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Forbidden Archeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race Hardcover – 1 January 1993
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- Publisher : Bhaktivedanta Book Trust; 2nd edition (1 January 1993)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 914 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0892132949
- ISBN-13 : 978-0892132942
- Item Weight : 1 kg 540 g
- Dimensions : 17.32 x 5.61 x 24.05 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #341,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That is the key to reading this book, I learned a lot and the insights it gave me have been satisfying, understanding the different ways used to date artefacts, and the latitude of error in this process was an eye-opener.
There are in every age, Cremo contends, knowledge filters that prevent certain kinds of knowledge from entering the mainstream consciousness. This can also work another way as well. I am referring here to what in the philosophy of science (and historiography generally) is called 'whiggism'. This is the naive assumption that the way people saw things in the past was inherently more stupid and inferior to the way we see things now. Many, today, however, are looking to the past to recover forms of wisdom and knowledge that modern man has all but lost. For example, many people today do actually believe in the reality of reincarnation and understand that this view of human destiny must use a different evolutionary paradigm than Darwinian evolution by natural selection.
Forbidden Archaeology is a compendium of anomalous scientific papers which suggest that anatomically modern humans have walked on the Earth for much longer than the accepted current paradigm allows for. Cremo takes the view that the anomalous scientific papers that support this thesis show that there is something wrong with the current paradigm of human evolution. However, rather than acknowledging these perfectly valid scientific studies mainstream science has pushed them to one side and ignored them. Frankly speaking, contrary to what people like Richard Dawkins and Jerry Coyne will have you believe it is becoming increasingly understood in biology that natural selection is not the principal engine of evolution. Natural selection is a filter but does not account for the creative dimension in evolution. There is something other than random mutations at work in nature that is responsible for the stunning archetypes and order of the natural world. Cremo takes the view that evolution is not a blind process but one that results as a product of successive incarnations of souls into material form. This is the traditional view of the vedic seers and other Indian philosophers such as Lord Buddha, Mahavira, Adi Sankara and others. If biological evolution is based on the evolution of the soul it is not subject to the linear historical model of evolution but a trans-historical model that connects one time space location to another in a very different way. If true this would require a major paradigm shift in our way of looking at human evolution. Obviously we do not understand this at present but reincarnation science may be a not very far away reality.
Anyhow, many of you may find these ideas kooky beyond belief but it does show how we are very attached to fundamental assumptions about the nature of reality. The great Mary Midgley has pointed out how people blindly defend their scientific paradigms as passionately as religious folk defend theirs. If there is plenty of anomalous data to at least entertain the idea that our working paradigms may not be as set in stone as we fancy shouldn't we at least allow researchers such as Cremo to express his point of view without forcing him to the sidelines?
Unlike the "experts" he has not hidden anything which goes against the prevailing theories of human evolution and presents a wide range of scholarly research which has failed the "knowledge filter" test. There appears to be a vast collection of ignored and hidden evidence which proves his contention that people, much like us, have been on the planet for as long as 55 million years. He also puts forward a very good argument for the current theory of human evolution to be incorrect.
Unfortunately the "experts" cite each other as sources and ignore any references that go against the current beliefs. What they seem to have forgotten is that a theory is only a theory and not fact. Over the past 150 years any evidence that goes against Darwinism, and the supposed spread of humans from Africa, has been filtered out of the archeological record. Stone tools, bones and other artifacts have been either ignored or hidden if they do not slot somewhere into the current time line of human evolution.
One thing I do know from experience is that the people who shout the loudest and longest usually have the least to say. This includes most of the "experts" who profess knowledge of human evolution using only carefully slected evidence from the vast bank available. Some of this accepted evidence does not bear the close scrutiny given to discarded evidence because it does conform the current theory.
If you want to understand the real story of the evolution of humans, this book must be on your reading list. Cremo presents a cogent argument in a readable form, unlike many similar technical works.