Friday, February 24, 2012

Philip Coppens for Erich von Daniken | Odyssey of the Gods: The History of E.T. Contact in Ancient Greece


S y n o p s i s

Philip Coppens is a soldier in service of historical truths. Working with ancient alien theorist and author Erich von Däniken, History Channel productions, and via his own deep trove of research, lectures, blog, radio show, and books, Coppens’ mission is to wrest the story of mankind’s origin, and other hidden truths, from the grip of scientists and academics in service to what is often patently, provably wrong.

The Belgian-born, US and UK-based Coppens has no patience for what he deems academic laziness and scientific dictatorship. "Entrenched science is terribly dogmatic and arrogant with their 'facts.'"

For example:

Egypt’s Pyramids are 500 years older than they are being said to be. Reliable, undisputed carbon dated results brought this to light 30 years ago.

"We are older than given credit for, and perhaps more anatomically diverse." There are built structures dating to 8,000 and 10,000 BC. Yet they’re still teaching that modern man has only been around since about 4000 BC.

Greece was not the cradle of civilization, nor the inventor of Pi and Phi. The Greeks taught that Egypt was the cradle of civilization, and that Pi and Phi were known way before they came along.

There is "not a shred, not a footnote" of evidence for the statement coming out of the Smithsonian Institution that all of the crystal skulls are 20th century German made.

"Extraordinary material coming out from NASA and other reliable sources that shows that life cannot have originated on this planet, that it originated elsewhere and came here.

"Anthropology and mythology hand us information on a plate, and it’s important to use the various disciplines to come up with an answer," Coppens says. "Ancient Mayans and ancient Egyptians have always said that the path of civilization was not walked by them alone, but was walked hand in hand with the gods who helped them. Calling these writings science fiction just because we can’t believe it does no one any service.

"If the gods are ET beings. What does that mean for mankind?" Mel asks.

"[The news] will not be received in panic," Coppens says. "It’s what we need. That we are not alone will be a jolt of fire, propelling us into outer space, to develop new technology. It will be good for us on a soul level, for our children and our selves. Today’s paradigm will be replaced by one of symbiosis rather than isolation."

B i o

Philip Coppens’ publishing career began at the age of 23, when he edited the legacy of the late Belgian historian Marcel Mestdagh’s research into European megaliths into a much-anticipated sequel. That same year, he also helped edit a controversial non-fiction thriller on the theft of Jan Van Eyck’s The Adoration of the Lamb, which was made into a documentary both for Flemish television and the BBC.

If there is one thing that sets Coppens apart from other writers, it is that he is often ahead of the trends. He wrote the first guide in more than four decades about Rosslyn Chapel – the only one to do so before The Da Vinci Code made that Scottish chapel world famous in 2003. He also researched the origins of the Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull, before the 2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull movie, resulting in a series of controversial articles, which even came to the attention of The Washington Post.

As a journalist, he had investigative research into the Kennedy assassination submitted before a US government enquiry in 1993. Two years later, he broke the story of the existence of Chinese pyramids to an international audience. Many of the stories in the so-called “esoteric field” have at one point passed through his hands, including The Templar Revelation, the book on which The Da Vinci Code was based. In 1999, he was the principal researcher for Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince’s The Stargate Conspiracy, which investigated current politicians’ apparent obsession with ancient Egypt, thus combining his passion for politics and history. The book was dedicated to him.

He is the author of The Stone Puzzle of Rosslyn Chapel (2002), on the enigmatic Scottish chapel and its relationship with freemasonry and the Knights Templar; The Canopus Revelation (2004), on the lore of the star Canopus in ancient cultures; Land of the Gods (2007), on the prehistory of Southern Scotland and the myth of King Arthur; The New Pyramid Age (2007), detailing the most recent discoveries that have changed our understanding of pyramids; andServants of the Grail (2009), identifying the real people encoded into the medieval Grail legends. Most recently, he has published an ebook, 2012. Science or Fiction?, with Digital Journeys, which aims to bring clarity as to what 2012 is truly all about. The ebook is also the first to have incorporated video, featuring an interview-style conversation with Philip. InThe Ancient Alien Question (2011), he addresses the question whether extra-terrestrial contact has occurred in our past. His latest book is Killing Kennedy (2012), on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, showing Oswald was not the assassin and the murder itself the result of a conspiracy.

