[quote author=“George Benedik”]Common, don’t be like the Aristotelians who preceded Galilei, show me the evidence! Just one book, one paragraph, one sentence, anything,...
The claim was that von Daniken is implicitly racist—that is, his theory has racist implications. Not that he is explicitly racist.
The implication is simple. He claims that certain societies got help from aliens to construct their temples, design and artworks. Why are these almost never european? The implication is that the europeans were smart enough to build their own buildings, but that the non-europeans needed some kind of extra-terrestrial help.
If, on the other hand, all were equally capable, why the need to invoke space aliens?
The implication is that some special sort of explanation is required for constructions made by non-european cultures.
BTW, this accusation is not new, and doesn’t originate with Nickell. I recall hearing it in the mid-80s.
That said, you are right to press for further clarification. I don’t have EvD’s books to hand, and it’s been decades since I’ve looked at them. It would be useful to have some representative paragraphs to hand.
Do you know any? Does, for example, von Daniken believe that the Parthenon, the Roman Coliseum, the Pantheon, the aqueducts, the roads or any of the medieval european cathedrals were built with alien help? These, after all, were very great feats of engineering, the equal of any non-european ones that he believes required the help of spacemen ...