Ancient Aliens, Advanced Beings & Reincarnation
Interdisciplinary cosmologist Paul Von Ward discussed his scientific research on how "advanced beings" (ABs) have influenced our history by shaping our genes & technology, and providing the impetus for modern civilization. Rather than extraterrestrials, he prefers the term ABs, which could include ETs, 'ancient astronauts,' interdimensional beings, as well as advanced Earth species (active before our civilization began, such as Atlanteans). These beings intervened with humanity, and tinkered or intermingled with our genetics, but around 5,000--6,000 years ago, they pulled away from direct involvement with human civilization, he reported.
The departure of the ABs or 'gods' from places like the Indus Valley, China, Egypt, and the Middle East left a class of interlocutors who became known as the priesthood. Over centuries of time without the gods coming back, "this priesthood continued to carry out the rituals, and request the obedience of the followers," and began to use words to describe the gods as divine beings, Von Ward said. Eventually it got to the point where the ABs had been gone so long, that it was forgotten they were real physical beings, and their concept evolved into the supernatural notion of a singular God, he continued.
Von Ward also addressed his study of reincarnation and its effects on the human personality. He described the psychoplasm as the scientific concept of a soul-- a biogenetic field (or the portion of universal consciousness that is associated with an individual) that survives the physical manifestation of the body. A person's past life legacy can predispose them to certain directions, abilities, and appearances. He is currently studying a case of a poet in the American Southwest who believes she may be the reincarnation of Elizabeth Barrett Browning. An independent comparison of their poems has found significant similarities, he noted.
Paul Von Ward, author of The Soul Genome: Science and Reincarnation, wrote from the perspective of a psychologist and interdisciplinary cosmologist. Before becoming an independent scholar and creator of the Reincarnation Experiment, Paul's public career included roles as Protestant minister, U.S. naval officer, American diplomat, U.S. State Department official, and the founder/CEO of Delphi International.
Ancient astronauts or ancient aliens are purported intelligent extraterrestrial beings said to have visited Earth in antiquity or prehistory and made contact with humans. Proponents suggest that this contact influenced the development of human cultures, technologies and religions. A common variant of the idea is that deities from most, if not all, religions are actually extraterrestrials, and their advanced technologies were wrongly understood by primitive men as evidence of their divine status.
These proposals have been popularized, particularly in the latter half of the 20th century, by writers such as Erich von Däniken, Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, Zecharia Sitchin, Robert K. G. Temple, David Icke and Peter Kolosimo
Thomas Gold, a professor of astronomy, suggested a "garbage theory" for the origin of life, proposing that life on earth might have spread from a pile of waste products accidentally dumped on Earth long ago by extraterrestrials.
The television series Ancient Aliens on the History channel features the main proponents in the ancient astronaut theory, and includes interviews with Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, David Childress, Erich von Däniken, Steven Greer and Nick Pope.
Zecharia Sitchin's series The Earth Chronicles, beginning with The 12th Planet, revolves around Sitchin's interpretation of ancient Sumerian and Middle Eastern texts, megalithic sites, and artifacts from around the world. He theorizes the gods of old Mesopotamia were actually astronauts from the planet "Nibiru", which Sitchin claims the Sumerians believed to be a remote "12th planet" (counting the Sun, Moon, and Pluto as planets) associated with the god Marduk. According to Sitchin, Nibiru continues to orbit our sun on a 3,600-year elongated orbit. Sitchin also suggests that the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter is the shattered remains of the ancient planet "Tiamat", which he claims was destroyed in one of Nibiru's orbits through the solar system. Modern astronomy has found no evidence to support Sitchin's claims.