December 22, 2013

Jaime Licauco Believes In Aliens, Says They Are In The Bible Too

Jaime Licauco, writer of the column Inner Awareness on the Lifestyle section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer was asked a question by a reader. The question was "Why aren’t aliens showing up in public to show proof of their existence? Why can’t they give us technological or medical assistance?"

I can't help but address the answers provided by Licauco as he gave them rather sloppily with almost zero concern on their validity. I find it saddening to think that a person coming across the column will believe every word in it just because they're printed on the country's most widely-read broadsheet. This a worrisome habit among us Filipinos. We are often too willing to believe in everything we read in a newspaper, watch on TV, or what we see on the internet. Because it was written, it must be true. Needless to say, it's a very dangerous habit especially today wherein anyone can write an error-riddled piece, publish it on a website and claim it to be true.

Licauco as a matter-of-factly states that "extraterrestrials have been showing proof of their existence for thousands of years up to the present time, but these manifestations have all been ignored by mainstream or traditional scientists." I think that's a confession that he does believe in beings beyond the realms of our planet.

Before anything else, I'd like to clear up a few things regarding Licauco's use of the phrase "mainstream or traditional scientists".  He uses this phrase quite a lot in his writings. To whom is he directing it too? He uses it to refer to scientists who don't buy into or believe in pseudoscientific claims and beliefs. Pseudoscience as defined by Wikipedia "is a claim, belief, or practice which is presented as scientific, but does not adhere to a valid scientific method, lacks supporting evidence or plausibility, cannot be reliably tested, or otherwise lacks scientific status."

It's quite easy to understand why real scientists treat pseudoscience as nonsensical and ridiculous. Examples of pseudoscience are astrology, faith healing, and reincarnation. Licauco is an adamant advocate of these pseudosciences. He conducts "public and corporate seminars, personal consultancy, past life hypnotic regression, hypnotherapy, paranormal services and lectures". In a nutshell, promoting and practicing pseudoscience is part of his bread and butter.

To the reader's question about proof on the existence of aliens, Licauco came up with answers that are downright misleading and full of lies. To think that these are being published in a national newspaper is unacceptable. Let's take a look into his answers to the question.

1. Majority of his answer is a reference to the works of Erich Von Daniken, a Swiss author who has proven time and time again that he isn't someone worth believing. Daniken has written books claiming that "aliens are responsible for the most ancient civilizations on earth". von Daniken has claimed that structures built by ancient civilizations like the pyramids in Egypt, the Stonehenge in England and the giant statues in Easter Island were put up with the help and influence of aliens.

von Daniken is both a liar and a criminal. He's got a history of being convicted with fraud, embezzlement and forgery. His most popular book Chariots of the Gods? is rife with countless errors and omissions. He even forged and created fraudulent evidence to try and back up his claims of ancient astronauts. How can a sane individual believe such a man. And it's funny how Licauco fails to mention these forgeries, errors and omissions in his article.

What angers me is the way Licauco constantly dismisses scientists by saying they are ignoring and ridiculing the works of von Daniken. The fact is scientists like Carl Sagan and countless others have looked into von Daniken's claims and have debunked them on several occasions. There was even a whole book written by Ronald Story that refuted most if not all the theories and evidence claimed by von Daniken. At this point, von Daniken deserves to be ignored and ridiculed. His claims just don't hold water. And it will be a waste of time to further look into them unless new evidence are offered.

The astronomer and astrophysicist Carl Sagan said it best when he wrote the following in the foreword of the book The Space Gods Revealed: "That writing as careless as von Daniken's, whose principal thesis is that our ancestors were dummies, should be so popular is a sober commentary on the credulousness and despair of our times.... I also hope for the continuing popularity of books like Chariots of the Gods? in high school and college logic courses, as object lessons in sloppy thinking. I know of no recent books so riddled with logical and factual errors as the works of von Daniken."

2. Licauco thinks that the concept of anti-gravity technology and fiber optics were given to us by aliens. I can't even fathom how a man who can read and write like Licauco actually believe this nonsense. Claiming that aliens handed these technologies to us is an insult to the countless people who worked their butts off in developing these technologies. How dare Licauco dismiss these people and their work. I suggest Licauco make Google searches of these things once in a while.

3. Licauco suggests that the reader should read books by Graham Hancock (Fingerprints of the Gods), Robert Temple (The Sirius Mystery)), and Zecharia Sitchin (The 12th Planet). Again, the works of these writers, have been studied and analyzed by other writers, skeptics and scientists (contrary to what Licauco always say that these are ignored by scientists) and they've been found to be containing inaccuracies, contradictions, ambiguities, and simply misleading information. In short, these books fail in providing evidence that extraterrestrials exist nor proof that they roamed or visited this earth in the past.

4. The first chapter of the Book of Ezekiel in the Christian Bible. You can read the chapter in question here. Licauco suggests that the thing referred to in the book of Ezekiel is an alien spacecraft. I called it a thing because I'm not sure what it is as opposed to Licauco saying it's a "strange vehicle". Following Licauco's logic, if the thing was an alien spacecraft, then it follows that the four living creatures that emerged from it were aliens.

Based on the descriptions of the living creatures by Ezekiel, here's how aliens look like:
*they were of human form
*they had four faces each
*they had four wings each
*they had hooves like calves
*each living creature has the face of a human, a lion, a bull, and an eagle

So this is how aliens look like? They have faces that look like stitched-up creatures from this world? Not to mention the fact that they were supposedly in the company of the Christian God. I just can't wrap my brain around such an idea.

In conclusion, Jaime Licauco is a person not worth believing. He is just like von Daniken. He is obsessed on pseudoscientific claims and beliefs that only the gullible and uninformed will believe. The proof he provided were downright misleading. All the while he is promoting his services and lectures about the paranormal, most of which have no scientific basis at all. He is pushing the books of von Daniken, a man who has been debunked countless of times by skeptics and scientists. This man's writings are nothing but barriers to the progress of the mind.

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