Apart from English books, he has also one French language bestselling book to his credit, La Quête de Saunière (2008), co-authored with André Douzet. In 2004, he also wrote De Da Vinci Code Ontcijferd, a Dutch guide to The Da Vinci Code, which saw a reprint within three weeks of publication and was a top ten bestseller in the Netherlands.

Philip Coppens has also contributed to, or been acknowledged in, the following publications:

Pre-Atlantis (Dutch title), co-author with Marcel Mestdagh (1994)

The Templar Revelation, by Lynn Picknett & Clive Prince (1997)

The Stargate Conspiracy, by Lynn Picknett & Clive Prince (1999)

Saunière's Model and the Secret of Rennes-le-Château, by André Douzet (2001)

EGYPT: "Image of Heaven" - Het Sterrenbeeld van Horus (Dutch title), with Wim Zitman (2006; Dutch edition 2000)

The Dan Brown Companion, by Simon Cox (2006)

Rosslyn Revealed, by Alan Butler & John Ritchie (2006)

The Cygnus Mystery, by Andrew Collins (2006)

An A to Z of King Arthur and the Holy Grail, by Simon Cox & Mark Oxbrow (2007)

Darklore (Volumes 1-5), compiled and edited by Greg Taylor (2007-10)

Unearthing Ancient America, compiled and edited by Frank Joseph (2009)

Ancient Code - The Book. Are You Ready for the REAL 2012? (2009)

The Source of Miracles, by Kathleen McGowan (2009)

Beneath the Pyramids, by Andrew Collins (2009)

PARANOIA: The Conspiracy Reader, Volume 1, by Joan d'Arc and Al Hidell (2010)

The Poet Prince, by Kathleen McGowan (2010)

Ancient Aliens: Season One (2010), Season Two (2010) and Season Three (2011)

The Lost Empire of Atlantis by Gavin Menzies (2011)

Exposed, Uncovered, & Declassified: Lost Civilizations & Secrets of the Past, by Kirsten Dalley and Michael Pye (editors) (2011)

Apart from books, Philip Coppens also devotes a lot of attention to essays and feature articles, which have appeared in magazines and anthologies on all continents. His articles have appeared in Fortean Times, NEXUS, Hera, Fenix,Mysterien, New Dawn, Atlantis Rising, Ancient American, Paranoia Magazine, Legendary Times, etc. and has a large and dedicated following on the internet. He holds the record as having most articles published in NEXUS, a magazine published in more than ten languages, with newsstand distribution in Australia, Great Britain, the United States, Italy, France and many other European countries, bringing to the world exciting new discoveries, such as the existence of pyramids in China, Bosnia and controversial articles on the state of modern archaeology and Egyptology, as well as politics.

In 2009, he wrote and principally featured in Reality Entertainment’s 2012: Signs of the Times (released in US via Warner Home), providing a unique perspective on the 2012 phenomenon.

In 1995, he established Frontier Magazine (formerly Frontier 2000) together with Herman Hegge, a newsstand magazine in the Netherlands and Belgium. Since 1995, Frontier Sciences Foundation has grown to incorporate, amongst others, Frontier Bookshop and Frontier Publishing, as well as hosting the annual Frontier Symposium and Frontier Award. In 2008, he organized the Histories & Mysteries Conference in Edinburgh, which included the first ever public display of the Mitchell-Hedges crystal skull, receiving blanket media coverage for the event from the UK press (newspapers, television and radio).

Since 1995, he has lectured on the subject in the United States, Great-Britain, France, Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands. He has been extensively interviewed for radio and television, including The History Channel (US) with shows such as Civilization Lost and America's Book of Secrets, Coast to Coast AM (US), Belgium's Kanaal 2 and VRT news, Voyager (RaiDue – Italy), Edge Media TV (UK), etc. He is one of the key contributors and interviewees for The History Channel’s most popular television series Ancient Aliens, for the third season running.

All of these books, articles and appearances have made him a household name in the field of alternative science, where he holds a unique position, as he is considered to be a believer by the skeptics, and a skeptic by the believers – a testament to his investigative knack.

Together with his wife, Kathleen McGowan, he hosts a weekly radio show The Spirit Revolution on BBS Radio.

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