I refuse to completely write anything off as simple nonsense outside of religion and state sponsored/pushed ideology.
There's plenty of pseudoscience that is not necessarily religious in nature.
what exactly is legitimate science?
There are plenty of books and articles on the subject - philosophy of science, the scientific method, etc. Skeptic websites offer valuable informtion on fringe pseudiscientists like Sitchin. One important aspect of legitimate science is repeatability and verifiability.
I've perused many of the frivolous discussions you have partaken in, please use a little courtesy and ignore what you don't like in the near future.
I have no idea what "frivolous" conversations I've taken part in, nor what you consider "frivolous". Why should I ignore what I don't like? That’s a point of having discussions in the first place.
Keep your pithy negativity to yourself.
You asked for an opinion on a public site and I gave it.
First of all, if you ever attended any higher education you would know that youtube is the equivalent of wikipedia. Although Niel Degrasse holds some weight, he did not thoroughly debunk anything. It was more slapstick than anything as his real targets are the mass media hype machine and their "2012" movie. Never mind the fact that he is heavily influenced by Carl Sagan...
While I dismiss much of the speculation surrounding Sitchin's work as many have taken token ideas and run with it, quite a few of his ideas fit better into the pieces that are being used to explain historical occurrences.
I'm not being snarky or whatever, but I see many on this network still drudging the currents of uncomfortability in a monotheistic world in their posts and thoughts. They watch some videos and think of themselves as higher intelligence. Watching a "VIDEO" to gain knowledge is a misnomer in itself.