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RE: Theos-World re Graham Hancock's approach, advocacy, research

Nov 06, 2002 04:40 PM
by dalval14

Thanks Mauri:

Interesting -- There is much more to be investigated among the
"damned" facts as Charles Fort might have put it in the 1920s ( The
Book of the Damned)

Have you read any of Emanuel Velikovsky's books ( 1940s) (Worlds in
Collision, etc...)

Have you seen or read FORBIDDEN ARCHAEOLOGY?



Here's an excerpt from Graham Hancock's web site:

Online Introduction to Underworld
>From Fingerprints of the Gods to Underworld

An Essay on Methods
By Graham Hancock

The central claim of my 1995 book Fingerprints of
the Gods is not that there was but that there could have
been a lost civilisation, which flourished and was
destroyed in remote antiquity. And I wrote the book,
quite deliberately, not as a work of science but as a work
of advocacy. I felt that the possibility of a lost civilisation
had not been adequately explored or tested by
mainstream scholarship. I set myself the task of
rehabilitating it by gathering together, and passionately
championing, all the best evidence and arguments in its

In the early 1990's when I was researching Fingerprints there
were a number of new ideas in the air that seemed to me to have an
important bearing on the lost civilisation debate. These included
Robert Bauval's Orion correlation, Rand and Rose Flem-Ath's work on
Antarctica and earth-crust displacement, and the geological case
presented by John Anthony West and Robert Schoch that the Great Sphinx
of Giza might be much older than had hitherto been thought.

At the same time I was aware of a huge reservoir of popular
literature, going back more than a century to the time of Ignatius
Donnelly, in which the case for a lost civilisation had been put again
and again, in many different ways and from many different angles. I
knew that not a single word of this vast literature had ever been
accepted by mainstream scholars who remained steadfast in their view
that the history of civilisation is known and includes no significant
forgotten episodes.

But, I thought, what if the scholars have got it wrong?

What if we've forgotten something important in our story?

What if we are a species with amnesia?

After all, scientists are now pretty sure that anatomically
modern humans, just like us, have been around for at least the last
120,000 years.

Yet our "history" begins 5000 years ago with the first cities
and the first written records. And the prehistory of this process has
presently only been traced back (often quite
tentatively) to the end of the last Ice Age around 10,000 years ago
when it's thought that mankind began to make the transition from
hunter-gathering to food production.

So what were we doing during the previous 110,000 years?


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