In case you haven't heard, History Con is back in the Philippines for another round of educational entertainment, presented by HISTORY Asia. The convention runs from August 10 to 12 and showcases a plethora of sights ranging from vintage cars and books to futuristic imaginations of everyday life. It continues to deliver on what the fans have been asking for and what better way to celebrate this event than with probably the most popular personality on the History Channel?
Just this Friday at the epic History Con, we got the chance to talk with none other than the Ancient Aliens' resident ancient astronaut theorist, Giorgio Tsoukalos. Yes, the guy with the crazy hair and the classic 'Aliens' meme was back in Manila to discuss all things Ancient Aliens and the process of being a big part of the world-renowned History series.
Your work, of course, has a lot of critics saying that you haven’t proven your theories enough and that you lack the sufficient pieces of evidence to back your claim. But what is it about what you do that you think is worth taking a stand for?
"The greatest strength of the ancient astronaut theory is that it isn’t one single piece of evidence, it is a collection of different pieces of evidence from around the world as far as ancient texts are concerned, oral traditions that have been preserved to this day, but then you also have the artifacts, the ancient objects, carvings, paintings, figurines, statues, and then you also have the giant megalithic monuments. I liken it to making a puzzle: you don’t need to finish the puzzle in order to see what you’re creating or what you’re looking at. Now, at the end when the puzzle is completed, of course, you have a nice picture, but it’s the process where creating the puzzle piece by piece, putting these individual pieces in their proper position is what’s important to me."
What do you think of people who say that aliens are not extra-terrestrial beings, but rather extra-dimensional?
"Yeah, that’s possible, but that’s not what I subscribe to. I think that these extra-terrestrials were flesh and blood beings like you and me in this level of existence even though I would not discount the idea of interdimensional beings. But, you know, I think the likelihood of them being flesh and blood beings like this or like us as opposed to interdimensional beings, it’s more likely that they are like us instead of, you know, ethereal beings."
How much of your job as an expert in this field entails verifying all the existing evidence and all the existing information?
"Well, it is an important part of the work that I do. And through Ancient Aliens, through the production company, I’ve been able to gain access to scientists all around the world. For example, last season, we had an elongated skull tested for DNA at New York University with Dr. Todd Disotell, and when those results came back, he was stumped. He said, 'Alright, we know that one part of the DNA is human, but we don’t know what the other thing is.' So, for an anthropology professor to voice that, that’s tremendous."
In your research, have you encountered theories here in the Philippines?
"Yes. In fact, yesterday I was at the National Museum of Anthropology right here in Manila, and I encourage everyone who lives here to visit that museum because it truly is a treasure trove of ancient astronaut-related items and artifacts. I mean, there are multiple plaques underneath the artifacts that describe what I refer to as ‘misunderstood technology.’ So, you have these stories of flying horses with
Is there any advice you can give to young people here in the Philippines who are interested in what you do and want to do what you do but get bullied for sounding ‘crazy’ and being ‘weird’?
"First of all, everyone, don’t worry about being bullied because the problem is in the hands of the bullies. They’re the sad people. One ear in, one ear out. The other thing I can say is