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Commander Taco
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It appears some Amazon.com reviewer of "Chariots of the Gods" is propagating a story about something Erich von Daniken (the author) supposedly said on BBC Radio:

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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful:

A true story, May 23, 2005
Reviewer: Sean Grady (Dundalk) - See all my reviews
Daniken had done an interview on BBC radio about 'Chariots of the Gods'. The interviewer was showing him out to the car park and asked him: 'Now we're off the air, between you and me, do you really believe all that about ancient astronauts, alien runways in Peru, gods mating with humans, and whatnot?' The great man considered and replied thus: 'Would you like a lift in my new Rolls-Royce?'

Those who say he was a convicted fraudster should be ashamed of themselves. That was BEFORE he had his big idea. Afterwards he did it legally. This is a guy who has separated more pre-teens from their pocket money than Madonna, and he doesn't look as good. 3 stars for chutzpah.

If you Google it it appears he's posted the same review on other sites. ( Here's the reviewer's profile page on Amazon)

Anyway, whatever you think of Daniken (I think he's garbage!), has anyone heard of or have another cite for this quotation?

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Ulkomaalainen
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I've never heard it, and I think he kinda believes what he says. If I'm not mistaken, it has been proven on several occasions that he made evidence up, and he must know this, but I think he believes his whole concept. I certainly do not believe that he would go out of character enough for implying he does it for the money.

Tales like this have been told of and attributed to, rightly or wrongly, quite a few people over here, especially musicians who make music considered by many as "not too good". Heino and Freddy Quinn come to mind to me as a German.

But right you are, he *is* garbage.

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lazerus the duck
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I think this goes alongside the L. Ron. Hubbard story about him and Issac Asimov having a bet about how easy it would be to set up a religion.
I believe these stories not because of any proof but because they deserve to be true. lol.

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RichardM
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Supposedly Carl Sagan commented about Daniken as follows:

"What ever Daniken doesn't understand, he attibutes to beings from outer space. And Daniken doesn't understand algebra."

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Johnny Slick
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From what I've read about von Daniken, the issue isn't so much that he's a charlatan and he knows it so much that he sees evidence of agriculture and maybe religious ceremony (the Nazca lines) and, rather than believe that the indigenous people could have enough of a grasp of geometry that they could draw really long and relatively straight lines, he assumes that aliens must have done it. I know, there's more to it than that, but that "more" is mainly pseudoscience and masked Victorian era-style racism.

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Major D. Saster
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I don't know if the story's true, but I think Erich von Däniken is too smart to reveal himself like that. And by the way, that "hey, have you seen my new Rolls-Royce"-kind of attitude isn't very swiss. We love money like anyone else, but bragging about one's fortune is considered terminal bad taste here.

After all, he's been successfully writing (and selling) his stuff for several decades. Being a militant atheist, von Däniken, unlike Hubbard, never tried to create a religion or to become a guru and attract followers to live at their expense. He's a self-taught pseudo-scientist, that's true (and he never pretended anything else, presenting himself as an amateur archeologist), but everyone is free to buy his books or not.

Yet, maybe he's been packed by megalomania lately, as he opened a theme park in Interlaken, Switzerland, which turned out to be a financial black hole for attracting not enough visitors.

http://www.mysterypark.ch/index.php?id=29&L=1

I don't know how long he will keep his Rolls-Royce... if he has one.

As for his theories, I confess I read some of his books and believed most of them when I was much younger, but now I'd just say I see him as a charlatan who once in a while asks a good question (and no, I didn't visit his park, although it's one hour from my place).

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And here I was wanting his stuff taught alongside intelligent design.
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quote:
Originally posted by lazerus the duck:
I think this goes alongside the L. Ron. Hubbard story about him and Issac Asimov having a bet about how easy it would be to set up a religion.
I believe these stories not because of any proof but because they deserve to be true. lol.

ITYM "Robert A. Heinlein".

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Brad from Georgia
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quote:
Originally posted by Cactus Candy:
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Originally posted by lazerus the duck:
I think this goes alongside the L. Ron. Hubbard story about him and Issac Asimov having a bet about how easy it would be to set up a religion.
I believe these stories not because of any proof but because they deserve to be true. lol.

ITYM "Robert A. Heinlein".
And Harlan Ellison claims Hubbard made the bet either with him or in his presence....

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