Magazine article Skeptic (Altadena, CA)

Why Not Simply Go Back?

Magazine article Skeptic (Altadena, CA)

Why Not Simply Go Back?

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If his claims were true, why would von Daniken let this controversy so badly damage his career, reputation and book sales? Why tolerate accusations of fraud when all he had to do was go back to the cave and get all the proof he needed?

He could take a whole expedition of objective experts with him. If the cave of wonders really exists as he described it, it would speak for itself. Overnight, he'd become one of the greatest discovers in the history of archaeology.

So, why not just do that? He could have settled this whole "fraud" controversy in a week, way back in the 1970s!

This question has made even his supporters very uncomfortable. "I am not entirely content," wrote a friend in a biography of von Daniken, "with the ostensible reasons for Daniken's stubborn refusal to undertake another visit to Ecuador." After all, if von Daniken were sincere and if the cave were real, it would immediately "be recognized and accepted as the proof' of his theories about lost ancient civilizations! …

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