Saturday, June 26, 2010

Did Aliens Create Humans?

Does the name Zecharia Sitchin ring a bell? Zecharia Sitchin is the 90-year-old author of 13 best-selling books. That did not make him a celebrity. Some would describe him as a fringe celebrity. Born in the Soviet Union, Zecharia Sitchin now lives in an apartment in New York. Sitchin released his 14th book this month.

This book, There Were Giants Upon the Earth: Gods, Demigods, and Human Ancestry: The Evidence of Alien DNA, is being hailed as the crowning glory of his Earth-chronicle series. The book reveals the existence of physical evidence of alien presence on Earth in the distant past. Since his first book, The 12th Planet, for 60 years on, this space age theorist has been out to prove that humans were genetically programmed by extraterrestrials, thousands of years ago. Zecharia Sitchin primarily relies on ancient texts and parallels drawn from Biblical tales to prove his theories.

At 90, Zecharia Sitchin is no ordinary alien researcher. He is a recognised scholar who writes well and convincingly. His 13 books have sold millions of copies and have been translated into 25 languages. Advance sales of his latest book have been more than expected. He’s studied at the University of London. The New York Times profiled him in January this year. The 12th Planet is now in its 45th printing.

In The 12th Planet, Sitchin propagated his basic theory that a 12th planet named Nibiru swung past Earth thousands of years ago. The inhabitants of Nibiru were dropped off at earth and ancient Middle Eastern cultures such as Mesopotamia worshipped them as gods. Basing his interpretation largely on the basis of texts preserved on clay tablets from this era, Sitchin claims these aliens were the Annunaki named in Sumerian scriptures, and the Nephilim alluded to in the Bible.

In subsequent books, Sitchin claimed that our alien ancestors genetically manipulated human DNA to pass on some of their vital traits, such as intelligence. But the aliens deliberately held back the knowledge of something known to them – immortality.

In possibly his last attempt to widespread acceptance of his outlandish theories, Sitchin is back with his latest book which recaps all his unorthodox interpretations built over decades. He’s also making claims to stake everything he’s said so far on DNA tests that could be performed on the 4500-year-old remains of a Sumerian woman (‘Puabi) of high rank.

The author has appealed to the Natural History Museum in London (where the remains lie) to allow international experts to extract DNA from her bones to compare her genome to humans.

Puabi, claims Sitchin, is a direct descendant of extraterrestrial visitors to Earth. A DNA test on her could reveal the vital missing link-‘alien genes’ which transformed wild hominids to humans about 300,000 years ago.

Critics have slammed Sitchin as Sitchin as a pseudo-historian and a fraud for his na├»ve interpretations of ancient text. The Skeptic’s Dictionary says Sitchin is ‘scientifically illiterate, weaving a compelling and entertaining story out of facts, misrepresentations, fictions, speculations, misquotes, and mistranslations.’

Probing the history of Puabi is unlikely to yield secrets to longevity or any missing links in human genes, but it may reveal the wisdom knowledge of another ancient civilization.

The search for the 12th planet, continues…

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