216
Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Dept. of Geology, University of Maryland
Fax: 301-314-9661

Faculty Director, Science&  Global Change Program, College Park Scholars
Fax: 301-314-9843

Mailing Address:        Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
                        Department of Geology
                        Building 237, Room 1117
                        University of Maryland
                        College Park, MD 20742 USA

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