BOOK REVIEWS FROM A CURIOUS MIND: I read a lot. Books and the data/stories contained within them are my oldest friends. My wife suggested in her wisdom that I should write up short summaries/observations on the books I've been reading, since people might be interested, so I did. 5+ years running. Comments are welcome.
Did ancient humans have a highly advanced civilization?
of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth’s Lost Civilization – Graham Hancock (1995)
This is another of the many strange
and deeply dense books describing what the author feels is evidence that
humanity is very ancient and that human civilizations started way before the
accepted ideas of modern archeologists who place the first civilizations in the
Tigris-Euphrates region of the Middle East.
Hancock details the many tales and legends that human societies and groups have
regarding cataclysmic floods and earthquakes that wiped out most human life on
planet Earth.He seeks to interpret
these stories as being a sort of archetypal, communal memory of a time long
past in which the Earth looked a lot differently, and which had within it
technologically advanced civilizations.Supposedly, evidence of their existence has been destroyed due to
tectonic events preceding the last Ice Age.
It reads a lot like Fantasy or Science
Fiction, but Mr. Hancock is indeed trying to figure out why these stories
exist.He provides many examples which
do not fit in with conventional history.While it is hard to know if these ideas will ever be confirmed, it is
definite that much, if not most, of human development is lost to time.
Hominids have been around the Earth
for over a million years.Multicellular
life has been prevalent for over 3 Billion years.The expanses of time involved are so vast
that we lowly humans, with an average lifespan of less than a century, just
cannot fathom them.We can barely grasp
how humans lived one thousand years ago, much less half a million years
ago.There is vast room for the
likelihood that advanced human civilizations existed in the mists of pre-history.It is very plausible that cataclysm destroyed
Unless they moved to one of Saturn's moons.
of Mr. Hancock’s suggestions draws on others' work in plate-tectonics.We assume that continental drift occurs
slowly, over millennia, but many geologists propose that at times large chunks
of the Earth’s crust could slip and slide and create planet-wide
disturbances.All of this is plausible,
though not currently discussed.
way, it is a great little book with tons of info on the fringe of modern
pre-historical thought. I hope that some evidence of a sort can be gathered
showing the truth in these ideas, or at least dispelling the hypothesis