Introduction and Chapter 1
• Introduction - Erich von Däniken's central and controversial assertion is that extraterrestrial astronauts visited humankind long ago and that these astronauts were considered gods by primitive man.
• Chapter 1 - Von Däniken poses the question, "Are there intelligent beings in the cosmos?" He then proceeds to provide some evidence to answer this question in the positive.
• Von Däniken asserts that even with a very conservative estimate, we can assume that 100 million planets in space may be able to sustain life.
• Since conditions for life develop more quickly on some planets than others, many of these 100 million life-sustaining planets may have life with civilizations more advanced than our own.
• Von Däniken points to recent research showing that, even on Earth, there are organisms like bacteria that can exist without water, in extreme temperatures, or in atmospheres wholly unlike our own.
• It is na...
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